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Buescher Aristocrat Series 1 Tenor Amazing Near Mint Overhauled Nicest I’ve Seen 280857$ 4,000
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.