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 Post subject: Alec Frank-Gemmill's horn
PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:59 am 
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Before Christmas I came across this video of Alec Frank-Gemmill playing an extract from the Britten Serenade:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVdgHed6OXE

I am familiar with most makes and models of horn, but couldn't identify the horn he was playing. I decided it was some kind of Bb/F-alto with piston change valve, but was so curious (I know, why don't I get a life?). that I e-mailed him about it. He kindly replied and told me that it was a Karl Hill (sometimes known as Kortesmaki) Bb/F-alto.

I can't find out much more about this maker, except that he is located in the USA. No website, it seems. Anybody know anything more about these horns?


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 Post subject: Re: Alec Frank-Gemmill's horn
PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:12 pm 
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http://horninsights.com/who-plays-a-hill-or-a-berg/
Contains a short list of people that use Hill horns.

http://drootpierce.wordpress.com/2012/0 ... karl-hill/
indicates that there is a 3+ year wait for his horns.

Bruce Richards recounted his experience with a Hill single Bflat horn on his blog, but I don't think that is available anymore.

Hope this isn't redundant.


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 Post subject: Re: Alec Frank-Gemmill's horn
PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:40 pm 
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He must change horns around a lot then - last time I saw him he was playing an Alex 103 (stonking low playing in duets with Katy Woolley at the BHS festival) and previously I saw him with (I think) an Alex 1103


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 Post subject: Re: Alec Frank-Gemmill's horn
PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:43 pm 
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I heard a rumour that he acquired a Rauch a while ago, that might've been the 1103 lookalike?


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 Post subject: Re: Alec Frank-Gemmill's horn
PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 10:04 am 
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A few years back he was playing an 1103 but with a non matching bell. Sounded divine when he played Strauss 2 With Leamington Chamber Orchestra. He said his teacher wanted him to change to a 103.


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