HOLTON 'Farkas' 179

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  The HOLTON H-179 is a generalised Kruspe copy, similar but not identical to a Conn 8D. Designed by Philip Farkas, the legendary former 1st horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, it has a more compact shape, an independent Bb tuning slide and a much easier high register than an 8D.

This superb horn has a mellow, open, resonant character and an excellent, liquid legato. Its characteristic 'default sound' has a medium-bright, ringing tone colour, with brilliant overtones and excellent projection.


 Key: F/Bb

Pitch: A=440-442

Alloy: nickel silver throughout.

Rotor compression: very good

Water key: conventional type, on the leadpipe.

Hard case with detachable weatherproof cover.

Silver-plated Holton-Farkas MDC mouthpiece included.

This horn plays beautifully over the whole range and has a very comfortable, compact left hand position.

Cosmetic/visual condition: very good with no major blemishes or problems. There is one small expertly-made nickel silver patch on the outer upper bell throat, where the horn has evidently been rested in the player's lap. This patch is quite 'a work of art' in itself!

Although a professional-quality instrument, it is also listed in the Intermediate category on account of its modest price.

NB: Price comparison: A brand new Holton H-179 currently costs (best discount price) £4,547; our current used horn as described above costs only 33% of that.



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HOLTON 'Farkas' 179