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'supplied by Paxman London'


F/Bb compensating double or ‘half double’,

formerly called ‘Acustic’ model. 


Place of manufacture: Brno, Czech Republic

Bore / bell throat size: medium

Alloy: lacquered yellow brass

Bell flare: fixed

Weight: 2.4kg

Case: Lightweight 'Gear4Music' case in rather scruffy but

functional condition.


Further details: this is the well-known, ingeniously designed Lidl compensator, with its centrally placed horizontal 4th valve rotor and its rather 'visually bewildering' cluster of tuning slides.

 It comes as something of a surprise to discover that this model dates back to the late 1940s and was in fact preceded by an almost identical design, based on this ‘Walzen’ or ‘Barrel’ horizontal valve, patented in 1925 by the renowned Hamburg horn maker Carl Lehmann, supplier of horns to George Szell and the Scottish National Orchestra in the late 1930s.

This current Josef Lidl horn is in generally good shape mechanically and aesthetically, with just a few minor ‘cosmetic’ dings and lacquer blemishes. 

It comes with a nickel silver Paxman mouthpiece.


Distance from finger hook to 4th valve lever: 10 cm

NB: This is an important specification that is often neglected

or overlooked by horn sellers, makers and even some teachers.

The small hands of a young player usually cannot cope

with a left hand stretch that is too wide (although there is

sometimes some scope for a brass technician to re-position

either the finger hook, or, less easily, the 4th valve lever).


NB The horn is currently located with its owner in

Gloucestershire, UK.

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