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I recently bought a tenor The Martin Committee ( Sn 160xxx ) from Joe sax woodwind and, geez, I instantly fell in love with it ! :)

I tryed some of my friends saxos ( Mark VI, Selmer serie II, Yamaha custom etc ) before buying it. Loved them, but didn't had 8000 $ and + to buy a Mark VI and neither 5000 $ and + to buy a custom yamaha but still I nedded a pro sax ! Now i play with my martin and I realize that it equals or beat those saxophone, at less than half the price. I received it monday and I'm in heaven ! What a full souding horn. It has such a strong core and yet is still a little spread... WOW ! And that, only with my stock rubber link. I was also shocked with the action... so low and fast compared to the student horn I had before. But there are some things that are a little bit ... ... questionable.

When I play high A, I hear the air going out of the octave tone hole against the pad. It is a little bit annoying. Are you experiencing that ? Also, the high D, E and F key are very far away. I had to put some key « raisers » ( is that the word ? ). Finally when I am standing I can't place the saxophone as I did before because the low Eb key can't open. My leg prevent it from doing so. Strange.

But these are really little problems compared to everything this sax gives me. Anyway, I though there were no perfect horn, but this one is very close to it !!!:D I want to play 10 hours per day but don't have the time to !


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Air doesn't escape from the octave pip of my sax, perhaps the pad on your sax isn't sitting right on the octave pip.

the Martin is unique in that the E flat key gaurd doesn't have any sort of cover, it's just a wire. I experiance the same issue with the E flat key getting in the way of my leg, I've learned to hold the sax in a way that doesn't obstruct any movement the E flat key.

Alot people don't like way the falm keys feel so far away, I just got use to it, to me it allows for more movement of your hand. If the keys were too close it would be annoying.

Hope you like your Martin.
 

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Marin Committee's I truly wonderful horns (I own an alto, tenor, and bari). The thing about the Eb is just a matter of positioning. Also, the air on the octave may be a matter of the pad not lifting high enough, or, make sure the other vent is closing all the way. Finally, the palm keys, you may wish to hold off on building these up, you will probably want the extra leverage that space can provide for the left pinky table.

Glad to hear you're happy. Congratulations.
 

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Saxolleap said:
I want to play 10 hours per day but don't have the time to !
Lol yes, I know that feeling :D

When I had my new bari only for a couple of days, I actually decided to work home for a day, so that I could pick up my horn and play it whenever I wanted :)

Unfortunately my employer pays me to be an IT security specialist, and not a sax player :shock:

Good luck with your new sax! I think you made a great choice :)
 

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Congratulations! I too find that the left palm keys are to close to the horn's body, I use rubber palm raisers. The Eb key is annoying, I have a problem only when sitting while I play. Someone I know has had an extra guard soldered on it. I don't have any hissing issues with the side octave key (which should be shut when playing a high A as this is the turning poit between side and top octave, right?), but do know that the octave mechanism in this horn can be quirky. Make sure that your horn's neck is't turned to much left or right and that the cork or plastic layer on the mechanism which alternates the octave keys isn't catching leaving the side octave slightly open.
 
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