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Saw this tenor on the infamous auction site. Hopeless photos show nickel silver keys, sheet metal guards, teardrop octave key, "Martin" on the bell in a funny typeface. Said to be from 1936. What is it?!
 

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One of my buddies has a Martin like this one. When queried here about its origin, the consensus was Italian, probably Orsi. It plays decently but the low C# is an unforgivably bad design - making a single key with so many bends to line up with the B/Bb keys.

If that's what the OP is looking at, I would avoid it. If its the Yani - by all means, go for it.

It is probably one of those French stencils that they sold after the Elkhart factory was closed. Leblanc owned the name and I see these up on ebay often. Here is an alto:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Mar...384?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5d39d8a710
 

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The problem with that particular horn there is that it is very, very tiny. Ergonomically, it would be challenging to play, and it might sound a bit thin in the bottom.

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