Nowadays when you hear "Kruspe", it's usually in the context of a Geyer vs. Kruspe debate on Horn People on Facebook or your non-horn playing friend asking how a horn can be considered "crispy". We forget that Carl Geyer and Eduard Kruspe were essential horn makers in the development of the modern double horn and that some of their original horns are still in circulation.
This Kruspe double is an old soul - dating back to World War I according to the engraving on the bell. It was most likely used in a military band around the period of WWI, but it's hard to get an exact manufacture date on it as it could have been purchased before, during, or after the war. Ken said times were much different in the horn world growing up back in 1914, so if you have any questions about what it was like back then make sure to email him and ask!
The horn is made of lacquered yellow brass with some love marks across the body and bell. The dents and scratches are only cosmetic and wouldn't impact performance. The valve compression reads at 2.4, which for a regular horn is ok but for a horn of this age is incredible. It plays well and with proper oiling would both create and be a piece of art for many years to come. All parts of the horn are Kruspe original and the bell is non-detachable. The horn comes with a black fixed-bell horn case.
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