Paxman Model 45 Full Double Descant Horn

(Code: WS-PAX-MOD-45)
Bell Size and Fixture
Brass, Levers, Lacquering
£ 8,950.00
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Paxman Model 45 F/Bb (A-+) f-alto Dual Bore Full Double Descant French Horn

PRICES FROM £8950.00
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  • - Merewether System
  • - Dual bore
  • - Available in Medium, Europa and Large sizes
  • - Lacquered or unlacquered
  • - Available in Yellow brass, Gold brass or Nickel Silver (by request) finishes
  • - Stopping valve as standard
  • - Paxman "Zero" alto valve
  • - Mouthpipe guard
  • - Mouthpipe water key
  • - Reversible thumb valve
  • - Adjustable finger hook
  • - Nickel silver valve casings
  • - Brass rotors
  • - Cord or Miniball lever action
  • - Fixed or detachable bell
  • - A=442 pitch as standard



Richard Merewether’s association with Paxman started with alto horns first a single horn in f-alto, then the first dual-bore F/f-alto double horn, and subsequently a Bb(A-+)/f-alto. This was an important breakthrough in horn design. Since then Paxman descants have been regarded as the benchmark for this kind of horn.

All of our descant horns incorporate a unique valve, designed by Paxman, that gives the airway diverging routes from a point close to the mouthpiece where the tube diameter is still small. This allows both the Bb and f-alto sides to have the correct tapers for both the mouthpipe and branch. The two sides then converge in the same valve, in another chamber with a much larger tube diameter, in the expanding approach to the bell throat.

The latest development is the Model 45, which has narrower cylindrical tubing on the f-alto horn, which enhances the sound quality and equalises the resistance of the two sides.

Available online to UK customers only.

WARRANTY: Paxman Musical Instruments Limited give a two year warranty on all new instruments. This does not cover accidental damage or lacquer wear.

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