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by stemul
(2 posts)
8 months ago

G. Schirmer alto sax


I have an old alto sax which is engraved "Made in USA for G. Schirmer" on the bell. Any thoughts on what company made these, a time frame of production and sale, and the value of a horn like this? Thanks. Steve

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  1. by GFC
    (359 posts)

    8 months ago

    Re: G. Schirmer alto sax

    Those are Martin style soldered toneholes.  The same-side bell keys and design of the chromatic F# key are consistent with it being based on a 1930s Imperial or Standard.  Or it could be a clone of a Martin horn produced by the Indiana Band Instrument Company.  The extensive model descriptions and pictures in the link below should give you some idea of ithe Martin that it's closest to. 

    Old stencil horns generally aren't worth a whole lot, but some Martin stencils have a good reputation.  Playing condition is the biggest variable that will affect value.  Stencils tend to have less value than the cost of a good overhaul.  

    http://www.themartinstory.net/version7/



     

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    1. by stemul
      (2 posts)

      8 months ago

      Re: G. Schirmer alto sax

      Thank you for this great follow up. I checked out the Martin site and I'll dig further into identifying the origins of this alto.

      I appreciate your time and guidance. 

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