In my opinion, the ultimate sound is the Chicago sound. Geyer horns are directly linked and identified with Chicago, and are now the choice of many professional players in the United States. Why make a horn when there are so many options on the market these days, you might ask? There are a few reasons behind this decision, but the main one is AVAILABILITY. Because special attention is given to custom built horns, there are only a limited number of high quality instruments available. Obtaining an instrument like this seems almost impossible these days given the fact that most custom horn makers have a waiting list that measures in years, spanning from 2 – 5 years depending on the maker. The horn I built has a beautiful sound and feels light and responsive yet easy to push and make it sizzle if needed. Overall, it is a horn I would describe as nimble with an amazing ability to maintain the same tonal color in all ranges.
Lukas Horns started in the spring of 2014 when I decided to see if I could build a horn for myself to my exact specifications. I had been working on Yamaha conversions: installing better leadpipes, replacing entire bell sections, customizing flares, replacing braces, cutting bells, and making other modifications and improvements since last year. I felt I had accumulated enough experience to attempt building a horn. One thing led to another and now we have a shop! My main considerations in building a horn were sound and feel. Since high schooI days I have been drawn to the Chicago sound and that’s what I have always wanted in a horn. Ultimately, through a twist of fate, I would move from Romania to Chicago and have a chance to study and live there for 11 years before moving to Memphis. While in Chicago, I was lucky enough to have my teacher, Jon Boen, lend me his backup horn, a beautiful Geyer instrument. I played that horn for almost two years and ever since I have been trying to find, with no success, a horn with the same feel and sound.