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The HOLTON 180

‘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.  Its ‘Medium-Large-

throated’ hand-hammered bell produces a

medium-dark singing tone with excellent

legato characteristics. The yellow brass body

produces a bright, pure tone colour with

multiple overtones and great projection.


This lovely horn can produce pianissimo to fortissimo, ‘staccatissimo’ to ‘molto legato’ with great clarity and sensitivity.


 Key: F-Bb.

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

Bore: 11.89 mm

Mouthpipe: new, corrosion-free nickel silver Holton pipe recently fitted.

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

Rotors: tapered hand-lapped brass.

Bearing plates: tapered brass.

Alloys: brass branches and bows, solid nickel silver connecting ferrules.

Slides: solid nickel silver outers and inners.

Fixed bell: 12.25” diameter, medium-large-throated, hand-hammered yellow brass.

Water key: conventional type, on the mouthpipe.

Weight: 2.5 kg / 5lb 8oz

Case: original Holton wooden case, quite heavy but very protective.

Overall condition: very good; lacquer 98% OK, with slight loss around the area where the new leadpipe was fitted; some scratches at the back of the bell throat and neck. These superficial 'cosmetic' issues have no effect on the horn's excellent playing.


NB: 'Price comparison': A new Holton H-180 currently costs (best discount prices):  £5,440 from Trevor Jones, Bristol (special order), and £4,697 from Alan Gregory, Manchester.



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