Holton Horn

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Opinions on Holton French horns?

I'm thinking of buying a new French horn. Basically, I'm looking for a professional model double horn that will produce a darker tone (which rules out a lot of European models, from what I hear) with no recurring problems in the upper or lower registers. I've heard good things about the Holton H179 model, but I've also heard that Holtons don't have a good reputation among professionals. Any opinions on Holton horns in general? What about Conn or Yamaha? I've pretty much ruled out any horn with a cut bell, and I'd prefer rose brass, and nothing that takes an unusually large amount of air (such as the Conn 8D, from what I've heard). I'm getting overwhelmed with all of the choices!

One more thing - does anyone know the pros and cons of having a geyer or kuspe wrap? I've only ever played on a horn with the geyer wrap. Obviously I'm going to try out some horns at a music store before I fork over $4,000 for a new one, but I'd like some starting opinions.

I have not heard anything bad about the Holton H179 and know several horn players who use it as their main instrument. Conn of Yamaha Horns are perfectly acceptable as well. I played on a Yamaha 667 for years and had great success with it.

Having a screw bell has no noticeable affect on the playability of the horn. It simply makes it more convenient to fit in a case and allows you to change bell flares sizes.

A Rose Brass Horn will make the tone considerably darker due to the nature of the metal. On my own Yamaha 667 I converted to a Rose Brass screw bell from a Conn 11D and was very happy with it.

Horns don’t generally take more air to play than another, but there are differences when you combine all the variables: Horn, Leadpipe, Mouthpiece, and Embouchure. For instance Conn 8D are considered large bore horns and tend to blow more freely. They are a Kruspe wrap and provide less resistance overall vs a Geyer wrap horn which has a smaller bore. Be aware though that there is confusion about just what large bore means. Read John Erikson’s article for a more in depth discussion regarding bore size: http://hornmatters.com/2010/06/bore/

I played on a King Eroica a Kruspe wrap for many years, but over time I wanted to refine my sound. I wanted a more compact sound and I wanted to tighten the resistance of the horn to open my range. I chose the Yamaha 667 and was very happy with the result. My sound was brighter (expected) but also easier to control. Geyer wrap horns are the trend in orchestras today even in America.

Keep researching as there are many excellent choices under $4k. Find a competent teacher to critically listen as you try each horn. Steer clear of ebayed horns and any that have a manufactures name that is hard to find the source (i.e. Horns made in China).

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HOLTON DOUBLE FRENCH HORN SILVER PLATE H 179
HOLTON DOUBLE FRENCH HORN SILVER PLATE H 179
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Holton H378 Intermediate French Horn w OHSC Mouthpiece
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HOLTON FRENCH HORN IN B FLAT SINGLE VERY NICE CASE MOUTHPIECE NEEDS PLAYER
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Holton Step Up French Horn Silver Plated
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Holton Step Up Double French Horn Outfit
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Holton Farkas Professional Double French Horn Fixed Bell
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Holton Farkas Professional Double French Horn
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Holton H178 Farkas French Horn
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Holton Model H378 Yellow Brass Double French Horn SUPERB CONDITION
Holton Model H378 Yellow Brass Double French Horn SUPERB CONDITION
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Holton Model H378 Yellow Brass Double French Horn SN 396249 OUTSTANDING
Holton Model H378 Yellow Brass Double French Horn SN 396249 OUTSTANDING
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Holton French Horn H602 Model
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Holton H177 Farkas Model Professional horn Tight fast rotors Recently Serviced
Holton H177 Farkas Model Professional horn Tight fast rotors Recently Serviced
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Holton Model H181 Farkas Professional French Horn BRAND NEW
Holton Model H181 Farkas Professional French Horn BRAND NEW
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Holton Model H179 Farkas Professional Double French Horn BRAND NEW
Holton Model H179 Farkas Professional Double French Horn BRAND NEW
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Holton Model H378 Farkas Intermediate Double French Horn BRAND NEW
Holton Model H378 Farkas Intermediate Double French Horn BRAND NEW
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Holton Model H379 Farkas Step Up Double French Horn BRAND NEW
Holton Model H379 Farkas Step Up Double French Horn BRAND NEW
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Holton Model H181 Farkas Professional French Horn MINT CONDITION
Holton Model H181 Farkas Professional French Horn MINT CONDITION
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DEMO HOLTON HN501 100 DOUBLE FRENCH HORN COMPARABLE TO HOLTON H379
DEMO HOLTON HN501 100 DOUBLE FRENCH HORN COMPARABLE TO HOLTON H379
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Holton H375 Intermediate French Horn
Holton H375 Intermediate French Horn
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Holton H 376 1967 Model 76 Full Double French Horn w Case Mpc
Holton H 376 1967 Model 76 Full Double French Horn w Case Mpc
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Holton Collegiate French Horn With Case
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Custom hybrid Double French Horn Conn Yamaha Holton Alexander 2 bell flares
Custom hybrid Double French Horn Conn Yamaha Holton Alexander 2 bell flares
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Used Holton French Horn Model H602
Used Holton French Horn Model H602
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Holton Collegiate H602 Single French Horn
Holton Collegiate H602 Single French Horn
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Holton 76 Double French Horn Ser246140 Needs Minor Repair Nice Sounding Horn
Holton 76 Double French Horn Ser246140 Needs Minor Repair Nice Sounding Horn
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Holton H180 French Horns
Holton H180 French Horns
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Holton H 179 Nickel Plated Double Professional French Horn w Original Hard Case
Holton H 179 Nickel Plated Double Professional French Horn w Original Hard Case
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Holton H 179 Double French Horn NEEDS REPAIR
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Red FIBERGLASS Fixed Bell French Horn CASE Double fits Conn Holton Yamaha others
Red FIBERGLASS Fixed Bell French Horn CASE Double fits Conn Holton Yamaha others
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VINTAGE FRANK HOLTON HORN UNION MADE in CHICAGO
VINTAGE FRANK HOLTON HORN UNION MADE in CHICAGO
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