If you’re looking for a really good price on a high-quality personal recording device, the Zoom H6 is $150 off on Amazon today. I have no idea how long this deal will last, so if you’re in the market for a highly-rated recorder, grab this one while you can. The MSRP is $500, and they normally sell for around $400 – this deal for $350 is the lowest price that the H6 has ever been.
I have the lower-tier Zoom H4N, and it’s a great device. The dual mics capture a nice stereo field, and the H6’s physical knobs and switches make fine tuning and on-the-fly adjustments a bit easier. The H6 also has a detachable mic capsule – so you can replace the included dual stereo X/Y mics with a uni- and bi-directional mic capsule (also included) and there are even additional capsules (like a shotgun mic, shock-mounted mics, or additional TRS inputs) that you can purchase to fit specific needs. I’ve got to say, I’ve had good success with just the standard mics on the H4n (which aren’t removeable) – they have an adjustable stereo field and can capture a nice direct + room sound – which is important for the horn, especially.
The H6 has 5 stars on Amazon, and several of the reviewers compare it (very favorably) against the H4n. Although things like the additional XLR inputs (4 instead of 2) and up to 6 tracks of simultaneous recording aren’t strictly necessary for recording horn (or any other single wind instrument), lots of the reviews mention that the preamp and the mics seem to offer a warmer and richer sound than the H4n, which would definitely be an advantage, however.
If you were looking for something that would be easily portable and expandable to a larger recording setup in the future, the H6 (especially at this price) would probably fit the bill quite nicely.