Alexander F/Bb Double Horn – Model 503


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The Alexander 503 was the Winner of the German Musical Instrument Prize for “Best Horn” in both 1995 & 2005. It is an entry level Alexander double French horn that also satisfies professional demands.

Some players find the 503 model to be more free blowing than the 103, yet both have the light, compact and perhaps characteristic ‘Alexander sound’. The thumb valve of the 503 is arranged at a 90° angle which reduces interference when changing sides.

The combination of full Bb and F horns offers the musician great flexibility in intonation and tone. Only a screwdriver is needed to adjust the instrument to stand in either Bb or F. All rotors are activated by silent Minibal linkages, therefore no restringing will ever be needed!

Alexander horns are available in yellow or gold brass, and feature standard or hand-hammered detachable bells (hand-hammered bells have more consistent metal thickness which improves response and projection).

New horns come with an Alexander case, Alexander mouthpiece, set of Hetman oils/grease and pencil clip.

Additional information


Detachable, Fixed


Gold Brass, Gold Brass Hand Hammered, Yellow Brass, Yellow Brass Hand Hammered;


Alexander Horns

Whenever it comes to assessing the quality of a musical instrument, a certain factor always comes first – the sound. Musical instruments by Gebr. Alexander have a characteristic sound, which a trained ear easily separates from the multitude of different instruments – the Alexander sound. The balanced, harmonious sound of Alexander instruments has become the benchmark for many brass wind players.

Alexander's master team is working now in the seventh generation since 1782 to enhance the sound and playability of its musical instruments and the craftsmanship of its manufactory in Mainz.

Perfection does not exist, however, Alexander are doing everything it can to get as close as possible to the ultimate musical instrument.

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