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Designed by Philip Farkas, the legendary former 1st horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Holton H-280 is a large-throated Kruspe copy, similar but not identical to a Conn 8D, with 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=442 with independent Bb tuning.

Bore: 11.89 mm

Mouthpipe: recently fitted, brand new, nickel silver, 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: yellow brass, nickel silver tuning slides and leadpipe.

Bell flare: Detachable, 12.25” diameter, large-throated, very light in weight (320 gms). This exceptional lightness may be compared with the Schmid flare weighing 452 gms shown on http://halsteadmusic.co.uk/shop/accessories/schmid-sterling-silver-w-flare

Water key: conventional type, on the mouthpipe.

Case: lightweight, with backpack straps.

This horn plays beautifully and has a very comfortable, compact left hand position. Its owner has installed coins on the valve levers, to lengthen them, but these can easily be removed if not required.

NB: 'Price comparison': A brand new Holton 280 currently costs (best discount price) £5,110 from Trevor Jones, Bristol, or Alan Gregory, Manchester. Our current used horn costs less than 59% of that.


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