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There's no evidence that cutting the bell makes any perceivable difference in the tone quality. If it did, professionals would go for one piece bells despite the (slight) inconvenience of a more awkwardly shaped instrument case. I'm not aware of any scientific studies, but many people claim a noticeable difference between a lacquered horn and an ...


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I'll add to the already good answers here that there are some examples of horn parts in the score being re-arranged to (sometimes) facilitate clef changes. Looking at the score for Mahler's Fifth Symphony, the first movement calls for 6 horns, and the parts are arranged differently in the score on a per-system basis. It begins with the parts grouped on two ...



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