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    I took my recently acquired 233 alto to the tech today to get it up and running and, aside from it needing quite a bit of work, he said he was reluctant to even work on it since it doesn't have the right neck. I'm not proud of how ignorant I was buying an old Holton with brass keys and a neck with a big fat nickel-plated sheet metal octave key, but I was really excited to score a professional Holton for $120.

    I do have a Collegiate alto at home, and the neck fits (as does the neck the 233 came with) but I was curious if anyone knows if they are interchangeable. I can't play test them since the horn does have a dent right under the palm D key and the key does not close over the tone hole, hence my trip to the tech today.

    Any information or suggestions are welcome. Thank you!

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    Default Re: 233 Alto neck

    If the neck is for that horn the finish doesn't matter. Altos don't matter much anyway as long as the neck fits and works.

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    If you can post a couple of pictures of the neck, we can probably help you and tell you what it is.
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    Yes I would like to see as well.

    FWIW, however, Collegiate necks do generally work well with Holton Top-Shelf models. I have done that a few times.

    If the Collegiate neck fits and intones the horn up and down well...then YOU are in a better position than any of use to determine if it's an apt replacement. I know on Tenors, a Collegiate neck was a good match...

    Out of curiosity please post a pic of the neck that came with the 233.

    Revelations are fantastic horns, even with a Collegiate neck and a $400 refurb bill it will still turn out to be a classic horn at a great price...

    I am baffled as to why a tech would not proceed with work on a horn with a replacement neck however. It's not like finding an apt replacement is some sorta big quagmire, really...
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    I kind of lost track of time on this post! I did take the horn to a different tech last week (one who was actually willing to do the body work so I could at least attempt to play the horn with both necks) and he thinks the neck is legit but the octave key is a replacement. Although the dent is gone, the horn still plays pretty rough. I may have to undergo the overhaul before getting to confidently play to a tuner. Lots of pads don't seal, there are some keys with play... The usual. Still, I got this bad boy for $120 and with the $500-600 it needs its still a great steal on what will be a great little alto!

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