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Holton 48 "Revelation"
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Holton Revelation Model 48

An all purpose trumpet, Model 48 is particularly recommended for those who like plenty of power, unusual freedom of response and a big, yet brilliant tone. Larger bore mouthpiece and bell give alittle more power and a fuller tone than model 45. Yet it has a beautiful and exceptionally easy high register. Top action shrouded springs and very light and fast. Bore 0.459, bell diamter 4 13/16 inches, weight approximately 39 ounces.
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Bore (inch): 0.459
Bell (inch): 4.8125
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Review Date: 2/11/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 6 

Pros: good sound
Cons: slow, sticky valves

I played 2nd in high school and after 24 years I was given this trumpet and asked to join the rotary band. All I know is the lead has a strad and the 43 sounds just as good. It is harder to play and the valves are slow but so far so good. The finish is well worn as I think the trumpet is at least 20 years old - not sure.
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Review Date: 5/14/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $25.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Big full sound. Easy to play.
Cons: Valves are slow

I bought this horn out of necessity after my bach stradivarius was stolen in college. It was the best thing that could of happened! I have played the 48 for 10 years now in many different situations such as symphonic and especially jazz, both big band and combo work with great results. I found that stiffer springs and about 2 to 3 drops of 3 in one oil every so often helps speed up the valves. I can really project with an open tone in the upper register. I pair the horn with a bach 1.5 c mouthpiece for all playing.
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Review Date: 11/15/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


I have a 48 with rose brass bell. Very warm and balanced sound. Plays more open than the bore would suggest. One of the best values available in a used pro horn. Has been called a poor man's Martin Committee. I prefer the Committee for soft ballads, but the 48 is a better all around horn. Think of a heavy weight Olds Recording. I highly recommend.
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Review Date: 11/25/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $140.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: very nice sound big sweet
Cons: valves slow

very nice to play balads
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Review Date: 3/18/2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $525.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Nice thick sound
Cons: none

I just got the 48 and it is one of the best horns I've ever owned. It has a nice thick sound and plays wonderfully. The horn slots really well in the upper register and has great tone all around. The horn is fairly free-blowing, especially compared to many of the horns I've played in the past. This horn could be great in both symphonic and jazz applications and will work out great in my ska band.
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