The Lewis Horn has a clear, warm, centered, resonant sound that projects easily. Of special significance is the unusual evenness of both timbre and intonation. Notable for its ease of response and full rich tone over the entire range, this horn has exceptional clarity and definition complementing both the high and low registers, as well as quick/accurate response, and a fluid legato. These attributes allow the player a broad spectrum of technical nuances and artistic expression.
Modern Lewis tapers integrated with traditional designs produce a horn that has a flexible sound, uniform in all registers and at dynamic extremes. Whether it’s the sonority or power needed for a Mahler symphony or the delicacy of a Mozart quintet, the Lewis Horn enables the performer to express their creativity. Having played professionally, Steve Lewis, knows from personal experience what a player expects and demands from an instrument when under the pressures of a performance.
This S.W. Lewis horn has a Ron Pinc pipe on it with the original pipe included. It has the original bell, weighing in at 304g, as well as a Meinl gold brass bell, weighing in at 316g.
It is very difficult to get your hands on a Lewis nowadays. Many famous players, most notably the Chicago Symphony Orchestra horn section, play exclusively on Lewis horns. David Cooper, newly appointed principal of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, plays on a Lewis.
David Cooper playing on his Lewis:
“This Lewis horn embodies the beautiful and even timbre, clarity of projection, and fluid legato that made the legendary Chicago Symphony Orchestra horn section the definitive sound so many of us have aspired to over the years. Lewis instruments are exceedingly rare, and I can’t imagine this horn will be here very long.”
— Dr. Sally Podrebarac
Double Horn F/Bb
Yellow Brass, additional Meinl Gold Brass bell
Yellow Brass Pinc pipe, original Lewis pipe included
12 mm (.476")
Number of Valves
Lewis style hand rest
MB-3 Black Nylon with Red Logo