New Bell Measure
at Engelbert Schmid Horns
For 8 years the idea with all its mathematics behind was stored in a drawer, now Engelbert Schmid has realized it: The new bell measure
The difference compared to the well known, proven and wonderfully easy and free playing "golden cut" (= medium) measure is minimal. But this is exactly what some horn players were seeking for. The detachable flare is the same at “golden cut” and “kompakt”. But deriving from the bell tail this "kompakt" measure gets an earlier edge into the sound, is a little more concentrated and more compact, meeting the desires of part of the hornplayers.
Although this bell is narrower, for many ears the sound seems to be darker and has the "something", which some players are seeking for.
The "kompakt" measure provides some resistance, which has nothing to do with accoustical errors and is very even over the entire range. For those who love such a positive resistance, its like a wall which you can lean at, and which gives you security.
The "kompakt" doublehorn is the success promising "work horse" for the orchestral player, reliable and fitting perfectly into the environment of the present style of German horn sound, which is copied in many areas allover the world.
In order to be able to distinguish the "kompakt" from the medium (= "golden cut"), we designed gold plated valve caps for this measure.
Full double horn "kompakt" in Yellow Brass by Engelbert Schmid
And the legendary advantages of Engelbert Schmid Horns are remaining, like the uniquely thought up intonation, the smooth slurs, the B-natural feature and and and.
Of course the “kompakt” version can be ordered for all kinds of horn models like triples and double descants, and may be combined with whatever detachable bell flare.
Vienna Horn in F (1.780 g)
The Engelbert Schmid Vienna Horn is not a very light horn. As a Vienna Horn is a single horn, a very light weight is not as important as at the Rotary Valve Double or Triple Horns.
But extremely important is to reduce the moving mass at the machine, i. e. the total weight of the levers and Pumpen Valves. Engelbert Schmid succeeded to reduce that moving mass to below 50% of the usual weight. This means that the valves are absolutely quick, there is nothing of the usual shaking of the instrument if you push the valves. Suddenly you have a technically versatile instrument, with the famous smooth slur facilities of “Wiener Pumpen”. Now the Vienna Horn can be established also as a solo instrument!
We recommend 5 water keys respectively so called "tone holes". 4 of them are tone holes, which can be connected to the thumb lever. With these 4 tone holes you get all top notes absolutely secure! With the same lever connected to 3 water keys you may empty practically all the water in the instrument within a few seconds.
There are only healthy notes on this revolutionary Vienna Horn, the sound is typical, the intonation is ideal,
and you have 2 single horns:
A Vienna Horn in F and a Vienna Horn in Bb.
Its standard at the Vienna Horn by Engelbert Schmid, that you can convert it within a minute into a Bb Vienna Horn by taking out 3 intermediate pieces at the valve slides and using the Bb crook. By the way the lengths of the corpus, the F-crook and Bb-crook are identical to that of Vienna Classic Hand Horns. So you can use this Vienna Horn like a Hand Horn for all keys with your Hand Horn crooks.
Vienna Horn in Bb (1.600 g)