Early imperials are pro horns but the late one's were student horns so the serial is important
Yes I read anything I could find about it, it's a Handcraft Imperial, serial 112xxx from 1935 (from Martin story website).Dave dix said:Early imperials are pro horns but the late one's were student horns so the serial is important
Thanx jjulian! I generally use a STM metal 7*, I'm still looking for the best reed, now I'm using a rico royal 1.5 and it's not bad, I have still to try something harder and see what happens..jjulian said:I suppose all preferences for setups are a matter of personal taste, but I'll be happy to tell you what has worked well for me. A metal Otto Link 7 and metal Otto Link 9 have made my Handcraft Imperial sound great. What did NOT work were modern, open-tip mouthpieces. I tried both Dukoff and Berg Larsen models, and both of them were impossible for me to play in tune. The Otto Links sound like they're made for Martins, in my experience. One more bit of advice: You might want to try Fibracell reeds. I've been able to get a better sound from them on my Handcraft Imperial than any other reeds.
I'm sure you'll get many years of outstanding performances from your sax. Best of luck!
Thank you, I know that without any doubt it was a deal.SAXISMYAXE said:Actually, even the later, pre Wurlitzer buyout Martin student horns, including the 1950's Imperials aren't bad horns.
Martin didn't skimp on labor and materials to make their horns, pro line and otherwise, up until the second (1963) buyout of the company, and it shows in their horns.
Your 1930's era Imperial is indeed a great horn, and a steal at that price too.
Congratulations, and welcome to the Martin club.