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This is a " New Revaluation " produced after February 1931. R.W's have the banner with Rudy's name on right side of bell. Yours was most likely made from post Rudy parts with a split bell. The "R" may exist by serial number....old stock. Lo C key cup on bow. Made from 1931 to mid '30s. Great sounding sax.just trying to find more information on it. mainly on the split bell keys since all of the ones that ive found online are all LH bell keys. just wondering why basically.
Yes it is a 1930. You are using the correct list. https://www.saxontheweb.net/vintage/Holton-1917-1979.pdfwhat is the serial number list i should be looking at.
Appears to be a 1930 transitional sax.Yours could be a transition instrument with with a mixture of features.
So here's what I know from studying Frank Holton / Rudy Wiedoeft model saxophones.im confused by the serial number because the serial number puts it at 1930
This added low C tonehole was a novel idea to add to the venting of low D which is an "under vented" note on a saxophone---defined as having a closed tone right below the first open tonehole that vents the note. Saxophone players are sometimes required to add low C# to the low D fingering to "open up" a "stuffy" low D. This auxillary smaller low C tonehole that opens and closes in tandem with the regular low C was intended to do the same thing. Unfortunately the "mechanics" of the key work left something to be desired.This is a " New Revaluation " produced after February 1931. R.W's have the banner with Rudy's name on right side of bell. Yours was most likely made from post Rudy parts with a split bell. The "R" may exist by serial number....old stock. Lo C key cup on bow. Made from 1931 to mid '30s. Great sounding sax.
"Their attempt at clarification of the middle D by the insertion of the C auxiliary tone hole was, without question, the worst key arrangement that could possibly be conceived by the minds of men."
Slightly OT:what is a transitional in terms of holton. i know that conn had an actual model called the transitional but ive never heard of holton having there own.
Confusing is what makes Holton interesting to me. The history is like one big jigsaw puzzle. SOTW is one of the best sources for the history. Read the Threads start to finish. You will see the history unfolding as members have been studying for years.alright thank you everyone for the help. it is very confusing but i understand it more now atleast.
thanks for that link. Fascinating stuff. Can't wait to see all of that archive.Someday the archive will become public.
Quite common problem.the mouthpiece is stuck on it. how do i get it off
If you want to leave it alone here's how to make another tube.Take a small screwdriver and poke out as much of the cork as possible. Then the bit should be easy to pull out.
Cool, is the clamp indexed like this ?oh yeah it does have a weird neck. the end is removable. the instrument does play very nicely. one of my favorite instruments ive gotten and the only one i have because i wanted to nd not because it was cheap.