Antique Musical Instruments/what kind of horn


Hi. I just got this horn because it seems different.  Could you just tell me exactly what it is?  Thanks.   :)

It is tough to tell from a picture.  It is either an alto horn or a tenor horn.  They look basically the same, but the alto is smaller and plays in Eb, while the tenor plays in Bb.  

If you measure the tubing from the mouthpipe to the the bell(ignoring the valve tubings), if it around 78 inches, then it is an alto, if it is around 106 inches, it is a tenor.  

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