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I have (tenors) a Martin HC Imperial, Comm. II and Comm. III (the Martin). For the 2 you are considering, I would put the Comm II as the darker, and the III as the more centered. Although the III has a more modern keyboard, I tend the like the II a bit better. I think you also need to consider the condition of each horn. I have all 4 of my Martin tenors for sale and want to keep whichever one doesn't sell. It is that close for me. Although I am mainly an alto player (12 Martins), I have owned 3 Mark VIs, SBA, Zephyr, Chu, Keiwerth and other tenors and the Martins are the best overall. Large booming sound and a low end like no other. That silver one sounds really nice and if you don't buy it, I would consider it. My III is a very good relacquer with new pads but a silver plated horn is my first choice! Almost all of the IIIs were gold lacquer (goes bad early) and the IIs were mostly gold lacquer with nickel plated keys. Here is my III:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/tags/martintenor3/
 
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