I just recently bought a vintage Martin alto, and now have the opportunity to buy a vintage Rampone and Cazzani that the buyer says has been sitting around and needs TLC .... they want $250 for it ... is that too much?
The modern R&C saxophones are amongst the very best; as good as they get. This I know from personal experience.
Again from personal experience, I would be reluctant to attribute such an accolade to their vintage models.... especially as you have, in the Martin, one of the best altos ever made.
I've seen some of these early R+C horns, they have nothing to do with the current product line. Given the choice of something like this a Martin or even a Yamaha student horn I would pass on the R+C. This may look good but you'd be better off with most Martins assuming good playing condition.
What model Martin do you own?
Thanks for the input! I will be staying away from that "unknown" R&C.
As for my Martin .... it is actually a stencil, says Wurlitzer on it, but is definitely a Martin Handcraft. I can tell by how it feels and examining it closely that it is a good solid horn and no doubt one of the best made, 80 years ago. The 2 techs who looked at it also agreed that it is a Martin Handcraft and great quality ..... BUT ......
I had it serviced after I bought it and still am unsatisfied with the lower range. I can hardly get any sound from the low notes at all, even tho the mid and high registers sing loud and clear. I am thinking that I would have to just have it completely overhauled, starting from square one, to get it set up to my liking. And I don't want to spend that kind of money on it, especially since it was supposed to be already "overhauled."
So if I decided to sell my Martin stencil, I would want to get out of it what I have put into it, as right now it is frustrating me.
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