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Having a hard time finding out anything about Martin baris prior to the Comm III. Were there any Comm II bari's? Comm I's? If so what were they like? I don't think I've ever seen one for sale, curious...
 

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There were Martin Handcraft split bell baris, and Martin Comm I and II baris, yes .

There were a couple of Comm I baris FS in recent months on eBay that I was tempted by
since I play Comm I alto and tenors, but I had other stuff going on at the moment so I
had to pass. They don't come up for sale too often, it seems..
 

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Have you searched the " Martin Story" The Martin Story - Cookie consent even if the may not list the models that you are reseaching , your best bet is to get in touch with the site owner , one of the most knowledgeable people on Martins anyway
I did find that site (which didn't really have much or anything about the baris) but didn't consider contacting the site owner - thanks:)
 

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I'm really curious about how some of these older Martin baris compare to a Comm III. I guess I have a little seller's remorse after letting go of my long-term Comm III bari:) Just bought a Comm II alto which seems like it's going to be great.
 

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There were Martin Handcraft split bell baris, and Martin Comm I and II baris, yes .

There were a couple of Comm I baris FS in recent months on eBay that I was tempted by
since I play Comm I alto and tenors, but I had other stuff going on at the moment so I
had to pass. They don't come up for sale too often, it seems..
I'm curious about ergos on the Comm II bari and whether these horns have front F and a right-side alt F#. It just occurred to me I don't think I've seen one for sale but I was never looking for one as far as that goes...
 

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Checking out a Martin Handcraft Standard from 1936 near me. It has a good set up from a solid tech, a few dings, and a little lacquer wear in the spots you'd expect from a horn that someone's played. There's also an older repair on the neck where there's a sheet of brass added. Nothing stands out from the pictures but they're pretty generic and not close in enough to pick anything. What do you think is a good value range for this?
 

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Checking out a Martin Handcraft Standard from 1936 near me. It has a good set up from a solid tech, a few dings, and a little lacquer wear in the spots you'd expect from a horn that someone's played. There's also an older repair on the neck where there's a sheet of brass added. Nothing stands out from the pictures but they're pretty generic and not close in enough to pick anything. What do you think is a good value range for this?
Let us know if you get to see and/or play it!
 

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I'm curious about ergos on the Comm II bari and whether these horns have front F and a right-side alt F#. It just occurred to me I don't think I've seen one for sale but I was never looking for one as far as that goes...
i have a Handcraft Imperial which is a transitional model right before the Handcrsft Committee 1. The imperials vary in keywork. Mine is essentially the same key work as a HC Committee I. Only difference between mine and the later is a Eb trill.

Yes to side f#. No to the front f. Also the g# is not linked to the other left hand pinky keys. HC committee does not have a front at in Bari either. No adjustable thumb rest on the Imperial. Or Early HC Committee I.

I have large hands so ethos not too bad for me.

on the left pinky table hitting the B key can be a challenge in that it is a half inch square wedged In between the other three keys. (I have a handcraft committee alto and tenor and it does not seem to be a challenge on these horns. I think that part of the issue is that the left pink table requires a greater reach to hit on the Bari).

I am thinking of having the key work modified to link the G# to the C# and B. This will help.

Also contemplating a front f modification. Hitting the palm keys for an E or F when standing is a delicate balancing act.
 

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i have a Handcraft Imperial which is a transitional model right before the Handcrsft Committee 1. The imperials vary in keywork. Mine is essentially the same key work as a HC Committee I. Only difference between mine and the later is a Eb trill.

Yes to side f#. No to the front f. Also the g# is not linked to the other left hand pinky keys. HC committee does not have a front at in Bari either. No adjustable thumb rest on the Imperial. Or Early HC Committee I.

I have large hands so ethos not too bad for me.

on the left pinky table hitting the B key can be a challenge in that it is a half inch square wedged In between the other three keys. (I have a handcraft committee alto and tenor and it does not seem to be a challenge on these horns. I think that part of the issue is that the left pink table requires a greater reach to hit on the Bari).

I am thinking of having the key work modified to link the G# to the C# and B. This will help.

Also contemplating a front f modification. Hitting the palm keys for an E or F when standing is a delicate balancing act.
I think an SML alto I owned had a simple latch screwed to the bottom of G# that you could use to do what you want. Nice thing it was under the key so no Frankenstein effect!
 
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