Hello and welcome to our community! Is this your first visit?


 Reviews · Register  

  • Pin It


Holton 48 Revelation Llewellyn model
Reviews Views
4 16235
Recommended By Average Price Average Rating
100% of reviewers $275.00 9.3


This is circa late 1920's. It is a large bore (.461) horn equipped with a tastefully done quick change to bring it to the key of A, and a micro tuning to switch back to where you tuned in Bb.

Edw. Llewellyn was the first trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the 20's and 30's. He was one of the most well known trumpet players of his time. (Renold Schilke studied with Llewellyn starting in 1928.) He played Holton Revelations exclusively and this is simply a version of such with a large bore to suit his use.

The main tuning slide is reversed like the Martin Committee Model, and I would compare the sound most closely to the Committee. It would most likely have been used originally in an orchestral situation, however this is an amazing jazz horn today.

Also, a reason these horns are so incredibly rare is that the price for a standard Holton Revelation in 1927 cost $87.00. The cost for the Deluxe as auctioned here was $210.00 This was a huge cost for it's time, thus makeing only a handful of these on the market today. I would venture to say to only the top musicians had these instruments, and are now rarely found in this quality condition.

from eBay (March 2004)
Search Lowest Price:

Bore (inch): 0.461
Bell (inch): 4.750
Website: http://www.gleblanc.com
Keywords: Holton Revelation "Llewellyn model"
Social Media:
  • Pin It


Review Date: 11/1/2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Easy to play with excellent response and projection.
Cons: No 3rd slide stop rod.

Wow, if you can find one of these beauties, grab it! I have one built in 1928. Rich Ita of the Brass Instrument Workshop in Marietta, GA, restored it for me and does it ever sing! It's the freest blowing horn I've ever played. I think the reverse leadpipe has a lot to do with it. The valves are lightning fast. The horn is heavy with minimal bracing on the bell so response is quick and tone is brilliant. Even though it was built in the 20s, it's not a peashooter.
This user is offline
Review Date: 1/23/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 


Hello from The Netherlands,I have a silverplated Frank Holton "Llewellyn"model,serienumber 103583 from 1929 in very good condition in original case.
The bell size 4.75". Tuning Bb/C.
Including a silver mouthpiece F.Holton Heim Model2.
Easy to play and very pure tone.Super trumpet.
This user is offline
Review Date: 10/30/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: truly high quality materials and workmanship

One of the best horns I have played. Very warm full tone. Also very easy to play in high register. A find.
This user is offline
Junior Member

Registered: June 2012
Location: Martinsburg, WV
Posts: 8
Review Date: 6/28/2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $275.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Powerful core and sweetest of voices.
Cons: Needs Heims/Vega or similar smaller shank MP of era.

The Llewellyn is a Revelation, no more and no less...but what fabulous horns they all are. Mis-information taken from ebay was later spread to the Holtonloyalit site (and above). Revelations of this era came in bores from .458 to .470 . The Llewellyn name was attached to the Revelation line for marketing purposes at the close of the 20's and followed in bore sizes that the purchaser chose from the factory. If you want one of the finest playing and crafted horns of the 20th century, the Llewellyn is it. {Or save a few hundred and skip the Llewellyn name and get the same horn as a 20's reverse slide 'no name}
This user is offline
Click here to see this users profile Click here to Send this user a Private Message Find more posts by this user  

About BrassReview

    BrassReview.com is the largest source for instrument reviews on the internet. Our users are now adding new trumpet, trombones, tubas, and french horns daily, and adding reviews, discussions, and links on their favorite instruments, and related equipment.

Follow us on

Twitter Facebook

BrassReview.com 2.12
Copyright 2004 - 2012

Powered by vBulletin® Version 4.2.0
Copyright © 2019 vBulletin Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.