Highly Engraved Mammoth Sousaphone - Image 1

Frank Holton & Company (1898-2008)

National Music Museum, University of South Dakota

National Music Museum, University of South Dakota
Vermillion, United States

Holton's Model 130 Mammoth BB-flat Sousaphone was the centerpiece of a display in the Schmidt Music Company's booth, both in Fort Worth, Texas, as well as in the merchants' arcade at the Davenport, Iowa, Fair, in August 1927. According to a review of the Davenport exhibit, published in The Music Trade Review, 'the entire collection is on a revolving turntable on the stage with flashing colored lights on them to give an adequate impression of the beauty of the individual instruments. The bass horn [this Sousaphone] is said to have cost $2,000 alone to build and contains $800 worth of gold. The engraver worked four months on the elaborate decorations of the bell, which is a work of art in itself.' This Sousaphone was displayed for decades in the company's main office in Elkhorn, prior to its closing in 2008. Henry Hampel and/or Gustav Spath, both engravers at Holton in 1930, may have been responsible for this bell's elaborate decoration.


  • Title: Highly Engraved Mammoth Sousaphone - Image 1
  • Creator: Frank Holton & Company (1898-2008)
  • Date Created: 1926
  • Location Created: Elkhorn, Wisconsin
  • Type: brass musical instrument
  • Rights: © National Music Museum and Dorling Kindersley Ltd
  • Provenance: Ex coll.: Holton Factory Reference Collection, Elkhorn, Wisconsin
  • Photo Credit: Dorling Kindersley Ltd
  • Image Description: Front view
  • Credit: Gift of Conn-Selmer, Inc., Elkhart, Indiana, 2008

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