Patterson Triple


Our Triple Horn is a culmination of a 2 year collaborative effort with Gabriel Kovach, principal horn of the Phoenix Symphony. Our design represents a natural evolution of the Triple Horn and is a dramatic improvement over existing triple horn designs.

Our design criterion for this project was to create a horn that plays independently well in F, Bb and F-alto. We designed all new tapers (3 leadpipe sections, 2 first branch sections and bell) and established the proper bore through the “shared” valve ports. The end result is an exceptionally smooth-playing instrument with a great sound. The tone match between the 3 horns is excellent. The response and play-ability in both the low and high registers is superb.

  • F/Bb/f alto
  • Bore .468 (11.9mm)
  • Hollow valves (1, 2, 3)
  • String linkages with articulated arm, mechanical thumb levers
  • Switchable to stand in F, Bb, or high f
  • Highly adjustable thumb levers to fit any hand size (7-way adjustable high f lever, 4-way adjustable F/Bb lever)
  • Detachable Bell
  • 2 Distinct Models: Medium-Large and Large
  • 4 Bell Flares Sizes available: Medium, Medium-Large, Large, X Large
  • F/Bb Leadpipe is the same length as a double horn – so it plays like a double horn!
  • Individual tuning slides for F, Bb, and f alto (no tuning bit!)
  • Yellow Brass Body: Nickel Silver slide tubes, standard configuration – Brass slide tubes and trim, optional configuration
  • All Nickel Silver Construction available on Large model only
  • All tapered sections are seamed and hand hammered

Starting at $17,000

Custom built for you in 6-8 months.  Configure yours below!

Our recommended configuration is shown below.  Don’t see something you want?  Custom configurations are also available; please contact us for details.

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Featured Artists:

Gabe Kovach – Phoenix Symphony, principal

Erik Ralske – NY Met Opera, principal

“the best evolution of the Triple Horn to date… I’ve enjoyed playing it and feeling “normal” in a way I haven’t felt for 18-19 years!”

Julie Landsman – NY Metropolitan Opera (retired); Juilliard School, horn professor; Guest Artist/Clinician

Javier Gandara – NY Met Opera

“I love playing this horn. It will be the last horn I play, unless you, somehow, make a better one.”

Geoff Pilkington – Washington National Opera, principal

Evan Geiger – U.S. Army Perishing’s Own; Pittsburgh Opera, principal

Jamie Hersch – Singapore Symphony, associate principal

Chris Castellanos – Boston Brass; Sinfonia Salt Lake, principal

Thomas Jostlein – St. Louis Symphony, associate principal

Chad Yarbrough – NY Freelance

Jon Karschney – Seattle Symphony, assistant principal

Robert Cherry – U.S. Army Field Band, principal

Bill Bernatis – Univ. Nevada Las Vegas, horn professor

Larry Lowe – Brigham Young Univ., horn professor

Steve Gross – Univ. California Santa Barbara, horn professor

Orlando Pandolfi – Head of music program, St Paul’s School; Berkshire Symphony, principal horn

Additional information

Weight 15 lbs
Dimensions 24 x 24 x 18 in

Yellow brass, Nickel silver (+$1250)

Taper size

Medium-large, Large, Extra-large

Flare size

Medium, Medium-large, Large, Extra-large

Flare type

Spun, Brass hand-hammered (+$375), Nickel silver hand-hammered (+$720)

Finger hook

Standard (fixed), Adjustable (+$75)


No, Yes (+$75)


0, 1 (+$50), 2 (+$100)


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