Whether you play the French horn in a professional concert orchestra or a high school marching band, you know that your embouchure (how you use your lips, tongue and teeth to create a good sound) depends greatly on the quality and style of your mouthpiece. The good news is that you don't need to look any further for a French horn mouthpiece that has a nice feel and produces a beautiful tone. In fact, this catalog offers only the best mouthpiece brands currently on the market, including Bach, Denis Wick, Stork and Holton.
Before choosing a French horn mouthpiece, you need to ask yourself: "what kind of tone do I hope to achieve?" For example, if you're going for a lower sound, you'll want a larger-sized mouthpiece; if you're going for a higher sound, choose a mouthpiece with a shallower cup. With that being said, you need to take into consideration your current skill level; if you can play high notes, that's terrific, but only if you feel comfortable in that range.
For a mouthpiece in the $50 - $100 price range, check out the Denis Wick Paxman Series French Horn Mouthpiece in Silver. Available in multiple styles, this collaboration between Denis Wick and Paxman Horns resulted in a mouthpiece that has a relatively thin-walled design at the top but is heavier around the base. From its powerful projection to its exceptional response, this mouthpiece is ideal for orchestral French hornists. Now, for a model in the $100 - $200 range, feast your eyes on the Bach French Horn Mouthpieces in Gold. Designed to meet every playing need possible, this mouthpiece boasts incredible volume and intonation in all registers and a rich timbre throughout the range.
While the playability and sound of your instrument will depend on a variety of factors (including its tubing and its bell size), the importance of your mouthpiece cannot be overstated. Of course, you can see from this section that there are more than enough French horn mouthpieces to choose from, so at this point we'll leave you to do some browsing of your own.