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I bought this horn from a pawnshop some years ago which came with an odd neck which wasn't part of the original horn.


The horn was a Rene-Duval thingy made in italy, but this neck is from something else...

Also, there is a number '14' inscribed on the front of the tenon flange, and roman numeral 'XIV' etched on the oactave key.

any idea waht this is?
 

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does number 14 appear as the last two figures of the SN? I have seen this on some Italian horns but I don't recognise the octave key (might very well be a Borgani)
 

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Thanks, Matt. certainly sounds plausible.

I guess what I really ought to figure out is this: the neck's key is nickle plated and the horn is all brass. It's a good tenon match and plays in tune.

Will I be destroying something notable if I remove the nickle plate?
 

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does number 14 appear as the last two figures of the SN? I have seen this on some Italian horns but I don't recognise the octave key (might very well be a Borgani)
nope, best I can tell it's from a completely different instrument.
 

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ok, it should be too difficult to take the nickel plate off (if it is not made of nickel silver!) or replacing it with another octave key
 

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Something about it says older Borgani to me. I could be wrong.
Damn you ! I though I was gonna fer sure win the prize on this one !

That's what it is...an old Borgani. Might be from an Alexandre-engraved horn, as well...as those were Borgani stencils.

110% certain...I have 3 of 'em kickin' around here....

Definitely keep the octave key on there....it's a very hip octave key....
 

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Sweet. Guys, thanks for the assist.

That's what it is...an old Borgani. Might be from an Alexandre-engraved horn, as well...as those were Borgani stencils.

110% certain...I have 3 of 'em kickin' around here....

Definitely keep the octave key on there....it's a very hip octave key....
makes me wonder if the horn itself is a Borgani stencil. The key is cool. If it wasn't nickel plated, it would match the horn well with it's art-deco appearance.

how should I remove the plating?
 
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