Holton H189 Merker Professional Double French Horn

Merker professional double french horn.

Those hornists who want an instrument that provides great volume and sonorous tone without sacrificing control in the upper register need look no further. By combining an extra-large-throated bell and branch with the innovative Merker dual bore, the H189 offers the best of both worlds. It produces a tone that is exceptionally full, with rich depth that retains its core and timbre qualities. At the same time, it enables the artist to reach those difficult high notes with greater ease and accuracy.

The horn also features the versatility of the independent Bb/F tuning system, as found on our finest Holton models, along with the adjustable finger hook and heavyweight valve caps that are a standard feature on all Merker-Matic horns.

Holton horns offer an alternative in design that creates a great experience for the young or advanced players. This Kruspe wrap model offers independent tuning for convenience allowing the player to tune the Bb side of the horn seperately from the F side.

The Holton H189 Merker Double French Horn is designed for players requiring great volume and sonorous tone without sacrificing control in the upper register, by introducing a solid Nickel Silver, extra large throat bell. It also includes the Merker 4th branch, dual boreand a tapered mouthpipe for ease of blowing.

The Merker-Matic, as the Ethel Merker model is affectionately known, is a premium double French horn impeccably crafted to offer the ultimate in craftsmanship and tonal splendor. Design features such as its newly designed 4th branch, dual bore, and mouthpipe tapers lead professionals to claim an ease of blowing in all registers as well as an exceptionally quick response and a smooth, precise legato. For those who prefer a brass horn, the Merker-Matic is available as model H183.

All Holton French Horns, including the single and double models, feature valve rotors that are tapered. This is so that as the valve wears, it automatically seats itself. This includes the bearing surfaces axles on each end of the valve and the bearing plates.

All Holton French Horn bells are made with overlapped seams. This is much more durable than one made with a butt seam. It also produces a better tone and timbre. This is one of the outstanding characteristics on which Holton USA French Horns developed its reputation.


KeyKey of F/Bb double.
BoreF: .468" (11.89mm), Bb: .46" (11.68mm)
MouthpipeNewly developed taper with .306 venturi of nickel silver
Bell12.25" Extra Large Throat Nickel Silver
MaterialSolid Nickel Silver
RotorsHand Lapped, Tapered
SlidesInside and out hand-lapped nickel silver with rolled bead rings; short-length recessed slides allow quick removal.
CaseDeluxe Harshell Slim-line
MouthpieceSilver Plated Holton Farkas MC Mouthpiece.
ExtrasString action, water key on mouthpipe AND 3rd Bb slide.