KING 'Fidelio'

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Maker: KING


Model: 2269 ‘Fidelio’


Type: F / Bb full double


Manufactured: approx 1979-1980


Bore / Throat: medium


Alloy: yellow brass


Bell flare: fixed


Water key: ‘Amado/ Getzen’ on the mouthpipe.


Visual / cosmetic condition:

there is much worn lacquer and there are a few ‘non-acoustic’ dings. Overall the horn’s condition is ‘generally good but has seen some use’. Visually, not the 'prettiest’ horn (!) on account of its shabby lacquer, but its price reflects this cosmetic issue.


Weight: very lightweight for a full double, 2.37 kg, 5 lb 4 oz.


Case: fairly new lightweight 'Gator' with shoulder strap


Further details:

 Designed by the legendary USA brass designer George McCracken as a specifically ‘free-blowing’ horn, this is a very good, sensitive instrument with ‘all the notes in the right places’ and a pure, ringing tone: perhaps the best ‘sub £1200’ professional-quality instrument I’ve encountered during the past year. I played exactly this model of horn for a couple of years in the English Chamber Orchestra when I was working on ‘scaling down’ the heaviness of my sound at that time, to fit in with a small orchestra.


NB: the horn is currently housed with its owner in Huddersfield, UK. Contact details can be provided on request.








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