Eastman Winds EFH562 Double French Horn, Kruspe Wrap

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• Key of F/Bb Double Horn, .468 bore
• Kruspe wrap
• Handspun yellow brass bell
• Engraved bell and valve caps
• Clear lacquer finish
• Mouthpiece and upgraded Eastman fiberglass case

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Closest StoreKamloops, British Columbia
This is a bit long, but I hope it will be helpful.
I rented this horn for 3 years and played it in the Kelowna BC Concert band for 1 and in another nearby town until the COVID shut things down in April 2020.
I was a hobby so-so trumpet player and switched in May 2017 to the horn, rented this Eastman, had terrific weekly lessons by a 'professional' first horn player who had a Conn 8D. With a concert only 5 weeks away and starting from scratch but with a decent sett of trumpet chops, I worked hard for 5 days a week, 2 hour weekly lessons and guidance, 1.5 hours a day until I had pretty much learned 23 pieces.
I listened to every horn YouTube out there until I got that sound in my head and could reproduce it in the horn. I had no immediate experience to compare it with other horns until recent. Here are my observations.
First off, change the mouthpiece. Absolutely mandatory. I bought a Holton Farkas MC in 2 weeks and it made all the difference in the world. I have tried Olds (excellent), Yamaha (so so) and the Eastman (garbage). I suspect that Eastman knew from the beginning that a serious player would get a different mouthpiece, so they threw it in just because. Get rid of it. The Farkas completely changed the texture, the tuning, the slotting - night and day improvement.
Without a doubt, my quality and beauty of tone equaled and then surpassed my instructor and her Conn 8D in 4 weeks. It is all about tone and this horn delivers. With practice, or it was my chops and body build, this horn had a Hollywood sound and I loved it. I have heard others on their horns and this horn still reigns in tone above these skilled player's 8D horns.
There is a warmth, a beauty that is distinctly horn. I was ready and willing to try other brands to see if it was me or the horn.
Tuning internally is not that good. I used Android bandmate tuner and being sensitive to tuning, I was doing all i could to get the notes in tune. It was not easy. My experience is that half the notes in 3.5 octaves are slightly out of tune (5-25 cents) and maybe 5 of them up to 30+ points out and need hand or lip adjusting on the fly, When they were in tune, it was gorgeous. There is one note in the basement that will not work on the F side, so I have to revert to the Bb side to get it. (Eb??). There was no music that I played that required that note however.
At the end of the day, one learns to listen to tuning very carefully and do what it takes to keep it in tune when playing. I keep the bandmate with me at all times which really helps my brain become in tune. I have no regrets. I am now so sensitive to tuning, that I frequently can pick out instruments in that band that out of tune and often request the director to tune us up.
I played on a few occasions beside Yamaha 567's and another bygone era unknown. The Yamaha clearly sounded like mud - not pretty at all. hated it. When I had a chance at a band workshop to try another 567, it actually sounded pretty good. The Yamaha was wonderfully in tune and the notes easy to hit, the Eastman less so. Tone quality was about the same - maybe.
But when it comes to tone beauty, the Eastman is still my first choice and I will live with the problems and beat them. I found out that Eastman makes some of the best Saxophones out there and they have recently tried the horn world. Good move.
It has a strange tuning slide arrangement with 2 slides for the F, a main slide of course and none for Bb. That puzzled me. My only thinking is that this is the best way to remove water trapped in the innards of the pipe coils and that makes sense.
When it comes to valves, quality and build, I put it right up there with the rest. No issues at all. I had a chance to play a highly modified Yamaha 567 (lead pipe, ultra sonic cleaning, lacquer removed) and it is a nice sounding horn for sure. The tuning was really good, held the notes steady and all notes could be easily spoken in 3.5 octaves. slotting pretty easy. The bass was rich and powerful. That horn sounded best with the Yamaha mouthpiece, maybe even better than the Farkas MC or MDC.
With this comparison, I still think the Eastman has a nicer tone - can't explain it. Not by much mind you if at all. I quite like it.
I was skeptical about Chinese (this is Taiwan I believe) horns, but the proof is in the pudding and the pudding tastes great. Philip Farkas says to learn on a lesser horn until you master it, the setbacks will make you a better player. He is right. If the horn's big advantage is in sound and tone, this delivers, but you will have to work at it. At the end of the day, recommended. sure there are lots of others out there, Holton, Conn, Alexander, Paxman, but it is the person behind the mouthpiece that makes the difference. A well trained player can make a garden hose with a funnel sound good! Get trained and this is a good instrument to do it on.
Posted by David Forrester on Feb 14, 2021
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