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Hmm... maybe replace the silver neck on the Handcraft with a brass one, or have it gold-plated so you could keep the original which is better, and then work on the mouthpiece reed/combo to find something a bit more lush? I don't think the action of the Typewriter is that versatile, since it has no rollers. I have a '55 Indiana which is basically like a Handcraft with a bigger bell and a little slicker action, I think. I've got a '21 Handcraft here (not playing) that I got for my friend and the body tube and basic design looks pretty close. Mine does have a certain brightness and edge to the sound, especially in the higher notes, and as you say the low notes are a little harder to breath into (subtone.) But to me it is generally warm, complex, and polite, my favorite horn at the moment, and I'm getting pretty good results with a Brilhart Tonalin and a Rico Royal 3. So I would say stick with the HC, if only the fact that you'll be able to roll between low C and C#, which I think its pretty important.
 

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Cranky Bear said:
canadian dollars...the neck is solid silver
It may be worthwhile to experiment with using a regular brass neck from another HC of similar vintage, or maybe an early Indiana or other Martin with the same neck. I believe silver can sound slightly bright and edgy and necks do have a lot of an effect on tone. I think silver looks nice but is not my preference for getting the warmest sound, even if the effect is subtle (or psychological?) Anyway, experimenting with mouthpieces, reeds, etc should also be valuable. Getting a warm and lush sound shouldn't be a big issue on a horn like this.
 

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bruce bailey said:
A lot depends on how old the HC is. If it is pre-1928 (under about 80,000) and does NOT have the front F and high C# adjuster, then the typewriter is the best choice as it has both. I have never seen a Martin HC with a solid silver neck, only plated.
bruce, if the horn does not have the front F, can the C# adjuster still be added? My Indiana has the high F but didn't have the C# adjuster. The C# adjuster is really important, but I could live without the front F. I also thought the solid silver neck didn't sound original, but a silver plated neck can have a subtle effect on the tone, I think.
 
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