The model 20 is the flagship of the Paxman range. It is a completely original and unique design that is built around the Merewether system which allows the air to flow through the valve section in the same direction on both the F and Bb sides of the instrument. This minimises airflow disruption from the turning rotor and enables characteristic smooth slurring and legato playing on both the F and Bb horns, and when changing between them.
The model 25 incorporates Paxman’s innovative Dual Bore system, where the F side of the horn uses a larger cylindrical bore. This opens out the F side, giving it a similar resistance to the shorter Bb side and allowing the player to push the air through in the lower register.
Both models feature independent tuning slides for both sides of the horn. Apart from the obvious benefit of this, it enables the player to add an extension for a manually operated A/stopping valve. The mouthpipe is fitted with a waterkey as standard. The thumb lever is easily reversible to stand in either F or Bb.
A compact valve section can be specified for no additional cost (please see the separate page for details).
Both models are also available as a custom order, with a built in stopping valve (models 21 and 26). Both are available with the full choice of bell tapers and alloys.