1956 Tenor Horn

1956 Tenor Horn


This horn was made in 1956 in Leningrad(now Saint-Petersburg), Soviet Union.
Was probably used by military brass bands for playing loud marches and what not. And after that it was mostly collecting dust in a music college as far as I was informed.
I got to by it off hands for some 55$. After giving it a proper shower and oiling, I was surprised to find that despite its old looks and dents here and there, it was quite a playable instrument. Up in its high register it actually sounds kind of French Horny-ish, which is very cool! Also the low pedal Bb is a killer, you’ll love it)
The intonation is far from perfect and I’m not perfect a player as well. So I tried to preserve this array with samples too. But they are quite usable and musical still I think.
Recorded everything with a Scarlett CM25mk2 and my phone as a stereo pair: )
The UI is very minimalistic, there’s only a ‘reverb send’ slider in the form of a tuning slide(don’t miss it).

With the sustain patch you can use the modwheel for adding presence and saturation. With the legato patch it also adds vibrato.
!!!For the FX patch you need to trigger a red keyswitch first, Bb for the original sounds, and others are the same but pitched up or down for the convenience of use.
Ps. I’ve used great many of PianoBook contributions by others, so I thought now it’s my turn to create something interesting and share with you, my friends, hope you’ll enjoy!
And all of that made possible by Dave Hilowitz, big thanks to you, sir and of course Mr. Henson!


Leave a review to let others know what you thought of the instrument!

Powerful character

5.0 rating
June 19, 2021

a very beatiful character, unique and original flavor.
I love it, many thanks !


Really great, warm sound

4.0 rating
April 2, 2021

Lovely little instrument. Imperfect, but in a good way that feels alive and warm.
I did have the same issue as Sven Isaksson with the missing file, but you can just hit “Ignore” while loading.


Missing file

3.0 rating
March 29, 2021

There appears to be a missing file “L96 Chamber Medium.wav” that Kontakt expects to find at an Dropbox path. I had to make a “fake” file with this name to get the .nki’s to load.

Sven Isaksson

My new favourite pianobook instrument

5.0 rating
March 27, 2021

Amazing sound with a lot of possibilities, specially if you use the mod-wheel but also the pitch-wheel. Very expressive instrument. I will try my best for a demo.
Thank you very much!
PS The “Reverb” valve is also a nice touch 🙂

Quetzal Marchiori


A Tenor Horn made in 1956 in Leningrad

4.3 rating
4.3 out of 5 stars (based on 4 reviews)
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