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I just bought a Holton 241 Tenor from 1948 (Serial 195***). Seems to be in excellent condition. I played a Holton tenor before and it was really nice, sort of similar to a Conn. I do not know if the model was the same as the 241. I paid $235 for the horn which seemed like a good deal.

Can anybody tell me if the 241 is a good horn. Was it a professional model? Thanks.
 

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Never tried one, but I hear they play with a nice big tone but only fair in terms of key action. They may have been intended as a pro model, but I'm not aware of any widespread professional use of these horns.
 

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re:Holton 241 tenor saxophone

Built very well ! The same level as The Martin Tenor or Conn 10M. Here was made few professional Holton models: Rudy Weidoff, Stratodyne and 241. Mostly Holton horns built before 1955 are pro horns. Jerry
 

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Holton 243

Hey all,

While I am not terribly familiar with the 241 (I assume it is the preceding model), I own and play a Holton 243 made in about 1954-1955 and I can attest that it is indeed a pro-quality horn - IF YOU GET A GOOD ONE. When I bought mine, I compared it to a Selmer Super Balanced Action that I borrowed from a friend for this purpose, and was truly impressed with its action and sound quality, which was virtually indistinguishable from the SSBA, and very free-blowing! The key layout I actually prefer to the Selmers because the Holton is made to play straight out in front of you (the keys are more 'in-line', which I prefer), whereas the Selmer key layout is made to play to the side. The action itself is just fine, and the Holton's ergonomics were much better than those of a Conn 10M.

This does not mean they are all good, but if you find a good one, it can be VERY good. You'll just have to try it out ... and be sure to bring along a good tenor for comparison purposes.

One sax player heard me trying out a mouthpiece and asked to blow on my Holton. After playing it a bit, he proposed to buy it off me, and kept after me for two years to see if I would change my mind (and this guy owned two Selmer SBAs)! Go figure.

The point is that if you find a good one, it can be worth its weight in gold - but only for a player. I dont think it will develop much of a market as, from what I understand, there are few really good Holton 243s.

ADD ON - 20 Jan 2006: For an interesting example of the value of a Holton 243, please check out the following link to Roberto's Woodwinds on 46th St in NYC: http://www.robertoswoodwind.com/store/p.asp?c=119

Anyway, that's my two cents worth!
 

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HOLTON 241

I have the opportunity to play on one of them (year 1948), 2 tones (golden body with nickeled keyworks). Big bell; big vintage sound. These horn are really undervaluated by "temple keepers". I use to play on Conn 10 M, KIng ZEphyr from this period and to me this sax has equal ability in sound, mechanism. The market laws are sometimes strange...
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