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.

The design of those “Custom” models W 293X and W 293X-S received benefit from our experience in designing and making triple horns. The valve position, even balance in handling and the long leadpipe offers a very interesting alternative between the easy playable Knopf/Geyer models and our triple horns which focuses and carries the sound in the hall very well. Those have a great sound adaptability and very smooth in pp and focused in ff.


The 2014 presented model W 273 is the first Ricco Kühn double horn on which the switch valve is located in front of the first valve, similar to the Kruspe-Horner models.

The body of the instrument has been completely re-mensurated, with a slightly narrower bell than our established models. The sound of this new horn is perfect for the German orchestral tradition

The various horn models differ in resistance, sound, handling and individual feel. When it comes to physical parameters such as response, intonation, sound/blowing characteristics, all Ricco Kühn horns may justifiably be described as ‘state of the art’.

  • Our main models

  • Our main models

  • Our main models