BOOSEY and HAWKES 'Imperial'

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Maker:  BOOSEY and HAWKES, London, UK

Model: ‘Imperial’, a copy of a vintage Alexander 103

Age:  55+ years

Type:  F / Bb full double

Bell throat profile: medium

Bell diameter:  31 cm

Alloy: silver-plated brass

Bell flare: fixed

Adjustable finger hook

Weight: 2.85 kg / 6lb 4oz

Further details: a very good example of the legendary B & H ‘Imperial’, a copy of a vintage Alexander 103 with a central / cylindrical bore of 11.9 mm rather than the current Alexander bore of 12.1 mm.  Its silver plate is in good condition apart from some wear inside the bell throat and scratches round the back of the exterior bell throat.

The ‘Imperial’ was the instrument of choice in the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s horn section when led by Douglas Moore during the period 1945-1969.

 A fine horn in every way, with very good valve compression and a ringing, compact sound.  Its 4th valve lever assembly, formerly quite awkwardly placed, was rebuilt fairly recently, bringing it into a much more comfortable position for the player’s left hand and thumb.

  It comes in a sturdy hard case in good condition. Alternative new lightweight cases with backpack straps are available for £45-£60.

This horn is the 'equivalent' of a vintage Alexander 103 at less than 35% of the cost!

NBL although this is a 'Professional quality' instrument, it is also listed in the Intermediate category on account of its very modest price.

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BOOSEY and HAWKES 'Imperial'