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Enclosed is the site for a Paxman 4 valve Bb/A french horn, very similar to the one I now have...It too has the 2nd & 4th valve slides different lengths. Yet they claim it as a Bb/A horn... Look at the price of this one... Upon playing around with mine, I found that I have to use the 4th valve on only 4 notes, being D,E,F & G...All the rest play w/out the 4th valve from high A to low F...I had to tune it for it to do this & checked the sound also with my Holton. The difficulty is that using these fingerings is very hard after you are so used to playing Bb on the double w/ the thumb key. I can't see any difference between this one & mine... here is the ad:  http://www.ebay.com/itm/PAXMAN-4-valve-Single-Bb-A-Professional-French-Horn-/251  Oh, by the way, the Opus seems to be a USA horn! It says USA under the OPUS emblem... Interested to hear your comments   Ken

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Hi, the Paxman in the picture has the slide pulled out to use it for stopping. If you pushed it right in it would be an A valve.

http://www.opusmusic.com.cn/ was what I got on googling "Opus musical instruments"

and http://www.opusmusic.com.cn/buy-french_horn_Bb_key.html

shows one very like yours at the btoom of the page. It's a generic Chinese design. As I've said various times before, if you're ordering a batch of horns from a Chinese manufacturer they will engrave anything you like on them - I presume it doesn't actually say "made in USA" just USA... Yamaha do a similar trick in putting "Yamaha Japan" on theirs now they manufacture in China.

I'm not sure which D,E, F and G you're talking about, you can of course play all the way from a bottom B to anywhere on a 3-valve Bb single, but there are notes like low G and F# and middle G where the tuning is unsatisfactory. And handstopping in tune is next to impossible.

AJ

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