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Hello SML'ers!
I have just aquired an SML project horn. It is a Super 47 alto in silver plate.
And not in the best shape, I am afraid, see pictures.
Well, it is not too bad, and I have yet rebuilt a few horns, so with a bit of patience I shall hopefully get it back in shape.

I have one problem, however: In what was probably the horn's last accident, the neck receiver has come off, and the part of the octave mechanism which is held by the post on the receiver got lost.
I have a completely equipped mechanical workshop, so producing this part should not be too difficult, but I would ike to get it right.
Can somebody send me some detailed pictures of this part, please? Or, better still, pictures + a few dimensions?
thank you
Wilfried
BTW, serial no. is 65xx
 

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Pleeeaase -
isn't there anybody out there who owns a 1947-ish SML Alto and could send me a picture of the octave mechanism?
Thanks
Wilfried
 

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I have two SML altos in 11XXX serial No. range but the octave key mechanism doesn't look like the Alto in the photos......
 

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Hi Wazz1949,
thank you for the reply - in fact I had almost lost faith.
Well, serial 11xxx makes your horns Model D's I suppose. I have just scanned through the model D pictures on saxpics.com. From what I can see these models use the see-saw type mechanism for the automatic octave switching, which is indeed quite different from what I think was there on my horn. What a shame...

There is a lot of "Super XX" model pictures on saxpics. com, but it seems people don't consider the back of the neck the sexiest bit of a saxophone - nobody cares to take a picture from this angle!

Anyway thanks for the message and best regards
Wilfried

BTW - I repaired the neck socket last weekend. I took another picture of the octave mechanism - maybe it can now be seen a bit more clearly what is missing...
 

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I found an ULTRA RARE SML Super 47!!!

Hi everybody,
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I simply must tell you about an ultra-rare find I made:
From the relatives of a deceased musician, I bought a silver-plated SML Super 47 in pristine original condition, see pictures earlier in this thread!!
It seems no-one on the whole SOTW owns such a horn, so if you are interested in acquiring this extremely hard-to-find classic, please make me an offer above 2000 US$!
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Ok, please bear with me, this was jus my last desperate attempt to create any attention.
Is there really nobody out there who owns such a horn (or one in between 1945 and 1948 vintage) who could send me a clear picture showing the octave mechanism?

Thanks
Wilfried
 

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Well,
Now I have just fabricated the lever based on my best guess, see pics.
It seems to work nicely - now I can't wait for someone to tell me it does not look correct for this year!
cheers Wilfried
 

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Fabrication looks good. Where are you located? I could probably use some of your expertise in restoring a few horns that I have acquired.
Nice looking horn. What kind of tone does it produce?
 

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Hi Elmore,

thanks for the good words. Actually, I am not exactly round the corner from your place - I am living in Bavaria, Germany...
What the horn sounds like? It will take a while still. The pads were so rotten that I did not even try to play it. I have now dismantled it, and given it a good wash. It will need some straightening and taking a few dents out, and this and that - maybe I'll put it back together over new year's holiday...

I'll post a few pics when it is finished - or maybe something during the rebuild.
Yes, why not upload a pic - the body after cleaning: looks much nicer yet!


cheers
Wilfried
 
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