2nd hand GBMS HAND-HORN, 'Halstead' model with 6 crooks

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Only 1.5 years old, an excellent GBMS 'Halstead' hand horn, very lightly used for practice and warm-up purposes. 


   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. 


  I always used to recommend 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, inexpensive lacquered yellow-brass generalised French reproduction hand horn is ideal as a beginner, entry-level instrument.


  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 six crooks: A, G, F, E, E flat and D, plus a coupler for C basso, (not all the crooks are shown in the photo), 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'.


NB: the current owner has stripped much of the lacquer from the horn body and some of the crooks.



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2nd hand GBMS HAND-HORN, 'Halstead' model with 6 crooks