This Schmidt double plays fabulously and is a piece of horn history. It was made around the 1930s (making it almost 100 years old!!) but with the sound and ease of playing it has, you'd be shocked.
It is made out of unlacquered yellow brass and has a detachable bell with an Engelbert Schmid (no "t") bell ring. Amazingly, the only patch on the horn is on the leadpipe, which is extremely rare for horns of this age. The leather hand strap is there to make playing with the piston thumb valve more comfortable and does come with the horn. Valves 1,2, and 3 all use string linkage to operate. There is a fifth valve on the horn that you operate by turning a dial (if you're looking at the picture, this is the attachment on the main tuning slide). If the arrow is pointing left the entire horn moves down a half step, switch the arrow to pointing down and your back in regular F and B flat. This would be beneficial for stopped passages or places where the fingering gets difficult because of the key (Strauss Concerto 2 e.g.). The compression reads at about 4.8, which is a higher reading for certain, but both Ken and I were shocked. A lot of the issues that come with higher compression are absent with this horn; the sound is full, articulations pop right out, and notes feel like they have a correct notch.
This would be a great horn for Schmidt-heads or anybody who has never played on a Schmidt they liked. The horn does not come with a horn case.
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