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Maker: PAXMAN 

Model: 21LD

Type: 5 valve double, in F/Bb/A(+)/E(+)

Date of manufacture: 1977

Bell throat profile: ‘L’

Bell diameter: 12 inches

Bore of valve tubing: 12 mm

Alloy: lacquered* yellow brass (* see note below)

Bell flare: detachable; weight 0.32kg/11.4 ounces, very light.

Valve compression: very good

Total weight: 2.69kg / 5lb 15oz

Visual/cosmetic condition: generally good; a few very slight dings in the flare and surface imperfections elsewhere are merely cosmetic issues having no effect on the horn’s very fine playing qualities. There is an expertly-made nickel silver patch protecting the final part of the bell ‘tail’, which can be seen at about  ‘2 o’clock to 4 o’clock’ in the 2nd photo.

The horn is fitted with a duck’s foot, and comes with an Alexander 8 mouthpiece, its silver plate in good condition.

Unfortunately much of the lacquer is rather shabby: *During the late 1970s, the lacquering company used by Paxman was not ‘at its best’, and this is one of several horns I have seen from this era whose formerly clear lacquer has darkened with age.  I initially thought that the instrument was gold brass, but now that the lacquer is stripped from the flare, it is clearly yellow brass. If this were my own horn I would have the remaining lacquer professionally stripped.

Case: good, very protective old-style fibreglass ‘suitcase’ for screw-bell horn, with detachable shoulder strap. 

Further details: The predecessor of the current Model 21;  although 40 years old, this horn has been well-maintained mechanically, and is a superb player in all registers.  Its 5th valve is, of course, very useful not only for hand stopping without transposition, but also for some very good (but unorthodox) alternative high register fingerings.

 Being manufactured in January 1977, it is very probably one of the final horns with a bell made on the old ‘L’ mandrel, so, slightly narrower in the throat than the current ‘L’ bell.


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