A Brief History of Paxman

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In 1919, three brothers (Harry, Bertram and William Paxman) started a company supplying brass, woodwind and percussion instruments from Southwark, South London. Over the following 100 years, the company came to specialise in the supply and manufacture of French Horns which are today a mainstay of the global horn playing community.

Over one hundred years after the company was founded, Paxman is at the pinnacle of international horn playing, with Paxman horns found in the hands of top players on every major concert platform around the world.

The instruments are hand built using techniques that have not changed since the manufacture of the first valved horn in the 19th century, whilst at the same time making use, where appropriate, of 21st century technologies.