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Designed by Philip Farkas, the legendary former 1st horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Holton 179 is a Kruspe copy, similar but not identical to the Conn 8D, with a smaller bell throat, independent Bb tuning and a much easier high register than an 8D.

It is a superb horn with a mellow, open, resonant character, and a sound of outstanding tonal beauty.  It produces a medium-dark singing tone with an excellent, liquid legato. The nickel silver body produces a medium-dark, ringing tone colour with brilliant overtones and fantastic projection.

Specifications given by Holton:

 Key: F/Bb.

Pitch: A=445 with independent Bb tuning.

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.

Alloy: nickel silver throughout.

Bell: Detachable, 12.25” diameter, medium-large

Water key: conventional type, on the mouthpipe.

Weight:  2.53 kg, not as heavy as the H-279 with detachable bell, advertised elsewhere on this web site.

Case: 2 cases are included: 1) original Holton, heavy but very protective. 2) Lightweight, with back-pack straps.

NB The horn is currently housed with its owner near Norwich, Norfolk. Contact info can be provided on request.


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