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Maker: VINCENT BACH,  Elkhart, USA


Bell throat profile: large

Alloy: unlacquered silver-plated brass

Valve compression: good

 Visual  condition: 'has seen some use'. There are a few 'non-invasive' dings and surface imperfections, but these are purely cosmetic issues with no apparent effect on the playing of the horn. There is some evidence of repairs to joints in a couple of places.

 General: slightly heavier than many double horns (but not as heavy as a 'traditional' Lidl!) this is ergonomically quite a big horn that would be best suited to a player with larger than average hands. Although its bell throat is similar to e.g. Conn 8D, Holton 179 or Paxman 'A'/ New World, its high register is clear and focussed.


By skilful use of the right hand, straightened and inserted more deeply into the MIDDLE of the bell, the wide throat can be  'converted', instantly and temporarily,  to a Medium or Medium-Large size for greater clarity in the high register. This is a well-known and effective technique that can usefully be applied to all 'large' horns, e.g. Holton 179/279; Conn 8D; King 'Eroica'; Paxman 'L' and 'A'; Schmid 'W' and Finke 'M-L' bell flares.

 Weight: 2.67 kg

 Case: original, large and heavy but very protective.


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

listing in the 'Intermediate' category.


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