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User ID: 2790824
Jul 17th 12:10 AM

I'm looking for a tenor and am seriously considering an SML.

Did the quality of the horn vary much in its numerous revisions and incarnations? And, if so, which are the most desirable serial numbers? And which, if any, should be avoided?

I'm a new player and really appreciate any help. Thanks.

Paul C.
User ID: 8339223
Jul 20th 7:27 PM
Most of the changes from the Rev D on into the later ones, Gold Medal, etc, seem to be in adding more adjustment screws to the keywork. The basic keywork from the Rev D, the Supers, from just after WWII, seems to be basically the same, but for the addition of stack adjustment screws and Bb/G# adjustment screws. Also, they switched from wire keyguards to sheet type. However, these are cosmetic changes, the sax is basically the same. Also, even the early post-WWII saxes had the ribbed type construction.

So, I cannot say to avoid any of them. They all are good saxes. Even the King-Marigaux's... only lacked rolled tone holes, and that is a very uncommon feature. Remember, there are many pro saxes without rolled tone holes.

Like any used sax, look for the sax to be complete. Missing parts on these CANNOT be replaced, except to take them from another similar sax, or fabricate them. And this is and expensive proposition. There are no replacement necks or other parts available.

But pads, corks, and felts can all be fixed. Dents and dings can be fixed. Avoid crushed in bows and dented necks.

These are very good classical saxes, with good intonation.