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FS/FT Holton 345 CC Tuba

Postby Asiantubaplayer » Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:08 am

Hello all,

I have recently decided to sell my Holton CC tuba for something a bit different. Here is what the previous owner had said about the horn.

- For Sale: Holton 345 CC tuba - uncut, factory original CC Tuba
- Location: Rochester, MI
- Price: $7,400
- Photos: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1NTUJK ... YCpXy7wf4K
- Condition - This is an older instrument, so the lacquer isn't all in place, but mechanically it is in excellent condition.
- Tone - incredible. This is exactly what these horns should sound like. Thick, warm sound with plenty of color, clarity, and projection.
- Pitch: Typical of these horns, with a flat G at the bottom of the staff. With the tuning slide rod, every note can be tuned using "normal" fingerings.
- Response: Terrific. The upper register is incredibly easy and responsive. The G below the staff is a bit slippery, but I found it to be fine after a couple of weeks of long tones. Otherwise, the low range is very good.
- Hirsbrunner 5th valve added by David Fedderly in the late 70's
- Main tuning slide rod added by Monty Burch in the mid 80's
- Piston Valves overhauled by Ron Pinc in Chicago sometime in the mid-late 80's.

This is a wonderful 345. The tone is huge, but also clear and colorful. The response is more nimble than most 6/4 tubas, and the low range is relatively easy except for the G below the staff, which is typical of these instruments and bit wonky, though I found it to be fine after a few weeks of practice. The upper range is very easy and responsive, much better than my PT-6! Intonation is typical, with the G at the bottom of the staff being flat, but with the added tuning slide adjustment rod, all notes can be played in tune with traditional fingerings once slide technique is acquired. I found that I could play it in tune after about a month without any trouble, and used it in the Grand Rapids Symphony without any intonation difficulties.

This horn was purchased in the early-mid 70's by Richard Frazier. David Fedderly purchased it from Richard in 1977. Michael Grose purchased it from David Fedderly in 1981, and Monty Burch bought it in 1988. Monty did a complete overhaul of the horn, including sending the valves to Ron Pinc in Chicago for replating/fitting, and played it in the Grand Rapids Symphony until he retired a few years ago. I bought it from Monty when he retired.

Feel free to contact me with any questions!
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Re: FS/FT Holton 345 CC Tuba

Postby RoosterTuba » Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:20 pm

What sorts of trades are you interested in?
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Re: FS/FT Holton 345 CC Tuba

Postby bort » Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:25 pm

Photo link didn't work
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Re: FS/FT Holton 345 CC Tuba

Postby happyroman » Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:36 am

Please repost the pictures and if possible, show any details possible of the main tuning slide rod.

Many thanks!
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Re: FS/FT Holton 345 CC Tuba

Postby Asiantubaplayer » Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:08 pm

Hi all,

Sorry about the link it has since been fixed! Trades would have to be for a 5/4-6/4 horn of similar value.

Best Wishes.
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Re: FS/FT Holton 345 CC Tuba

Postby bort » Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:33 pm

Very cool! Haven't seen a 345 before with the 5th valve placed in that location.
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Re: FS/FT Holton 345 CC Tuba

Postby Asiantubaplayer » Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:51 pm

I will add that I added the spring to the tuning slide rod as I wanted something to help push the slide back in quicker. It was not part of the original design, and is easily removable.
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Re: FS/FT Holton 345 CC Tuba

Postby Steginkt » Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:09 am

I grew up and live in Grand Rapids, and this likely is one of the first tubas I heard played live. The sound fascinated me as a young boy, and I still remember those many concerts fondly. I hope this horn finds a good home.
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