Re: Lyon & Healy Serial Number and year
I have to disagree with this input. I do see beveled toneholes as you would see on a Martin stencil. I also see a few small items that tell me it probably is a Martin. One being the characteristic lyre holder as seen on Martins. Conn had the patent on the front F key, so all makers except Conn went without a front F for a number of years.
My further input is that this horn was probably engraved by Conn. Martin did some great engraving also. The engraving is very well done. I believe Conn soldered on the key guards, as they also look to be Conn. The Mercedez Benz looking low C key guard is a Conn feature, but I have seen it elsewhere.
Lyon and Healy did in fact make their own horns in the more primitive years, prior to this model. My thought is they chose to have Martin make the horn, then chose to have Conn engrave them and then put the conn Key guards on. This may have cost a bit more, but all the manufactureres were all located in Elkhart indiana.