Reynolds Contempora FE-03
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DescriptionName: Dave Wesolowski
City: Glen Ellyn
Country: United States
Serial Number: 244005
Alloy: Yellow Brass
Lacquer: yes, worn
Case: yes, Protec MAX
Other Details: You are looking at my Reynolds Contempora Kruspe-wrap B♭/F Double French Horn. I'm its original owner since new in 1972. It still looks good and plays great!
If you research the horn forums, you'll read plenty from players who really appreciate the Contempora’s playability. It’s cited as a “great value” that is “dramatically undervalued.” This horn truly gives you superior, professional quality on a budget.
This horn produces a lovely clear sound with plenty of core and range. I found this horn combined with its Farkas mouthpiece was not too stiff to produce a good lip trill. It was very “tunable,” and I could easily manipulate the pitch without losing tone quality.
My horn here is a nice example. The appearance is somewhat worn and scratched with a few small dings, but the flaws don't affect the tone or intonation. Valves are tight, levers relatively quiet, smooth and fast with the bumpers and strings still in good shape. Compression is very good. It is very clean (no smell).
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Extras: Like new Protec MAX case with backpack straps (retail $139), Holton Farkas MC mouthpiece (.662 in.), new Houghton Horns Horn Survival Kit (retail $35.95) and straight mute
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