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Paxman Professional Level French Horn, model 20L
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May 21, 2012
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West Michigan, United States

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Paxman Professional Level Horn

Suitable for professional use.

      Here we have an unusual item for Ebay, A Paxman Model 20L French horn. It is considered one of the finest horns in the world. This is the horn of choice of many of the world's finest players including the horn section of the London Symphony Orchestra, and this particular instrument was actually played by a previous owner in a professional symphony. It is suitable for use by a professional player or someone who aspires to be.

      This fine double horn was made with an unlaquered finish and was recently gone over by a local repair facility to make sure it is in good playing condition. It is a Model 20L, detachable bell, unlacquered, yellow gold, and the serial number is 28619.  This horn was built in 1986, and Paxman estimates the value at approximately $5,000 - $6,500. This instrument comes with two cases, one for use when the bell is detatched and the other for use when you wish to leave the bell on. The fixed bell case is worth $300 alone.

     Don't confuse this instrument with Paxman "Academy Model" horns. These Academy Models are part of Paxman's student line and cost  in the $2,000 - $3,000 range. The instrument listed here is the full professional model. This is your opportunity to get one of the finest professional horns available at this time.

     To find out more about Paxman horns, go to http://www.paxman.co.uk. Normal wait time for a new instrument is 18 – 24 months. Paxman does sell used horns, but has none in this class for sale at this time.   In fact, these horns are somewhat difficult to obtain at this time.

The Model 20 has been the mainstay of the Paxman range for many years. It is a completely original design that broke away from the three distinct layouts that have been used for much of the last century. Central to this design is the Merewether System, whereby the airflow travels in the same direction on both the F and Bb horns, minimising interruption from the turning rotor. The instruments are hand-built using techniques that have not changed since the manufacture of the first valved horn in the 19th century, whilst at the same time making use, where appropriate, of 21st century technologies.

Paxman started life in the early years of the last century, in the same London borough that it currently occupies. However, it was not until immediately after the Second World War that production of horns was begun. More than fifty years on, the company is at the pinnacle of international horn-playing, with Paxman horns found in the hands of top players on every major concert platform around the world. Horn production was started in the 1940s, but really gathered momentum with the arrival of Richard Merewether, a professional horn player. He had ideas on horn design that were well ahead of their time, and in Paxman he found the outlet he needed for their manufacture. The fruits of this initial cooperation were so successful that a permanent association was forged.

Paxman is now jointly owned by the Paxman family, Timothy Jones - principal horn of the London Symphony Orchestra (photo: Nik Milner) and John Rogers.”

Shipping cost to UK is $170.

On May-17-12 at 05:40:46 PDT, seller added the following information:

 shipping to Canada $120

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