View Full Version : Holton Trumpet/Cornet - 1915

05-13-2011, 08:54 AM
Hello, I just joined the forum and am not familiar. I have a Cornet and Trumpet both made by Holton and would like to have then repaired and brought up to a playable condition. I have been told by a instrument store that the Valves need to be replated but am completely ignorant of either instrument.

They belonged to my Dad who played both around 1915 when he was in a band that played for dances and for Vaudeville acts.

Hoping someone can give me a clue where to begin ini getting these horns repaired. My email address is ed7thson@comcast.net


05-13-2011, 10:01 AM
Thanks, let me know the serial numbers/bell markings of your instruments and I can assist in letting you know how old they are.

With regards to getting them up to playing condition, you could take to your local music store and have them do a basic cleaning, fix any broken solder joints, etc. If you woud like to do a complete overhaul, you should look at the some of the repair companies listed here: http://www.trumpetforum.com/links/repair-services-5/

These are all very reputable, and will all do a great job for you. I have have used Rich Ita (Brass Instrument Workshop), and he does first class work! You might want to take into account how much you're doing this to potentially re-sale them, as you most likely will not get your invetsment in overhauling these instruments back to pristine condition. Check with the repair shops, and see what they think it will cost. Re-plating the valves are done becuase they valves are well worn, and can be relatively expenseive (time consuming) to re-plate and lap the valves to fit.

If you refurb your horns, please upload photos here on the site for others to see. Good luck!

05-13-2011, 10:21 AM
Hello, thanks for you reply about my dad's horns.

The Cornet has on it Chicago Ill and a number 13388 ..new Proporton

The Trumpet, gold in color, has a number 96058

Mouth piece had Vicent Bach Corr 70 on it.

I have photos I took of both instruments that I could email to you if you like.

My name is Ed by the way.

05-13-2011, 11:34 AM
Thanks for the details.

The Cornet is from (SN 13388) 1911-1912 and would be a very early model cornet. The New Proportion model was common, scroll to the bottom of this page for more photo (http://www.holtonloyalist.com/trumpets.htm)
The Trumpet is from (SN 96058) 1929-1930. The Bach mouthpiece would most likely be a Vincent Bach Corp. (assume it says New York), size 7C (this is a very common mouthpiece size)

Here's the best serial number list I have.


Hope you find this helpful.