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Designed by Philip Farkas, the legendary former 1st horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the HOLTON H-180 is a generalised Kruspe copy, similar but not identical to a Conn 8D. It has a more compact shape, an independent Bb tuning slide and a much easier high register than an 8D.

It is a superb horn with a mellow, open, resonant character and an excellent, liquid legato. Its characteristic 'default sound' has a medium-dark, ringing tone colour, with brilliant overtones and excellent projection.


 Key: F/Bb

Pitch: A=440-442

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

Valve rotors: tapered hand-lapped brass.

Bearing plates: tapered brass.

Alloy: lacquered yellow brass, nickel silver tuning slides and connecting ferrules.

Lacquer: 90% OK

Rotor compression: very good

Water key: conventional type, on the leadpipe.

Case: lightweight, with backpack straps.

This horn plays beautifully and has a very comfortable, compact left hand position. There are currently 3 non-slip black rubber pads on the valve levers, to lengthen them, but these can be removed easily if not required.

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

NB: 'Price comparison': A brand new Holton 180 currently costs (best discount price) £5,440 from Trevor Jones, Bristol; our current used horn costs less than 32% of that.



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