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An inexpensive 'entry-level' hand horn for those players who wish to develop hand technique skills without paying several thousands of pounds for a high-end instrument such as a Seraphinoff (USA) or a Jungwirth (Austria).

I always used to recommend the John Webb 'Bohemian' or 'French' models as a matter of course; however, new Webb horns are no longer available, owing to the sad death of their maker Mr 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 French reproduction hand horn is ideal as a ‘starter’, entry-level instrument.

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

It has a very narrow bell throat, so that small movements of the right hand have a big effect on the pitch.

Supplied with four crooks, F, E, E flat and D, playing at pitches between A 440 and A 435, supplied in a padded case with detachable pockets for each crook, this has got to be the ultimate 'hand horn bargain'.

 NB: Optional crooks for A and G are available for £45 each, as is a single-coil coupler for £35 to lower the D crook to C basso.

This horn is also available from GERRY BIRCH MUSIC SERVICES:

phone: 07404 483093




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