Horn – Paxman 20m ‘Gosling’

Bought in 2009 with funding from the Gosling Foundation, the 20m double french horn is the flagship of the Paxman range. Built around the Merewether system which allows the air to flow through the valve section in the same direction on both the F and Bb sides of the instrument, this minimises airflow disruption from the turning rotor and enables characteristic smooth slurring and legato playing on both the F and Bb horns, and when changing between them. It feature independent tuning slides for both sides of the horn. Apart from the obvious benefit of this, it enables the player to add an extension for a manually operated A/stopping valve. The mouthpipe is fitted with a waterkey as standard. The thumb lever is easily reversible to stand in either F or Bb.

It has had one previous awardee and is presently available for loan