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Natural Horn
Georg Simon Künzel in Graz (A), 1816

This Austrian instrument is the oldest piece in my collection. It was acquired from a private collection in 2013, and was in a quite bad condition back then. The wide bell flare is common in Austria and South Germany during the 18th and early 19th century. Instruments of exactly this type have been used in Mozart's and Haydn's time, and this Künzel horn is similar to the ones found in Schloss Esterhàzy and to those probably used in Vienna in the second half of the 18th century. This one is one of the late examples of this instrument type without a tuning slide.
Unfortunately, no original crooks were left, so getting appropriate substitute crooks is one of the next projects for this nice horn, before I can take it to play the music it was intended for…a project for summer 2015, in the hope to be able to play Mitridate on it next season!

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