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.
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 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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
I will be at the International Horn Symposium Sunday and part of Monday morning as well by noon on Tuesday and all day Wednesday. There is a small chance I can be in attendance on Thursday, Friday and Saturday as well depending on demands placed on my time at home (Central California). Its a 220 mile drive but my car knows the way. So, I will have additional time when people can try a Briz Horn or one of my custom made Ring Brass Wagner Tubas. I might even bring a few Wagner Tubas. If you are interested in playing one of these please notify me in advance. I have limited space in my car. Also since I am a late comer to this process, I am not an official exhibitor and so any demo will have to be off site. You may respond directly to this post or use my contact page. My special e-pricing will be available at the meeting. This is your chance to save on shipping.
Briz French Horns are the best horns coming out of China right now. I can provide them for the lowest price through my e-pricing program.
Paxman sells Briz
Briz horns have been picked by Paxman to produce a fine line of horns. There are several Paxman Models made specifically by Briz for Paxman. John Ericson’s recent blog of April 4, 2015 details this news. See Paxman Series 4 and Paxman Academy or Series 3 horn.
Who else sells Briz Horns?
Briz Horns are marketed by several prominent US Horn dealers including an alliance of two individuals; one in Boston area and one in St. Louis. They are selling the Geyer model together. The Kruspe model Briz horn is also being marketed under a slightly different name but it appears to be Briz. The name they have chosen for the Kruspe model is the same as the three-letter name of a wild animal that has large antlers and is known for its bugling call. No doubt, the riveting and awesome sound produced by the Briz 1000N is worthy of the majesty of that animal. There is also a dealer of the Kruspe model Briz horns located in New Jersey.
Ringbrass carries top of the line BRIZ Horns
I have chosen to market the top of the line Briz Kruspe model and Briz Geyer model horns under the Briz name. The name of my company is Ringbrass, but I proudly market Briz French Horns under the BRIZ name. Where does the name Briz come from? I don’t know. I’ve tried to find out. I will keep looking. Stay tuned for the next installment in my search for the origin of the Briz name.
In the meantime, check out my full website for the great Briz horns I have in stock right now. You will get the best price from me on these amazing horns.
I can meet up at the International Horn Society meeting in August (4th and 5th only) and let you try a Briz Horn. We will have to meet off site since I am not an officially registered vendor/exhibitor for the meeting. Let me know if you would like to take a look.
I am pleased to announce the ability to offer e-pricing on Briz French Horns and my RING line of Wagner Tubas. If you would like to know the e-price on any model that I have available please let me know and I will send it to you. Your e-price will be my best price on Briz Horns. I will offer these to individuals who request them. All e-prices will be good for three business days.