This is an older one for sure (mid-20s), I'd probably pass if it's for a kid honestly.Can anyone shed some light on this "the martin". Serial number 44434, but might be 144434. It just says martin low pitch, and on the bell THE MARTIN reg us pat off ELKHART Indiana. Friend knew I was looking for a sax for my son, sent me some pictures.
Agree with everything said here.The photos are of an early split bell Martin Handcraft, not the "The Martin" Committee III most famously known as "The Martin" and first built in the 40's.
You should assume that horn needs a full overhaul and check the costs of one before buying. Getting a good Yamaha student model in known playing condition might be a much better option.
From the photos it looks like it's in a pawn shop."Playable" can mean many things. Lots of sounds and even some music can come out of a horn that is not playing in any truly functional manner. The cost of getting one that makes musical sounds to truly make music might be far more than the cost of the horn. This is definitely the type you need a return policy with and quickly run it over to a tech who knows his stuff.
Is your budget $350CAN for a playable Tenor ? That is a dicey budget. $500CAN, then you are in at least a more realistic range (although still quite low).Wow, you guys know your stuff. Its $350 Canadian, and all I know is that its "playable".
If it's been re lacquered would that not mean it would of received a full overhaul?
Its a second sax for my son, he plays the alto, was thinking it might be fun to have a tenor too.
Thanks again for all the info.
My first thought was alto too. Its only the fact that they seem to have an alto already that made me not question it. And yes that is a pawn shop I'm sure. Having worked in some I know that they rarely know or care about playing condition.Am I the only one here who thinks this looks a lot like an Alto ????
Is your budget $350CAN for a playable Tenor ? That is a dicey budget. $500CAN, then you are in a more realistic range (although still quite low).
OK, but in order for folks to give useful replies, it'd help if you could give us the parameters.I dont know if it's a tenor or alto really, I was actually looking for a step up from my sons Jupiter alto student model. When I was told tenor, I thought that might be cool.
The more I read about different saxes, the more interesting they all are.