PAXMAN 100M Compensating Triple

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A lovely PAXMAN

compensating triple, 

 Model 100M in 

F/Bb/high Bb.


 Lacquered yellow brass, with detachable 'M' bell flare.


This is the current model of Paxman 'descant' compensating triple horn, in the post-1985 layout as designed by the late, great Richard Merewether.


Dick Merewether in his later years was a great evangelist for 'Medium' rather than 'Large' bore (although, strangely, his first design for Paxman in the late 1950s and early 1960s was a 'large' bell rather similar to the vintage Kruspe bell but with some of the 'corners' smoothed out.)


This Model 100, serial #78214M, is in very good condition apart from some lacquer wear in the usual, expected places. It incorporates an ingenious ‘dual bore’ system (actually meaning 'dual taper') where the Bb/F and high Bb horns each have their own appropriate tapered sections for accurate response and intonation.


A really superb and versatile horn, it plays beautifully over the entire range, with a clear, focussed and ringing sound that is nevertheless flexible in its palette of potential tonal shadings via skilful use of the right hand plus embouchure 'vocalisation'.


The sheer 'ease' of the top register on the 'high Bb' side is quite astonishing; apart from 'top space G' which is fingered (like a trumpet) on the 1st valve, all the higher fingerings are exactly the same as on a regular Bb or F horn.


It is truly 'the horn that has everything you will ever need’, especially if you are a 'high player'.


NB: The horn is currently housed with its owner in Hertfordshire; contact details can be provided on request. 


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PAXMAN 100M Compensating Triple