Horn Review by Andrew McAfee.
Just recently it was my privilege to play Jacob's new double horn. I have already enjoyed playing his natural horn and am excited about this horn! For years I have been looking for a horn that could come close to how the old Geyers felt. In addition to its gorgeous sound, two main features that stand out in Jacob's horn are how the sound continues to ring through the slurs and how the sound blossoms beautifully from mf-f-ff. And, the high range just floats out effortlessly and in tune!
As a professional, I have played a number of modern Geyer-type horns. Few if any can compete with the rewarding experience of playing Jacob's new horn. Its quick response and clear note grooves allow me to go for so much more finesse and nuance.
As a teacher, I am also excited that I can finally have a high-quality American handmade horn available to my more serious students to help them make the transition into a professional career. This horn's sound and agility is what they need to win a national audition.
This is a horn that I will play for the sheer joy of it. Keep up the great work Jacob!
-Andrew McAfee (Principal Horn, North Carolina Symphony 1992-2007, Horn Instructor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Music Director/Conductor Triangle Youth Ballet Carolina Wind Quintet)
March 12, 2009