Another ebay offering .... I will try to attach a picture. The seller says it is a top of the line pro horn of its day ... but I was under the impression that if the horn says "THE Martin" it was a student model .... anyone know for sure?
If the horn says "The Martin..." it definitely does not mean that it is a student horn. Most folks are trying to get away from the "student" "intermediate" and "professional" terms since they can mean anything. If you play the horn for money, then it is a professional horn.
Also look at this: http://saxgourmet.com/ and scan down to "vintage saxophone value guide" lots of good info there.
As far far as I can tell, the horn was made in 1923 or so and is termed a "Handcraft." Others will know much more than me, but there may be some issues with the mechanicals on such an early horn, depending on what you are wanting to do with it. There is plenty of time left in the auction so do plenty of research before you plunk down too much change.
This one probably won't go for much. Doubt it has a front F key, but I guess it really depends upon what you want it for. It certainly isn't nearly on par with the later Committee altos which have The Martin Alto on the bell. I myself am somewhat turned off by sellers who use "The Martin" as the hook to get you to bid on somewhat dated Handcrafts. Also, these pics hide much. I'd avoid it.
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