Atkinson's are a family of Horn players and Hornsmiths dating back since 1964. Mark Atkinson's father-Robert Atkinson and brother-Jim Atkinson knew Carl Geyer when he was five years old. Geyer made Jim a high G Waldhorn on his tenth birthday for a gift and his father in his professional Horn playing career worked with Mr. Geyer at every available opportunity. Their love of the instrument compelled them to make better Horns. This practical experience translated into constantly striving to MAKE the BEST HORNS and to improve without altering a time honored design and sound. As a young boy Mark started working at his father's shop sweeping and constantly cleaning his tools. Later in life he began his full time career as a HORNSMITH. This career began in playing the Horn and progressed through school and apprenticeship instrument building. Many of these skill were learned in college while others were learned through working in instrument factories with some of the best and perhaps the most unknown craftsmen in the industry. Through teachers and associates he learned precision machining, bell spinning, assembly and the ability to produce in small or large volumes. Most of these great artistic craftsmen are now deceased, however, their life, exuberance and skill live on in Atkinson Horns. Without their help success would not be possible. He is forever in their debt, not only for their knowledge, but for their humanity!