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Martin Comm II Alto Saxophone 142391$ 1,100
Martin Handcraft Alto Saxophone 125113 Burnished Gold Special Engraving!$ 3,199
Priced to sell!
This is an alto that has it all: Rarity, condition, playability, beauty. It’s the total package. Martin altos from this era play with a uniquely beautiful mix of warmth, power, and sweetness. This is a lyrical alto that has plenty of power and bite when you need it.
It is in incredibly great condition with minimal past repairs. It has a recent, full overhaul and feels great under the fingers. It is very rare indeed to see one of these with thick, burnished gold plate as the finish. That’s the rarest finish, and I have only seen around five of these ever. The overhaul was done very well also, and the light action is easy to handle under the fingers.
The price is fantastic for something overhauled AND burnished gold plate! Really hard to beat. It also includes the Hiscox case!
Martin Handcraft Standard Tenor Saxophone 136740$ 899
Very good condition refinished Martin Handcraft tenor with a recent overhaul. This is on consignment and priced to sell. Beautiful tenor with a big, warm voice. I don’t see any signs of past damage or repairs. The overhaul was done OK. It’s not a top-shelf job but it gets the job done. Includes the original case. This horn is one-owner and was well cared-for. Pair it with a Brilhart Tonalin tenor piece for a beautiful Tex Benake sort of sound.
From “The Martin Story” website, which is the best source on Martin model specifics, we find this nugget of information, which seems right to me also.
These horns seem to be a combination of a Handcraft Imperial body (note the Eb vent key, below the low D key) and Handcraft Committee keywork.
The fact that these horns where produced at the same time as the Handcraft Committee and Committee 2 combined with some cheaper details (fixed right thumbrest, no heartshaped left thumbrest) makes me think these are somewhat watered-down versions of the Imperial.
Martin The Martin Alto Original Saxophone 179447
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Freshly overhauled The Martin Alto which plays GREAT. Feels effortlessly big and loud and powerful, with a medium dark tone that brightens up nicely with a higher baffle mouthpiece. You can do anything on these altos. This was original lacquer which is mostly worn off and it still looks great. This horn was played a fair amount before being overhauled, so it has had some small dents removed. The thumb hook has been replaced also. (Original thumb hooks frequently fall off of Martins, for whatever reason.) If you’ve been looking for a super-fun alto that looks cool and sounds different from anything else out there today, this would be a great choice. With the fresh, complete overhaul, it won’t need any significant repair work for a long long time.
Martin The Martin Alto Saxophone 198871 Excellent Player Great Deal!$ 2,000
Martin The Martin Tenor Saxophone Original Lacquer Good Condition Needs Pads 163812$ 1,500