The December bunch with too many pictures.

By: frugalhorn

Dec 03 2018

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W. Nirschl D-500 Geyer Series ¾ size Double Horn
. Notice the adjustable pinky hook.

W. Nirschl D-500LQ is a  3/4- size wrap, full double Geyer-style French horn that is set up to be played by younger players or persons of small stature. Lacquered finish w/ some loss around grip and inside the bell.

The leadpipe has no waterkey. An Amado key can be installed for an additional $30.00.

It has a fixed 11″ bell with medium throat and a .470″ bore.  Calling these horns a ¾ size horn is a misnomer. 4/5th size possibly but a very large 3/4 size horn. It weighs a little over 5.5 #’s It has string linkage, and stands in F only. It has tapered rotors that are brass. It is free blowing and is well centered. An excellent first double horn for a young player.

It has a zippered cloth covered case.

$1000 + ship and insurance

During the mid/late 40’s the Reynolds company developed a relationship with Max Pottag, who played in the Chicago Symphony and taught at Northwestern. Whether the collaborated on design/ tapers is, to my knowledge, unknown for sure. 

Note “scarring” caused by a Bell “Bend”. which was corrected earlier in this horns life. The serial range 477XX puts its build in the 1957 range.

It has a grip wrap, which I can remove if you don’t want it.

Plays very well the valves, never rebuilt, still have very good compression. This is a Cleveland built horn, when Reynolds still managed the company. note the slight “in bend” at the mouth piece brace. This will not effect the horns sound. The Pottag models  are terrific horns. Most are a lot more ‘worn” than this one. It is a retired university horn from New Mexico. Shipped in original case. (Not in good shape)  Other options available.

$1450 + ship/insurance

A model O45 F E Olds double horn, (made in Fullerton CA) The one many folks call a 6d clone. It is housed in its factory Olds case with two bottles of valve oil, a container of paxman slide grease, a removed leather hand guard, a coiled wire scrubby brush, new unused valve string, and a brass non transposing mute.

Based upon serial number the horn was made in mid- 60’s. It is in excellent conditionn, well care for, never any damage aside from slight scratching of the lacquer. I
The compression is excellent, all slides work as intended. There are two mouthpieces, a Holton MDC and the factory Olds #3.

This horn will serve you well into college, or through the re-discovery process of an adult returning to the horn. It is located in SE Michigan. 

The owners desire is to find a good home for her old horn. It’s an excellent choice for a younger players first double for for a re-emergent adult.

975.00 + ship and insurance

Probably one of the cleaner O45’s in existence.

Mirafone (Miraphone) Kruspe wrap double French horn.


This horn has no visible serial number, but has an assembly # of 47 on the change valve. Nickel slides yellow brass. I think the serial # is hidden under the ring set

I sold this horn years ago and it recently ‘came back’ in trade.

All valves use a string linkage., New corks, and string. Valves are fast, and the nickel slides are smooth and easy to move. Very good compression

A terrific horn for a serious student player or adult. Free blowing and well centered. Signs of minor dent and solder work. No serious dents on the horn. If you’re looking for a German built horn, this horn warrants your consideration. Shipped in flat case.


$1600.00 + ship

McCracken designed, Fidelio Model 2269 Double horn. Very good valve compression, it will serve its new owner well. The inside of the bell has the original (scratched and worn) factory lacquer to prevent the player from excessive ‘green hand’ when playing in high humidity sessions.

It has an Eroica leadpipe. The valve stop plates are factory black nylon or plastic. New strings and cork bumpers.

Shipped in a nice fixed bell case. other options available. Ask.

$1250.00 + ship/insurance

A vintage Hans Hoyer built compensating double horn. Engraving on bell “Meister Hans Hoyer” No Serial # or GDR inscription. Possibly Pre-war. Mechanical linkage. This horn has a medium bore bell tail and has a Hand hammered seamed bell.

It’s raw brass and has begun to develop a nice patina. It shows signs of minor dent, solder work, and has a few very minor remaining dings. The horn weighs 5# 3 ozs, It has Nickle inner and outer tuning slides. Spatulas would be comfortable for a young or smaller hand.

It is ready to be played right away. The valves are fast, smooth, and the compression is very good. It comes in a molded hard case. This horn’s intonation is good and even across the Bb to F horn. Currently stands in F although it can be set either way. The low range is very good for a compensator, has a nice bright sound and is very free blowing.  It has been used for chamber music, a horn choir, and in orchestral situations.

$1175.00 + ship/insurance


ASK about this Eroica…

60% lacquer well scratched in places, I intended to strip and make detachable, but time is tight for Xmas.

some solder repairs

Metal bumper stop plates, Chuck Ward metal linkage on the change lever.


$1300. + ship/insurance

Detach (8D ringset) and stripped. $1800.00

Hand painted case….

painted case-1



You can pay via square, Pay Pal (a 3% fee will be charged) or with a check. Shipping will be in a box 18 ” X 18 ” X 27″ Horn shipping weight about 20#’s. painted case lighter

Buyer to pay shipping via USPS priority cost determined by a zip code to zip code “USPS shipping calculator”. + insurance.

On all of the above, ask questions if needed….


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