John Packer JP261D Rath Double Bb/F French Horn

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John Packer JP261D Rath Double Bb/F French Horn

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The JP261D RATH is a full double Bb/F French Horn with a detachable bell which enables the instrument to be more portable and packs away into a smaller case. Featuring an exclusively designed Rath leadpipe and Geyer style layout this horn has very little resistance and is very freeblowing throughout the whole register. The thumb lever, finger hook and ducks foot can all be adjusted to ensure a comfortable hand position thus making it ideal for younger players looking for a full double horn. 

Unique benefits

The JP261D RATH is constructed from high grade 80:20 brass throughout. Incorporating an exclusive Rath designed leadpipe. The JP261D also features neoprene valve bumpers and mechanical (ball & socket) linkage, adjustable and reversible Bb/F lever for those who prefer the horn to stand in Bb rather than F. The thumb lever, finger hook and ducks foot can all be adjusted to ensure a comfortable hand position and a detachable Bell.

Product benefits


  • Model: JP261D
  • Key: Bb/F
  • Bell Size: Gold Brass Detachable Bell 310mm (12..20")
  • Valves: Rotary 4
  • Bore: 12.00mm (0.472")
  • Waterkey: Lever 1
  • Body: Yellow Brass
  • Finish: Lacquer or Nickel
  • Lyre Box: No
  • Mouthpiece: JP612
  • Leadpipe: Designed by Rath
  • Instrument Weight: 2.68Kg (5lb 15oz)
  • Weight with case: 7.64Kg (16lb 13oz)
  • Box Dimensions: 67x39x48cm (26x15x19in)
  • Boxed weight: 9.5Kg (20lb 15oz)


JP261D RATH Bb/F French Horn

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I have great pleasure in recommending the JP261DRath double Bb/F French horn as a fantastic instrument for the intermediate level horn player (grade 4-7). It is a remarkably free blowing instrument & the example I played had an excellent top register. It has mechanical valves, so no strings to repair, and is robustly manufactured. The detachable bell model comes with a very user friendly 'back pack' case all at an extremely competitive price. Perfect for taking to school or youth orchestra. Definitely worth thinking about if you are looking for a first double horn.

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Supplied with

The JP261DRath is supplied in a John Packer JP857 Pro Lightweight French Horn (Detachable Bell) Case which is a high specification French Horn case ideal for the busy musician. With a rigid yet lightweight fibreglass construction, the JP857 Pro offers maximum protection whilst maintaining ease of use and an ergonomic design high quality lightweight case with backpack straps. The JP261DRath is also supplied with a John Packer JP612 4B French Horn Mouthpiece, bottle of Ultra Pure valve oil and a maintenance guide to help you keep your instrument in top playing order.

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