Each instrument model we make is constantly being improved with feedback from our artists.  Some companies focus on finding ways to make the manufacturing process cheaper. We put the artist first and make our instruments by hand. We make sure that every part of our manufacturing process improves the final product.


With every instrument being handmade, we can customize our horns to fit all your needs.  Contact us to see how we can help you.


In January 1993 Willson Brand Instruments introduced the public to a rotor with 100% air throughput volume. The new part also made consistent use of the latest materials and technologies. The precision valve was given the name ROTAX and was patented. 



   Founded by Willy Kurath sen. in 1950, the company started by repairing wooden and metal percussion instruments. After five years of a heavy workload of repairs, there arose the intuitive wish to finally produce something better, instruments that would be more satisfactory to play.  


   1955 saw the building of the first new workshop and the realization of plans for the first KURATH rotary valve instruments. They proved to be successful very quickly, and Kurath sen. decided in 1965 to build bigger premises on the same site in Flums. At the same time, he decided to give the company a new business name, one that would be easy to pronounce for non-German speakers and that also had a rather "international" sound to it. At this time we acquired our present name "WILLSON Band Instruments Switzerland".


   In the second generation, under Willi Kurath jun., the company's philosophy remains unchanged - small, compact and exclusive. With total availability for our customers. Today, Willson Band Instruments employs a team of 25 brass specialists. Professional bases in USA, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, the Benelux countries, France, Germany, UK, Spain, Portugal, and Scandinavia. 






For any inquiries, questions or if you are trying to track down the perfect horn, contact Dave Surber, our US sales representative at The Getzen Company:  (800) 366-5584

Get a quote: (800) 366-5584
US Office

Dave Surber

Getzen Co.
530 S Cty Hwy H
Elkhorn, WI 53121

Tel: (800) 366-5584

      (262) 723-4221

Fax: (262) 723-4245

Head Office

Willson Band Instruments 
Industriestrasse 5 
CH-8890 Flums

Tel: +41 81 733 14 78 
Fax +41 81 733 19 06


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