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FS/FT Bass Trombone Holton 180 *SOLD*

Postby Ndtuba » Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:32 am

Hey Everybody,

I am reluctantly listing my bass trombone. This is a classic, vintage Holton TR180 with Eb and F rotors. This classic design uses a single thumb paddle to operate both valves - this took some getting used to for me, but I ultimately ended up liking it better than double paddles. Horn has a 10" rose brass bell. There is lacquer wear all over, but it really is a beautiful horn - to me, the wear just adds to the classic character of the instrument. There is plating loss on the slide stockings which is common for an instrument of this age. However, the slide moves completely freely and it is very light weight. If you want the slide to be as smooth as a new horn, you would need to have it replated - I got used to this over time and, in some strange way, I began to like the feel of the slide in its current condition... I don't know, you may feel differently. There are no dents in the slide, everything is super clean, and there are just a couple of minor dings in the bell and throat.

I have owned this trombone for 22 years and have loved playing it. Up until about 5 years ago I played professionally and this was my bass trombone of choice for jazz, pop orchestra, band, and even some brass quintets. If you have ever played a classic Holton/Bach/Conn bass bone, you will understand the iconic cylindrical sound this instrument produces. For my taste, there's no better bass bone for jazz and pop orchestra; it does not have the broad, conical sound that many modern (Shire's, Edwards, Yamaha) horns have, so you probably wouldn't want to use it in a symphony orchestra today (unless you really want to piss the conductor off).

I really hate to part with this horn, but I don't get to play it anymore and I really want to own a CC tuba again. That said, the horn is for sale $1,600 - or trade. I would consider an even swap for a Mack Brass CC (410), or a trade plus cash (from me to you) for a Piggy or other Cerveny CC. So let me know if you want to talk about any of that. I have tried to include good pics of every flaw in the link below, but feel free to ask any questions.

Thanks for looking!
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Re: FS/FT Bass Trombone Holton 180 $1600

Postby thevillagetuba » Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:56 am

I get an error 404 when I click the link.
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Re: FS/FT Bass Trombone Holton 180 $1600

Postby Ndtuba » Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:10 am

Sorry about that... I've never tried to use google photo before. I have updated the post with new links. Please let me know if you have any further difficulty.
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Re: FS/FT Bass Trombone Holton 180 $1600

Postby Ndtuba » Sat Mar 16, 2019 4:55 pm

PM sent. Thanks!
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