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I bought The Martin Tenor with serial nr. around 320xxx. It has a great fast action, good ergo and spotless intonation. What I and a friend have noticed is that the sound is somehow thinner than Bueschers and Selmers.
This is my first Martin and I wonder if the earlier serial numbers of The Martin run are considered better horns.
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Sakshama
 

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The only Martin from that age I have tried wqqas also a bit thin. played several from 145xxx to 212xxx and they all had a better sound than the later ones. been told the cutoff point for good ones is about when I think it was Reynolds bought Martin, somewhere around 212xxx. Don't know to what extent that's true but it wouldn't surprise me.

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The The Martin I had (I have sold it now) had a brighter sound than Bueschers, Conns and MKVIs I've owned, so I guess you would say that it is thinner. But having said that, once you compensate for that with either a fatter or warmer sounding mouthpiece, then it kind of equals out.

In other words it appeared to be bright or thin when using a mouthpiece I'd got used to for adding brightness to a warmer sounding horn.

I would use the Martin when it felt liker the right horn for the job, but I could just as easily (or more easily) have done that with mouthpiece. In the end I sold the martin (sadly) when I found a horn that seemed to give me both fatness and brightness when required, a bit more easily (that is my current R & C) so the martin became a bit superfluous.

Although my wife begged me not to sell it.

So basically, I would say don't let apparent thinness make you think it's a less good horn.

(I have this The martin in with my fairly extensive tenor shootout which compared it to a Conn 10M, MKVI and some others)

see: http://tamingthesaxophone.com/saxophone-comparisons.html

I would take some time to get used to it, try some different embouchure approaches if not different setups.
 

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Wife begged you not to sell a horn?!?!?!?!

Pete, you need to patent, copy and sell that gene!

As for the Martins, my baritone is 307xxx- not long before the buyout- and it's the real deal, although it lacks the LH thumbrest that my alto and tenor have.
Every bit as Martin sounding as my 50's alto and tenor.
 
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