To achieve complete quality control Atkinson manufactures all parts in house . This includes bells, crooks, branches, casings, rotors, slide tubing, etc. This helps Atkinson to maintain exact control over each part's dimensions. All mandrels and dies are precision machined, ground, and heat treated for hardness to ensure precise durability of tooling. All valve casings and rotors are inspected using precision calipers, micrometers and drop gauges. All parts are made to match their blueprints.
All parts are tested by experienced professionals. As a consequence several different bell and mouthpipe mandrels have been made. Mouthpipes offered are Geyer taper while the second is our Geyer-Knopf taper. The Geyer mouthpipe is more velvety with a warmer sound while the Geyer-Knopf has a bit more ring in the sound. Different bells have been developed through the last 12 years. Our Geyer bell, which is an exact copy of a beautiful pre-war Geyer Horn bell that was presented to his father by the late and great Horn player and teacher Wendell Hoss. This bell is our most popular bell producing a clear ringing sound. The two other bells being our Cantata and our Large bells. Please call for more details or stop by and play these Horns at The Atkinson Workshop or the many workshops, symposiums, and music educator venues at which we exhibit.
ATKINSON is always striving to produce better Horns. This is done through a constant process of design and redesign. We welcome suggestions from professionals and amateurs alike. Any of our Atkinson Horns can be made to fit your acoustical & physical needs.
We are always in the process of making Horns. Valve sections, the heart of a horn, are always in production as are the branches, crooks, bells, etc. This gives us an ability to complete your Horn in months rather than years. We invite all hornists to visit our workshop and see with your own eyes how Atkinson Horns are built !!
We have a 2 year warranty on parts and labor. This does not include dents, stolen horns, damage, or loss of patina. Horns may be sent to our shop or you may take your horn to an authorized repair person. Please contact us to find your nearest authorized person.
We ship our horns UPS ground unless the customer requests otherwise. Signatures are always required upon delivery.
A very special thank you to all of our supporters, including:
Mr. Richard Baker who is responsible for teaching Mark precision machining.
Mr. Joseph Lintz who taught Mark precision assembly.
To the thousands of professional and amateur Horn players who shared you knowledge with them.