DescriptionADSMANAGER_NAME_FIELD: Tim Van Gijsegem
Alloy: Nickel Silver
Other Details: This is the finest large (actually American) bore Paxman I’ve ever played, bar none. It’s a nickel silver 70A full triple horn that has been played professionally for most of its lifespan. First in Toronto, afterwards in New York – before coming to me (hence the ‘most’).
This horn was built by the legendary Ted Adams in 1987, worked on subsequently by George McCracken (who also made new valves for the horn) and Roy Cox in the UK who replaced 2 slides and gave the horn a general overhaul. It is a heavy instrument, but doesn’t it ever play well?
It plays and sounds like the finest of 8Ds, with an F alto side on top. The craftmanship is of course far superior on this instrument than on any 8D. There are no bad notes on this instrument. Open high A and Ab (2nd valve) are well in tune on the Bb horn. Piercing high D and E on the F side? You got it. Low horn? No problem.
ADSMANAGER_EXTRAS: Some small cosmetic issues aside (which is normal for a very good older horn, proof that it’s been played), the horn is mechanically and acoustically in great condition. Slides are excellent, valves as well, screw-ring is not worn, .. overall a very fine instrument.
Reason for selling: I am opting to play a more compact instrument, being in Western-Europe, large horns are simply not all that popular. My loss is your gain.