And unfortunately...and unusually....this is a bad bit of advice.the source I am quoting may not be always right but that particular model is not worth the bother
Well...what I see a splitbell, plated Holton with a teardrop front F key and old pads which seems to be in pretty OK physical shape.but have you seen the horn above?
That is a nothing special bit of horn, with signs of dents and with original white pads.
I would never invest good overhaul money in this horn.
Your opinion. My opinion, having refurbed a fair # of Holton splitbells, and also having owned a couple and played them for a while...is otherwise. They are as good as other American splitbells.Conn, Buescher, yes, this one? No
Yes, I knew there was bum info when I read about the supposed "bad intonation" of Holtons because I had already had experience with a very good Holton soprano. The guy selling it told me "it doesn't play in tune". I shoved the mouthpiece clear up against the octave key post and it played perfectly in tune. I only regret that the lead player in our college big band, who had been using it for two years because it played better than any other soprano he'd ever played, convinced me to sell it to him. The action was not as slick as the Buescher I own now, though, I can remember that even though it's been many years. Maybe a really good setup would have helped.Your opinion. My opinion, having refurbed a fair # of Holton splitbells, and also having owned a couple and played them for a while...is otherwise. They are as good as other American splitbells.
I did not mean to come off a strident.... it is just that the poor internet information on Holtons (primarily due to people's lack of familiarity and experience with playing ones in good tack) has really negatively impacted the brand's reputation; when in fact when judged by the exact same yardstick one would use to conclude that Bueschers, Martins, Kings, and Conns are "classics"....a nice Holton stands up just as well....