Alexander 103 Full Double French Horn (Second Hand)
This second hand Alexander Model 103 Full Double French Horn is unequalled in tone quality and intonation and sought by professionals the world over. Read more
The Alexander 103 is the most popular double French horn in all of Europe. In Germany, its sound is ubiquitous in professional orchestras. You'll hear a section of 103 horns in the Berlin Philharmonic as well as many other ensembles. Designed in 1907, the unique change valve of this instrument was patented in 1909. The model 103 tends toward being rather light, with a compact sound and a presence that's more easily heard than from larger and weightier instruments. There's an electricity to the Alexander tone that is not easily found elsewhere. The workmanship is absolutely flawless - this is German craftsmanship at its finest. The change valve only turns 60 degrees, so the thumb action throw is very short. The instrument can be adjusted to stand in Bb or F as you prefer - only a screwdriver is necessary. All rotors are activated by silent Minibal linkages. No restringing will ever be needed, and a small drop of oil will keep the linkages completely silent. The rotors pivot on bronze bushings for long life and silent action.
This Alexander 103 French Horn is a fixed bell, yellow brass instrument with lacquer in good condition for its age with some wear in the usual places. This is a good solid example of a model 103. It comes with the original Alexander fixed bell case. All of our second-hand instruments are thoroughly checked in our workshop and this Alexander 103 has been fully serviced prior to sale.