Good morning Mackinac Mac,
Welcome on board and in the world of horns collectors.
I am glad you joined us because I'm a long standing fan of your Lakers videos, especially those with horn blows.
Thanks for sharing these pleasant clips with us on YouTube.
When I was in Quebec and Ontario the past Fall, I tried to spot some of these ships, but they don't seem to show up there as much as in Michigan.
The same for horn toots, Transport Canada must have a noise ordinance a lot tighter than in the US, because train and ship horns don't blow that often.
About your horn, I have no experience with Leslie Tyfon 125 yet, and I am sure people like Adam, Ken Kanne or Mike Muha will bring you some more relevant answers than me.
I do have 125 and 150mm horns, as well as 4 and 6" ones. I plug the first ones with a 1/2 air line, the latter with a 3/4 hose.
This horn should handle easily pressures over 150psi, but safety first, 130 would be just cool. But this is for bronze diaphragms, I have no clue about the limits of these bloody plastic ones!!!
The air flow must be consequent as these horns from the Tyfon model are real air hogs. If you want to get some decent blows to catch attention from passing ships (three toots salute), then you need to get a rather large tank.
My 100l (30 gal) one was barely enough when blowing my Tyfon 200, so I'd say a 50 or 60 gallons one would be correct for begining.
This tank must have, at least, one 1" connector on which you will fix reducers. That because it's better for the air flow to scale down the air pipes than scale them up. And, secondly, if you once get one Tyfon A-200, this mummy will need biiig air supply!!!
About care and polish, Adam has interesting recipes for that!!!
I am a strong Tyfon fan, because of their unimitable old fashioned sound. Check my precedent posts for the soundfiles of the horns I already have. I own 4 Tyfon 200 and a fifth is on it's way to my home. It will be a pleasure for me to share some infos with you.
For instance, this big booming voice you were talking about is not only made by the size of the diaph, but by the diameter of the throat and the heavy bronze casting as well.
Also, the longer is the bell, the lower is the sound. My Zöllner ZM200 sounds lower than my Kockums Tyfon 200 because it's bell is 1 1/2 longer.
Have fun tooting with it.
Raoul, the "Frenchie" of the Board and ship horns addict.
Ship Horns, Cornes de Brume, Schiffshorns, Scheepshoorns, рожочок корабля, Horns of all Countries, Unite!!!