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F/Bb compensating double or ‘half double’ formerly called ‘Acustic’ model. 

Place of manufacture: BrnoCzech Republic

Bore / Throat size: medium

Alloy: unlacquered yellow brass

Central/ cylindrical bore: 11.9mm

Bell flare: fixed

Weight: 2.4kg/5lb 5oz

Case: hard case in somewhat scruffy but functional condition.

Further details: this is the well-known, ingeniously designed Lidl compensator, with its centrally placed horizontal 4th valve rotor and its rather 'visually bewildering' cluster of tuning slides.

 It comes as something of a surprise to discover that this model dates back to the late 1940s and was in fact preceded by an almost identical design, based on this ‘Walzen’ or ‘Barrel’ horizontal valve, patented in 1925 by the renowned Hamburg horn maker Carl Lehmann, supplier of horns to George Szell and the Scottish National Orchestra in the late 1930s.

This current Josef Lidl horn is in generally good shape mechanically, visually and musically, with just a few minor ‘cosmetic’ blemishes. It plays beautifully, being surprisingly free-blowing on both the Bb and the F sides. Its high register is excellent, and it makes a clear, rounded sound with plenty of scope for tonal variations and shadings. 

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