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A Buccin

BrassWindFix had never heard or seen this instrument/trombone before it arrived in the workshop.  A unique instrument that sounds a mixture of a trombone and french horn.

A buccin (dragonhead trombone) was originally popular in French military bands from 1810-1845 with the designs becoming more and more elaborate and colourful as time went on.  The steel tongue moves with the vibrations produced through the instrument. Sadly their popularity was not sustainable and they fell out of fashion.

At soft volumes the instrument produces a very warm, delicate sound due to the bell being made of hammered tin or very thin brass. It is also capable of an extreme fortissimo. Not everyone agrees on how to pronounce the name of the instrument, with variants including “boo-san”, “bue-san”, “boo-seen” and “buck-sin.”

This instrument was difficult to play as the extremely large and heavy head of the dragon made the stabilty of the instrument difficult to handle.  Justin at BrassWindFix soldered a hand-support to balance the instrument out so the client could comfortably hold and play the instrument.  Another extremely satisfied client at BrassWindFix!

Here is a link to the instrument in action

Some pictures of Justin with the before and after pictures.  See more on our Facebook Page!

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Today’s Brass Instrument

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In the hottest summer since 2006 Justin Pavey from BrassWindFix is working today in the coolness of the workshop.  A cool workshop in this heat we hear you cry? How so?  Well…it’s cooler because the door is wide open and a gentle breeze from the industrial aeroplane sized electric fan is blowing around the room! No natural breeze today but let’s not complain – this heatwave may not be around long!

Today Justin is giving a full service to today’s brass instrument – an Alexander French Horn – lucky french horn!  In addition there is a little bit of soldering work needing to be done but this instrument will be in optimum playing condition once it leaves the workshop.

Interesting Fact Alert:

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Alexander – or “Alex” – horns are a popular choice with professional players. Probably the best-known Alex horn is that played by Dennis Brain in his near-legendary recordings of the Mozart horn concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra. His instrument was badly damaged in a crash which killed Brain, but the instrument was restored and is now on display in the Royal Academy of Music museum.

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