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This excellent single F horn with rotary valves, stamped ‘LAFLEUR / Imported by Boosey & Hawkes’ was probably made in Italy or the former Czechoslovakia. 

 Made of unlacquered yellow brass, it comes with a sturdy hard case in fairly good condition, and a silver plated mouthpiece.


It plays very well indeed, with no ‘bad’ notes, and although not an ‘authentic’ 19th century German-style instrument, nor an accurate copy of such a one, it could conceivably be used for period instrument performance of the 19th century ‘Romantic’ repertoire (e.g. Schumann, Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler, Strauss et al).


A few years ago I borrowed an identical horn (but in far worse visual condition) from its current owner, and played it in a concert performance of the Brahms ‘German Requiem’ in which the orchestra was contracted to play on ‘historically appropriate instruments’. Admittedly, the horn players of Brahms’ time may have played on hand horns but conversely they may have used German, Austrian or Bohemian single F instruments with rotary valves, broadly similar to our example currently described.

Even if never used in concert performance, this is an ideal and inexpensive horn for practice or warm-up purposes.



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