ALEXANDER 103, 1930s, WITH A SUPERB PEDIGREE

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£1,450.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

A lovely Alexander 103 from the early 1930s.


  Played for many years by the legendary PATRICK STREVENS

 

(London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Opera House, Covent

 

Garden and Philharmonia Orchestra), this excellent

 

unlacquered yellow brass horn has all the expected 'Alexander

 

virtues' and plays very well over the entire range, with a warm,

 

lyrical sound. 

 

The valve compression is very good, the rotors having been

 

plated fairly recently.


Cosmetically and structurally, there are several patches, very

 

skilfully done. These strengthen the brass in vulnerable places.

 

The original owner of the horn was Francis Bradley, son of

 

Adolph Borsdorf (b.1854), one of the founders of the LSO in

 

1904. This horn could well be one of the very first Alexander

 

horns brought to London, soon after Sir Thomas Beecham

 

founded the LPO in 1932, insisting that the horn section should

 

use German double horns rather than the rather unreliable

 

piston 'French' horns in F in general use at that time.

 

 
When I was at music college in the 1960s I had a similar Alex

 

103, not quite as old and distinguished as this one;

 

unfortunately it lacked a good 'high Bb'... how I wish I

 

had had this horn then, with its clear and 'slotted' Bb!


 

   An excellent, lightweight example of an

 

Alexander 103 (2.22 kg) from about 90 years

 

ago, it has been maintained in good

 

condition and quite recently overhauled.


 

It is very reasonably priced, in view of its age,

 

history, condition, and its fine playing

 

qualities. 

 

 

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accepting no responsibility as a principal.

 

 

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ALEXANDER 103, 1930s, WITH A SUPERB PEDIGREE