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Made in: GDR, the former East Germany

Type: F/Bb or Bb/F full double

Bore / Throat: Large

Alloy: unlacquered yellow brass

Bell flare: fixed

Water key: conventional type, on the leadpipe.

Mouthpiece: a very good medium size, its silver plate in as-new condition.

Visual/cosmetic condition: excellent, recently fully overhauled and serviced. There are just a few miniscule surface blemishes.

Case: Paxman well-padded case with shoulder straps, in good condition.

Further details: this is only the 2nd Hans Hoyer 801-L I've encountered in 15 years; it is a fine, sensitive, very free-blowing instrument with ‘all the notes in the right places’ and a flexible range of tone colours. Having a large bell throat (even wider than e.g. a Conn 8D or Paxman 'L') gives the horn a huge, powerful mid-to-low register and a rich, deeply sonorous range of tone colours.

By skilful use of the right hand, straightened and inserted more deeply into the bell, the wide throat can instantly be 'converted' to a Medium bell for greater clarity in the high register.


'Price comparison': A brand new Hoyer 801-L currently costs (best discount prices) between £3,259 and £2,957; our current used horn as described above costs less than 28% of that average.


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