I had the opportunity last week to speak with Craig Pratt, a longtime member of the Shreveport Symphony’s horn section, about his extensive collection of rare and interesting horns. Craig was generous enough to let me photograph some of these instruments, and offered very knowledgable comments about their history and design. His collection is surely one of the most extensive in the state, if not the entire region. You can view the collection by clicking here, complete with photographs, but if you are in a hurry check out the images below for a few of the most interesting horns. If you have any questions about these instruments I would be happy to pass them along. Thanks Craig!
C.F. Schmidt: Double Horn with Horizontal Thumb Valve (1900): This unique horn appears to be a one-off prototype, and to my knowledge (and Craig’s) never went into production.
Here’s a closeup of the valve section, seen from the other side of the horn.
Carl Geyer, Hunting Horn (Rare)
Raoux, Cor Orchestra with Sauterelle