LIDL 'Walzen horn', silver plated

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F/Bb compensating double or ‘half


double’,  formerly known as Acustic’ model. 


Place of manufacture: Brno, Moravia (former) Czech




Bore/Throat size: medium


Alloy: silver plated brass


Bell flare: fixed; Weight: 2.55 kg


 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'  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 German design, based

on  the ‘Walzen’ or Barrel’ horizontal change 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 quite good shape

mechanically and acoustically. Visually/cosmetically,

however, it is rather blemished in a few places, but not

in a way that affects the way it plays.


   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 'Walzen horn', silver plated