Ravel French Horns are designed for the player in mind. The brass used is ideal for durability and great sound. These instruments blend great in concert settings and have the projection needed for a solo or small group performance. The smooth, polished finger paddles and the string linkage on the rotors give these instruments the feel of an advanced horn at student level prices. This is why many band programs and individuals have made Ravel French Horns their top choice.All Ravel brass instruments are carefully crafted at the factory and inspected by technicians at their United States instrument center. Ravel emphasizes quality while keeping prices affordable for everyone. RDH202 specifications: Key of F/Bb .468 " bore 12 " yellow brass bell Yellow brass lead pipe Lacquer finish Smooth, polished paddles Laced leather hand guard String linkage Nickel silver inner and outer tuning slide Standard mouthpiece Includes polishing cloth, pair of white marching gloves Ravel Lightweight case with sturdy zippers The Ravel Story: Ravel Musical Instruments' company name pays homage to renowned French Impressionist composer, Maurice Ravel. Just as Ravel sought "tonal color and variety of sound and instrumentation " in his music, the Ravel brands group seeks tonal color and variety in its musical instrument offerings. Ravel Musical Instruments' passion, just like Maurice Ravel's, is to inspire performance and playing passion among musicians, regardless of age. Ravel not only inspires musicians to play, but also offers high-quality instruments with great tonal qualities and advanced features, affordable for all. All Ravel Musical Instruments are handcrafted and undergo rigorous design and testing. Instruments are tested and re-tested both overseas and at Ravel's U.S. facility. Ravel believes strongly that pre-production design work and testing, in advance of actual production, helps assure and guarantee the quality and consistency demanded. Backed by over 63 years in the music business, and staffed by real musicians and technicians, Ravel offers a one-year customer assurance warranty and product guarantee on each Ravel instrument. Further information is available at www.ravelband.com. Quality and Sound Value ... Ravel.