BOOSEY & CO 'Sotone' hand horn/piston horn with 2 crooks

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£530.00

 

 

SOLD

 

 

 

A fine Boosey & Co 'Sotone' silver plated hand

horn conversion / piston horn with original F

crook, a Hawkes silver plated Eb crook, a

detachable valve section ('sauterelle'), and valve-

replacement tubes for hand horn playing.

 

Engraved on the exterior bell flare is

B&Co (floral motif) Sotone (registered)

 

R.M.S.M.  9

 

and on the garland is:

 

Boosey & Co Ltd  TRADE MARK

Boosey  Makers  London

132163

 

'RMSM 9' records that the horn was number 9 in

the former collection of the Royal Military School of Music.

 

Made in 1928-1929, it is a good example of the type of ‘French’ horn that British players were using in the first third of the 20th century, prior to Sir Thomas Beecham's insistence that the horns of the LPO (which he founded in 1932) should use Alexander double horns.  There followed a transitional period in British horn playing until the early 1950s, during which several players remained faithful to the French single F instrument, most notably Aubrey Brain and the BBC Symphony Orchestra's horn section, and of course his son Dennis Brain.

 The horn’s mid-section tubing’s inner diameter is 11.00mm, the typical French horn ‘bore’ of the period.  The cosmetic/visual condition of the instrument can accurately be described as ‘good' but not excellent', owing to a few 'acoustically non-invasive' dings, some slightly untidy solder work where minor repairs have been done, and several quite large areas where the silver plate has worn away.

  The detachable piston valves are in moderately good shape; however, the horn plays even better as a hand horn, with a surprising ‘freedom of blow’, a clear, focussed sound, and no obvious 'wolf' or 'roller' pitches (particularly on the 'G' 12th harmonic of both crooks).

 

The F crook has quite an acute angle of playing, but one

can get used to this as it brings the bell flare closer to the

right hand!

 

Alternatively, inserting the crook into its receiver so that it its circle is not parallel with that of the horn results in a more comfortable playing angle: see photo #3.

It is also worth mentioning that the valve section's tuning

slides are short enough to permit playing with an A crook

(not supplied) when fully pushed in.


 

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Halstead Music Ltd acts as an agent only,

accepting no responsibility as a principal.

 

 

 

NB: for international buyers:

Import duties, taxes and charges are not included in the price or its delivery/shipping charges. It is the responsibility of the buyer/importer to pay these import taxes. Please enquire with your country's customs department to find what these additional costs will be. They are usually collected by the delivering courier company.

 

 

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BOOSEY & CO 'Sotone' hand horn/piston horn with 2 crooks