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I have about a dozen Martin altos and you can just keep those rivet pads. They work fine on these. As ti the mouthpiece, I find them nothing special but should be kept with the horn. Last year I got a minty Magna alto and have yet to try it out....kind of busy here.
 

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i have had my one owner martin for 25 years and just this spring finally treated it to a full proffessional repad. its ready to rock now. before i had played it till the original pads from the 50,s started to fall apart. i agree with bruce that the rivet pads worked fine in these
 

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Dude congrats! I love hearing stuff like this! It’s also great that you know who it came from so you can appreciate more! Awesome!! I love the goodies too!
 

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I spent this afternoon playing the Comm III back-to-back with my other altos. I'll tell you what was immediately apparent with every horn I played, even a couple of modern ones...the Comm III's intonation is the best of all of them. The upper register is always sharp, right? My brain is basically on autopilot to lip down high A and B at least. Not needed on the Martin. The upper register is spot-friggin-on.
 

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I have never owned one of these but I do have a Committee I and I've played a friend's III pretty extensively.

They play great, and the mechanism has a wonderful precision feel that's (sorry!) largely absent from the Conns I favor. The Martin is really built like a piece of precision machinery, with a lot of thought given to the details. Where Conn would just have a key foot with some cork (works fine) Martin will have a little guide mounted to the body to keep the key from deflecting sideways, and maybe even a little extra sized foot to give more cork area. And so on.
 

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Unfortunately, the fifty year warranty is up...
Hah! Great catch.

That is a well-crafted text regarding "certain parts" and finish.
 

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Unfortunately, the fifty year warranty is up...
It was bound to happen eventually. Actually, I think the warranty probably expired in 1971 regardless of how many years it says.😉😉

BTW, what's the warranty on a new Yamaha or Yanigisawa?

5 years.
 

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That instrument looks great! So the previous owner paid $214 + his old Gretsch alto to get this Martin.
 

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Yep. I Googled the owners name but didn't come up with anything plausible. He'd be at least in his upper 80's. I'd just love to make a phone call and say "Hey, remember that horn you bought in '53?..."

Like as not, it was purchased at an estate sale after having been found while clearing out grandpa's basement...getting house ready to sell after he died.
 

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Odd that it doesn't mention the music store, or perhaps I just read it too quickly.
No, it doesn't. It's focused more on his later life in Florida. He was only 38 when he sold the horn to C.A. Anderson.

It does mention that he taught at Penn State and the store was in State College, PA.
 

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OHG I bid on that horn and forgot to go back near the close to win it. From a great seller, I bought a horn from him before and it played great right out of the box.
I have a 1949 tenor equivalent from an estate sale in same condition and same mouthpiece and paperwork!
Those prices back then, we've been on a inflation ramp for so long we think it's level ground.
 
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