I usually go the large diagphram condensor route, like a u87. A respected engineer friend was recomending sm57...which do you all prefer. I was also thinking of using both...u87 a little bit away and an sm57 close.
The entire "Family of Saxophones" is featured - the tiny sopranino, the soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, and bass and the rare and monstrous 6'8" contrabass (described by The Los Angeles Times as "...an instrument with the stature of a power forward in the NBA and a pitch that makes a foghorn sound effeminate.") bwahahahaha
For me ribbon mics shine in this application. I've had extremely successful results with AEA R84s. Especially, on Tenor and Alto saxophones. 84s also sounded great on flutes, piccolos and clarinets. Trumpet typically gets an R92 or Royer 121. The R92 also works well on Trombone. I've used an RCA 77dx and SM7 on Tuba. I haven't tried the 77 on sax. The Coles 4038s have been on my wish list for some time now.
I understand they do a fine job as well. I love the 4038s as OH/room mics on drums.
My prefs are mostly ribbons - Coles 4038, Royer R-121/SF-1, AEA R-84/88, Beyer M160/M500NC, etc. or if there are no ribbons in the house, a 441 or an RE-20 can do. It really depends on the player's sound, and the room you're in.
Also, a U67 can sound damn nice, esp on softer blowing brass player...
I've recorded tuba lots, and my prefs are 4038 and R-121, for stereo the R-88 sounds HUGE and gorgeous...
RCA 77 on trumpet. Also Royer 121 or R84 work well for me on trumpet. Alto I love R84. Tenor R84 CAN work, but most often it doesn't for me. LD Condenser works best, especially the U47 variety. Bone ribbons as well - R84. French Horn R84 worked well.
The problem is the question is way too general. A "HORN" is often considered a FRENCH HORN, to brass folk. Or sometimes generically any instrument. "Hey man, go get your horn and let's play some!" -- could be talking to a guitar player. But a lot of engineers refer to HORN as any instrument you put in your mouth to make a sound, and is brassy looking. All horns are different instruments and require different tools to record them.
I find Alto Sax requires much different treatment from Tenor sax. Trumpet is different than Flugelhorn or Coronet. It depends also whether you want to accentuate the brassy timbre or soften it. Same with trombone. It this ALL DEPENDS UPON THE PLAYER AND THE CONTEXT OF HIS PLAYING. A loud aggressive Bone player in a salsa band might want something different than one in a brass quintet or a jazz ensemble.