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Hi Gwen
I am trying on to determine the make/model and approximate year of this saxophone. I am interested in selling and would like an idea of value.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
John

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John,

Thank you for sending me your question about the make and model of your alto saxophone.

The photos that you sent were helpful as I could narrow it down very quickly to the manufacturer of Holton. Based on the serial number, I believe it was produced in 1923 in Elkhorn, WI. Holton had instruments being made at two factories during this time. One in Chicago, IL and the other in Elkhorn, WI.

As to the model of your saxophone, it is right before Holton had the "Revelation" model which began in 1925.

One thing I really do like is the case you have with it.

I would place an insurance replacement value on your saxophone of $500 but to the right collector, you might sell it for more. The case is worth $100.

I hope that I was able to answer your questions and give you a little insight as to what you have.

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Gwen Shroyer

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I am interested in networking with other saxophone players of all levels of experience and answering questions about varied techniques and methods of training, specific brands and models made, mouthpieces, reeds, and various other questions about performance.

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I have been playing sax since 1977 where as a student of the clarinet I wanted to play the instrument of my Jazz heroes. I studied under Berklee College of Music renowned Jazz theorist Andrew Jaffe and I have a degree in Music Business from Berklee. I have traveled and performed in several countries mostly in Europe and North America. As an instructor, I have taught students from beginning through college/professional performance ability. I previously owned The Horn Doctor, a band instrument repair shop. Since 1998, I have been playing alto and tenor sax with the Dexter Thomas Band which is an 11-piece horn-band playing hits from the 60's, 70's and 80's. I play saxophone in the worship and praise band at my local church as well.

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