Holton Collegiate

Holton Collegiate


Thanks to Eric R for giving me the opportunity to review this instrument!


Serial  #15598 Stamped as Made in Germany on the bottom of the right hand joint. This was made by the same maker as the La Chapelle.

Barrel:  62.2mm
Bore LH joint top:  15.3mm huge!
Bore LH joint at bottom:  15.0mm Could this be poly-cylindrical?














Intonation results taken when playing loud and not lipping. See how to interpret these results on the Model Comparison Page.

For this test, I pulled 1.3mm  at the barrel and 1.3mm  in the center for this horn.
High registerFMIT
F-3
E-3
D8
C5
B5
B-flat13 will add cork
A-2
Mid
G0
F5
E-1
D0
C3
B0
Throat tones
Bb9
A9
G0
F4
E0
Chalemeau
D0
C5
B-flat11
A9
G0
F-4
E


Intonation summary: This is quite good intonation! And it is nice that it has a wide bore.

Key work quality: In fit and finish, this instrument shows that it was made as a student instrument. The key work is OK, and is typical of 1940’s post war instruments.
Characteristics include:
  • The register key screw comes in from the right instead of the left.
  • The A and Bb throat tone keys have four posts, and there is an odd shape to the A key.
  • The left first finger F# key’s spring is on the second post, with the spring pointing up.
  • The left pinkie keys fit into a strange arch-shaped slot. They are two posts.
  • The two chromatic Eb and Bb ring finger keys are very fat.

This clarinet is most appropriate for: Adults wanting to play jazz. Beginning and intermediate players.


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Because of the single post for the left pinkie keys, this is an older model, and probably a Couesnon. [12Nov2012 That is possible even if the other one was made in Germany.]
It has the articulated C#/G# key, as most unibody clarinets.
These pictures from Kevin Bugbarn. The top bore diameter is 14.5mm.

Holton Collegiate unibody


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