Yamaha in the early 80s created three models based off other horn makers Geyer (Yamaha 861), Kruspe (862) and Schmidt (863) . The Yamama 863 was based off design specifications for a Schmidt horn, popularized through its use in many orchestras including the New York Philharmonic. Yamaha only made a few of these horns due to high cost, and this is a good one to try out!
Despite some non-harmful oxidation that has occurred under the lacquer, the horn plays with a very open, free sound. With clear responses in articulation and fluid air movement between notes, the compression of the valves sits around 2.0.
Comes with an older MB1 horn case. #001124
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