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'Modell Gumpert Kruspe', c. 1912


Type:  F/Bb compensating double


Bell throat profile: Medium-Large


Alloy: unlacquered yellow brass


Bell flare: fixed


Valve compression: very good


Visual/cosmetic condition: generally good.


Further details: a lovely, lightweight horn dating from the era when all high quality brass instruments were hand-made by a single 'master craftsman'. This 'Gumpert-Kruspe' model's configuration dates from about 1906, and incorporates the 2-part Bb 3rd slide and the original Kruspe type of F horn loop, with its downward-pointing tuning slide.


An excellent player with a clear and 'notchy' high register, slightly more free-blowing on the F side than on many compensators. This means that it can be used on a low part almost as effectively as a full double.


 Although a 'memorable piece of horn history', it is a practical, usable, characterful example, with a lot of life left in it!  


 Its 'sub-£2K' price qualifies it for a parallel

listing in the 'Intermediate' category, although it is 

a professional-quality horn.

A remarkably similar horn in the R.J. Martz collection (USA) can be seen here:



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