Traditional Ricco Kühn horns are essentially based on the design of Reissmann/Börner models. In the course of development however the design of the tapered parts has been modified to conform to the latest advances in knowledge. The current models, from the single Bb horn through to the double horn, are very mature. They have a pleasant resistance, a light, even response in all registers and a thrilling, huge, noble sound, from piano through to fortissimo. Soft slurs are as easy to play as a precise articulation.
The introduction of the first triple horn in 2003 marked the development of a new range of models. A great deal of consultation and close collaboration with musicians resulted, in a relatively short space of time, in several models with the same basic components.
Our “Custom” models are similar in response and resistance to horns commonly used in Germany today, yet when it comes to quality they are typical Ricco Kühn horns.
This means that the highest level of craftsmanship has been employed in their manufacture. All tapered parts are precisely calibrated in thickness and bore diameter, they are bent by hand using a special filling and hand hammered. The resulting density and tension of the material is noticeably lively during playing.
The sound of these models is more readily modifiable, romantically smooth in piano, and well centered and carrying in fortissimo.
The experience we have gained from our intense development work in recent years has vindicated the relationship between the tapering and overall design that we have incorporated into our various models.
These differ in resistance, sound, handling and individual feel. When it comes to physical parameters such as response, intonation, sound/blowing characteristics and good centering, all Ricco Kühn horns may justifiably be described as ‘state of the art’.