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I have a Silver Holton Elkhorn C-Melody.
 

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Awesome Rucadulu--what mouthpiece are you using on it?
I use a Alto Yamaha 4C. Not an expensive mouth piece but it works well with my C-Melody.
 

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I have one in need of an overhaul. I bought it as part of a bunch of saxes in a deceased estate. It's not playable in its current state. From the serial number (116xxx) its a Revelation 1934-35. Is it worth having fixed?
 

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I have one in need of an overhaul. I bought it as part of a bunch of saxes in a deceased estate. It's not playable in its current state. From the serial number (116xxx) its a Revelation 1934-35. Is it worth having fixed?
I am only an amateur hobby player and by no means claim to be an authority on saxophones. However, I love my 2 Holtons and I would say that yes any Holton Revelation is worth fixing and restoring. I sold off 2 very nice vintage Lyon & Healy saxophones in favor of the 2 Holtons I have and I am extremely happy with my decision to do so.
 

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I have one in need of an overhaul. I bought it as part of a bunch of saxes in a deceased estate. It's not playable in its current state. From the serial number (116xxx) its a Revelation 1934-35. Is it worth having fixed?
Izitulez--do you have pictures? My quick answer before pics: Alto: no, Tenor, Maybe. (the altos are super plentiful and rock-bottom prices). I love my Holtons, but remember: if you try to resale, you'll most likely never get close to what you put in on these--they're just not popular enough. now, if you just want a cool vintage, and underrated horn to play, then go for it.

For altos specifically: If you want to sink money into a Holton alto, then I'd look to something like a 232, one of their top offerings and more modern than the Revelation you have. 234 Stratodynes are out there too, but good luck finding one (Holton Literature says they are based on the 232 anyway). Or, maybe get a Rudy just to basically, well, have a Rudy (although really that's just a late 20s/early 30s Revelation with funky keys as far as I can tell)
 

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Greetings Holton Owners,
I am waiting to receive a Horton alto model 233, (242xxx), part of a package deal including a Chu Berry alto and Buescher TT, C Mel. The 233 is the one I'm most excited about. This is my first Holton and it is described as needing pads.
Do these keep their big bottom end when fitted with domed SS resonators?

My main sax has been a New Wonder II Conn that is very picky about mouthpieces. What mouthpieces compliment the Holton 233?

I'll try to post pictures when it comes Friday.

Vintage Saxophones are a fun venue to explore. It's an affordable addiction. This month I've found a King tenor that plays better than any saxophone I've played and I got it for $200. Why drop a couple grand for a heartless Japanese or Chinese horn that plays the same as every other Japanese or Chinese sax? Playing vintage sax lets me express my moods more deeply. This King Model series II puts chills up my spine just playing scales!
My old Chu leaves me screaming for joy after sweet improv escapes from reality and I hope to find the same pleasure extended into the deeper ranges than I've been able to reach with Conn.

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Greetings Holton Owners,
I am waiting to receive a Horton alto model 233, (242xxx), part of a package deal including a Chu Berry alto and Buescher TT, C Mel. The 233 is the one I'm most excited about. This is my first Holton and it is described as needing pads.
Do these keep their big bottom end when fitted with domed SS resonators?

My main sax has been a New Wonder II Conn that is very picky about mouthpieces. What mouthpieces compliment the Holton 233?

I'll try to post pictures when it comes Friday.

Vintage Saxophones are a fun venue to explore. It's an affordable addiction. This month I've found a King tenor that plays better than any saxophone I've played and I got it for $200. Why drop a couple grand for a heartless Japanese or Chinese horn that plays the same as every other Japanese or Chinese sax? Playing vintage sax lets me express my moods more deeply. This King Model series II puts chills up my spine just playing scales!
My old Chu leaves me screaming for joy after sweet improv escapes from reality and I hope to find the same pleasure extended into the deeper ranges than I've been able to reach with Conn.

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All 3 sound like they'll be good horns!
I'd imagine they do still play well with domed resonators, though I've never gotten to play a 233 in any shape before, so I can't exactly be sure on that.
Based on this thread: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?108430-Mouthpieces-for-your-Holtons your Holton shouldn't be too picky.
It'll be cool to see those pictures then.
And yes, vintage saxes can definitely be interesting and fun.
 

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Hi - I have inherited a Holton C-Melody Sax! It is in need of all new pads and a very good cleaning. I have seen that many people have done this work themselves and I would like some advice on what type of pads to get and where as well as what to use on the silver plate to clean. Took it to a repair shop and they wanted hundreds to fix up and that is just not an option for me! Thank you in advance for any advice.
i am trying to upload a photo but it's not working...
 

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Hi - I have inherited a Holton C-Melody Sax! It is in need of all new pads and a very good cleaning. I have seen that many people have done this work themselves and I would like some advice on what type of pads to get and where as well as what to use on the silver plate to clean. Took it to a repair shop and they wanted hundreds to fix up and that is just not an option for me! Thank you in advance for any advice.
i am trying to upload a photo but it's not working...
Check out music medic dot com; pad options aplenty. Silver cleaning..lots of options..all are dirty nasty jobs but very satisfying. There are a number of websites showing how/what to do to clean polish Silver saxophones. I clean well then hand polish with silver cream. I avoid tarn-x.
 

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Hello- I have played professionally for over 50 years. I always liked Holtons and with various mouthpieces, they can sound very classic or very edgy. I own a C soprano, Wiedoeft Bb soprano, gold-plate C melody (exactly the same as Trumbauers), Wiedoeft C melody, 1939 Resotone tenor, Wiedoeft tenor, 1940 triple octave key baritone. My bass sax is a 1924 Conn. Holton sold a few Conns with the Holton name engraved on the bell. I perform jazz and pop of the 1920s and 1930s, along with R+B, classical, and Bop. Sorry- I just can't dig Free Jazz. The horns are all re-built and look good on the stage. Holtons are good ergonomically and have held up very well over the years. The intonation is excellent for a vintage horn and the sopranos reach up to high F. The best thing about Holtons is that nobody is aware of the quality of the saxophones, so they are the most under-priced vintage horn. My friend was so impressed with the resotone tenor, he offered to trade for his S-80 Selmer. No-No-No. It makes sense that one of the finest brass instrument makers would build an excellent saxophone, but since the only Holton advertised extensively for the professional player was the Wiedoeft model (late 1920s), most players view them as student horns. The best sounding horn out there for a limited budget.
 

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I've just purchased a Holton 271 Bari with delivery expected by 7/7 that my teacher found on eBay.
I was following that horn...that is basically the Baritone version of the 241. So that was their best BigHorn.

My recollection is it needed some work, however. If so, I hope y'all have a good tech in your area...
 

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Hello- I have played professionally for over 50 years. I always liked Holtons and with various mouthpieces, they can sound very classic or very edgy.The best thing about Holtons is that nobody is aware of the quality of the saxophones, so they are the most under-priced vintage horn. My friend was so impressed with the resotone tenor, he offered to trade for his S-80 Selmer. No-No-No. It makes sense that one of the finest brass instrument makers would build an excellent saxophone, but since the only Holton advertised extensively for the professional player was the Wiedoeft model (late 1920s), most players view them as student horns. The best sounding horn out there for a limited budget.
Yes, I used to refurb many more of 'em before their market values started to fall precipitously. In '09 I could sell a refurbed 241 for $1000....'12, $850....I think I could only get $750 for one today.

Just am finishing up a Collegiate Tenor from the 50's....again, first Holton I have refurbed in around 2 years maybe, and yeah..it's every bit as good a horn as a Conn Director or King Cleve from the same era, really.
 
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