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by ebrown23
(2 posts)
3 months ago

Martin alto saxophone

My wife's old alto saxophone is a Martin.  The outside of the bell is engraved at top with Indian Head and arrows below that is The Martin, below that is Script Indiana and beneath that is Elkhart - IND.  I could not find a serial number that matched any of the ones listed.  Also some scroll engravings on the front and lower side of the bell.

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  1. by historicsaxwhisperer
    (614 posts)

    3 months ago

    Re: Martin alto saxophone

    The Martin Indiana is considered a step down vwrsion to what was considered Martins top horns at the time," The Tenor" and "The Alto" were the series. So, the serial number will not match up to what you see on line.

    The Indiana Bank Instrument Company was gobbled up by Martin, or Visa Versa from some others perspective, at one point in time. When Martin or any other instrument making cmpany would change something for the better, the old key style they had made already in stock would become the lower version rather than top of the line.

    The body/Bore is basically the same from the top line horns, so it still plays with the wonderful vintage Martin sound.

     

    There are a lot of them out there, but they are extremely study and good istruments.

    So not a rarety with a lot of value.

    Myself, Id rather be playing on one of them than any of the newer student line instruments being made today. The newer horns may have up tp date keywork design, but the bottom line is the body bore metal value of the vintage American horn is going to be better than anything new in a student line.

     

    Good Luck

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    1. by ebrown23
      (2 posts)

      3 months ago

      Re: Martin alto saxophone

      Thanks for the information.  Since there are so many of these out there what would be the value of one (general range) The horn appears to be in good working order.

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      1. by historicsaxwhisperer
        (614 posts)

        3 months ago

        Re: Martin alto saxophone

        You can generally find these in "sitting in a closet for 20 years" condition for 350 or less.

        After it gets repadded, or at minimum, run by a repairman, still under 675.00.

        Sometimes a mouthpiece that is equally as old, and just sitting there, can be worth more than the horn itself.

        Good Luck

         

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    2. by mijderf
      (280 posts)

      3 months ago

      Re: Martin alto saxophone

      Here is a link that shows some of the Martin serial numbers.  Note, look in the "Serial # range 2" column for the Indiana.

      http://www.themartinstory.net/version7/whatyou-how-old.php

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