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This is puzzling to me, but someone's bound to know:

My school tenor says Martin in big letters with some engraving around it on the bell. No other engraving. It plays decently, all notes come out, most are pretty easy. However the thing that bothers me is that a tiny Yanagisawa symbol sits right above the serial number. Yes, it is Yani, that giant elaborate overrated U design. What is this tenor? There is lacquer fading all over (but not too dense), which suggests at least some age, but I'm not totally sure.

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In 1971, Leblanc bought Martin from Wurlitzer, and stopped manufacturing U.S. made horns under the Martin name. Instead, they marketed Yanigasawa stencil horns engraved MARTIN.

These are not true Martins in design or manufacture as discussed in this forum as a result.
 

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Thanks!

Sorry about incorrect thread placement, I wouldn't have known about that. Is there a serial number guide online so I can find the year?
 
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