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Lovely Paxman 'pre-Model 20XL' in nickel-silver - wow! PDF Print E-mail

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This beautiful horn has now arrived, and been fully reconditioned.

It comes from a professional player and I've sold horns to and for him in the past.  They are always in excellent condition and this one does not disappoint.

These early Paxmans always play exceptionally well and this one is awesome.  Made in the 100% handmade days, these are sturdier instruments than Paxman's later horns and many people prefer them.  In my opinion, they are better.  They're very highly sought-after as a result.  It's fitted with an XL bell, so makes a BIG, dark, warm, mellow 'Hollywood' sound - bigger, even, than Paxman's current largest bell, the 'New World.'  This horn sounds like a vintage 8D, but with a very good high register.

It's clearly not been used much - awesome valve compression, tight slides, very fast, quiet, smooth valve action, hardly any blemishes at all.  It's lovely!

Please be quick to avoid disappointment if this is what you're looking for.  These don't come along very often...

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Custom Yamaha full triple in gold brass - wow! PDF Print E-mail

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This is an absolutely fantastic horn - I'll say it again:  absolutely fantastic.

It's handmade in gold brass, unlacquered, and with a screw bell.  Condition is near new - excellent.

It plays superbly across all ranges on all 3 horns.  Action is fully mechanical on all valves and compression is awesome:  this horn has hardly been used.  Cosmetically, too, it's in tip-top condition.

It's got a classic Geyer-style medium-large bell, and its sound may be responsible for the global rise in sea levels:  it's so warm and heroic, it would melt ice.

This is 1st/3rd horn material gentlemen, at the absolute top of the profession...

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Paxman 20A in nickel-silver - looks lovely... PDF Print E-mail

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This horn isn't here yet (18 July 2010) but will be arriving in a few days time.

It looks to be lovely and these nickel-silver Paxmans always have something extra about them.  They always play absolutely superbly, somehow better even than Paxman's brass instruments.  Nickel-silver is the best, and most expensive, of the three metals and there's just something about it...

This horn has a screw bell and will come with a hard case.  It will be fully reconditioned before despatch, and we don't expect it to be here long.

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Hans Hoyer Bb/A(+) - absolutely lovely! PDF Print E-mail

ThumbnailThis is Hans Hoyer's top of the range single Bb/A(+) horn.  Gold brass, screw bell, lacquered and engraved.  A truly lovely instrument, and a very, very fine playing horn.  If you're a single horn player, maybe playing an Alex 90 or 97, or a Paxman single, you should try one of these...

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Paxman New World flare (only) in brand new condition PDF Print E-mail

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This is just what the heading says:  A brand new Paxman 'New World' or 'American' flare.  It's in lacquered yellow brass and, as you can see from my reflections in the pics, it's very shiny!  Condition is literally perfect.

This will fit any Paxman horn with a 'New World' (or 'American') screw bell;  but it won't fit other Paxman bell sizes.

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Paxman 20LT - with titanium rotors - wow! PDF Print E-mail

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This is a very fine horn - Paxman's best-selling full F/Bb double horn, but with titanium rotors.  These are quicker and lighter than brass rotors, and an expensive option.

The instrument is lacquered (I'd say over 95% intact) and fitted with a large bell having a screw flare.  It's not in perfect condition, but it's not far off:  there are a few little blemishes - the odd pin dent, some slight evidence of repair work, and a tiny area of discoloured lacquer by the bell plaque.  However, as you'll all understand, these are minor cosmetic matters only, and in no way affect the sound or playability of this first class, professional instrument.  It will be fully reconditioned before despatch and, in playing terms, literally as good as new.  It's got all mechanical action and comes with a hard case.

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Hans Hoyer C13 full triple in F/Bb/Eb alto PDF Print E-mail

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This fine horn plays wonderfully and sounds fabulous.

A full triple, every bit as good as a Paxman or Alexander, and for a lots less bucks.

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Hans Hoyer C1 - comp F/Bb/Eb triple PDF Print E-mail

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A wonderfully lightweight and beautifully balanced horn.

The low F side is full, warm and not deficient in any respect because of its compensating nature;  the Bb horn is fantastic;  and the Eb alto horn is secure, heroic and like having a secret weapon.  The tone is less grainy in the lower useable part of the Eb alto register than is the case with its F alto variant, and of course it goes a tone lower in the alto pedal register - right down to pedal Eb.

The medium bell makes a bright, perky 'European' sound - not unlike an Alexander - and the flare is detachable.

This is a top quality professional instrument.

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Lovely Hoyer F/Bb double in gold brass - wow! PDF Print E-mail

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This is a lovely, early, handmade instrument.  It's in lacquered gold brass with a fixed bell, and it's in very good condition.  Slightly more heavily built than Hoyer's current horns, it's likely to come from the early post-92 days, although it plays like a modern instrument, producing a warm, lively sound.  This is a fine, professional instrument at student horn money...

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Paxman 20L - early handmade model, tatty but fab! PDF Print E-mail

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This is one of the first Model 20s, again from the 100% handmade days.  It's got a few blemishes, some missing lacquer and the odd tiny ding we can't easily get to, but it's been fully reconditioned and plays absolutely superbly.  It's in lacquered yellow brass with a fixed large bell - so it's a 20L.  It's got unusually-engraved rotor caps, with little horns on them!

The world's top orchestras use these wonderful instruments, Paxman's best-selling F/Bb double.

Given how wonderfully this horn plays, it's gonna be a bargain for someone because its cosmetically challenged appearance obviously affects its selling price and it's still got a lifetime's use in it.  This will make someone very happy...

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Max Goepel Kiel single F horn - a very fine instrument PDF Print E-mail

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We've never had one of these before.  We don't usually bother with single F horns because of their very limited applications, the odd Vienna horn apart, of course;  but this is an exception.  It's not a starter instrument - far from it - but a very fine, handmade, professional single F horn for the discerning player who likes to use a single F horn, for whatever application, even just practising on.  It plays every bit as well as the F side on the very best, professional doubles.  It's even got a garland, and the lacquer is almost 100% intact, and very well applied.  It has the following, engraved in the garland:  "MAX GOEPEL KIEL 1940," so I guess it must be 70 years old.  It looks almost new.

Not for a kid, this (unless they're a very careful prodigy), but for the experienced player who just loves the F horn!

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Early 100% handmade Paxman single Bb/A(+) in superb condition PDF Print E-mail

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This is a truly wonderful instrument:  from the 100% handmade days at Paxman, an early single Bb/A(+) horn in unlacquered yellow brass with a fixed bell.  It comes in its original case.

The horn is in superb condition and plays just beautifully, making a warm, ringing, noble sound:  the bell is a little larger than Paxman's current medium.  Valve compression is like new, and the horn has a fantastic high register - it's very secure and nimble, and you can get around really quickly on it.  The action is mechanical on all 4 valves.

This is one of the very finest single horns I've ever played - I'll be sorry to see it go!

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Tatty-but-fab early Paxman descant - 100% handmade PDF Print E-mail

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This is a rare and very fine instrument.  Effectively, it's a 'pre-Model 40' but with a slightly larger bell than Paxman's current Medium - more like their current Europa bell.

It comes from the days when Paxman horns were 100% handmade - and don't you ever know it when you blow it!  It sails through all registers with super-fast, silent, silky-smooth valves and a lovely legato facility, and the Bb horn is truly superb - every bit as good as the very best Paxmans I've ever played.

The F alto side is also lovely, and produces clarion-clear, secure high notes and a big, fat and very free-blowing low register below bottom C, right down to pedal F (using orthodox F fingerings below bottom C on the F alto horn.)  Of course, you've also got the A/(+) valve which helps with awkward transpositions and difficult fingerings, and (with the sleeves fitted) renders hand-stopping non-transposing.  Using this valve, sleeves still fitted, you can produce all the slightly lack-lustre notes on the Bb horn using alternative fingerings which give the same tubing lengths as orthodox F horn fingerings, and so make the same F horn sound.  These slightly dodgy notes on the Bb horn include middle C, E and G above, and G below, all these notes down a semitone, and open first space F - and all this is standard single Bb/A(+) horn alternative fingering technique.

Although the horn is tatty it plays extremely well in all registers and makes a wonderful sound.  It's got a thin area in the bell (which has been well patched), several other patches, lots of little dents and imperfections, and no lacquer!  But the fabric of the horn is fine - it'll give many years of trouble-free, excellent service - and it's in gold brass - wow!

It comes fully reconditioned, with a full 3-year guarantee and hard case.  And it's priced to sell...

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CHRISTMAS OPENING & ORDER DEADLINES PDF Print E-mail

WE WILL BE CLOSING FOR CHRISTMAS ON THURSDAY DECEMBER 17TH, RE-OPENING JANUARY 4TH.  ANY ORDERS FOR NEW HORNS PLACED BY FRIDAY 11TH WILL BE DESPATCHED IN TIME TO ARRIVE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, UNLESS WE ADVISE OTHERWISE.  TONEBLOBS & CDs WILL BE DESPATCHED RIGHT UP TO DECEMBER 24TH.  WE'RE VERY BUSY - PLEASE ORDER NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT...

 
Paxman 20M - fully refurbished, gold brass, lacquered, screw bell - awesome... PDF Print E-mail

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This wonderful horn has been fully refurbished by Paxmans very recently.  The work included a brand new medium bell - it was formerly a Model 20L - and the serial number and model designation have been appropriately amended.  It was originally built in 1984.

Basically, it's a brand new 20M.  It's in lacquered gold brass with a screw bell and in absolutely pristine condition.  It comes with a volcano-shaped, Marcus-Bonna-style Paxman case, also in as-new condition.  I dread to think what this would cost new, and there'd be the usual 12 - 18 months wait.  This one is here, now, and ready to go.  But it won't be here long...

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