John Packer JP263 Rath Compensating Bb/F French Horn

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John Packer JP263 Rath Compensating Bb/F French Horn

Code: 102317

As a progressing player who is looking for a lighter weight B/F compensating French Horn, then you will find the JP263 Rath is a match for your needs.

Unique benefits

Michael Rath is highly regarded for his trombone designs, but what is less well known is that he spent ten years working with Paxman’s making French Horns.

The JP263Rath Bb/F French Horn is constructed from high grade 80:20 brass throughout and includes a exclusive Rath design leadpipe. In addition a compensating system allowing access to both Bb and F sides of the instrument. Mechanical (ball & socket) linkage and neoprene valve bumpers, usually reserved for more expensive French Horns.

A Reversible Bb/F lever for those who prefer the horn to stand in Bb rather than F.

The above features ensure the instrument is also 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: JP263 Rath
  • Key: Bb/F
  • Bell Size: High grade 80:20 brass 310mm (12.2")
  • Valves: Rotary 4
  • Bore: 12.00mm (0.472")
  • Lyre Box: No
  • Mouthpiece: JP612
  • Instrument Weight: 2.28Kg (5lb 3oz)
  • Weight with Case: 6.00Kg (13lb 2oz)


JP263 RATH Bb/F Compensating French Horn

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My first impressions are really good. It is a well-presented horn in a sturdy yet lightweight case which has both a shoulder strap and rucksack straps. The horn is well balanced and light which is ideal for the younger player. Physically the horn is quite small with a compact left hand position. The valves are particularly good; the mechanical action is precise giving a very positive feel. A water key comes as standard. The horn produces a good, full sound over the whole range, the lowest notes needing a bit more effort, which is typical of a compensating instrument. The dynamic range is very even with quiet playing easy especially in the middle and high registers. The intonation is secure in all registers making the notes straightforward to slot into place. The JP263RATH would be a very attractive instrument for someone graduating from a mini-horn perhaps even taking the student as far as Grade Vlll. A very good value instrument.

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Supplied with

The JP263Rath is supplied with a JP612 mouthpiece and comes equipped with a high quality hard case for maximum protection. 

The JP263Rath 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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