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I have an Indiana bari sax, serial number 18xxx. It has the beveled tone holes (indicating a martin stencil), but it doesn't call itself a Martin Indiana, it jsut has the upside down triangular "Indiana" logo on the bell with the Indian head in the center. I can't find any info on the Indiana company, aside from the fact that it was bought out by Martin. If I go by the Martin serial number chart, that pouts this horn at 1920 for age.

Can anyone tell me aobut the Indiana company before the buyout? Also, is this a Martin stencil? If so, is this real a 1920 horn? I have a hard time believing that I have a horn that old that I didn't realize is that old, but it very well could be.

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p.s. the keys are laq'd to match the body. No nickel plated student horn styling.
 

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He has pics in his listing in the for sale area. I was looking at it last night. It doesn't have the front F, and he doesn't have a pic of the palm keys. It appears to be one which uses the "middle" side key for both C and high E, as there are only 2 side keys. It may go to High F, but I couldn't tell.
 

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As I understand, Martin bought them in 1928 and the one I have is from 1933. I will try to find where I saw a serial number listing. My alto is from 1933 and is basically a Martin HC series II with no front F or high C# adjuster. It also has the alt Eb key on the front rather than the rear. In about 1930 Martin started to use the 2 only RH palm keys with one that opens the C and high E. I service a typewriter Bari from 1930 that is set up this way. I suspect that your Indiana would be quite similar to a 20s Martin.
 

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That actually sounds pretty much like my bari to a T...thanks for the info.

I saw something about one from 1935 that looked a lot liek mine, and the 2 side key mechanism is actually a rather interesting concept.

I'll try to get a couple of pics aorund incase anyone wants them or thinks they might be able to help.

Even though I have her for sale...the more I play her again, the less I want to let her go.
 
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