The Euphonium

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The Euphonium iHorn is made from an vintage Euphonium, whose age and origin are unknown.  Regardless, its speaks of the passing of periods of time.  It is the first ever iHorn made from a Euphonium.  The euphonium is a medium-sized, 3 or 4-valve, often compensating, conical-bore, tenor-voiced brass instrument that derives its name from the Ancient Greek word meaning "well-sounding" or "sweet-voiced’.  It’s name is spot on.

The euphonium traces its ancestry to the ophicleide and ultimately back to the serpent. While the serpent was used for over two centuries dating back to the late Renaissance, it was notoriously difficult to control its pitch and tone quality due to its disproportionately small open finger holes. The ophicleide, which was used in bands and orchestras for a few decades in the early to mid-19th century, used a system of keys and was an improvement over the serpent but was still unreliable, especially in the high register.The Euphonium is said to have been invented by Ferdinand Sommer of Weimar in 1843 although this is subject to debate. 

The Euphonium’s tenor voice balances the highs and lows which mark both music and life.  It is in fact, sweet voiced.