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Holton ST500 "Al Hirt"
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Holton ST500 "Al Hirt"
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Review Date: 11/6/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $500.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: well-constructed,; BEAUTIFUL design;
Cons: sound is very "bright", but different mouthpiece helps

I bought a T-500 Al Hirt horn on e-bay in mid-2007. Was in restored condition, and plays wonderfully. In my opinion is the most beautiful trumpet ever made, particularly in gold (as long as the engraving is still clear). My own horn is from the late 1960's and requires very regular lubrication with a valve oil/WD-40 mix to keep the older valves "free." Otherwise, the horn is a complete joy, and is a worthy companion to my Yamaha Xeno. For me, the mouthpiece was a crucial consideration in the enjoyment of this horn. After many tries, I settled on a (wouldn't you know it) Jet-Tone Al Hirt Vintage A. This mouthpiece is the perfect complement to the horn.
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Review Date: 2/18/2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


I notice no listing for the bore of the horn. I believe it's right around .459
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Review Date: 3/8/2010 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: $350.00 | Rating: 6 

Pros: design, construction
Cons: not so easy to play

My Al Hirt Special from 1966 was a beauty to see and to hold. The playing was compared to a Vincent Bach ML. 37 a bit disappointing: stuffy, takes a lot of air to let it sound. I wonder if Al Hirt himself was doing his greatest hits on this instruments :)
The vintage Holton trumpets were well made from quality materials; my Al Hirt had no ret rot after 45 years (!) and the valves where reliable as well. More recent Holton trumpets are definitely worse: Don't buy them if you want to have joy more than a few years.....
The bore size is indeed ML, appr. .459"
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