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Wow what a cool find! I agree it looks very lightly used If at all. That would go with the lack of case smell. But how do you explain practically zero tarnish?
Too bad about the case ouch. I agree with Bruce. Find a patch.
Any fellow member have a scrap they can mail you? I don't have one or I would. Need any red?

Absolutely no clue what that gadget is in the leather pouch. Nothing like UFO case candy.

Regarding the stencils on the outside. If by chance you have a small black light give that a go in the dark. Or maybe ask your Ouija board :eek:
Interesting the unit has signs of little to no use with name / information on the outside.
I'd be interested in a close-up of that case badge;)
The trombone I picked up last week had a aftermarket handle. It's actually really nice. At $30 plus shipping a little pricey?
https://banjo.com/product/deering-case-handle/
I didn't spend a lot of time searching the product. Google searched as briefcase replacement handle only.
Good info on the mouthpiece combinations.

Great observation on the neck strap. Never gave it much thought!
I've got a big pile of neck straps. Is there a thread for those LOL.

Thanks for posting the pictures ! Congratulations on a very nice find !
 

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Wouldn’t surprise me that sax was cleaned and on display in a home. My father’s trumpet has been in the family home cleaned oiled and displayed for over 60 years. It still retains 100% of the silver plate. It plays perfectly.
Small black lights can be had for $6.....Ouija board broken ?

Keshr. Great detective work on the stencils !
 

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Your case is far and away better than mine. It's also different - mine has a cushion on the bottom along the rear board.
Thanks! I think Holton case design might have changed a bit over the years; my 1929 Rudy alto case has less padding and support than this one, though it's still built like a tank. Holton cases in general seem to be head and shoulders above other vintage cases I've seen. They actually seemed designed to protect the saxophone.
I noticed some differences in my cases as well. I think after the depression manufactures were trying to save pennies anywhere. I think your case is the full upgrade. It has covers on both the storage compartments. Remember back in the day bread was five cents.
Five cents was of lot of money when you earned $6.50 a week.

Look at what you guys would've paid for those horns new. Wonder if that included the mouthpiece and strap?
A new '25 Ford Model T was $260
Credit Sax.org
 

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I ran those prices through an inflation calculator. What amazes me is that these are quality horns, and they still technically cost less new than the student alto my parents bought me almost twenty years ago.

I tried taking a closeup photo of the case badge, but my camera refused to focus on it for some reason. However, I've confirmed that the little logo is identical to the one on Holton's Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holton_(Leblanc)

I'd be interested in knowing when Holton changed their logo. I've seen the elk logo on Rudy cases, so perhaps prior to then? (But not my own Rudy case. I'd have to remove one of those precious stickers to check, and I'm not doing that for obvious reasons.)
Try holding your phone farther away and zoom in. Make sure the lense area is clean & clearing any covers.

Always fun looking at history. Sax cost. Was case extra? I'm still looking for an ad that shows the MP was included.

My 1920 Chicago alto came in a Buescher case. You are correct on the Rudy case. My mid '30s metal clarinet has this emblem.

The South Dakota museum I only took brief look at.
http://collections.nmmusd.org/Archives/Holton/HoltonArchivePhotos.html
 

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