Artisan Horns - specialist in all things French Horn!
Owned by Armen Boldy, Artisan Horns provide excellent repair, restoration and customisation of all French horns.
“My son loves the French horn supplied to us by Artisan horns. The service was excellent, and we are really happy we found what he was looking for. Would highly recommend.”
A short while ago I picked up a used Yamaha 667 with the view of using it as a spare instrument. On playing it for a while, however, I discovered there was so much about it that I really liked. It needed a little cosmetic and technical work and so I took it along to Artisan Horns. While there, Armen listened carefully to how I’d ideally like the horn to play and he suggested a few customisations, most notably swapping the original leadpipe for a (insert correct name here).
Once fitted, the … leadpipe made an immediate and notable change to my horn. The lighter sound I feel 667s can make, which is not particularly to my taste, was replaced with a much greater resonance and depth of tone. The rather narrow E at the top of the stave was a thing of the past and the sketchy high Bb that is a common feature amongst many Geyer wrap horns was no longer an issue. I was particularly pleased with the way I could put plenty of air through the instrument at volume without me encountering excessive resistance, while, at the same time, my horn maintained a sense of security at quieter dynamics.
Beyond the leadpipe and additional customisations, the service I received from Artisan Horns was excellent. The quality of work was second to none and was completed swiftly. Armen was determined that I feel completely happy with my horn’s modifications and so he gladly made subtle changes along the way once I’d discussed with him my thoughts on how the instrument was playing. Armen’s work has made an instrument that came to me as a cheap secondhand horn play just as well as, and In some cases better than, many of the expensive handmade instruments I’ve owned over the years.
I cannot recommend Artisan Horns’ service highly enough and their fantastic, custom leadpipes in particular.
Freelance hornist, London
Artisan Horns customised Holton 178
“I was looking for a horn that might have a similar feel to an old model Yamaha 668 that I used to own. After a recommendation to contact Artisan Horns Armen explained his approach to rejuvenating horns. I tried a number of horns but finally settled on a Holton. Loving this horn. It has great intonation right across the range, and an even better sound after some work to slightly thin out the bell. Super also to be shown around the workshop areas where Armen works his magic. A really great service, both in buying the Holton and selling my old horn – thanks.”
I am hugely grateful to Artisan Horns for their top quality expertise, repairs, and reliable scheduling. All delivered by friendly staff at a competitive rate.
Director of Music Performance, Mill Hill School
“I am ecstatic to review the shoulder rests made by Armen Boldy, because his creations are unique products on the market today. The shoulder rest is all at once comfortable, sturdy, wholly reliable and affordable. Never before have I found such a wonderful violin accessory and what’s more, it can also be made to order for your specific size instrument, preferred height band style. Where other shoulder rests fall off, are not comfy or simply don’t work; this one succeeds every time. I cannot recommend this highly enough!”
professional freelance violinist
I’m very happy with my Yamaha 663 and with the unique customisation and attention to detail provided by Artisan Horns. Having taken my time to research and try out a wide selection of horns, I’m confident it’s the right one for me and I’m glad I have given an older horn a new lease of life.