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F/Bb compensating double or ‘half double’ formerly called ‘Acustic’ model. 

Place of manufacture: Brno, Czech Republic

Bore / Throat size: medium

Alloy: yellow brass, its lacquer 70%-80% OK.

Bell flare: fixed

Mouthpiece: Silver plated 'Jupiter' style.

Weight: 2.4kg

Case: hard case in somewhat scruffy but functional condition. An excellent brand new lightweight backpack style case is available for an extra £59.

Further details: this is the well-known, ingeniously designed Lidl compensator, with its centrally placed horizontal 4th rotary valve and its rather 'visually bewildering' cluster of tuning slides.

 It comes as something of a surprise to discover that this model dates back to the late 1940s and was in fact preceded by an almost identical design, based on this ‘Walzen’ or ‘Barrel’ horizontal valve, patented in 1925 by the renowned Hamburg horn maker Carl Lehmann, supplier of horns to George Szell and the Scottish National Orchestra in the late 1930s.

This current Josef Lidl horn is in generally good shape acoustically; visually there are just a few ‘cosmetic’ blemishes, some very small dings and areas of worn lacquer.  

It plays beautifully, being surprisingly free-blowing on both the Bb and the F sides. Its high register is excellent, and it makes a clear, rounded sound with plenty of scope for tonal variations and shadings. 


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