has come to our attention that a current eBay auction for a silver 'The
Martin' tenor uses a substantial part of our presentation of this instrument
as the description without our permission. We brought this to the attention
of that seller and requested that they either revise their listing or give
CS proper credit for our work. Thus far this seller has not chosen to do
either. Since the parts of our description this seller parroted are so
specific to my personal experiences with the silver Martin military tenors,
they could in no way be accurately describing their own saxophone with
We do not condone web piracy and we do not condone
inaccurate descriptions of saxophones placed for sale on the web.
(in fine silver
These rare "The
Martin" silver plated models were custom built for the U.S. military. We
understand most of them were played rather heavily & subjected to the
general rigors of military life. We will not further disparage the military
by suggesting that maintenance was lacking, though that is the rumor. Whatever
the general fortune of these saxophones, this fine example seems to have
escaped the torment that many of these fine horns may have endured. This
silver "The Martin" tenor is all the rarer for its good fortune. The silver
plate is virtually 100% & the very few small blemishes are easily removable
(save some scratches to the gold bell wash which we will refinish &
replate). The plating appears to never have been buffed or polished during
a past repading, and the pads appear to be the original plain Martin issue.
We believe the sax may have 'found' its way out of the service early. That
is hard to say, but it definitely has the look of a completely original
silver plated vintage saxophone.
176,xxx, a very desirable vintage tracing to 1951. The tone is characteristic
iron-fist-in-velvet-glove Martin style -- soft edges & lots of guts.
Extremely smooth action, excellent response, heavy construction & classic
Martin styling set this instrument off as a very desirable, collectible
tenor. Whether you want a great silver vintage "The Martin" to play, or
simply wish to add one to push that tenor collection a bit closer to perfection,
this Martin tenor is the one ...
Sorry, this rare
instrument is not for sale, but please enjoy it with us.
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