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Just want some information on this martin handcraft stencil I bought

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I just bought a horn off ebay. It says it's a martin handcraft stencil harmony with a serial # of 1915 lp. I haven't played in a few years and I miss playing so I bought this one because I liked it and it looks like something that wont take much work and time. I'm only playing for my own pleasure at home. Can someone take a look and tell me what they think of this horn?

i tried to include the link from ebay, if it doesnt work then i have pics i can email:if you copy & paste, it will take you the listing.
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This probably was built at the Indiana Band Inst. Co. after they were bought by Martin in 1928. It has the aux Eb on the front rather than the rear which is much better as it is a direct action. Probably does not have the high C# adjuster which may make C#3 and D3 sharp. Basically similar to a HC series 2 with that key modification on Eb. I have the same horn marked Indiana and it was made in 1933 and I would put yours in that area.
The old mouthpieces of the time are really fat inside. It is really not that important on the horn you are getting as anything will get good results. I use a Selmer Super Session and it is perfect.
Also, even if the pads are not perfect, these play well with older rivet pads. I have one with original 1932 pads and it plays as well as one with new pads.
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