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Hey all does anyone know when they started putting the numbers on the Shank of the tenor STM rather than one the body....I have a older STM that I just got from RalphF and I must say it is a nice piece and he was great to deal with...it is shorter than the newer STM and it has a bigger Chamber..it looks exactly like a Early Babbit I once owned and it has a bit of a baffle that the Babbit had but it has the tip opening on the shank?? just courious...

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I second that question! I have a great refaced STM 8* that I got a few years ago from our very own Chicken 'Lil that has the fat body of the newer NY models, but more baffle and better sound IMO. Number's on the shank, though, and no NY marking, but it plays (and looks) like a great Florida/Early Babbitt piece.
 

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I have a 1975 early Babbitt STM for bari. The number is on the shank, not the body, but it is on the back of the shank, rather than on the same side as the table, where the modern numbers appear.
 
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