Anton Horner introduced Kruspe horns to America in 1902, but the name has been associated with brass instrument making much longer. Friedrich (Franz) Carl Kruspe (1808-1885) was apprenticed to Heinrich Gottlieb Streitwolf in Göttingen and opened a workshop in Mühlhausen, Germany about 1829. His older son, Eduard (1831-1918), established his own shop in 1864, taking over the shop of Carl Christian Zielsdorf, to whom he may have been apprenticed. The business has carried his name, as Ed. Kruspe, to the present day.
This is a Pre-WW1 Kruspe French Horn. We did the restoration here at the shop and it turned out fantastic. It has a full valve rebuild so compression is better than new. The body is in terrific shape. considering its age The play ability of this instrument is fantastic. It responds well in all registers , and plays even.