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I have a 1953 Holton Collegiate tenor. I use it more than my other pro vintage horns. Although the Collegiate models were student horns they do have a nice sound and I like the key layout. There is very little demand for them therefore they are not worth much. The only problem I see with the horn is the
g# key. It is very long and a tad wobbley. I,m used to it so it doesn't impact my playing one way or the other. The tech I take it to says the Holtons are good horns and well made.
 

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I've read on some vintage horn sites that some of the 50s Holtons have a sound similar to the Conn 10 Ms. I also own a 36 10M and would say this is true. I,m only a neophyte, but this is my observation. I test played a beautiful Holton alto for sale at doctorsax.biz a while back. Ended up buying a Martin tho. The horn is still there and cheap. Check it out.
 
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