LIDL, silver plated

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F/Bb compensating double or ‘half double’,  formerly known as Acustic’ model. 

Place of manufacture: Brno, Czech Republic

Bore / Throat size: medium

Alloy: silver plated brass

Bell flare: fixed

Weight: 2.5kg

Case in 'well-used but functional' condition.

Further details: this is the well-known, ingeniously designed Lidl compensator, with its centrally placed horizontal 4th valve rotor 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 very good shape mechanically and acoustically. Aesthetically/ cosmetically, however, it is quite blemished, having numerous strengthening 'repair patches' on the leadpipe round the back of the horn.

Its F tuning slide has been lengthened, to correct the sharpness of the F horn inherent in this model.


Although not the 'prettiest' of horns, it plays really well, being quite free-blowing on both the Bb and the F sides. Its high register is excellent, and it makes a clear, rounded sound with the potential for tonal variations and shadings.


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LIDL, silver plated