PAXMAN Model 40x

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Maker:  PAXMAN

Model:  40X

Type:  Bb/A+/ F alto double ‘descant'

Age: made in 1977

Bell throat profile: X

Alloy: lacquered nickel silver

Bell flare: fixed

Hollow rotors, resulting in a very lightweight horn.

Water key: conventional type, on the leadpipe.

Visual/ cosmetic condition: good, with some worn lacquer in the usual places and elsewhere, and a few very minor dings and scratches, but these are purely cosmetic issues that have no effect on the horn’s playing qualities.

Valve compression: excellent

Duck’s foot fitted, detachable

Lightweight case with backpack straps, by 'L'Olifant', Paris

A very fine example of this model. I played a similar but not identical horn, but with a detachable bell flare, for 14 years as 1st horn in the English Chamber Orchestra, and I confess (admit?) that it enabled me to ‘stay in the job’!

My personal ‘take’ on an 'X' or 'Large' bell throat taper is that, via skilful use of the right hand, it’s perfectly feasible to simulate a Medium bell’s blowing resistance and sound quality. However, no amount of 'sleight-of-hand' can transform a Medium bell throat into a Large one!



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PAXMAN Model 40x