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by SWLR82
(3 posts)
5 years ago

Holton Alto Sax

I have a Frank Holton alto that was handed down to me from my great-great aunt. She played it in High School and I have seen dates on the pads during a re-pad in 1979 that were dated 1921. The s/n is 12503. Does anyone have any information regarding actual age and value of this horn?

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  1. by blackfrancis
    (396 posts)

    5 years ago

    Re: Holton Alto Sax

    Does it say Chicago or Elkhorn, Wisconsin on the engraving? If it says Elkhorn, it's post- 1918 (that's when they moved the factory from Chicago). I play a Holton soprano from the 20s and it's a great horn.

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    1. by SWLR82
      (3 posts)

      5 years ago

      Re: Holton Alto Sax

      Thanks for the info....It's an Elkhorn, Wisconsin model. It seems well made but I'm getting a lot of resistance in the low register. I think I may try a different mouthpiece set up to try to overcome it. What do you think?

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      1. by saxismyaxe
        (574 posts)

        5 years ago

        Re: Holton Alto Sax

        It's far more likely that you have leaks in the horn. Have a tech take a look at it before you start laying out cash sampling a plethora of mouthpieces.

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