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Model: ‘Imperial’, a copy of a vintage


Alexander 103


Type:  F / Bb full double


Serial number: 282829


Bell throat profile: medium


Alloy: silver-plated brass


Bell flare: fixed


Water key, conventional type, on the leadpipe.


Further details: a very good example of the legendary B &

H ‘Imperial’, a copy of a vintage Alexander 103 with a

central / cylindrical bore of 11.9 mm rather than the

current Alexander bore of 12.1 mm.  Its silver plate is in

good condition apart from some wear inside the bell throat

and a few slight scratches round the back of the exterior

bell throat.


   The ‘Imperial’ was played by members of the BBC

Symphony Orchestra’s horn section when led by

Douglas Moore during the period 1945-1969.


       A fine horn in many ways, with very good rotor

compression and a ringing sound. Its only

somewhat negative feature is its weight: 2.88

kg, quite a lot heavier than the 2.5 kg 'default'

that is encountered on many (but not all) full

double horns.

Although it is a 'Professional quality' instrument, it is

also listed in the Intermediate category on account

of its modest price.



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