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Hey, I'm Andrew. I just graduated high school & although I am aware that this is a saxophone forum, you guys seem to be knowledgeable about other instruments too. So I'm hoping you can help me figure out some history on my instrument. Google didn't help me much and Holton only told me things I already knew. I got it off Craigslist during the the summer I transitioned into a junior in high school for quite a pretty good deal considering the brand name. I'd really appreciate any assistance on helping me with this. I'd like to know things such as the exact model and production year or even just general commentary on the horn. Also I have three mouthpieces that I still know very little about, but they are the same brand as the horn.

I've included a link to high quality pictures uploaded to my flickr account here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskdHaXub

Any help at all will do, thank you!
 

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The H-177 was identical to the H-178 Farkas model except for being made entirely of cupronickel (nickel silver) instead of mostly brass. (A $55 premium in 1965!)

Holton had two-digit model numbers before being acquired by Leblanc in 1964, so that gives a pretty good starting point.

And, as far as I've seen on other instruments, the "Frank Holton & Co." trademark was dropped in 1966 and after that they just said Holton. Might've been different on French horns, but I think they tried to keep a reasonably consistent "corporate" branding across the range.

This catalog (somewhere between 1964-67) will help: http://www.saxophone.org/museum/publications/id/362 1965 price list is at the back.

I'm guessing you couldn't find a serial number. The last Holton French horn I saw didn't have one at all, but if you find one, check here: http://www.holtonloyalist.com/serialnumbers.htm

Those mouthpieces all look to be Holton Farkas pieces, which are supposed to be the #1 standard "good" horn mouthpiece. Can't tell you much else about them though.
 
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