PAXMAN 60M

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Maker:  PAXMAN

Made in: London, UK

Model: 60M  

Type: 5 valve double descant in Bb/A+/Bb ‘soprano’; it comes with a detachable F ‘extension’ with a manually operated rotary ‘tap’ to switch between A+ and F.

Serial number: 3831

Bell throat profile: ‘M’  (medium) 

Bell diameter:  31 cm

Central tubing bore: 12 mm

Alloy: unlacquered yellow brass

Bell flare: detachable

Further details: this is Paxman’s superb ‘Ultra-Descant’ horn, the favourite model of its inventor/designer, the late, great Dick Merewether.  During the time that I was in the English Chamber Orchestra, I used to (rashly) play Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos 1 and 2 in the same concert (!) using the Paxman 60M.

 This example is a ‘one owner from new’ horn, very well maintained, although it currently has a few very minor cosmetic dings. It has ‘low mileage’, because its owner, the former Principal Horn of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra 1984-2011, played it only occasionally, rather than as an ‘everyday horn’.

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PAXMAN 60M