Paxman triples can be found littered in horn sections around the world that serve well in providing range and stability, while also having a rich tone quality. They are also around so much because they age well, an often overlooked factor in purchasing a horn. According to the serial number, this one was made in May of 1979 and still has a very long life left. This horn has been professionally played and maintained.
The horn is a full triple horn (F/B-flat/High F) made of unlacquered nickel silver and is cosmetically very good condition. There's some natural discoloration that comes with having no lacquer that is not damaging, and there aren't any dents or scratches. The valves are in amazing condition as they were rebuilt at some point - compression reads just like a brand new horn at a perfect 0.1 across the 5 valves. Valves 1, 2, and 3 use string linkage to operate while the two thumb valves use mechanical minibal linkage. There are two piston style spit valves installed by the main tuning slide and F branch. The even-ness/consistency of sound across all ranges is especially nice (the notes in the low range sound like they come from the same horn as the ones in the high range). The "X" in the serial number refers to the Extra Large bell size, which is evened out by the nickel silver (sounds brighter than brass). The horn comes with a blue Paxman detachable bell horn case.
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