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I've bought a few weeks ago a The Martin tenor that seems in mint conditions and plays, oh boys if it does play! Compared with my other Martin, a Committee II, it has that tiny bit of added punch without loosing the typical Martin darkish sound.
I have been told the lacquer is the original one, and by the look of the case (original too, and in mint conditions) it could be true. The engravings are gorgeous, and everything is smooth (apart from the Bb palm key, that need a bit of adjust). Only spot of an otherwise spotless instrument, the "hissing A syndrome" on A second octave, probably needs some pip vent trimming.

Serial Number is 204xxx, so it's a 1958-1959 old guy, but with an incredibly young look!






 

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I paid for it 1600EUR, not cheap as the horn isn't in truly mint contition (I agree with Pete here, I was too proudly optimistic...) but within the price range of these horns (Martins are undervalued in the vintage market, apart from rare specimens like a The Magna or a Music Man). The horn has a small unlaquered area under the bell rim (about 3x2 cm) with a nasty and deep scratch, but that does not affect the sound quality, which in my opinion is superb (warning, proud owner here!).
 

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These may be the best tenors around. I guess prices in Europe are a bit high. I am selling a good relacquer with new Selmer type pads for $1,600US for comparison. I still like my Comm II though. These are just different horns. I feel the Comm III is more centered with a bit more focus whereas the II has a looser more bendable sound (need better words!). Whichever one you choose, you will have a killer low end that Selmer can't match.
The saying was that a Martin was a "poor man's Selmer" but I think it should be that the Selmer is a "rich man's Martin".
 

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Martins are terrible horns, terrible. Everyone immediately go back to playing Selmers. Please send your now-unwanted Martins and Conns to my attention in Indianapolis. I'll pay 30c on the dollar of what you paid, because I'm feeling generous. :)
 

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I agree, MyMartinTenor, Martins are crap, that's why I love to play them: to blame the horn, and not the player.... :)
 

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ile chip in!...superb horns that have there own identify, anyone who has played them by and large would appreciate the sound!..its not a bad thing that they are cheaper" to buy than selmers etc!..it means you get a top quality horn.
 

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Had a friend try my 204xxx The Martin Tenor a few days ago. He is a teacher and professional player and was looking for a nice vintage horn for one of his aspiring students. His face lit up playing The Martin and the sound was amazing listening on the other end. I highly recommend you have someone play your The Martin Tenor in front of you to appreciate the sound from a different perspecitve. He AB'd with his 1930's Conn RTH 10m. His Conn was nice, loud and refined. The Martin was ballsy and in your face. I never was going to sell it to him but after hearing him play it I am definitely keeping this baby. It has the guts to be heard for that blues gig. I much prefer this over my King Silver Sonic when it comes to those types of gigs.
 

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I have been thru a bunch of horns. Tried every major brand except Martin. Must...resist...GAS...

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