It's been pointed out by a few people here, including Bruce Bailey, that Holton sax serial number lists on the internet are not correct. It sure would be nice to have an accurate list. To help this problem, I'm starting this registry.
Everyone please list the number on your horn and specifically what the features are. In the future, it might be possible to make a better list of serial numbers from what we do here. I'll start out with my C-melody, some serials from this board and then some pertinent quotes from others.
"Frank Holton, Elkhorn, Wis."
Silver plate, C-melody with lots of extra keys including front F. Has opposing bell keys (butterfly style)
I'm guessing it's between 1925-1929.
"silver plate alto with 'extra' keys."
#118552 "made in 1935 (?) Frank Holton & Co. tenor sax that has - made by Revelation.. above the Holton name.
[by the way, if any of you have an original sales receipt in the sax case, please list the date of sale]
Sax_Pete: "Frank Holton soprano serial 39xxx"Originally Posted by Bernards20040
Bruce Baily: "Handcraft clone #37xxx and every bit as good as a real Martin"
"holton baritone sax, silvered, serial #14xxx"
TenTenTooter: "The tenor has soldered tone holes, Eb fork fingering, G# trill, high D trill, serial number either 11xx or 11xxx."
beboplawyer: "Holton model 241 Tenor from 1948 (?) Serial 195***"
hafuch: "I've been playing a silver-plated Holton tenor model 243 (sn 277xxx) from 1955 (?), and I have rarely played its equal."
fredj608: "Soprano. it's nickel-plated and the main part, not the keys and action, is sandblasted. Made by Frank Holton and Co, Elkhorn Wis engraved on the bell-front, and "Bb 18782" and the letters L P widely spaced on the bell-back."
tommyr: "I have been playing an old Holton since at least 1975. It has withstood many bumps on the way. It has a better tone than any other soprano I have tried.It has the high F key . Many question the year, and I have no idea other than a sreial # of 32560."
Originally Posted by bruce baileyOriginally Posted by blackfrancisOriginally Posted by Farina_manAhh "Master Key"- now i know what to call them!Originally Posted by paulwlOriginally Posted by paulwlOriginally Posted by bruce bailey