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by slickrick1942
(2 posts)
6 months ago

Need to know who made my Saxophone

I have a saxophone that has Lyric engraved on the bell. I need to know who manufactured it. It has matching numbers on the body and the mouthpiece. Anyone have any insight? I've been told that it could possibly be a Martin or a Foreign. Help me! I have no idea!

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  1. by mijderf
    (72 posts)

    6 months ago

    Re: Need to know who made my Saxophone

    It looks like the tone holes might be soldered on, which would seem to make this a Martin, but it is hard to tell since your photos don't really zoom in on the tone holes.  Take a look at this area and see if that is the case.  Take a look at the tone holes on the Martins in this site's saxophone museum for comparison.

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  2. by historicsaxwhisperer
    (139 posts)

    6 months ago

    Re: Need to know who made my Saxophone

    Definitely Martin.

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  3. by Saxquest
    (400 posts)

    5 months ago

    Re: Need to know who made my Saxophone

    Probably Martin based on the toneholes. However, the body braces and key guard feet make me also think it could be Couturier who stenciled a lot of saxophone for Lyon & Healy. They were based out of Chicago and had a full production factory. They seem to be a "forgotten" American instrument maker of of the early 20th century. Probably because they never made a professional saxophone and focused on stencils for the "affordable" amateur market. 

    Either way, it probably dates to the 1930's-1940's based on the keywork. It termsof value, its not worth much on the open market. 

    Cheers,
         Mark Overton
         www.saxquest.com  

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