GBMS 'Halstead' NATURAL HORN with 6 crooks, coupler and case

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    A 2nd hand (but hardly used) 'entry-level' natural horn, ideal for those players who wish to develop basic hand technique without paying several thousands of pounds for a high-end instrument such as a Clark, Jungwirth, Schmid or Seraphinoff, or an intermediate horn such as a Jiracek. 

     I always used to recommend the John Webb 'Bohemian' or 'French' instruments as a matter of course. However, new Webb horns are no longer available, owing to the sad death of their maker Mr Webb nearly 10 years ago. Consequently, 2nd-hand examples are rare, commanding high prices. If you don’t have that kind of money, this very attractive lacquered yellow-brass generalised French reproduction natural horn is ideal as an entry-level instrument.

   An accurate description is that it is not a 'professional-quality' horn; a similar example is a modern 'sub £1K' valve horn, which is usually an entry-level horn only, suitable for a beginner or a young player aiming at e.g. Grades 5-8.

Various other retailers of similar Chinese-made natural horns have claimed that this model has a 'modern bell throat' (!)

   This is incorrect! The GBMS horn has a very narrow bell throat, hence small movements of the right hand have a big effect on the pitch.

   There are SIX crooks: F, E, E flat, D, G, and A, plus a coupler for C basso; this versatile coupler can be used in combination with the F and E crooks to give useful alternatives for Eb and D.   

   The horn can be tuned to play at pitches between A 440 and A 435. It comes in a large padded case with detachable pockets for all the crooks.

   This is the 'ultimate natural horn bargain'.

It is available because its owner has upgraded to a lovely original French instrument:



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GBMS 'Halstead' NATURAL HORN with 6 crooks, coupler and case