The majority of our sales are 2nd-hand horns, but we also have a modest supply of brand new ones, and occasionally, other brass instruments. Our stock of ‘collectors’ horns (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 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 nearly 50 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 do more complex repair work.