Distinguished SOTW Member
Mid-20s soprano, silver finish. It plays a bit flat on high C and C#, but one can easily compensate. The tone is medium- dark, as it has no resonators on the pads. Fairly mouthpiece-friendly, even to a high baffle piece, but a Link Tone Edge really hits the sweet spot. Keywork is pretty good, or maybe I'm just used to it. I don't get hung up on the "ergonomics" issue unless it's really bad. I've done a back-to-back with a Mk. VI and I think I like the Holton better. It played in tune better than the Selmer for sure. As to build quality, I've had this horn for over 35 years and it has never let me down- no repairs in all that time and it still plays great! Best $100 I ever spent!