Antique Musical Instruments/Holton Trumpet


Joe wrote at 2014-03-16 02:28:09
Although there is certainly no plethora of data offered concerning the model names of all the offered Holton trumpets during the late teens to early thirties, there are horns produced that were in this period which were not of the 'Revelation' design. Granted, the average music store sold the Revelation line which was not on the horns, but were listed as such in the most basic of sales sheets/catalog listing.  However,it wasn't all Holton offered, Many of the trumpets that he sold to the professionals in symphonic settings were as those he had designed, built and sold in his earlier Chicago shop. Like the one he made for Bach, a Besson clone.  While selling these he developed the Revelation style which were not marked as such on the horn, but were indicated as such in sales booklets/catalog price lists used by retailers. These we recognize as having a reversed lead pipe,a screw hold down 'L' device slide switch to A from Bb.  As much as these Revelations seemed identical, there were options beyond finish available that fell short of custom designs.  The primary ones being a choice of bore size and valve finish . In 1929 there was an overall although nearly imperceptible design change to this model.  For marketing purposes Llewellyn, an extremely renowned trumpet player that had been hired by Holton as a sponsor/user of his Revelation, had a model c by infinitesimally widening their diameter while shortening the stroke to the degree of maintaining the same cubic volume...the bore was the standard .459, same as standard Revelation.  

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