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Alexander 107 full double descant horn in Bb/A(+)/F alto in gold brass - a lovely horn... PDF Print E-mail

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A fine example of Alexander's famous and well-established full double descant.  This horn is in very good condition - just the odd, superficial cosmetic blemish - and is made in lacquered gold brass with a screw bell.  It comes with its original hard, flat crocodile case which is also in very good condition.

If you're looking at this you'll know all about these so I won't say more:  a very fine horn for a discerning player.

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Hans Hoyer 5801CK - Geyer style F/Bb full double horn PDF Print E-mail

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We have two of these beautiful instruments for sale currently.   In the classic Geyer style, they play superbly - very like an Engelbert Schmid F/Bb double in many ways but even more lightweight.

They're made in lacquered yellow brass and come with a screw bell and adjustable pinky hook and thumb lever - so you can get that all-important left hand set-up exactly correct.  They both have mechanical actions.

These are ex-demonstrators and they have tiny blemishes (a very small pin dent on the bell spout of one, a re-soldered stay on the rear of the other).  Apart from these minor flaws, the horns are as-new but are available at knock-down prices.

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Engelbert Schmid full triple - wow! PDF Print E-mail

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Thought by many to be the finest triple on the planet, Schmid's wonderful horn is incredibly lightweight and plays stunningly well.  If you're looking at this you'll know all about them, so I won't bother with a detailed explanation.

This fine horn is in excellent condition with just a very few tiny areas of missing lacquer.  It's a full triple in F/Bb/F alto and comes in yellow brass with a screw bell and a coffin case, also in excellent condition.

They don't use these in the NY Phil for nothing...

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Paxman 20M in yellow brass with screw bell - also lovely! PDF Print E-mail

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A later instrument than the 1970s/80s gold brass 20M newly listed below, this is also a very fine horn.  It's in lacquered yellow brass with a medium screw bell.  It also has some minor cosmetic blemishes (mostly on the detachable flare) and, somewhat unusually, comes in a fixed bell case (although a new screw bell case can be supplied at cost).

This is a more lightweight horn than the gold brass 20M mentioned above, and typical of Paxman's current, very fine instruments.  This is THE classic Paxman - a Model 20 with a medium bell, in yellow brass.

This wonderful horn will make someone very happy...

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Paxman 20M in gold brass - lovely! PDF Print E-mail

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This is a very nice Paxman 20M from the late 1970s or early 1980s.  It's a lacquered gold brass instrument with a fixed bell and, apart from a few superficial cosmetic belmishes, it's in very good condition and has clearly seen little use.  It plays beautifully, of course and has a full, warm yet bright sound and a stellar high register - it's really notchy and secure up there!

A fine instrument for a discerning player.

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Jupiter 852L - a very nice high quality Geyer style student horn in spectacular condition PDF Print E-mail

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We don't normally display our student horns on the website but this instrument is exceptional:  it's in absolutely pristine, as-new condition - I cannot see a blemish on it (or on the case!) - and it does play very well indeed.  In lacquered yellow brass and with a fixed bell and mechanical action on all 4 valves, it has a medium, Geyer style bell and is in the Geyer wrap.  It's very similar in virtualy all respects to Yamaha's marvellous Model 567 student horn.

This is a lovely, inexpensive instrument which will make an excellent choice for a keen amateur or student.  It comes with our usual package of full 3-year guarantee, full reconditioning (although there's virtually nothing to do to it) and a hard case.

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Very nice unnamed single F horn - suit beginner or for practice...? PDF Print E-mail

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We don't usually sell single F horns because of their limited applications.  However, very occasionally a really nice example comes along which plays very well indeed and here is such an instrument, in unlacquered yellow brass.  It would suit someone who wants a single F horn to practice arpeggios and flexibilities on (at the office, or something...?) or a beginner who wants an inexpensive lightweight instrument which does play and sound like a French horn should.  This is very definitely not a cheap student instrument.  That said, it bears no maker's name although the remnants of a sticker on which it says 'Made in Italy' are present. Whatever it may be, it plays really well, is in superb condition and is priced to sell.  It comes in a 'boat' case which, although functional, has a faulty catch (which a bit of DIY will fix).

The picture shows the horn before we've reconditioned it, so it will look a little brighter once it's been through our workshop.  It will come fully reconditioned and with our usual full 3-year guarantee and a high quality mouthpiece (if you want one).

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Engelbert Schmid descant in Bb/A(+)/Falto - a lovely, gold brass horn with screw bell & MB case PDF Print E-mail

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These very fine, handmade horns rarely find their way onto the used market - people just don't tend to sell them once they've actually got one and have seen what all the fuss is about.  (This example comes from a professional player who has embarked upon a second, alternative career.)

Schmid horns are wonderfully lightweight, and play just superbly.  If you're reading this, you'll already know all about them so I won't belabour their excellence here.  This descant is in very nice cosmetic condition - just a few, superficial blemishes and the odd, tiny area of missing lacquer - and, in playng terms, it's in perfect condition.  It plays wonderfully, as you would expect.  The valves are silky smooth, silent, incredibly fast and incredibly airtight. And everything works exactly as it should.  A detachable F extension is included in this sale.

This is a very fine horn for a discerning player...

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Yamaha Custom 668VS - top quality handmade Kruspe style F/Bb double PDF Print E-mail

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Newly arrived (and newly reconditioned) is this superb Yamaha Custom 668VS.  This is a screw bell Kruspe style F/Bb full double horn in unlacquered yellow brass.  It's got an extra-large bell - so sounds like a Conn 8D - but has highly airtight valves, so has a high register like a Paxman. These are handmade horns and nothing like Yamaha's still very fine, but lesser quality, 'professional' horns - the 668 (and their Geyer variant, the 667).

This instrument is in superb, virtually as-new condition and has hardly been used.  It comes with its original brown luxury case, which is also in excellent condition.

As one would imagine, the horns plays just superbly.  They don't use these in the London Philharmonic Orchestra for nothing...

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Hoyer 5802CK-AL - beautiful Geyer style F/Bb double PDF Print E-mail

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It's a mind-blowing, unrepeatable opportunity to own a brand new, top-of-the-range, 100% handmade horn at a knock-down price.  The horn is in lacquered yellow brass and has an adjustable thumb lever and an adjustable pinky hook, so you can get that left hand set-up dead right.  This is not a 'second' or a return or anything, but a perfect, professional instrument with no blemishes (that I can see) and a screw bell.  It plays superbly, making exactly that Geyer sound so many of you so desire. Valves are silent, silky-smooth, super-fast and highly airtight so it's really fast in response and has a marvellous high register.

This is a truly fine horn which will make someone very happy indeed...

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Holton H179 - Kruspe style F/Bb full double horn PDF Print E-mail

Newly arrived (and newly reconditioned) is this H179, Holton's classic Kruspe copy, akin to Conn's 8D. This is an unlacquered horn with a fixed bell, and it's in excellent condition, with a lovely matt patina to the raw nickel-silver finish. The valves are quick and airtight, the slides are all free-moving (and also airtight) and it plays beautifully - just like an 8D, but with a better high register.

It comes in its original hard case (in black) and with our standard full 3-year guarantee.

And it's priced to sell...

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Yamaha 664 - some say Yamaha's best horn ever... PDF Print E-mail

Newly arrived is this Yamaha 664 full F/Bb double horn.  Launched as a 'student' instrument, these fine horns were snapped up by amateurs and professionals alike and as soon as you blow one you know why:  they play truly superbly, in all registers, and they're really well made, sturdy horns. They've got medium bells - unusual for a Kruspe wrap horn - and so make a bright, perky 'European' sound;  and their valves are tight, so they've got great high registers.

This example is a little bit tatty - some dings here and there, the odd bit of missing lacquer - but nothing to worry about at all.  It comes from a retiring top UK professional player and will make someone very happy indeed.

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Yamaha 567 - superb intermediate/student F/Bb full double horn PDF Print E-mail

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I've written extensively about Yamaha student horns elsewhere on this site, so I won't repeat myself here.  Arguably the best 'student' horn on the market today, Yamaha's model YHR567 is a fantastic instrument, even when compared to many professional horns costing much more.  This one does not disappoint.

Apart from some evidence of minor dent removal around the bell tail (alone), the horn is in spectacular condition and has hardly been used. It plays superbly, of course - as they all do.

A lovely, easy-playing, free-blowing horn for a serious improving or advanced player.

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Custom Yamaha 667V - very fine Geyer style F/Bb full double horn PDF Print E-mail

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These are wonderful horns and they play superbly.  Styled on the classic Geyer design, they have medium bells and a lovely, open architecture with flowing curves and an avoidance of corners.  The valves are highly airtight - so they have great high registers - and this, combined with the smooth architecture and long, tapered leadpipe, produces a very free-blowing instrument with a high degree of security above the staff.  A truly excellent horn.

The specimen on sale here is in generally very good condition, although it does show some signs of dent removal here and there and exhibits the odd small area of missing lacquer.  Playing-wise it's in perfect order - it's just been fully reconditioned - and of course comes with our full 3-year guarantee.  It's supplied with its original Yamaha hard case, also in good condition.

A fine, top quality professional horn with a hand-hammered bell - and it's priced to sell...

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Yamaha 663 - Kruspe style, big-belled pro horn PDF Print E-mail

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One rarely comes across one of these nowadays:  this is the predecessor to Yamaha's current model 668 - their professional Kruspe style big-belled horn, like an 8D but with highly airtight valves, and so a much better high register.

This horn dates from 1975 - 1980 (they were only manufactured for 5 years) and is just like the 668, only more sturdily built and better finished.  668s are fine horns (as used in the LPO), and these are even better.  The horn plays beautifully, making that BIG 'Hollywood' sound.  Somewhat unusually, it has a screw bell.  It's made in lacquered yellow brass and - given its age - is in remarkably good condition with just a few tiny blemishes here and there, and very little missing lacquer.  It comes with its original Yamaha flat case, also in excellent condition.

A very fine horn at a very good price.

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