PAXMAN Model 21

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Maker: PAXMAN 

Model: 21X

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


Serial no: 11724

Date of manufacture: 1972

Bell throat profile: X

Alloy: unlacquered yellow brass

Bell flare: detachable

Valve compression: very good

Total weight: 2.5 kg, very light for a 5 valve horn, therefore it has hollow rotors.

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.

Case: black Paxman fixed bell fibreglass.

Duck’s foot fitted.

Further details:although 47 years old, this horn has been well-maintained all round, 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.

Although I loved the 'X' bell when it was first developed and launched, all players agreed that hand stopping was rather difficult, resulting in some sharpness of pitch unless a large right hand was available (!) to give very efficient sealing of the bell throat.

The Model 21's great inbuilt advantage is that the 5th valve's tuning slides can be adjusted to correct this potential sharpness.

NB: This horn is currently housed with its owner in Palmers Green, North London. Contact information can be supplied on request.



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PAXMAN Model 21