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The original H-178 ‘Farkas Model’ was designed by Philip Farkas, legendary former Principal horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. On many of the C.S.O. recordings Mr Farkas can be heard making a large, ‘complex’ sound; surprisingly, he was not playing a ‘large’ horn, but Holton's 'medium' model, the H-178.


It is a superb horn with a bright, compact feel, and a sound of outstanding tonal beauty. The ‘Medium-throated’ hand-hammered bell produces a medium-dark tone with fine legato characteristics. The yellow brass body produces a bright, pure tone colour with multiple overtones and great projection.


This lovely horn, in the ‘right hands and lips’(!) is capable of playing pianissimo to fortissimo, ‘staccatissimo’ to ‘molto legato’ with great clarity and sensitivity.



Key: F/Bb

Pitch: A=443 with independent Bb tuning.

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

Valve rotors: tapered hand-lapped brass.

Bearing plates: tapered brass.

Material: yellow brass branches and bows; solid nickel silver connecting ferrules; nickel silver leadpipe, resistant to corrosion.

Slides: solid nickel silver both inside and out.

Bell: medium-throated hand-hammered yellow brass; formerly detachable, the flare is now fixed in place, on account of its rather fragile threads.

Water key: conventional type, on the leadpipe.

Duck's foot / flipper fitted.

New fixed-bell lightweight case with back-pack straps.


 NB: This horn is in generally good but somewhat 'cosmetically scruffy' condition; however, it plays beautifully, with an even response over the whole range. It is a natural upgrade professional horn for a young/improving player who currently uses an Intermediate instrument such as a Holton 378 or Yamaha 567.


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