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And here's what I wrote about it on Facebook in response to Steve Goodson's question about it....Hi guys, I just wanted to let you all know that I just listed one of these on Barnard Instrument Repair's website. Here is a link, man these are awesome playing horns!
Post a few pics!I just got one of these (cleanish relacquer I think). Took a risk and bought it on eBay- needs work (body work in a few spots that could have been better executed) but it plays great. Traded for my older True Tone bari which was a beast in a good way, that one had mucho soul as it was from 1914 with soldered tone holes but the 139 feels really even and vibrant and of course the ergonomics and range are much improved.
How do I know if it has the Snap-Ins? The original Norton springs do seem to be all there.
FWIW, intonation issues on a 139, particularly open C#, hasn't been something I've encountered on any of the 3 I've owned or the 2 I still currently own (sold one to Juan Caino). I have had intonation issues (and they are generally well documented by others) with the 129-based Aristocrat with anything other than the stock-type mouthpiece. No bari has perfect intonation, but are we talking about the same horn and do you recall what serial number?Just to follow up - I bought the 139 and played it for a while, then resold it. I liked the broad tone and even scale (compared with my other Buescher bari which is from 1914!) but the intonation was way off on the open C#. Since I had another bari that tuned fine (and it was a relaq) I felt fine letting it go. Someday I'd like to try another one but doubt I'll have the chance.