ok guys, so i was at dillon's today, and i was dropping off my cornet for a restoration job, so i figured i would stick around a while and play some horns. As i walked into the main trumpet room, there was an elderly gentleman, about 70 years old sitting on a bench in the middle of the room. in front of him he had about 14 horns. he had bachs, slemers, schilkes, yamahas, olderbenges, a couple stomvis etc. you get the picture. I noticed that under his bench, he had a very strangely shaped trumpet case. I recognized that inside of this could be none other than a holton firebird. I have seen several of these wonderful and strange horns, and the case is unmistakable. He and i got to talking, and he asked me if i wanted to take a gander at the horn in the case. He was surprised that i knew what it was. It took nearly thirtyfive minutes for me to fully understand just how different it was to play a horn of this kind. I loved it. This hing can SCREAM!!! i mean, it was sooooo solid above the double high C that i felt like i wouldn't ever run out of octave(or breath). But then i did....bummer. I am used to playing on a very small bore S42L, so this thing felt like a baritone compared to mine. he informed me that they are extremely hard to find, and that his was one of the original twenty produced. So here is my question. Do any companies make something similar? does holton still make them every once n a while? i know they are rediculously expensive pre owned. Does anyone own one of these wonderful horns? what are your impressions. Is it posible to build a firebird? Please, i want to know much more about these horns. I've used every online resource i could find on these. Now i need your opinion.