French Horn/age of this horn

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Found a beautiful horn with serial number 242030. Holton 378. Is it possible that this is a very old horn? I found a web site that said this horn is from the 1950's. Is that possible?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Holton-H378-Double-French-Horn-VERY-NICE-/190764951457?p

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Hi, the instrument pictured doesn't look like it's any older than 10 years old, probably less. Think there must be a mistake with the serial. It's not that easy to read them although I can't exactly see what the misread could be - I'd expect the serial to be something in the range 700000 onwards, but 747030 (a possible misread) seems rather high, I didn't think they had got past 740000 yet.

The same seller had a very similar (but not quite identical) listing here

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Holton-H378-Double-French-Horn-VERY-NICE-/200858523579?_

which was bought by another of my correspondents for an offer of $1975. Might be worth quizzing them about why they have 2... and then if you fancy it, make a similar offer.

By the way, for some reason I'm not getting notifications when your questions arrive, I just find them when I get notifications for other people's. So apologies in advance if I miss any more deadlines....

AJ

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