Re: Frank Holton serial number 1179
Yes, this is really too old of a saxophone to be used as a beginner. The early Chicago Holton saxophone's are very antiquated. It has some collector's value being such an early Holton, but not much.
If you're interested in a good saxophone to learn on at an affordable price, I would recommend a used American made saxophone from the 50's-70's (Conn, Buescher, Selmer Bundy, King 613, etc.....). At Saxquest we sell these for $495-$750 completely ready to go with new pads and set up. If you're interested in trading the Holton in, I could help you find a buyer in the $200ish range. Just give Saxquest a call and ask for Mark (314) 664-1234.