BOOSEY & CO Piston French horn/ hand horn with 2 crooks

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BOOSEY & Co. piston horn


nearly 120 years old.



Engraved on the exterior bell flare is “Class A - Light Valve - Boosey & Co - Makers - 295 Regent St -London”

This horn, made in 1890, is a good example of the type of ‘French’ instrument that British players were using in the first third of the 20th century, prior to Sir Thomas Beecham's insistence that the horns of the LPO, which he founded in 1932, should use Alexander double horns.   This was a transitional period in British horn playing, during which several players remained faithful to the French-style piston valve instrument until the early 1950s, most notably Aubrey Brain and the BBC Symphony Orchestra's horn section, and of course his son Dennis Brain.

 This horn's detachable  piston valves ('sauterelle') are by the renowned  maker W. Brown & Sons.   The  instrument comes with two original crooks: F, by W. Brown & Sons, made of un-plated brass, and Eb, silver plated brass, by Boosey & Co, stamped 'LP' (low pitch).

There are two different main tuning slides, for high and low pitch, and there are 3 brass tubes to replace the valve section, for hand-horn playing.

  The piston valves are in good condition; musically/acoustically the horn plays beautifully, with a surprising ‘freedom of blow’, a clear, focussed sound, and no 'wolf' or 'roller' harmonics.


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BOOSEY & CO Piston French horn/ hand horn with 2 crooks