What People are Saying About Briz Horns

B-Flat second slide pull ring
B-Flat second slide pull ring

Once people get these horns into their hands they are discovering some amazing things. The statements are rather interesting to say the least.

From a Student in Georgia:

“Please, please, please ask the maker of these fabulous double horns to start making descant and triple horns at a price affordable for students. Descant and triple horns are what they really want and many need, especially to be successful, but halfway decent ones cost a fortune. His double horns are priced fairly, and a similarly (fairly) priced descant or a little more expensive triple would get him lots of business and happy horn players. Thanks! PS: By affordable price I meant like a Finke Triple selling for about $8500”

More from the same student:

“Also, I just wanted to thank you so much for everything you have done! When I play on the Briz, it is like I am a completely different player, a much better player with much more experience. The variety of tone colous and complexity of the tone never ceases to amaze me. I often wonder if it is even me making the sound that comes out! Without you, I most likely would have gotten a much more mediocre horn which I would much less enjoy.

Stupendously yours, Jonathan

From the mother of a student looking for a new horn:

My son is interested in purchasing a Briz horn. He was able to play a fellow student’s and loved it. What is the difference in the Briz 2000G and the 2000Y models? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated, Donna


Love to hear from those who have been playing one of these for a while.

Affordable Full Double Wagner Tuba

The Ring Wagner Tuba is a marvelous instrument but has limitations on the F side as would be expected in a compensator and as has been described by John Ericson on his blog. I’m wondering if anyone out there would be interested in a full double Wagner Tuba that would be more affordable than the European options of which there are many wonderful ones. But quite expensive. The Hoyer Double is listed at over $13,000 for example. Any feedback would be appreciated.

Briz Horn and the Massive Explosion in Tianjin (Binhai)

On August 12 there was a massive explosion in Binhai region of Tianjin. From the maps it looked to me that I was a mere 10 miles from the Briz factory. Since there were reports of windows being blown out for miles from the blast I was worried that the factory was affected and i got no response to me emails. But I see that Briz posted the story about Zeng Yun some two (2) weeks after the blast so I assume all is well.

The Google translation of  one page states that Briz has made tens of thousands of french horns in the time it has been in existence.

I think were are closer to knowing the origin of the name “Briz.” One of the Briz website pages says it is derived from the Chinese “Bo Ruize” thus BRIZ. I know several surgeons who are from China and can help me with the translation. I’ll let you know what I find out.

There are some interesting youtube videos of the explosion. I’m going to get a translation of the Chinese narration of one of them. It might be as interesting as the English narration of the first one listed below. It is R rated so don’t click if you find foul language to be offensive.

Here is a Chinese language version

I wonder if the words being used have the same meaning? I’ll be back with the answer soon enough.


Zeng Yun Takes Second Playing Briz 2000 Horn

Zeng Yun Plays Briz 2000
Zeng Yun Plays Briz 2000

I have used the above photo without permission.

Zeng Yun took second place in the International Horn Competition of America in August. Here is a link to the write up on the Briz website.


Please come back to this website after reading.

Its interesting to me that he plays what appears to be a yellow brass horn with a garland or kranz on the bell flare. I also prefer the yellow brass horn with a garland. When I played yellow brass 2000 Briz horns at the music convention in Anaheim it seemed that the tone and control was slightly improved for my playing when I used a bell flare with a garland. The gold brass and nickel silver Briz 2000 horns did not seem to need the flare with a kranz to achieve the sound and stability that my playing technique seems to need.

Here is another link to Zeng Yun. If I read it correctly is he only a teenager even now?


Environmental Pitches Remind Me of Classical Music Tunes


Do various classical music tunes/themes come to mind when you hear environmental tones? What do I mean by environmental tones? Well, the hum of an elevator for example. There is one that I ride frequently that makes me think of Brahms violin concerto. Could it be that the pitch of the elevator hum is a D? Maybe?

The other day I was sitting in the MRI control room watching a YouTube video of a flash mob doing Beethoven’s 9th. I noticed that the pulsation of the MRI was right in tune with the flash mob rendition of Ode to Joy. I pulled out my smartphone and went to the tuner app. I hummed the tone of the MRI and low and behold it was a “D”. Beethoven’s 9th is in D minor but the triumphal part of the last movement is in D major. Yeah? Is there something about the key of D? Or maybe there is something deep within me that identifies with what key of D is all about? Of course the key of D major is a great key to use for a violin concerto. The strings all resonate sympathetically with D. So Brahms is joined by Tchaikowsky, Beethoven, Mozart x2, etc. I’ve always loved Brahms second symphony.

If this ever happens to you please let me know. It could be the basis of an interesting piece especially if individuals have a tendency to notice tones that are the same pitch. Looks like my pitch might be D.

In the meantime I’m practicing up for our next concert. We are doing Echoes of Ossian, the Tchaikowsy Festival Overture on the Danish National Anthem, and Carl Nielsen Symphony #1. I’m playing the low parts this time around. My Briz 2000G really comes through for me in the low range just as it does in the higher ranges. I hope I am not getting lazy because the Briz is so easy to play? Or maybe it is so much fun to play I am practicing more?


Briz French Horns are Wonderful and, Anonymous Feedback


I’d like to thank those who leave messages for me. I really appreciate the feedback. Someone has suggested that I get on Horn People FaceBook page and announce that I have Briz Horns for sale. I am on Horn People. Their rule is that you can only advertise a product once. I did that a long time ago. I like to follow the rules. I do have a Facebook page; Ringbrass and a website which you have found.

I’m honored to be able to provide Briz horns under the Briz brand name.


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Modified Briz Horns vs. Pristine Un-Altered Briz French Horns


In the past several days I have received inquiries regarding “modifications’ made to the Briz 2000 French horns being offered by others. People want to know the difference between the Briz Horns I have available vs. those offered by others.

Very simply my horns are unaltered pristine Briz horns. The horns offered by “others” are modified from the original factory configurations? Improved? I have no idea.

Until I get details I have no better answer than that.

By way of testimonial; in the three years I’ve been playing Briz horns, I’m not aware of major modifications that have been needed. I do believe in continuous quality improvement but also believe that “the enemy of great is perfect.” One meaning of that is that too many changes can ruin a good thing.

Briz Engraved Valve Caps
Briz Engraved Valve Caps

Imagine a scenario where a Steinway dealer would announce that they have modified their Steinway pianos to make them better than “factory new.” Hmm. I would wonder if it was just a sales gimmick. Of course a new piano needs voicing and regulation so who knows? Horns may need a little break in time.

If someone knows exactly what the “modifications” are, I would appreciate someone letting me know. I would pass the information on to people who inquire of me. In the mean time I will continue to offer un-altered factory pristine Briz French horns.


IHS Days 3 and 4

I went to work Monday night and luckily was through by midnight, so Tuesday morning I headed back to LA. I arrived at 12:30 and was able to take in a few performances and lectures. The big event of course was going to Hollywood Bowl for LA Philharmonic. A bunch of horn greats played a world premier. The orchestral numbers included the ever popular Konzertstuk for Four Horns (Schumann) and Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks (Strauss). These two tunes featured Stefan Dohr, Andres Bain, Timothy Jones and Sarah Willis. We do have our rock stars in the French Horn World.

Everybody in my party had a great time. Definitely an unforgettable concert.

I was able to see a few of the displays and noted a large variety of excellent French Horns on display. Briz was well represented by two different sellers and the owner of Briz and his wife also showed up. So nice to see them again.

Wednesday I had a bit of a hard time getting out of bed and missed the warmup but went for the experience of a rehearsal with the “massive horn choir.” Lots of fun. I was able to take in a performance of Brahms Horn Trio featuring Timothy Jones, Danielle Belen, and Jennie Jung. Bravo! A very moving performance. I next attended modern brass quartet ensemble. Sadly, I received notice at the end of that performance that my presence would be needed at home at 7:30 the next morning so I packed up and headed out. All in all a really great experience. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the horn.

IHS First Day Impressions

FullSizeRenderThe Colburn School gets photobombed by an LA Bus

Sunday morning August 2, I drove to the Colburn School in LA to attend the first day of the IHS. The drive’s a mere 225 miles but its OK because my car knows the way. I arrived right at 11:00 AM and parked at Disney Concert hall ($9 for the day) and got registered and oriented just in time to make it to a “warm-up” with Jennifer Montone.