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There were numerous models of Frank Holton & Co. trombones through the years.  This is a collection of user submitted instruments.  Click on thumbnails for larger images.

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Series: Special
Key: Bb

Here's what a Holton catalog circa 1920s had to say about this horn:

"The Holton Special has been in use by prominent trombonists for almost a quarter of a century, and has won its way to the top on its merits alone...Superior metal and skilled tempering, combined with perfect graduating of the metal and scientific proportions of the bell and tubing, have made the Holton Special, with the exception of the Revelation Model, the most perfect trombone manufactured."

It has a 7-inch bell which indicates that it is medium bore according to a period Holton catalog. The hand slide has "Pat.10-27-08 / Frank Holton / Chicago / 0 / >3<" stamped on the hand slide.

images courtesy:
excelsiorcornetband (eBay) Nov. 2007
serial #: 34417

Series: Superbone
Key: Bb

images courtesy: Satish

Series: Revelation
Key: Bb

Gold wash 7 in bell
Low Pitch
Bore 0.512"

Revelation in-slide tuning


images courtesy:
Kenton Scott
serial #: 103937

Series: Collegiate
Key: Bb


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Founded in Chicago when Frank Holton opened a small instrument shop in 1898, The Frank Holton & Co. grew to one of the most influential instrument manufacturers in the first half of the twentieth century in the US.  Today, the Holton brand of instruments are still manufactured in Elkhorn, WI where Frank Holton moved the company in the Spring of 1918.

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