yeah i was wondering how it would play. of course we'll see how mine plays but it seems like they arent too bad. how much did you pay for yours?I have one! An enjoyable sax to play, so light in weight, so resonant! I play it in church and found the only thing missing was the high D. So, I took my fully keyed out Martin and the Home model to my service tech and asked him to put a D key on the Home model! $120 later I have a Home model with a D key and I can't be happier with the sax! It has almost perfect intonation through the range, just middle C and B are a little flat.
yeah and i heard that the academy line of instruments are no where near as sought after as the home model. thats just the jist ive gottenI paid more that I thought it was worth but these are rare and sometimes bidding is fierce. Then I had to pay 40% more for Canadian dollar exchange, shipping wasn't cheap either. Nonetheless I enjoy it! Ya, all the Home Models are Martins. The only other manufacturer of a stipped down sax was Buescher and their Academy line. I haven't seen a C-mel in that line of saxes.
yeah it looks exactly like a martin one except the engraving "HOWARD"I always thought the Howard saxes were from Buescher. Does yours look like this one?
ahh alright. so i guess its more rare than a regular home model. because ive only seen two that were sold. mine and the one that i listed the picture of that was sold 3 years ago. while ive seen 3 i guess regular ones in the past weekStencils often didn't follow the same serial numbers as the branded horns. Looks like a Martin home model to me (I had one for a while, interesting little horn). It would have been waaaaay too much trouble for an off brand ("Howard") to manufacture a copycat horn back in the day. Not really feasible. I'd say 95% likely its a Martin.