Our equipment recommendations
We recommend a horn such as a Verus (fixed bell) or a Paxman Academy for young players. These horns are affordably priced and produce a full, rich sound. They also feature an adjustable pinky ring and thumb valve lever which can be fitted to any size hand. A comfortable grip is important. If a young student is struggling to reach the valves, it is likely to cause other problems with posture and embouchure development.
For more detailed advice, see our article How Do I Choose a French Horn?
A good mouthpiece, especially for beginners, would be either a Faxx MC, Verus 17.5, or others of comparable size and cost. As a student advances on the horn, they will most likely seek a step-up mouthpiece. This can be explored with the help of a teacher or trained professional.
Band directors might want to consider marching mouthpieces such as the M1T mellophone mouthpiece and M1H marching French horn mouthpiece.
Save a little money with this Chef’s Kit bundle, which includes a Faxx MC mouthpiece, a maintenance kit, and a copy of Recipe for Success.