Used Horns

Alexander Bb with stopping valve - $3500

Alexander Bb w/stop valve
Alexander Bb with stopping valve
Price: $3,500.00

The Alexander single Bb horn has much the same advantage of lightness that the single F horn offers. Single Bb horns are highly prized by “high” hornists because they can make strenuous challenges in opera or concert that much easier. Typically, single Bb horns will be found in chamber music and solo situations. This unlacquered horn is in great condition aside from some tarnish, and sports an excellent 1.2 on the compression testing machine (with 8 being the worst). This horn also has a stopping valve. Alexander fixed bell case included. $3500

Alexander Compensating Descant Bb/High F w/Muting Valve - $3500

Alexander Compensating Descant Bb/High F w/Muting Valve - $3500
Alexander Compensating Descant Bb/High F w/Muting Valve - $3500
Price: $3,500.00

Compensating descant horns are rare. What sets compensating horns apart from standard doubles is weight. Because the air has to travel through the valves twice to play in the lower key (Bb), the valves need to be tight. With this horn the compression reading is 1.9, which is fabulous when you consider that the air has basically traveled through the equivalent of 10 valves. This horn is made of unlacquered red brass, has one small guard on the top of the horn where you pick it up. Perfect for that next B-minor mass gig. Red MB1 copy included. $3500

Alexander Compensating Descant Bb/High F- $5000

Alexander Descant Bb/High F Compensating
Descant Alexander Compensating Bb/High F
Price: $5,000.00

Compensating horns are an interesting beast. They depend on tight valves in order to play well. This one registers a 1.2 on the compression scale and is in fine condition, made out of red/gold brass. It includes an F extension valve and a Bb stopping valve. No longer made by Alexander, this model is rarely on the market and is a good choice for those Bach Cantatas. This horn was custom made for Tom Newell, who was the 3rd horn player of the Boston Symphony in the 1960s/70s, and has his name engraved on the bell. Own a piece of history. $5000. Alexander fixed bell case included.

Alexander Single Bb Piston Horn w/ stopping valve - $3500

Alexander 1090 Single Bb Horn
Single Bb Alexander 1090
Price: $3,500.00

This is a specialty horn by Alexander, a perfect instrument for brass quintet or operatic use. It's lightweight facilitates the upper register playing. This Alexander 1090 has three piston valves and a stopping valve, and has a good reading of 1.7 on the compression testing machine. Alexander fixed bell case included. $3500

Amati Double Horn (Lidl Style) - $1800

Amati Double Horn (Lidl Style) - $1800
Price: $1,800.00

Lidl style Amati Double French Horn - very unusual wrap, in excellent condition.

Cost: $1800.00

Bach 1102 Double horn (Yamaha YHR567 Stencil) $2200

Bach 1102 (Yamaha YHR 567)
Yamaha French Horns
Price: $2,200.00

This Bach 1102 is simply a rebranded Yamaha YHR567.  Its got that Yamaha quality craftsmanship aura about it.  The valve compression measures 0.1 (best possible score), and it's in great condition.  A few minor dings keep this from essentially being 'like new'. Serial Number 2125

Yamaha fixed bell case is included.

At this price it won't be here long!

Besson 605 Compensating Double #14593 - $900

Besson 605 Compensating Double
Double Compensating Besson
Price: $900.00

This Besson 605 is a 3/4 sized horn for a child and someone of petite stature. It is a compensating double F/Bb and plays well. It sports a 1.6 (out of a possible 8) on the compression testing machine. Besson fixed bell case incuded. $900

Besson BE702 #11655 $995

Besson BE702 Double Horn
Besson BE 702 Double Horn
Price: $995.00

This Besson 702 double french horn combines the tone quality of an F horn in the middle and low register and the security of a Bb horn in the high register. It's an affordable alternative to a Chinese model, made by Lidl in the Czech-Republic. This horn reads a 2.1 on the compression testing machine. This horn is listed for over $2,000 new. No case included. $995

Conb 8D (Elkhart) #N46609 - $3800

Conn 8D Double Horn (Elkhart)
Conn 8D Elkhart Double
Price: $3,800.00

Conn8Ds are a staple horn in the American tradition, and this 8D is no exception. The horn is in good condition and registers a 1.3 on the compression meter. Conn detachable bell case included. $3800.