100 years of Paxman


At the NAMM Show last month, Steve Flower and John Rogers were presented with the Milestone award to celebrate MIA member Paxman being in business for 100 years.

In 1919, three brothers (Harry, Bertram and William Paxman) started a company supplying brass, woodwind and percussion instruments from an address in Southwark, South London. Over the following 100 years, that company would come to specialize in the supply and manufacture of the horns which are today a mainstay of the global horn playing community.

Horn assembly started following the Second World War, at around the same time that Harry’s son, Robert (Bob) joined the company. Initially making German style instruments, it was in 1959 that a professional horn player from Australia, Richard (Dick) Merewether, first approached Bob Paxman with his ideas on design. A partnership was formed which would lead to the development of more than 50
models and would last until the untimely death of Dick in 1985.

Paxman horns are still built to the principles established at this time and whilst modern technology is used where appropriate to ensure that Paxman horns are amongst the best engineered in the world today, the professional instruments are still assembled by hand in the workshop at the new premises in London, not far from where it all started 100 years ago.

In addition, for more than 10 years the Paxman Academy range of student horns have established themselves as some of the most sought-after instruments for young players looking to develop their skills and to embark upon a lifetime of horn playing.

The current Paxman team is committed to respecting the traditions established over the past 100 years, whilst continuing to develop and innovate for the benefit of horn players of the future.