I am gonna say Jury is Out on that one until I can get a Handcraft Standard/Special/Imperial body here to compare it to. They well could be the same body and neck specs, perhaps minus a tonehole. It'd be interesting if that were the case. But I think perhaps not, b/c my recollection is there are some tonal/sonic/blowing differences between an Indiana and a Handcraft Standard/Imperial.The Imperial looks to me to be a Handcraft with the front mounted alt Eb and nickel key work. The Music Master aka Typewriter was a Handcraft with all pearl buttons. Etc.
I never messed with Indianas and certainly take your word for the different stacks. It's still the same Handcraft horn with different keywork.
Thanks, have a couple things I'm watching on Ebay etc. but I will definitely keep that in mind. Pretty sharp looking horn!If you are looking at tenors, mine is available at a more reasonable price than on the Facebook album.
I have offered it to the mechanic restoring my '86 BMW but he takes cash just fine, too.
Bruce, didn't the "student,intermediate,pro descriptions start post WWII? Pre war options were Brass,Silver or Gold plate instrument?The difference in the "special" and standard seems to be the front alt. Eb.