Holton Collegiate

HoltonCollegiate


I am thinking that this instrument has characteristics like the wooden Artley and is probably new enough to be called a contemporary model. The serial number would fit into the Arley series for the year 1992. I also think that the style of wood and key work is like that which I have found in Czech makers. If not from there, possible German.
[Revision! Here is helpful information given by Greg Groleau:

HOLTON COLLEGIATE:  Owning a few Holton brasswinds, I've long held an interest in the clarinets Holton once produced.  Collegiate model clarinets, whether in metal or wood, have not been held in high regard...but I think it would be fun to fix up a metal one someday.
 
The Holton Collegiate wooden clarinet you just reviewed looks quite vintage to me--early 1960's, I'd say.  After the Leblanc USA acquisition of Holton in 1964, the "Frank Holton & Co." inscriptions on Holton instruments soon disappeared.  Leblanc also ended Holton's in-house production of woodwinds not long after the acquisition, replacing them with models sourced from the Vito lineup.  I think it can be safely assumed that with its high serial number, the instrument dates from not long before the Leblanc acquisition in '64.
 
Also of note:  In the pre-Leblanc era, Holton, a longtime maker of saxophones, built the Collegiate clarinets themselves in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, but the higher-level Holtons were stencils marked "Made in France".  Perhaps there are decent French-made Holton models out there waiting to be rediscovered. ]
 
Serial  #4294408 marked only on LH joint, for Calle in NJ.
Barrel:  64.8mm
Bore LH joint top:  15.0mm
Bore LH joint at bottom:  15.0mm  WIDE bore!





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 2.2mm at the barrel and 2.1mm in the center! I didn’t use tuning rings at either point.
High register
FMIT

F-10

E-4

D0

C8

B10

B-flat8

A6
Mid


G1

F5

E0

D-2

C-3

B0
Throat tones


Bb0

A6

G-3

F0

E0
Chalemeau


D11

C17

B-flat9

A5

G-4

F-19

E


Intonation summary: The intonation is not bad, except for the way sharp low C. It also is weird to have to pull so far. This won’t be natural for lots of students.

Key work quality: The key work looks fantastic. It is very thick. Looking underneath reveals rough work, and I found that the metal bends fairly easily.

This clarinet is most appropriate for: Players who want a jazz instrument, because of the wide bore. Or beginning to intermediate students.



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