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I have my eye on a martin committee, he says searchlight tenor. He says it has all good pads, no work needing to be done, ithas a lot of lacquer wear.. he wans $750.00 is that a good price?
 

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Are you kidding!! That's a great price, if it's in the condition he says. If you don't buy it, let me know how to contact the owner.
 

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snatch it ! :)
 

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i bought it! will keep you informed. my first martin.. also bought a 198xxx martin tenor 95% lacquer, all good pads, all original second owner.. he sold it for $950.. hope i got a good deal
 

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what does GAS mean? i see posts with it all the time but am not sure at all what people are referring to
The psychological condition common to photographers and musicians (woe me, I am both ;) ):

Gear Acquisition Syndrome :)
 

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markwigginton said:
what does GAS mean? i see posts with it all the time but am not sure at all what people are referring to
Gear Aquisition Syndrome
Looks like you have caught it;)
 

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Well I don't like to confess negative reports over myself but I will say that I "thoroughly enjoy seeking out and purchasing saxophones until the wee hours of the morning"
 

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Well I don't like to confess negative reports over myself but I will say that I "thoroughly enjoy seeking out and purchasing saxophones until the wee hours of the morning"
I think I caught that GASous disease from this forum, haven't bought yet but doing heavy midnight seeking. The movie of it ought to be called "Desperately Seeking Saxes".:D
 

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If its in good condition its a steal I know people who want alot more for theres like 1-2 grand more
 

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They are nice horns and very playablewith great altissimo. Glad to see the price rising as i have a beaut of a tenor searchlight model
Dave
 

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Dave dix said:
They are nice horns and very playablewith great altissimo. Glad to see the price rising as i have a beaut of a tenor searchlight model
Dave
Not as good as mine, Dave!
 

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Oh yeah? Well any time mate, any time... only make it quick before the government make me pay to work overtime!!!
 

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Did I do the right thing?

Am I crazy? I may have to claim the devil made me do it, cause my wife is gonna blow a gasket, :shock: but I just bought a The "Martin" Tenor on Ebay, S/N 153,xxx for $1600. I was only window shopping a myraid of saxes to learn and get ideas mind you, and looking for an alto for much less, but now I know what GAS is cause the more I read about The Martin Tenor on Sax Pics, the Martin site, Sax Gourmet, here and elsewhere, it looked too good to pass up. (Well, alot of horns do too, but I had to start somewhere.)

I've always loved the tenor sound anyway, and although this is not as vintage as a Conn naked lady, or a searchlight, or one of those incredibly engraved models, it has tons of class and hopefully a great sound. I'm hoping for a longtime love affair here.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Martin-Tenor-Sa...yZ119030QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


Only doubts I have are if it is as shiny and pristine as it looks in the pics from a recent relaq job, or really was cared for as the seller claims. Seller said not relaquered to his knowledge, but in the photos the engraving doesn't stand out as much as I've seen elsewhere. Maybe I should have asked here first but I didn't want to lose out to you big time gas guzzlers here.

Anyway the pads look new, so Was I right in thinking that even if it needs a bit of adjustment it still will be a great deal?? I paid a lot less than the $2900 Steve at Sax Gourmet values it at or even the $2000 that a similar one is going for on WW Sax. Or is that all just rationalizing? Sure hope this isn't an expensive mistake.

Now I'll need to find a mouthpiece for it and think I am going to settle for a Rico Royal large chamber 3 for the low price until I can afford something else. Would that be a good fit for a round, mellow lush sound or should I get the small chamber to brighten it up since the Martin is deep voiced anyway? I'm mostly into jazz and aside from Sonny Rollins and Dexter, I really love Johnny Griffin's sound and most of all, Joe Henderson. Thinking of medium facing and not too open cause a tenor is gonna need a lot more wind than my alto, and I will have to work up to it. I know that mileage varies on setups, so quesstimates are all I'm asking about .Thanks for any input..:)
 
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