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by anita30
(4 posts)
4 years ago

Martin Imperial Handcraft

I was wantiing info on this beautiful Sax

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  1. by mijderf
    (269 posts)

    4 years ago

    Re: Martin Imperial Handcraft

    It would help if you could say what type of sax it is i.e. alto, tenor, etc., and supply the serial number from the back of the horn.   Also a photo would be useful.

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    1. by anita30
      (4 posts)

      4 years ago

      Re: Martin Imperial Handcraft

      sorry idont have a pic right now but the cerial number is 114480 has it on back of horn and front of neck says martin low pitch on horn and mouth peice is s37

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      1. by mijderf
        (269 posts)

        4 years ago

        Re: Martin Imperial Handcraft

        If you are not sure what sax you have, an alto is about 25 inches tall and a tenor is about 28 inches tall.
        The serial number list here on Saxophone.org shows that the Imperial serial number you report is a 1935-1936 model.  It was considered a professional horn (unlike athe Imperial models that Martin brought back much later).
        You can find some information and pics on the following sites:
        http://www.saxpics.com/?v=mod&modID=81
        http://www.doctorsax.biz/martin_old_imperial_1032.htm

        Enjoy! 

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        1. by anita30
          (4 posts)

          4 years ago

          Re: Martin Imperial Handcraft

          Where would i find specifications? History i read the martin story but im wanting a slightly more indepth description of the actual sax itself

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        2. by mijderf
          (269 posts)

          4 years ago

          Re: Martin Imperial Handcraft

          The Handcraft Imperials were in production for a relatively short time.  I agree that there is only limited information available.  The closest I came to any analysis of the horn was a review of the general Handcraft model on the following website:
          http://www.shwoodwind.co.uk/Reviews/Saxes/Alto/Martin_Handcraft_alto.htm

          He does a very thorough review of the horn's physical and playing characteristics. The Handcraft Imperial was a little different than the original Handcraft, but the general characteristics will be close.

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        3. by anita30
          (4 posts)

          4 years ago

          Re: Martin Imperial Handcraft

          Thank you for your help i actually selll antiques for a living this is the first instrament i came across and honestly love this sight it was so helpful

           

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