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  Designed by Philip Farkas, the legendary former 1st horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Holton 379 is a medium-large-throated Kruspe copy, similar but not identical to a Conn 8D, with independent Bb tuning and a much easier high register than an 8D.

It is a superb, fairly lightweight horn with a mellow, open, resonant character, and a sound of great tonal beauty - a medium-dark sound with an excellent, liquid legato.  The nickel silver body generates a medium-dark, ringing tone colour with brilliant overtones.

Specifications given by Holton:

 Key: F/Bb.

Pitch: A=440-443 with independent Bb tuning.

Bore: 11.89 mm

Leadpipe: nickel silver, with 7.784 mm venturi

(narrowest dimension).

Alloy: nickel silver throughout. Its lacquer is 80% OK, worn in the usual, expected places.

Bell: Fixed, 12.25” diameter, medium-large throat.

Weight: 2.43 kg / 5lb 8oz

Two water keys: 'Amado/Getzen', on the leadpipe and on the internal F horn loop.


Adjustable finger hook.


Case:  lightweight, with shoulder/back-pack straps


OVERALL: an ideal upgrade for a player currently using a Holton 378 or Yamaha 567, and wanting a more free-blowing horn.


NB: 'Price comparison': A new Holton 379 currently costs (best discount price) £4,123.

Our price for this excellent used horn (£990) is

less than 25% of that.


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