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John Packer JP263 Rath Compensating Horn

Original price £1,089.00 - Original price £1,089.00
Original price
£1,089.00 - £1,089.00
Current price £1,089.00

Bb/F French Horn designed and manufactured in collaboration with Michael Rath of Rath Trombones.

The JP263 RATH is a fully compensating Bb/F French Horn designed and manufactured in collaboration with Michael Rath of Rath Trombones. 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. Rath instruments are renowned for the build quality and high level of finish on their instruments and the JP263 RATH is no different. Featuring an exclusively designed Rath leadpipe, the JP263 RATH incorporates many other sophisticated Rath design elements and draws on Michael's collective experience at Paxman and at Rath creating custom instruments for some of the world's more demanding players. The JP263 RATH provides a compensating French Horn that is affordable to students but that delivers performance that challenges models many times its price.

The JP263 RATH has been well received by the industry with many hailing it as offering superior value compared to many of the more well established makers. Chris Morley of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra described it as "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."

The JP263 RATH is constructed from high grade 80:20 brass throughout and includes an exclusive Rath designed leadpipe. As you would expect from an instrument at this level, the JP263 RATH includes neoprene valve bumpers, a mechanical (ball & socket) linkage and bell ring. The JP263 RATH also includes a reversible Bb/F lever for those who prefer the horn to stand in Bb rather than F.

The JP263 RATH is supplied with a JP mouthpiece as standard and comes equipped with a high quality hard case for maximum protection. The case is robust with hard wearing clasps and an ergonomic carry handle. An understated design keeps your performance, rather than your instrument case, centre stage.

All JP Instruments are covered by a comprehensive 2 year warranty against manufacturing defects. Please note this does not cover aesthetic or finish faults. For full terms & conditions visit the JP Musical Instruments website.​


  • Key: Bb/F
  • Bell: High grade 80:20 brass
  • Valves: Mechanical (Ball & Socket) Linkage
  • Finishes: Lacquer
  • Additional features: Exclusive Rath designed leadpipe, Fully compensating system, Neoprene valve bumpers, Bell ring, Adjustable and reversible Bb+F lever.
  • Supplied with: JP Mouthpiece, Hard case, Ultra-Pure maintenance kit