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by ajgarcia090
(2 posts)
3 months ago

Martin sax

 

Greetings all,
I recently acquired a Martin sax serial # 36034. I know nothing about vintage instruments, so I am seeking some advice. Is this sax worth restoring, junking, or just selling as is?
 
Thanks for your time and help!

Andrew 

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  1. by GFC
    (359 posts)

    3 months ago

    Re: Martin sax

    Martin Handcraft from 1923.  Sell as is.  The good news is that it's a low pitch horn, which is playable with modern ensemble tuning and it looks undamaged.  The bad news is that it is antiquated from a keywork standpoint (no front F key), which makes it a horn for historical horn buffs only.  The unknowns are mechanical wear and whether it's a tenor or a c-melody.  C-melody horns are less valuable.  Check the length of the body tube to the bottom of the bow.  If it's close to 25 inches it is a c-melody.  If it's close to 30 inches it's a tenor.  

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    1. by ajgarcia090
      (2 posts)

      3 months ago

      Re: Martin sax

      Thank you for the information! I was wondering how to distinguish between a tenor or something else. I will measure it and repost. Would you have a ball bark figure by chance if it were a tenor?

      Many Thanks

      Andrew 

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