B & S 'Sonora'

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B & S, in the former East Germany, is the maker of Hans Hoyer horns, so, in effect this 'Sonora' model is a Hoyer.


Although a little on the heavy side for a compensator, (2.2 kg) its build-quality is excellent, as is its valve compression. There is minimal lacquer wear, in a few places, and several small and non-invasive dings.


Its case is 'quite worn, OK but nothing special'; a brand-new lightweight case can be supplied for an extra £50.


Playing wise, this attractive horn has a medium-dark but ringing tone quality and an impressively even response over the whole range.


Generally, a good, inexpensive 4-valve compensator that will take a young player up to Grade 8.

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B & S 'Sonora'