Recommended Slide Positions for Engelbert Schmid Double Horns Changeable to F#/B-natural and E/A

One of the unique features of Engelbert Schmid double horns is the ability to raise or lower the pitch of the instrument by a half-step. This allows for another whole range of fingerings and eliminates the need to play in awkward sharp keys.  (Imagine La Gazza Ladra in Eb!) The charts below show the starting points for individual tuning in different keys.

Horn in F/Bb
Tuning mark

Slide

 Position

 Main tuning slide  According to need, approximately ½ inch for A=440
 F tuning slide  Pull to the first mark plus individual tuning,
 approx. ¼ inch.
 1st Bb-slide  approx. ½ inch
 1st F-slide  approx. ½ inch
 2nd Bb-slide  approx. ¼ inch
 2nd F-slide  not pulled out
 3rd Bb-slide  approx. ½ inch
 3rd F-slide  not pulled out

 

Horn in F#/B-natural

 

Slide

 

 Position

 Main tuning slide without  intermediate piece  according to need, i.e. approx. ½ inch.
 F#-slide  according to need, i.e. approx. ½ inch.
 Valve-slides  push in all the way.

 

Horn in E/A

Slide

 Position

 Intermediate piece and 
 main tuning  slide
 each to the mark plus the individual tuning
 (i.e. ½  inch).
 E-slide  pull to 2nd mark plus individual tuning
 (i.e. approx.  ¼ inch).
 1st Bb-slide  approx. ¾ inch
 1st F-slide  approx. 1⅛ inch
 2nd Bb-slide  approx. ½ inch
 2nd F-slide  approx. ¼ inch
 3rd Bb-slide  approx. 1 inch
 3rd F-slide  approx. ⅞ inch

 

A note on tuning: In designing his instruments for maximum playability Engelbert Schmid made a decision to raise the pitch of the Bb horn in the range from second line G to the C below. This necessitated slightly raising the the pitch of the same G on the F horn, so it may be a little higher than you're used to.

 
 

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