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1937 Martin Handcraft Standard - value?

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Hello, folks.
I have a 1937(?) Martin Handcraft Standard tenor. Serial #1223xx.It has no pads, and most of the cork, felt, etc is gone as well, but other than than, it appears to be complete and pretty straight mechanically. Serial numbers on body and neck match. It also appears to have most of the lacquer still intact, other than wear in the usual areas, although it does have a lot of pitting. Does anyone have any idea what this horn might be worth? It will need a pretty major overhaul/repadding. I can post some pics on photobucket or someplace similar if anyone wants to see any.
P.S. I will be disappointed if I don't get at least one "it's worthless, I'll take it off your hands for $25.00' responses. :)
Thanks in advance!
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I'm guessing $100 to $500 depending on your timing and luck. $500 would be from an avid collector.
I own a '37 Martin Handcraft that I bought a couple of years ago for $350. I spent another $100 to get up to snuff. It is a re-laq, but a good one, so I would say a orig laq. would be worth in the $800-$1200 range which IMO is a steal, but it seems Martins are somwhat under valued. Depending on what you find the current demand to be, you could subtract the cost of bringing the instrument to top-notch condition from the top price and come close. Of course, if it's in extraordinary shape other than the needed work you stated, it could be worth more. The Handcraft is not one of the most desirable models at this time (if you had a Music Man or a "The Martin", you could get a good price no matter what it needed), but there are many out there that know what a great horn it is.
I recently paind $165 for a "fixer-upper" Martin Handcraft tenor.
catseyeweb, what is your display pic?
i can tell its a rosewood sax, in the style of a clarinet, but where dyou get it from?!?!?

and ill take the martin for $100 :)
They are great horns , i have an alto and have always wanted the tenor version. Keep it and get it overhauled
I recently traded in my 1929 Martin Handcraft tenor, serial 96XXX for a near mint Buffet SDA alto. I was given a $475.00 credit toward the price of the alto. Now, in hindsight, I wish I would have kept it. Don't get me wrong, I love my Buffet, but nothing else quite sounds like the Martin. It's a shame that these horns don't command higher prices.
I think it is great they DON'T command higher prices! I am looking for a HC tenor in gold or silver plate to go with the dozen HC altos.
Very true , its great to buy a true pro horn for stencil money
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