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This excellent single F horn with rotary valves was almost certainly made in Italy or the former Czechoslovakia; its bell throat is engraved or stamped:

ALLIANCE, J.R. Lafleur & Son Ltd, London, Paris & New York, Imported by Boosey & Hawkes’ 


 Made of lacquered yellow brass, in very good condition apart from a few minor cosmetic blemishes, it comes with a sturdy hard Paxman case.

It plays very well indeed, with no ‘bad’ notes, and an excellent high register.

Although not an ‘authentic’ 19th century German-style instrument,  nor an accurate copy of such a one, it could conceivably be used for period instrument performance of the  ‘Romantic’ repertoire (e.g. Schumann, Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler, Strauss et al).

A few years ago I borrowed an almost identical ‘Alliance’ horn (but in far worse visual and mechanical condition) from its current owner, and played it in a performance of the Brahms ‘German Requiem’ in which the orchestra was contracted to play on ‘historically appropriate instruments’. Admittedly, some of the horn players of Brahms’ time may have played hand horns but conversely they may have used German, Austrian or Bohemian single F instruments with rotary valves, broadly similar to our example currently described.

Even if never used in concert performance, this is an ideal and inexpensive horn for practice or warm-up purposes.

It is a very good upgrade for a young player currently playing a ¾ size horn.


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