Ricco Kuhn horns are the only custom horns that I have decided to carry New in my shop. They show what happens when there is a true melding of modern technology, hand's on hard work, and Inspiration. Ricco knows more about horns and horn design than anyone I know - Plus he and his wife are simply wonderful people too!
Traditional Ricco Kühn horns are based on the design of Reissmann/Börner models. In the course of their development however, the design of the tapered parts has been modified according to the latest advances in acoustical knowledge. The current models, from the single B-flat horn through to the double horn, are very mature in this regard. Their playing characteristics include a pleasant resistance and a light, even response in all registers. Soft slurs and precise articulations are easily achieved, and the horns possess a noble sound that is present at all dynamic levels. The introduction of the first Ricco Kuhn triple horn in 2003 marked the development of a new range of models. A great deal of consultation and collaboration with professional musicians has resulted in several models with the same basic components.
Kühn "Custom" models are similar in response and resistance to many horns commonly used in Germany today, but they're manufactured with an uncompromising level of craftsmanship. All tapered parts are precisely calibrated in thickness and bore diameter. They are then bent by hand using a special filling substance, and hand hammered. The resulting alloy density and tension derived through this process provides a lively quality, making the sound of these models quite malleable. They are romantically warm in piano dynamics, and well-centered, with plenty of projection in fortissimo dynamics.
Kühn's range of models differ in resistance, sound and individual feel, but all Ricco Kühn horns may justifiably be described as "state of the art".