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Holton ST302
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Bore (inch): 0.468
Bell (inch): 5.000
Website: http://www.gleblanc.com
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Review Date: 1/22/2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $600.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Big Fat Sound, Great Intonation up High
Cons: Valves are not as fast as other horns

 
Great sounding horn for lead work in Jazz and on the field. It really stands out with a distinct tone. The valves are not what I hoped for. Not as fast as other trumpets. Maybe changing the springs would help. Would give it a higher ratng if the valves were faster.
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Review Date: 3/7/2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $800.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Way Fat! Free-blowing.
Cons: It's an older horn (c. 1975), so no 1st slide/saddle

 
I have played Maynard's horns since I was a junior in HS (1980) I started out on an ST 304 MF 4 "Little Big Horn" .459 bore. I always wanted to upgrade to the larger 302, and did so last year. I found one in a local shop, and jumped at it. I know I payed way too much, but the value of the horn is impossible to quantify for me. It IS THE horn I always wanted when I was a kid. It blows great! After 20+ years on the ST304, I had developed quite a backpressure problem, and had considered replacing the leadpipe on my MF4. I also made the mistake of spending that time on the Jet Tone MF mouthpiece. (review elsewhere). I switched to a Yamaha Vizzuti, and the backpressure abated, but it wasn't until I got the MF2 that it went away completely. I spent three months developing into the horn, and wouldn't replace it for anything, even a Monette! I now play the ST 302 on a Monette MF 2 ( I actually didn't choose that mpc, like most Monettes, it chose me.). I have added a consistent third to my range, and have reached F above Dbl C on a good night. The only thing I miss is a first valve saddle or slide.
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Review Date: 12/17/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $515.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Big sound. Free Blowing. Centers well
Cons: Valves "clanky"

 
My first ST302S was purchased in 1976 during High School. As the lead player in the jazz band, I wanted something that would work with me, not against me and since Maynard was my hero, I had no choice but to get this horn. I found the horn to be very responsive on lead trumpet. this horn WILL NOT sit on the sidelines and watch lead being played by a symphonic horn. It will drill through the group and stand out like a nudist in church. You have to be willing to put up with the valve response and very slight leaking around the tuning slide during a marathon gig, but beyond that, I wouldn't trade it. In fact, I own two!
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Review Date: 2/5/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $700.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Bright, Fat, Ringing Tone
Cons: No 1st Slide Saddle

 
Purchased way back in the early 70's!
As a young kid who was always smaller in size than the other players, and starting on Yamaha YTR 232 then moving up to a family heirloom Olds Standard, The MF Horn was so free blowing (.468 bore), and with no resistance, it was like blowing into a sewer pipe!

Learning to control the airstream and not overblow with this horn has made my sound and tone fuller with more articulation. Having a professional teacher with a positive attitude towards your equipment helps, as I had a few instructors that told me I couldn't put enough air in it to make it sound good.

It is a little bright for symphonic work or for small ensembles but works well in loud Rock / R&B, or Jazz bands. Smaller hands may feel a little uncomfortable holding the valve casing as the tubing sticks out a bit more than normal due to the radius of the large bore tubing. Other than not having a 1st slide Saddle, this horn is built like a tank and punches through! It will take any air you can give it and reward you with a nice clear, solid, fat, ringing tone!

I still play the Olds Standard and a few other horns on occassions but the ST 302 is my #1 favorite!
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Review Date: 11/11/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $500.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Big, full sound. Can really stand out.
Cons: Slow valves and no 1st valve slide saddle or trigger.

 
For years I looked for a big bore horn I could really push and found it with the ST 302. Having been a Maynard fan for many years, I was anxious to try one. Although I prefer my Bach Strad for symphonic work and small group settings, I use the ST 302 for just about everything else. The valves are a bit too slow for my symphonic work and it overpowers the other instruments in small group settings; but when I need to fill a lot of space, I pull out the ST 302. I have several trumpets and it is the only one that does not have a 1st valve slide saddle or trigger. The ST 302 took some adjusting, but I once I got the hang of it, I never looked back.
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Review Date: 11/19/2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $350.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: powerful phat lead sound - amazing burn
Cons: valve action, 1st valve tuning

 
I have been playing this horn for over 30 years as my primary big band and solo jazz horn... for me no other sounds the same or blows as freely.

I have a few other horns .. yamaha bobby shew xeno, bach strads, selmer paris that I use for more delicate work but always go back to the big MF as "my horn".

I had a valve alignment done a year ago and it drastically improved the tuning and slotting in high register (always was good - now it is rock solid amazing!).

It is a bit of work and alot of air to play this beast but it is all used efficiently once it is in the horn for that big phat sound. Try one with a bigger mouthpiece (schilke 15 to 17) and you will wonder what you are playing and where you can buy one!
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