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A superb hand-made leadpipe configured for an Alexander 103, made by the USA-based Romanian craftsman/horn player FELIX CANTESANU.

Mr Cantesanu writes about his unique leadpipe as follows; what is particularly interesting is his reference to the brass being 'alive', so this presumably means that the alloy's molecular structure has been acoustically enhanced by a very precise annealing process similar to the one used in the manufacture of e.g. a PHC 'Z cup'.

"Upgrading the leadpipe on a horn is the most cost effective investment towards a better instrument. Bent to fit properly on each particular make of horn, the Cantesanu Leadpipe has been installed on instruments such as Rauch, Berg, Lewis, Hill, Paxman, Medlin, Alexander, Kuhn, Schmid, Yamaha, Conn, Holton, Hoyer, Lawson, Otto, and others.

Extensive research and trials have resulted in a truly great leadpipe, a component I found to be most important. Originally designed for the Cantesanu Double, this leadpipe is an improvement not only for Geyer style horns but also for other designs, notably so for the Conn 8D and Alexander 103.

Along with the carefully designed taper, what helps make this leadpipe extraordinary is the state of the brass material it is made of. Processed the same way as for the horns I make, the brass of the leadpipe is Alive.

Benefits to your horn: a clean and focused sound core, excellent attack response, evenly spaced pitch slots, smooth slurs, and a full range of harmonics that provide a rich and projecting sound. The leadpipe is well balanced, free blowing and even throughout all registers.”

  This 2nd hand Cantesanu leadpipe is in excellent condition and has been fitted with a "JoyKey". It is priced at only 50% of the current new price.



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