Not only is this one of the oldest Alexander 103's I've seen, it's one of the most historically significant as well.
The name: Bruno Jaenicke is inscribed on the bell - he played principal horn with the
BSO from 1913 to 1919. After two years with the Detroit Symphony (1919-1921), Jaenicke became co-principal with Franz Xaver Reiter with the New York Philharmonic, then principal from 1922 to 1943. He can be heard on a recording of Strauss's Ein Heldenleben under Willem Mengelberg. Jaenicke's two brothers-in-law, Robert and Adolph Schulze, played second and fourth horn with him in New York.
This horn comes from the estate of a student of his.
It's in good condition, with a small protective guard by the thumb lever. The bell is not worn or thin, and overall the horn is in good condition.
The horn would need a valve job in order to come to its full potential - but what an instrument, and what history!
The leadpipe only takes a very slim shanked mouthpiece (included with the horn) - but a modern mouthpiece could easily be turned down to fit this horn.
VERY old formed fixed bell case included
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