John Packer JP163 Compensating Bb/F French Horn

  • Student
  • Key Bb/F
JP163 French Horn Lacquer CUTOUT   reduced

John Packer JP163 Compensating Bb/F French Horn

Code: 101958

The design of the JP163 Bb/F compensating French Horn is geared towards younger musicians and first time players looking for a lighter weight French Horn with access to both the Bb and F sides of the instrument. 

Unique benefits

The JP163 Bb/F French Horn is constructed from yellow brass throughout. It includes a compensating system allowing access to both Bb and F sides of the instrument.

It includes a number of high quality components usually reserved for more expensive French Horns. These include, mechanical (ball & socket) linkage, neoprene valve bumpers. In addition the finger hook and ducks foot can all be adjusted to ensure a comfortable hand. 

These features ensure the instrument is suitable for younger players without affecting the quality of the instrument's performance and are the reason the instrument has become so popular with the UK education sector.

Product benefits


  • Model: JP163
  • Key: Bb/F
  • Bell Size: Yellow Brass 310mm (12.2")
  • Valves: Rotary 4
  • Bore: 12.00mm (.472")
  • Body: Yellow Brass
  • Finish: Lacquer
  • Lyre Box: No
  • Mouthpiece: JP612
  • Instrument Weight: 2.28Kg (5lb 3oz)
  • Weight with Case: 6.00Kg (13lb 2oz)


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Supplied with

The JP163 is supplied with a John Packer JP612 4B French Horn Mouthpiece and comes equipped with a high quality case for maximum protection. The case is lightweight, well-designed and attractively styled with a reflective strap for extra safety. A comfortable shoulder strap is included as standard. The case also includes a small storage pocket accessible for the outside of the case. This enables players to store small accessories and sheet music with their instrument. The JP163 is also supplied with a bottle of Ultra Pure valve oil and a maintenance guide to help you keep your instrument in top playing order.

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