1910 Holton New Proportion Couturier Model Cornet. Silver Finish - Large Holton #1 Bore. This Holton cornet of the brass band era is in very good playing condition. Everything on the instrument is fully functional - the valves are in pretty good shape with good action, and all the slides move freely.
It looks pretty good too, with near 100% silver finish and just a few small dents in the back of the Shepherd's crook leading up to the bell. There was a little messy repair work to the first tuning slide (which is the "quick change to A" slide), detailed below.
I have play-tested this instrument for a little while and have found no issues with the operation of any part and the sound is typical of this model. The Holton New Proportion Long Model cornet began production in 1905 and was the first "modern" or American-wrap cornet made by Holton. In 1908 the great cornettist E. Couturier began his association with Holton, consulting on instrument design and promoting Holton instruments. Some New Proportions (apparently not all) were branded the New Proportion Couturier Model - presumably with some modification, although it remains unclear exactly what the modifications were.
Couturier left Holton in 1913, which signalled the end of this model, or at least the branding. Large bore (Holton size 1, 0.484). Separate slides for tuning and quick-change-to-A. Original case with unusual spring loaded clamping feature that grasps the valve casing. Holton New Proportion Couturier Model cornet, SN 9280, c.Instrument has been recently cleaned, oiled, and greased. Brass tubing is intact with no signs of structural deterioration. Finish is in very good condition. Silver finish has near complete coverage, and only light surface scratching. Free of tarnish except in some hard to reach nooks and crannies. Some solder staining from repair on quick change slide. Gold wash in bell also looking very good.
The valves are responsive and hold good compression. Corks and felts are new and quiet. There is repair work evident on the first tuning slide, which is the quick-change-to-A slide. There is some solder staining and a little bit of exposed slide due to the receiver sleeve being soldered in a little more tightly than original. Repair work seems pretty solid.
Most of the messy bits are toward the inside of the cornet and so are less visible. All should be visible in the photos. Aside from the cosmetics, the slide works perfectly. The case obviously shows quite a bit of wear at 110 years old.
It is actually in pretty good shape, considering that age. Wrap is mostly still there, with the black finish abraded. Handle, hinges, and latches are in working order.The velvet lined interior is a little rougher. It was recently vacuumed and aired out. Residual interior odor is light. So I know my way around a cornet and enjoy studying their history and evolution, in addition to playing them.
Feel free to ask any questions you may have about this sale or would like a closer look at anything I can photograph. The item "1910 Holton New Proportion Couturier Model Cornet in Silver Large Bore" is in sale since Sunday, March 1, 2020. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Brass\Cornets". The seller is "classicbrass" and is located in Phoenix, Arizona.This item can be shipped to United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Turks and caicos islands, Bangladesh, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Paraguay, Uruguay.