Holton Farkas H179 Professional French Horn
Made in the USA
The Holton Farkas is the most used and well known professional French Horns on the market. With a body made entirely from nickel-silver, the Farkas is an extremely responsive, flexible and powerful horn while still possessing the ability to play at even the softest of dynamic levels. The Holton Farkas has been one of the world’s most popular horns for decades. It maintains a design that makes the horn very responsive and free-blowing with excellent tonal balance. Its traditional large throat bell and all nickel construction give a beautiful, dark sound with rich depth. The Farkas models also feature a reversible change rotor so that you can have them be either an F/Bb or Bb/F configuration.
Holton Farkas H179 French Horn Specifications
|Body Material||Solid Nickel Silver|
|Bell Material||Solid Nickel Silver|
|Bell Size||12.25″ diameter with a large throat|
|Leadpipe Material||Solid Nickel Silver|
|Rotor Specs||Tapered Rotors and Bearings – Reversible Change Valve (F/Bb or Bb/F)|
|Linkage Style||String Linkages on all 4 Rotors|
|Finish||Polished Nickel Silver with a Clear Epoxy Coat|
|Warranty||5 Year Warranty covering defects in workmanship and materials.|
|Included Accessories||Holton Double Horn Case, Farkas Mouthpiece & Rotor Oil|
The Holton Farkas is Made in the USA!
Holton Farkas Bell Options
The Holton Farkas line is available in 4 different configurations for the bell material in order to further customize your sound. For MOST people, the defaulted Nickel-Silver is the best option as it provides an excellent balance of tonal warmth and quick response.
The Holton Farkas is made traditionally completely out of an alloy called “Nickel-Silver”. This alloy combines Copper, Nickel & Zinc (the Brass family contains Copper and Zinc). This alloy is used in the industry in order to give a richer tone (as it is heavier than brass) but while still providing excellent response. This material is the preferred alloy for most professional Kruspe wrap French Horns. Available in either fixed bell (H179) or detachable bell (H279) models.
Bronze Bell / Brass Tubing
The Holton Farkas is also available with a Bronze Bell. These models produce a darker tone, but also tend to be not quite as responsive as nickel-silver. In an attempt to help compensate, the leadpipe on these models is still made from Nickel-Silver but all of the rest of the tubing is made from brass. This material is best suited for players who tend to play overly powerful and find that they need to be “toned down” by their horn. This configuration is available in either a fixed bell (H181) or detachable bell (H281) models.
After performing professional engagements with Sousa’s great band, Frank Holton opened up a small shop in Chicago in 1896, selling second hand instruments and his secret recipe of Electric Oil trombone slide oil. For the first two years, business was tight and Holton would spend evenings and weekends performing just to draw a salary to support his business. By 1898, business had sustained itself to the point that Holton could hire an instrument maker to begin making what he introduced as the “Holton Special” trombone. As business grew, his “Holton Harmony Hints” catalogue increased in size to include trombones, cornets, valve trombones, and mellophones by 1904.
Business continued to grow and Holton’s instruments became the choice of top professionals including Vincent Bach, first trumpet for the Boston Symphony in 1914 (before he began building his own instruments in 1918). In 1917, Holton signed an agreement with the city of Elkhorn, Wisconsin to build a factory. In the agreement, a provision was made that if Holton paid out $500,000 in wages over seven years to support the community workforce, he would be granted the title to the land and building. Holton met this obligation in 1920.
In June 1919, to inspire a stronger workforce to move from Chicago to Elkhorn, Holton bought seventeen acres and contracted 27 houses built to offer to his employees. Production of top line professional instruments continued to grow. In 1929, Holton introduced a complete line of school grade instruments under the Holton Collegiate name.
In 1939, Frank Holton sold his company to Fred Kull, a company employee. In 1942, Frank Holton passed away. Throughout World War II as most manufacturers did, the Holton Company turned to making components for the military. As the war ended, the Holton Company saw steady growth. In 1964, after pressures to offer a complete range of woodwind instruments, the Holton Company sold to G. Leblanc Corporation.
During Leblanc’s ownership, Holton would rise as a leader in low brass manufacturing. With the support of well known artists such as Philip Farkas and Ethel Merker; Holton’s French horns became increasingly popular. In 2004, the Leblanc company was sold to Conn-Selmer. Production of the Holton brass line, including the Holton Farkas, continued in the Elkhorn, Wisconsin facility after the merger with Conn-Selmer until 2008. Then in 2008, Holton French Horn manufacturing was moved to the Conn-Selmer Brass Facility in Eastlake, Ohio where they are made side by side with Conn Professional French Horns.
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