Ethel Merker Series.
The Holton Merker-Matic Series Double French Horns were developed in cooperation with Horn legend Ether Merker. The Holton Merker Series Horns feature a variety of bell designs for a variety of tonal sound and response plus heavyweight valve caps for added mass and resonance.
Frank Holton Company and horn legend Ethel Merker joined forces to create this newest double French horn in the acclaimed Merker-Matic line. All the features and characteristics of the popular Holton Merker-Matic French horns are present here with the addition of a bronze bell for extra tonal warmth and richness. Its tightly engineered mechanical linkage provides worry-free play and ease of adjustment.
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. It is also available as a screw bell model.
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.
This Farkas Wrap horn offers a large throat bronze bell and main branch. In addition, the Holton Farkas horns all feature an independent tuning slide for the Bb side of the instrument for convenience. Holton horns also feature tapered rotors which create longevity for the instrument. This model features a detachable bell for convenience of travel.
The Holton H276 Merker Double French Horn is the most recent Merker double Horn. It includes the 4th branch, dual bore and atapered mouthpipe, as well as mechanical linkage for easy adjustment. It has a Krüspewrap and a large throat, Bronze, detachable screw bell adding a tonal richness and warmth.
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.
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.
|Key||Key of F / Bb, Pitch: A445|
|Bore||F: .468" (11.89mm), Bb: .46" (11.68mm).|
|Mouthpipe||Newly developed taper with .306 venturi of nickel silver.|
|Bell||Detachable screw 12.25" Large Throat Bronze.|
|Material||Bronze bell, lightweight Nickel Silver valves.|
|Rotors||Hand Lapped, Tapered|
|Slides||Inside and out hand-lapped nickel silver with rolled bead rings; short-length recessed slides allow quick removal.|
|Case||Deluxe Harshell Slim-line.|
|Mouthpiece||Silver Plated Holton Farkas MC Mouthpiece.|
|Extras||Mechanical Linkage, water key on mouthpipe AND 3rd Bb slide.|