KURT KNOTH double compensator

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MakerKURT KNOTH, Markneukirchen, former East Germany

Model: ‘Sinfonia’

Type:  F / Bb or Bb / F double compensator

Year of manufacture: pre-1971

Bell throat profile: medium

Alloy: unlacquered yellow brass

Bell flare: detachable

Valve compression: excellent

Weight: 2.27 kg / 5 lb

Visual / aesthetic condition: good, with only a few tiny, insignificant surface blemishes that are merely cosmetic issues.

Case: strong gigbag for detachable-bell horn.

Further details:   an excellent hand-made compensating double horn by a single master craftsman, Meister Kurt Knoth (b.1891) whose working period was from about 1920 to the year of his death, 1970. Many details of his workmanship are similar to those of the two rather more well-known Ks:  Knopf and Kruspe.

The horn plays with a characterful, warmly sonorous sound and with a very clear high register in particular.

 Tonally it feels quite similar to a Kruspe, in terms of the breadth of its sound; however, like a very good Knopf, it has more clarity and focus, maybe due to the smaller, less abrupt taper of the leadpipe.


NB: The horn is currently with its owner in Blackpool, UK.

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KURT KNOTH double compensator