Comparisons Of Shofars
Comparisons Of Our Quality Shofars To Others
There are several very important things in these comparisons that set us apart at Shofar Expert.
This is a comparisons page to compare quality shofars with inferior ones, and you may see for yourself the many things that set us apart at shofar Expert. Our in house proprietary making of our horns has come from over a decade of making them only to the highest standards. We have thoroughly examined many aspects of cutting shofars and have arrived at what we know works best, while maintaining strict Kosher standards.
This Page is Here To Compare The difference between Quality And Poor Shofars
On this page you visually compare the aspects of a Quality horn versus a inferior one (sub-standard). Our competitors cannot show pictures of their proof of their supposed quality, because they do not use or incorporate the necessary methods to produce a true quality shofar, even though they may claim it. The information below will demonstrate and prove these facts. So please do become informed.
Beware Of Free Gifts With A Shofar
Also beware of companies giving away free gifts to entice you to buy their shofars disguised as package deals. The shofars that they sell are all too often of lower quality, and the only way that they can get people to buy them is enticing prospective customers with worthless low quality free gifts. A true high quality shofar will be worth he money that you pay for it. Also please do not put a shofar on a stand that is hard plastic without some soft landing points top prevent damaging the horn or the finish.
1) Comparisons Of Our Finishes at Shofar Expert
Look at the three shofars below of our final finishes that are Kosher for a museum quality horn. This finish comes after five different sanding procedures to arrive at the final product. We have three finishes full polish, house poly blend, and natural oil. Some people argue about poly as to whether it is Kosher or not, but I have been specified to include it in my certification. Our process brings out a stable fullness of color, so one can appreciate the true beauty of their shofar. Hence a Quality finish is a Kosher horn.
A Full Polish Finish
Full Polish Quality Finish Shofar by Dauwd, Certified Kosher (above)
We can do a Full Polish shofar if that is what a customer wants. However be advised that unless one keeps them carnaba waxed they will absorb moisture and expand on the surface. Because some customers do not up-keep a horn properly we rarely do them. These are also certified Kosher.
A Poly Blend Finish
Poly Blend Quality Finish (above) This is the best and most durable finish and certified Kosher, made by Dauwd
Natural Oil Finish
Quality Natural oil finish (above) Also certified Kosher, made by Dauwd.
2) Our Cleaning and Sterilization
All our shofars are cleaned and sterilized in three proprietary steps. Make comparisons of other seller and see if they do this.
First is the outside stripping of all contaminants, dirt and hair.
Second, there is an in-house proprietary internal cleaning and sterilization bath, that does not damage the horn.
Third we use proprietary penetrating sterilization bath, again, that does not damage the horn.
The reason we do all this is to have the cleanest possible Kosher shofar to prevent any possible transmissible contamination, for durable protection, now and in the future. Note: No other shofar maker knows or has our proprietary sterilization processes. Others have tried but failed during the sterilization process only to have permanently damaged the horns. The truth is the majority of the shofars on the market are not made to Kosher cleaning standards.
A Dirty Or Diseased Horn Is Levitically Unclean And Therefore Not Kosher
Raw Kudu before sanding with Legal purchase tag. The brownish colors on the outside are not just Kudu horn hair, it is also dirt and filth. (See the picture above) We at Shofar Expert realize that a lot of people like the raw look, however they need to be aware that they are also holding onto a lot of dirt. Some domestic Ram’s horns can be left a little more raw, depending on the source, as they can carry disease, but from the United States it is much less likely.
Shofar after first outside stripping of all contaminants. The keel is final stripped the rest of the way after the first sterilization bath, above.
A dirty Bell on what is supposed to be a finished horn. Compare this with a shofar that you may already own.
Note that this horn has not been internally sealed against moisture or spittle.
This is a Cleaned and sealed Quality Kudu Bell, by Dauwd. Make comparsions of this bell with the bell above.
After Bath Dirt Example
Dirt & junk, after a horn was cleaned, from a supposedly clean shofar after we had to re-bathe it. This was sent by a well known competitor for repair, cleaning & sealing. Just because they may coat them, to make them not stink, this is still what you are kissing. (sealed in dirt and bacteria). They will stink later because they were really never cleaned properly, because the bacteria will bloom. This is about the common average for dirt & junk for all improperly cleaned horns.
3) Our Second Sterilization Bath
3) We have a proprietary second bath that is composed of several bacteriostatic and viral static natural agents that are allowed to soak through and through all the horns. So, ask yourself, if other sellers will make comparisons of how their horns are cleaned. Hence a clean horn is Kosher.
Shofar after bateriostatic and viral static bath.
4) Our Horns Do Not Have Foul Odors
The end result of the Bath and bacteriostatic and viral-static soak is that our horns do not have any foul odor. So make comparisons of our shofars to others, and see for yourself that we do not smell.
Our Shofars do not have a foul odor as others do. We do not sell, or need deodorizer products to cover the smell as others do. So there is no need to make comparisons of deodorizers, for which is best.
5) Shofar Experts Shofars Are Never Heated
Our shofars are never heated. Heating by rosebud or a torch or any other means damages a horn with micro-fractures and therefore makes it no longer Kosher. Also, the fractures ruin the resonance of a horn and allow the mouthpiece to split.
Why Horns are Heated
The main reason horns are heated and stretched is for extra money. Then, the longer the horn the more they can charge. Make comparisons our competitor’s horns which have a very large drilled through throat, and ours which do not. Most competitors need need to offset the extra heat stretched length with an overly long and wide hole drilled through the extra length. So a longer horn by heating and stretching does not make a better horn.
Unheated Shofars Are Better
The natural unheated horn will seldom ever crack if processed right with no heat. A natural horn will have a set of notes per inch length that will not be bettered by a stretched horn as the cone of resonance is what sets the tonality. So equal tones of resonance with a shorter unheated, or long drilled through throat will play the same note. Also, a long heated and stretched throat horn sets up turbulence which causes a flattish “moose in heat” sound and not a clear crisp note from a shorter natural non-heated horn.
Hear comparisons of our sound sound bytes on the Shofars For Sale page, and see what we are talking about. CLICK HERE: FOR SHOFARS FOR SALE Hence heated and cracked shofars can never be Kosher even if they came from Israel or some Rabbi has blessed them.
Inspect Ram’s Horns Before Purchase
Make comparisons of any Ram’s horn shofar that is red, reddish orange or burnt umber yellowish because this indicates that it has been heated and burned and twisted and stretched, and is very friable. Rams horn shofars, that are natural come in black, blonde, brown, white and black or combinations of these colors but they never come in reds, oranges, burnt umber, yellow ochre or green unless they are burnt or rotten. Again Ram’s horns must be carefully chosen for the natural and useful correct twist of the horn, so that a proper non-heated Shofar may be made. By heating the horn, proper selection is bypassed, to make use of horns that would otherwise be rejects. Also the majority of heated horns are twisted to be usable from a reject horn that is not Qadosh or Kosher.
Inspect Yemenite Kudu Horns Before Purchase
Yet again make comparisons of any Yemenite Kudu horn that has been over heated and it will show umber-yellow and hints of orange or dark yellow and visible micro-cracking.
Yemenite Kudu shofars usually have black on the mouthpiece end or black and blonde. The body colors of Kudu from rarest to least rare are Light Yellow, Blonde, Grass Green, Olive Green, Gray, Olive Green with reds, All reds down to the bell, then a mixture of blonde, red mauve and pink as the most common. Green on the Kudu is not from rot like the ram’s horns. Rot on a Kudu is usually a crusty Blonde or Gray, but is often not spotted if the horn has not been striped of the outside grunge.
Finger marks from a heated and stretched Ram’s horn,
Also note the finger dimples to the right of the picture. Compare it with a horn that you may have, above.
Burned Bell Ram’s Horn Shofar, above.
Body of a burned Ram’s Horn Shofar, hence there is cracking throughout the horn, above.
Overly Heated and twisted and squished Ram’s Horn Shofar,
this also makes for cracking throughout the horn, above.
This is not a green Ram’s horn shofar but it is actually due to gang green rot, above.
finger grip hand squish during the heating process. See the burnt ochre yellow
from the burn during heating, above.
Stretched and bent mouthpieces also distort the sound, above.
Heat straightening of a Yemenite (Kudu) Shofar.
Again also notice the burnt ochre color from heating.
This horn is burnt. (above)
An extra 1/4 to 1/2 twist has been added to this horn by
heating, note that the end is also burnt, above.
6) Our Shofars Are Not Double Drilled
Our shofars are not double drilled in the throat. Double drilling (double bored) the throat ruins a shofar by make a dead end second bore and it is no longer Kosher. Shofar Experts horns are not drilled from the throat to the outside of the horn by imprecise drilling. This is called a mis-drill. Therefore, ruins the horn and makes it no longer Kosher.
Double drilled and very poor Ram’s horn shofar, possible triple drill. Therefore this horn is damaged. (above)
7) Our Horns Are Not Mis-drilled, and No Mis-shaped Bells
We have no mis-drilled horns, or poorly shaped or cut horns. Compare the pictures below.
Overbored Mouthpiece 1, this makes less back pressure when playing, above.
Mouthpiece Overbored 2, this causes distortion due to too much throat, above.
Severely Mis-cut Kudu Bell. This also affects the tuning.
Make comparisons of the bell above with the bell below.
Properly cut Kudu Bell, keeping with the growth pattern of a quality shofar, by Dauwd (above)
8) We Cut Proprietary Mouthpieces at Shofar Expert
We have proprietary mouthpieces that are hand cut into the horn and not burned in by a hot poker to make a stretched mouthpiece. If a person has to hold their lip in place to keep from having a lip blow out then the mouthpiece is too small and improper to be played correctly. Trumpet players do not need to hold their lips to play a trumpet either. We also match the proper size mouthpiece to the length of a horn for best sound. Consequently a burned in or hot-pokered in mouthpieces ruin a horn and make it not Kosher.
Good and Bad Mouthpiece Examples
Below are examples of our Shofars, they have proprietary hand cut mouthpieces that are not heated. Our mouthpieces are stabilized and coated for durability, so as to decrease splitting.
Ram’s horn mouthpiece from a competitor, note the sharp edge, as a result a player usually get a cut lip (above)
This is an example of our Quality Kudu Mouthpiece, made by Dauwd. (above) You can visually see the comparisons of a quality mouthpiece to and inferior one, above.
Ram’s horn with a good Quality asymmetric mouthpiece, by Dauwd. (above)
You can visually see the comparisons of a quality mouthpiece to and inferior one for a Kudu or a Ram’s horn, above.
Below are examples of competitors horns that have malformed heated and stretched or Hot-pokered, mouthpieces. These often have very sharp edges and because of that are to be avoided unless one wants a cut lip.
Hot-pokered Mouthpiece, above.
Note the rounded flare on the top and bottom
from the hot poker, that therefore leaves it thin and sharp to the lips.
Hot-pokered Mouthpiece Side view, also showing finger dents from heated stretching. Also all stretched Ram’s horns have this pipe like end, they have been torch stretched and straightened and overly drilled through to add length that is unnatural, above.
Poorly cut Kudu Mouthpiece, the rim is variable in roundness and flatness and thickness. As a result this makes for a poor lip seal when playing. (above)
Joe and Susie black and decker horn-wrecker mouthpiece, or how not to make a mouthpiece. Hence this is the quickest way to ruin a horn, above.
This man is lip holding to so as to prevent lip blowout in order to play an overly small and inadequate mouthpiece. (above)
An Example Of A Quality Rams Horn
The proper way a Ram’s Horn should frame the face, when it is not stretched by heat. This is a young girl playing Ram’s Horn DZK38, made by Dauwd.
9) Our Horns Are Tuned
Our horns can be tuned. To the best of our knowledge we are the only ones in the world who can tune shofars properly. We commonly tune between 2 and 10 cents of a note for trumpet players. We match the mouthpiece to the horn. Also we cut the throat and flare for the horn or specific note. There are several in house proprietary tuning factors for tuning a shofar. These include length consideration with proper throat diameter and length, and flare, and several bell end cuts.
Playing Length Versus Efficiency
The best playing efficiency versus length for shofars is between 45 and 48 inches. Just because a person has the longest horn on the block does not necessarily make it the best player. A very long horn may have a low bass note, but it takes more air just like any other bass wind instrument. Less breath strength makes a less efficient horn. All mouthpieces require the proper amount of back-pressure to ensure a clear and crisp and long duration of a Tekiah. The mis-tuned or poor sounding horn does not necessarily make it “not Kosher”, but hinders its use for Qadosh purposes. Finally our mouthpieces are stabilized and coated to increase durability and to prevent splitting. Hence a damaged horn is not Kosher.
10) Our Shofars Are Double Coated On The Inside
Our horns are double coated on the inside to keep them stable and easy to clean of spittle. Hence a clean horn is a Kosher horn.
A quality clean and double coated Kudu bell. This consequently blocks out moisture and spittle. (above)
11) Our Horns are Easy to Clean and Maintain
Our Shofars are easy to clean and maintain because they are stable. Washing the inside in 50% water with 50% hydrogen peroxide of 1.5%, to remove spittle is doable. So long as there is a fresh water rinse afterward and drying with compressed canned air or air compressor. Also do not use harsh cleansing agents.
12) We Keep Records of Our Shofars
We keep records of our horns by serial number and the notes played, and the year made. This is done so as to increase the value.
988 Kudu 47.75″; With Keel; 7C Mouthpiece
SIDE BLOW: D#4 -27 cents, 306.31hz; A#4 +00 cents, 466.155hz; D#5 +33 cents, 634.23hz
Above is an example of the Records kept on each signed Shofar. Make comparisons of these records to others sellers.
13) Our Shofars Are Signed By the Makers Hechsher & Kashrut
Plus all our Shofars are permanently signed with the makers Hechsher* and Kashrut** of or . All this is done to prove authenticity; this will allow the value to increase with age.
*(Hechsher is like an approved seal or logo)
**(Kashrut is a certificate for being Kosher)
A Hechsher Signed Yemenite Kudu Shofar, by Dauwd, is therefore a sign of Quality (above)
14) All Our Shofars Come From Legal Sources
Finally all of our raw shofar horns have come in legally to the United States from Licensed Fish and Wildlife importers. Also It is unlawful for a business to import or Export without a Fish and Wildlife license and the proper Customs papers for any and all animal products, finished or unfinished. Therefore, please note that we do not export our shofars ourselves, but arrangements can usually be made through an export broker it someone desires to do so for themselves.
Note: The loop hole in the law is when individuals buy a shofar from Israel, or any place overseas, however, the horns are second or third quality and inferior and not sterilized. So you get what you pay for.
SO IN CONCLUSION SEE THE FOLLOWING COMPARISONS CHART
Competitors Shofars 1) Beautiful final finish. Average final finish, if any. 2) Stripped and cleaned of animal contaminants and bathed in a surgical scrub bath. As well as Fish and Wildlife dipped. Usually only Fish and Wildlife dipped. Therefore there is much residual contamination 3) Proprietary second soak bath to make the horns Bacteriostatic and viral static. Usually no second bath. No consideration given for not bacteriostasis and viral static. Therefore contaminated. 4) Ours do not have foul odors. Theirs do have foul odors. 5) Our Shofars are never heated. Theirs are almost always heated and micro fractured. Hence unstable. 6) No double drilled throats or over bore throats. Many double drilled and or overbored throats. 7) No mis-drilled horns, poorly shaped or cut. Many mis-drilled horns. Many poorly shaped and cut. Therefore this results in poor sound. 8) Proprietary hand cut mouthpieces that are not heated. Our mouthpieces are stabilized and coated for durability, so as to decrease splitting. Heat cut and Hot-pokered mouthpieces. Their mouthpieces will split and are not coated for durability. 9) Our horns are usually tuned when needed. Hence they play well. No tuning ever. 10) Our horns are double coated internally. Usually no internal coating. If they are coated they are coated over dirt and filth. Therefore they are not kosher 11) Easy to clean and maintain. Not easy to clean and hence hard to maintain. 12) We keep records of our horns by serial number, the notes played and date made. Usually no serial numbers, and no record of the notes played. No year made records 13) Ours are also permanently signed. Not permanently signed, if at all. 14) Imported legally, also we do not export. Many not imported or exported legally.
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