Well as you can se I have the honor of owning one of these beauties :lick:Why so few posts about Martin sopranos? Which models were produced? Do they have the same Martin tone as their siblings? Are they good horns? What about ergos and especially their intonation?
You mean, it's a mystery why Martin did when nearly all the mainstream sax makers also did at the same time?Why Martin stopped making sopranos around 1930 is a bit of a mystery.
thats beautiful work!Well as you can se I have the honor of owning one of these beauties :lick:
I rebuilt the left hand palm keys to a more ergonomic hight and rebuilt the pinky plate to fit a modern hand.
Man.... the sound is unlike any other soprano out there in my book. It can whisper like the morning breeze and play fine and mellow - and blow you away with a raw force of pure sound. Intonation is perfect, perfect in tune. The keywork action is light and uniform and the weight only 90 grams more that a Selmer Mrk. VI soprano....
If you ever get the chance to own one - buy it no matter the price!!!
My horn is a private label Hans J. Bach witch is a Martin Handcraft from 1925, number 33 of 35 ever made for Hans J. Bach. It has lager engravings than Martins own Handcraft models and no support bars for the left hand palm keys. It also has no large thumb hook ring like the original Martins - but the rest is the same.
Why Martin stopped making sopranos around 1930 is a bit of a mystery.
So are our modern hands an evolution, or did we de-volve?[...]
I rebuilt the left hand palm keys to a more ergonomic hight and rebuilt the pinky plate to fit a modern hand. [...]
I am ape like, so perhaps we're devolving.So are our modern hands an evolution, or did we de-volve?
That's a beautiful horn, and nicely done mods. Wouldn't know they weren't original.
I purchased a gold plated one from Matt a few years ago.Another vote for Martin Handcraft soprano saxophones here. They are great horns, with a warm lush sound that is hard to find anywhere else. Its a soprano you can play in a small room and not have people leave or dogs howl. Well-built, intonation is pretty good for a vintage soprano, and set up well the ergonomics are not all that bad. Palm keys are a little low, side keys are a little small, horn gets heavy on the thumb. I have played and repaired many of these, and owned a few. When I get a soprano again, one of these is what I plan on getting.