This Laubin made, Barré instrument was made in the 1960’s and comes with the normal Barré bell and an additional, longer Barré bell, with low Bb key. The bells are original to the instrument. Peter Hurd described Barré English horns as “voiced by Al Laubin. Rare. Worth pursuing.”
Brian Charles cleaned, oiled, adjusted, and play-tested this instrument here in our shop and it’s ready to play. If you’re looking to get into English horn, you couldn’t ask for a better instrument.
The grenadilla wood body is in very good condition. It has bell and top joint repaired cracks which are surface only, and have been stable for possibly decades. We’ve included some photos to illustrate.
The full conservatory, full plateau silver plated keywork system is in clean, oiled condition. It has the average amount of wear expected in a horn from this era. It has some new pads and excellent condition pads throughout.
This English horn features left hand F, F resonance key, split D, Gillet/Banana key, and both a low B bell and a low Bb bell. Both bells are made of grenadilla wood. The correct low Bb extension key is original making the longer bell fully functional and simpler to use than replacement extensions on the market. The two bells resonate differently enough to be noticed by the player. We have our favorite and would love to know which one is your favorite.
The Protec integral double oboe/English horn case is in excellent condition. The longer bell fits snugly in the compartment for an oboe lower joint. This allows you to travel with both bells, if desired.