2nd hand GBMS HAND-HORN, 'Halstead' model with 7 crooks and 2 couplers

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   Less than 1 year old, an excellent GBMS 'Halstead' hand horn, very lightly used, only for practice and warm-up purposes.  It is available only because its owner has upgraded to an 'original' hand horn.


    This is an 'entry-level' hand horn for those players who wish to develop basic hand technique without paying several thousands of pounds for a high-end instrument such as a Clark, Jungwirth, Schmid or Seraphinoff, or an intermediate horn such as a Jiracek.. 


  For many years, I played and recommended John Webb's 'Bohemian' or 'French' models as a matter of course; however, new Webb horns are no longer available, owing to the sad death of John Webb in 2014. Consequently, 2nd-hand examples are rare, commanding high prices. If you simply don’t have that kind of money, this very attractive lacquered yellow-brass generalised French reproduction hand horn is ideal as a beginner, entry-level instrument. Furthermore, this one is equipped with an extra Eb crook and an extra coupler.


  To be really accurate in its description, I can say that it is not a 'professional-quality' horn; a similar example is a modern 'sub £1K' valve horn, which is usually an entry-level horn only, suitable for a beginner or a young player aiming at e.g. Grades 5-8.


  This horn has a very narrow bell throat, hence small movements of the right hand have a big effect on the pitch.


  Supplied with SEVEN crooks: A, G, F, E, E flat (2 crooks with slightly different initial tapers) and D, plus two cylindrical couplers, one of which separately gives C basso with the D crook, and interlocked together with the D crook give Bb basso, playing at pitches between A 440 and A 435, supplied in a large padded case with detachable pockets for each crook, this has got to be the ultimate 'hand horn bargain'.



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2nd hand GBMS HAND-HORN, 'Halstead' model with 7 crooks and 2 couplers