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An excellent example of Holton’s generalised copy of the Paxman Model 40 Bb/ A+/ F alto of the 1970s-1980s.

   This very fine yellow-brass lacquered horn, the HOLTON H-200, has a detachable bell-flare and comes in a very compact THOMANN 'airline-friendly' case.

   The many players who regret that in about 1985 Paxman changed the design of their superb Model 40 (only to see it copied, firstly by Holton and then by Conn!) will be very happy with this lovely horn; even more so when they discover that the H-200 has a bell-throat profile that is very similar to the current Paxman ‘Europa’.

  The horn’s owner recently made a very effective adjustment to the length of the F alto horn, removing 15 mm of its cylindrical tubing; the result is that the ‘descant’ side of the horn can now play at pitches higher than A 440, up to about A 443.

  Of course, as the late Dick Merewether explained in his book ‘The Horn, The Horn’, (sadly out of print) the intonation of the F alto as well as the Bb horn can seriously be compromised by a careless right-hand position, too much ‘cupping’ of the palm leading to a flat high register in particular.

    About a year ago I played the ‘Quoniam’ aria from Bach’s Mass in B minor on a Holton 200 model whose F-alto side had been similarly shortened, and it was probably the most accurate performance of the piece I have ever givenEvery pitch seemed reassuringly ‘slotted in place’.

 Price comparison: the current brand-new discount price of the H-200 is £4,425; I am selling this 2nd hand H-200, with a more practical case than its very heavy Holton original, for only 60% of that.



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