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Trumpets / Cornets

There were numerous models of Frank Holton & Co. trumpets / cornets through the years.  This is a collection of user submitted instruments.  Click on thumbnails for larger images.

Trumpets  
Model Image

Model: 45
Series: Revelation
Key: Bb

A medium bore moderately priced trumpet of exceptional performance. The outstanding feature of this model is the slight "edge" to its tone quality which makes it the preferred instrument with many trumpet players, especially for radio and recording work.

Responds very easily and quickly and with fine flexibility. Superior tuning even to an excellent middle D.

Top action valves. Bore 0.459, weight 39 ounces.

images courtesy:
Gary Holman
serial #: 154445

Model: 47
Series: Symphony
Key: Bb

The Holton No. 47 trumpet sets entirely new and higher standards of intonation even without the aid of its quick acting tuning fist slide "trigger" and third slide tuning adjustment.

Coupled with this tuning, model No. 47 delivers a live, vibrant, satisfying tone that responds easily, quickly and yet with a controlled resistance that makes even the longest sessions noticeable easier. Valve action is lighting fast to ingenious design and the use of special copper-nickel alloy valves which require no plating and which have an oil retaining finish.

Medium bore (0.459) , one piece bell

Model: 48
Series: Revelation
Key: Bb

An all purpose trumpet, Model 48 is particularly recommended for those who like plenty of power, unusual freedom of response and a big, yet brilliant tone. Larger bore mouthpiece and bell give a little more power and a fuller tone than model 45. Yet it has a beautiful and exceptionally easy high register. Top action shrouded springs and very light and fast.

Bore 0.459, bell diameter 4 13/16 inches, weight approximately 39 ounces.

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KRax!
serial #: 93409

images courtesy:
D. Stubbings
serial #: 100012

images courtesy:
Gary Holman
serial #: 193838

Model: 48
Series: Revelation
"Llewellyn model"
Key: Bb

Edw. Llewellyn was the first trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the 20's and 30's. He was one of the most well known trumpet players of his time. (Renold Schilke studied with Llewellyn starting in 1928.) He played Holton Revelations exclusively and this is simply a version of such with a large bore to suit his use.

The main tuning slide is reversed like the Martin Committee Model, and I would compare the sound most closely to the Committee. It would most likely have been used originally in an orchestral situation, however this is an amazing jazz horn today.

The price for a standard Holton Revelation in 1927 cost $87.00. The cost for the Deluxe as auctioned here was $210.00
 

images courtesy:
wideangleman (eBay) Dec. 2007
serial #: 111802

Model: 49
Series: Stratodyne
Key: Bb

Model 49 Stratodyne Trumpet - The Stratodyne trumpet responds almost as easily and lightly as breathing itself. The high register is remarkably easy and playable. Tone is brilliant, but not brittle -0 full, not heavy - truly an all-purpose trumpet.

In short the Holton Stratodyne is built to satisfy the most exciting and those who want the best money can buy. To own a Stratodyne is to know the pleasure, confidence and pride of ownership which go with possession of a truly fine musical instrument.

Bore 0.459, weight without mouthpiece 38 ounces, bell diameter 4 13/16. Equipped with a "trigger" tuning adjustment on the first slide.

 


Model: 51
Series: Revelation
Key: Bb

Developed by Holton for professionals who demand the ultimate in large bore power, brilliance and response, this trumpet has met with enthusiastic praise wherever it has appeared. With all of its power house capacity, it retains the fine tonal coloring, exceptional flexibility, fine intonation, and easy blowing qualities that characterize Holton trumpets.

Large Bore (0.465). Bb only.

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Model: 58
Series: Symphony
Key: Bb

No. 58 Bass Trumpet - The bass trumpet is becoming an increasingly popular tenor voice in both band and orchestra. The Holton Model 58 is an exceptional fine bass trumpet pitched in Bb, an octave below regular trumpets. Very easy blowing. Beautiful tone. Fine Intonation.

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Model: 400
Series: Ideal
Key: Bb

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sellersxparadise (eBay) Nov. 2007
serial #: 118282

Model: 405
Series: Ideal
Key: Bb

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tictocnmore (eBay) Dec. 2007
serial #: 117808

Model:
Series: Professional
Key: Bb

 
Model:
Series:
Reso-tone
Key: Bb
 
Model:
Series:
Super Collegiate
Key: Bb

images courtesy:
Charles Landes
serial #: 305295

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goodsound (eBay Dec. 2007)
serial #: 294145

Model: B47
Series:
Key: Bb
 

Model: unknown
Series: (1915 era)
Key: Bb

images courtesy:
Charles Landes
serial #: 31215

   
T Series  

Model: 401
Series: Galaxy
Key: Bb

 
LT Series  
   
ST Series  

Model: ST100
Key: Bb

 
Model: ST200
Key: Bb
 
Model: ST301
Key: Bb
 
Model: ST302
Key: Bb

Bore: .468 (11.89mm)

Bell: 5.0 diameter

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Charles Landes
serial #: 542118

Model: ST303
Key: Bb

Bore: .468 (11.89mm)

Bell: 5.0 diameter, hand hammered yellow brass with wire enclosed rim, bell tilted 20 degrees.

Leadpipe: Yellow brass, special taper.

Pistons: Monel material with double-slotted spring barrel, enclosed stainless steel springs.

Slides: 1st, 2nd, & 3rd valve slides are nickel silver outside and inside slides.

Hand slide: Assembly has two finger rings and can be played left- or right-handed. The hand slide assembly has inside tubes that are chrome plated with nickel-silver outers.

Waterkeys: Amado-style on hand slide and 3rd valve slide.

images courtesy: Satish

Model: ST304
Key: Bb
 
Model: ST305
Series: MF Banana Trumpet
Key: Bb

HOLTON ST305 BANANA TRUMPET - MAYNARD FERGUSON MODEL AWESOME .484 EXTRA LARGE BORE, 20 DEGREE TILT BELL-RARE This professional Holton ST305 "Banana Trumpet" is a Maynard Ferguson model. It is in excellent condition, with 98% of the lacquer. The 5" bell has a 20 degree tilt. With Monel valves, it has a massive .484 bore. With beautiful tone, and excellent projection this horn centers well, and has an awesome volume of sound. From piano to forte you can't over blow this horn. It has Amado water keys, 1st slide saddle, 3rd slide stationary finger ring, and comes with a Bach gold plated 11C mouthpiece.

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HornTrader Dec. 2007
serial #: xxxxxx

Model: ST306
Key: Bb
 
Model: ST307
Key: Bb
 
Model: ST308
Key: Bb
 
Model: ST500
Series: Al Hirt Special
Key: Bb

 

Bore: 0.460"
Bell: 4.750"

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mrstregs (eBay) Dec. 2007
serial #: 443322

Model: ST550
Key: Bb
 
Cornets  
Model Image

Model: 504
Series: Collegiate
Key: Bb

 

images courtesy:
Dave Rafferty, Kalamazoo, Michigan
serial #: 239803

Model:
Series: Clarke
Key: Bb

images courtesy:
Mike Peterson
Owner: Chuck Dillenbeck

serial #: 62379
 
Dec. 2007

Model:
Series: Couturier
Key: Bb
 
Model:
Series: Ideal
Key: Bb
 
Model:
Series: New Proportion
Key: Bb

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dparks999 (eBay) Nov. 2007
serial #: 16893

Model: 20
Series:
Key: Bb
Model: 25
Series:
Key: Bb
 
Model:
Series: 28
Key: Bb

excerpt from a 1948 era Holton catalog.

 

images courtesy:
Gary Holman

Model:
Series: 29
Key: Bb

excerpt from a 1948 era Holton catalog.

images courtesy:
Gary Holman
serial #: 191296

Model:
Series: C602
Key: Bb
 
Model:
Series: C603
Key: Bb
 
Model:
Series: C605
Key: Bb
 
Model:
Series: Galaxy
Key: Bb

A good comparison between the same model cornet between 1963 and 1967.

images courtesy:
Randy Nelson
serial #: 358xxx

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Randy Nelson
serial #: 440xxx

   
   
   
   
   

 

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