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Did Charlie Parker play a Martin Handcraft?
I recently recieved a picture today, and it looked like Charlie Parker was playing a Martin Handcraft? Could this be possable? And if so what model handcraft could he have played?
 

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Didn't he also play a 6m for awhile too? Or am I mistaken? I know that king was his main horn, but he also notoriously played that grafton. I have never heard that he played a martin.
 

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Because of his drug habits, he often would pawn his horns for money to get his next fix, and ended up borrowing a lot of guys horns (I've heard of at least one case where he pawned the borrowed horn, too!). So, I'm not sure you can really name every horn that he played, probably hundreds. Phil Woods is now in possesion of Parker's King and his wife, haha go Phil!
 

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As Jacobeid said, he even played a plastic Grafton alto. There is a live cd I think it's from Massey Hall and he's with Diz and he's playing a Grafton. I can hear the difference in his sound, too.
 

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coolsax2k7 said:
He even played a plastic Grafton alto. There is a live cd I think it's from Massey Hall and he's with Diz and playing his Grafton. I could hear the difference in the sound.
Yeah, greatest live album ever recorded, IMO. It mentions the horn in the liner notes, I think.
 

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Bird played a lot of horns. As mention, he often hocked them (and other players horns as well) to get money for heroin. He played 6M's, Super 20's, Selmers, and even the infamous Grafton plastic also which he used on the famous Massey Hall recording. If you named a horn that was available in the 40's or 50's, I wouldn't be surprised if Bird played on it at some point.

Phil Woods owns (through his late wife) Bird's Super 20. They sold the Grafton to a museum in Kansas City a while back. Phil tells a story of pawning his horn to buy groceries for his wife and Bird's kids. He got called for a gig but his horn was in the pawn shop so he used Bird's Super 20. Charles Mingus walked into the club, saw the horn with Bird's name engraved on it, and gave Phil a dirty look. At the break, Phil got an advance for the gig and went and got his horn out of hock.
 

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he played cigar cutters aswell,
it is possible that he did play one and quite likely,
he played many horns
 

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Agent27 said:
Phil Woods owns (through his late wife) Bird's Super 20. They sold the Grafton to a museum in Kansas City a while back. Phil tells a story of pawning his horn to buy groceries for his wife and Bird's kids. He got called for a gig but his horn was in the pawn shop so he used Bird's Super 20. Charles Mingus walked into the club, saw the horn with Bird's name engraved on it, and gave Phil a dirty look. At the break, Phil got an advance for the gig and went and got his horn out of hock.
Yeah, you can hear that story on his concert on Yamaha's Podcasts, its pretty funny.
 

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Yeah, you can hear that story on his concert on Yamaha's Podcasts, its pretty funny.
Yeah, that's where I got it from. I can't remember how much they sold the Grafton for, but I'm thinking in the neighborhood of $200,000. So when anyone asks him if he has Bird's horn he says "Yes, but I only have a few left." :D
 

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Agent27 said:
Yeah, that's where I got it from. I can't remember how much they sold the Grafton for, but I'm thinking in the neighborhood of $200,000. So when anyone asks him if he has Bird's horn he says "Yes, but I only have a few left." :D
HAHAHA! Yeah, I rolled on the floor when I first heard that.
 

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spiderjames said:
Handcraft?
Famous photo. But I never realized it was a Martin.

I seem to remember this pic from the liner notes of my Savoy set. He does some stuff with Miles on it. I guess he may be playing the Martin on those tracks?
 

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I wonder how many of these horns were his and how many were borrowed?
 
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