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The HOLTON H-179 ‘Farkas Model’

designed by Philip Farkas, the legendary former Principal horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, is a superb horn with a comfortable, compact feel, well-balanced in the hands, and with a potential sound of outstanding tonal beauty. It plays in a similar way to an Elkhart Conn 8D, but with a much easier high register, due to its slightly narrower bell throat

Its 'Medium/Large’ bell produces a medium-dark singing tone with excellent legato characteristics. The nickel-silver body produces a dense, complex tone colour with multiple overtones and great projection.


 Key: F/Bb

Pitch: A=443 with independent tuning of the Bb side by a dedicated slide.

Bore: 11.89 mm

Mouthpipe: nickel silver, with 7.784 mm venturi (narrowest dimension).

Valve levers: noiseless string action, short stroke with stainless steel springs.

Valve rotors: tapered hand-lapped brass.

Bearing plates: tapered brass.

Alloys: nickel-silver branches, bows,and connecting ferrules.

Slides: solid nickel silver outers and inners.

Fixed bell: 12.25” diameter, large-throated.

Water key: conventional type, on the mouthpipe.

Weight: 2.5 kg / 5lb 8oz

Original wooden Holton case, very protective but heavy!

NB: This horn is in generally 'good if not excellent' cosmetic/visual condition, with just a few areas of lacquer loss, scratches and some pitting where the left hand touches the mouthpipe and the hand guard. However, its overall mechanical/playing condition is very good indeed.

NNB: 'Price comparison': A new Holton H-179 currently costs (best discount price) £4550 from Alan Gregory, Manchester. I am selling this 2nd hand horn for less than 33% of that!

Although a professional-quality horn, it is also listed in the Intermediate category on account of its very reasonable price.


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