Most of our sales are of 2nd-hand French horns, but we also have an occasional supply of brand new ones, and sometimes, other brass instruments. Our stock of ‘collectors’ or 'vintage' horns (late 19th / early 20th century) is probably the largest and the most reasonably priced in the UK.
We act as agents for customers wishing to sell instruments, and we charge a reasonable, flexible commission rate for this service. If you have a French horn you wish to sell, please phone or e-mail us; however, we reserve the right to reject poor-quality instruments.
Our policy regarding the much-discussed topic of ‘restoration/ repair/ conservation’ is: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” After 53 years of professional playing, Tony Halstead is convinced that a certain amount of internal surface ‘patina’ in the cylindrical sections of a brass instrument is actually desirable, giving reassuring acoustic feedback to the embouchure. However, if valves are sticking, we carry out a very mild, non-abrasive cleaning process in the area of the valve-block only.
Tony himself performs small adjustments, ‘tweaks’ and minor repairs, and specialist craftsmen carry out more complex repair work.