Holton H281 Professional Farkas French Horn

A rose-brass bell for an especially dark tone.

Like all Farkas horns, the Holton H281 Professional Farkas French Horn is capable of eloquent expression over wide dynamic range. It can be played loud without a brassy edge and softly with full tone. The rose brass bell gives it a darker tone than other Farkas horns.

Holton horns offer an alternative in design that creates a great experience for the young or advanced players. This Farkas 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 with solid brass bow and branches. 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.

The Holton H281 Farkas Double French Horn features a bronze bell that produces a rich, dark tonal colour and has a Krüspe wrap (change valve before the valve cluster). It has adetachable screw bell for easy transportation and storage.

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.


KeyF/Bb-Bb/F-Tuning, reversible.
Bore.468" (11.89mm)
BellDetachable screw 12.25" Bronze.
RotorsHand Lapped, Tapered
MaterialYellow Brass, Bronze bell
CaseDeluxe Harshell.
ExtrasString action, water key.