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    Holton Collegiate?

    Hello everyone . I was needing some help in identifying what year this horn was made in. Don't know if it's worth anything but I picked it up for 20 bucks. it says holton collegiate on the bell, but I don't see anything with that serial number. Any and all help would be appreciated. Thanks
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    Re: Holton Collegiate?

    That would be an 1940's model same as the 400 ideal model of the 1930's. Not really worth a whole lot more than you paid for. Collegiate was the student line and not greatly sought
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    Re: Holton Collegiate?

    Thanks for the info dennis78. Just wanted to make sure that I got a good deal. My son will be starting trumpet soon and I thought this would be a good starter horn.

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    Re: Holton Collegiate?

    Maybe an ok starter horn. Honestly I would look for something more modern. It's quite likely that a standard taper Bach mouthpiece may not fit properly
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    Re: Holton Collegiate?

    Yep, looks like an Early Collegiate to me. Wouldn't recommend on starting on 'THAT' horn but suggesting to start on something like a 80 bucks worth Holton Collegiate LEAST from the 50s...... Those are different beasts but with the same name.
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    Re: Holton Collegiate?

    Personally I feel the Collegiate (t602) from the late 70's through the 80's are far superior horns. They can be had at reasonable prices too! The older Collegiates are heavy and loose. Newer ones are tighter with intonation aids and are lighter which I feel gives them a brighter sound over the older stock.
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    Re: Holton Collegiate?

    Well I also have a conn cornet 16A as well, would that be any better. I know that's a student model horn, I just figured for 20 bucks I'll give it a shot. I don't want to spend to much money being that he's just starting out

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    Re: Holton Collegiate?

    The 16A will probably be better. Having a good instrument will be a major deciding factor in sticking with it. Old wore out trumpet = hard to make a pleasant tone which = blow to self confidence. Ask the band director for their opinion as well
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    Re: Holton Collegiate?

    Start with the Connie, get the Collegiate to be hanging on your wall. Nice masterpiece for the wall but not for starters.
    When he gets old, give it to him and let him restore him (take it to a restorer) and make it a playable beauty.
    Try to get hold of one of those Holtons from the 80s to the 90s, they were made with Yamaha parts so.... they are quality beasts!
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    Re: Holton Collegiate?

    Late 70's and early 80's were the yamaholtons
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