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We’ve been in the game for over thirty years. Whether you’re a student, a seasoned pro, or just an unabashed brass geek, you’ve come to the right place!

Want to know more? Read on for detailed descriptions of specialized products that were designed by Houghton Horns.

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Design, Playability, and Aesthetics

A first glimpse reveals a traditional Geyer-style horn with a compact wrap, combining crisp, even response with a secure resistance. Nickel-silver leadpipe, slide tubes, and ferrules come standard. Long solder joints and an attached Bb return loop provide unmistakable life and resonance. The positioning and location of braces was thoughtfully determined over a period of several months. Elite players tested the Verus Model VII ‘Custom’ under a variety of conditions in order to refine the instrument’s overall performance and ensure optimal balance and ergonomic feel. Satin-finished engraved valve caps and brushed nickel levers complete the elegant Art Deco-inspired look.

Peace of Mind

The decision to purchase a new instrument should not be taken lightly, and no investment comes without risk. That’s why Houghton Horns administers the final quality control check on all Verus Model VII ‘Custom’ horns. Additionally, a premium Marcus Bonna case and a five-year limited mechaical warranty are included with purchase.

Our Vision

The Verus Model VII 'Custom' is the result of an extensive research and design effort undertaken by Houghton Horns, but that doesn't tell the whole story. This horn is the culmination of over thirty years of passion and expertise. The goal? Design a factory-produced, professional-level instrument with features of today's most successful premium horns at an accessible price point. There's never been a horn quite like this one.

The Sound

The Verus Model VII ‘Custom’ produces a richly-colored, complex tonal spectrum. Its voice is versatile, malleable, and marketable. The instrument is equally at home in small chamber ensembles as it is in massive orchestras – and everywhere in between. This horn is your ally in the pit, onstage, or behind the screen – it only awaits your signature touch.

VERUS: (Latin) true; truthful; genuine; actual; real; just.

Technical Specifications and Features

  • Double Horn F/Bb
  • .472 bore
  • Yellow brass body
  • Nickel-silver leadpipe
  • Nickel-silver slide tubes
  • Adjustable thumb lever
  • Adjustable pinky hook
  • String linkage
  • Unlacquered
  • Detachable bell
  • Verus ‘V1’ mouthpiece
  • Marcus Bonna case
  • Five-year limited mechanical warranty
Verus French Horn Valve Caps Closeup
Verus French Horn Valve Caps Closeup
Verus French Horn Valve Caps Closeup

Verus V1 Mouthpieces

With a stunning Art Deco-inspired design and brushed silver finish, the V1 mouthpiece is impossible to ignore. It’s a remarkably balanced one-piece mouthpiece that is compatible with any model of horn, and priced to be accessible for players of all levels. Available in five inner diameter sizes, the V1 rim is smooth and comfortable with a unique bite for clear articulation. The cup is a generous bowl shape with medium depth that produces a rich sound without sacrificing high harmonics. All of these elements work in combination with a carefully selected bore and backbore, resulting in lightning-quick response and sure-footed stability in all registers and dynamic ranges.

Materials: Silver-plated brass

Rim Width: Medium narrow

Rim Inner Diameters: 17.25, 17.5, 17.75, 18, 18.25

Rim Contour: Defined high point

Cup Shape: High volume bowl

Cup Depth: Medium

Bore: #14

Backbore: Medium

Shank Taper: Standard (Morse)

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Houghton Horns Mouthpieces

Houghton Horns mouthpieces possess a special external profile and a uniquely balanced rim, cup, bore, backbore, and shank. The entire line was designed by Mark Houghton and Derek Wright and manufactured by Dave Houser. The rims are all made of surgical-grade stainless steel with the option of an H-Kote titanium coating, and the cups are made of raw brass or stainless steel. The intent was to design  a line of mouthpieces that addressed the needs of real-world players by combining proven design concepts with the latest in technology and materials. Ultimately, the emphasis was on balance, focusing on the versatility and functionality that most modern players require. Between the four models, any horn player, horn or low, orchestral or commercial, solo or section, should be capable of finding a mouthpiece that provides a sense of comfort and identity.

Houghton Horns French Horn Mouthpieces Rim
Houghton Horns H1 French horn mouthpiece rim

H1 Rim

Comfort rim with carefully defined bite for ultra-clear articulation.

Five rim inner diameters: 17.25 mm, 17.5 mm, 17.75 mm, 18 mm, 18.25 mm

Houghton Horns H2 French horn mouthpiece rim

H2 Rim

Semi-flat, rounded rim based on a 1960’s-era Giardinelli ‘wide rim’.

Rim inner diameter: 17.75 mm

Houghton Horns H3 French horn mouthpiece rim

H3 Rim

Semi-flat rim based on the original 1960’s-era “block-letter” Farkas mouthpiece.

Rim inner diameter: 17.75 mm

Houghton Horns French Horn Mouthpieces Underparts
Houghton Horns H1 French horn mouthpiece underpart

H1 Cup

High-volume, bowl-shaped cup
#14 bore
Medium backbore
Standard or European shank taper

Houghton Horns H2 French horn mouthpiece underpart

H2 Cup

Standard volume, bowl-shaped cup
#14 bore
Wide backbore
Standard or European shank taper

Houghton Horns H3 French horn mouthpiece underpart

H3 Cup

Deep, funnel/bowl combination cup based on the original 1960’s-era “block-letter” Farkas mouthpiece
#17 bore
Specialized backbore
Standard or European shank taper

H4 Cup

The new Houghton Horns H4 mouthpieces underpart was created for players desiring an open, colorful sound. The cup is a shallow version of the original 1960’s-era “block-letter” Farkas mouthpiece. It has a #16 bore, slighty larger than the Farkas’ standard #17 for a more free-blowing feel.

Medium, funnel/bowl combination cup
A shallower version of the original 1960’s-era “block-letter” Farkas mouthpiece
#16 backbore
Standard or European shank taper

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