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

Houghton Horns French horn mouthpiece brochure cover

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