I suddenly found on Thomann these types of horns: Parforce horn and Fürst Pless Horn.

I searched for them on Wikipedia and similar sites, Google, etc., but all I find is in German or other languages. They are called like that in every country version of Thomann.

Since I could not find any information about these instruments, what are these instruments, what are they used for, how to play, what are they made of, etc.?

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Parforce horn is a hunting horn in the German tradition. A brass instrument, a simplified French Horn.

Google will translate German information on the Internet into English.

Parforce Horn

"Parforce horns are primarily used in hunting for blowing hunting signals . The large curl allows you to put your head and arm through and carry the horn over your shoulder. This leaves both hands free for riding."

Fürst Pless Horn is a smaller type of hunting horn.

Again, Google Translate is your friend.

Furst Press Horn

"The Fürst-Pless-Horn is still used as a signaling instrument for blowing certain hunting horn signals, the so-called hunting control signals, in company hunts. In addition, the instrument is also used in hunting customs and in concert in so-called brass corps, e.g. B. at Hubertus fairs , also with Parforce horns in B , are used."

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    That 'horns in B' would be Bb for the rest of us, I suppose.
    – Tim
    May 3, 2020 at 6:18
  • +1! I had also said the 2 terms are easy to find with google in german wiki and readable with: Google translator. But how could you poste the translatet links? May 3, 2020 at 6:50
  • I don't usually relly on google translation. At least when translating to my language it usually sucks.
    – Lorthas
    May 3, 2020 at 18:27
  • However, in this case, the result was useful - yes?
    – Laurence
    May 3, 2020 at 21:21
  • @Tim May I'm guessing that you already knew this, but for all others, in German 'B' is used for B flat and 'H' for B natural.
    – yamex5
    May 6, 2020 at 19:06

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