Holton Collegiate

Thanks to Eric R for giving me the opportunity to review this instrument!

Serial #15598 Stamped as Made in Germany on the bottom of the right hand joint. This was made by the same maker as the La Chapelle.Barrel: 62.2mmBore LH joint top: 15.3mm huge!Bore LH joint at bottom: 15.0mm Could this be poly-cylindrical? Intonation results taken when playing loud and not lipping. See how to interpret these results on the Model Comparison Page.

For this test, I pulled 1.3mm at the barrel and 1.3mm in the center for this horn.

Intonation summary: This is quite good intonation! And it is nice that it has a wide bore.

Key work quality: In fit and finish, this instrument shows that it was made as a student instrument. The key work is OK, and is typical of 1940’s post war instruments.

Characteristics include:

  • The register key screw comes in from the right instead of the left.
  • The A and Bb throat tone keys have four posts, and there is an odd shape to the A key.
  • The left first finger F# key’s spring is on the second post, with the spring pointing up.
  • The left pinkie keys fit into a strange arch-shaped slot. They are two posts.
  • The two chromatic Eb and Bb ring finger keys are very fat.

This clarinet is most appropriate for: Adults wanting to play jazz. Beginning and intermediate players.


Because of the single post for the left pinkie keys, this is an older model, and probably a Couesnon. [12Nov2012 That is possible even if the other one was made in Germany.]

It has the articulated C#/G# key, as most unibody clarinets.

These pictures from Kevin Bugbarn. The top bore diameter is 14.5mm.