Lewis & Dürk LDX5 "Rhenish" Anniversary Edition Double Horn


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A Geyer-style professional model double French horn in F/Bb.

Intonation Open F Horn

Intonation Open Bb Horn

Impedance Open F Horn

Impedance Open Bb Horn

Pulse Response Open F Horn

Pulse Response Open Bb Horn

The LDx5 is the wonderful result of an auspicious collaboration between two master horn builders: Steven W. Lewis and Dietmar Dürk. Masterful workmanship and the best materials have combined with years of experience to yield fantastic results. The “Rhenish” variant is exclusive to Houghton Horns. It features a different bracing pattern than the standard LDx5. More specifically, the leadpipe and F branch are attached to the horn via a long bead of solder instead of being braced to the horn. This gives the horn a richer sound than the standard LDx5.

The Right Stuff

Specific tooling and production techniques for the LDX5 were developed in-house with time-tested handicraft, ensururing a consistently high standard of manufacture, and a distinct identity for each individual horn.

Low Stress

Careful handling of materials during construction reduces material stress, resulting in a horn that speaks freely, responds quickly, and resonates with an open and clear sound from the very first note.

What we think…

“The LDX5 is one of my absolute favorites in the store!  It has a beautiful, rich tone perfect for an orchestral setting.  Its full, deep sound has the ability to add brilliance and lightness as needed.  Professionals looking for a carefully constructed horn with an incredible sound will be thrilled with the LDX5.”

-Dr. Sally Podrebarac

This horn…

  • Has a beautiful, clear sound that soars over the orchestra
  • Has firm and precise response throughout the range with rich, centered timbre in all octaves
  • Is well suited to a variety of performance situations, providing nuance appropriate for chamber music and the projection necessary to shine in an orchestral role
  • Represents the best of both worlds: taking the characteristic warmth of American style brass playing and adding the focus and brilliance of the European horn style



Double Horn F/Bb


Yellow Brass


Yellow Brass, Spun

Bell Size


Bell Type




Lever Action



Nickel Silver

Bore Size

12.2 mm (.480″)

Valve Rotors

Solid Brass

Valve Casing

Nickel Silver

Number of Valves


Finger Hook


Thumb Lever


Hand Rest


Water Keys

1, Standard-style







*Raw brass, polished brass, and unlacquered instruments and mouthpieces will tarnish quickly and may not arrive with a flawless finish. This is a natural property of raw brass, which will develop a rich golden-brown patina over time.

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