Martin Handcraft Alto Saxophone with Searchlight 1937 Serial #124172


A beautiful 1937 vintage alto saxophone with 95% of the original lacquer and a clear sound.




This Martin Handcraft alto saxophone is in excellent condition with 95% or more of the original lacquer and the famous “Searchlight” engraving on the bell. It has just come from the shop where it was cleaned, adjusted and re-padded so it plays great. This alto saxophone has the signature Martin tapered beveled tone holes, adjustable right-hand thumb hook, and heart-shaped left-hand thumb rest.  There are no dings or dents in the saxophone. Please see the photos for more details. The serial number is “124172” making this a 1937 vintage alto saxophone. The serial number can be found on both the back of the body and the neck. Above the serial number on the body the word “Martin” is engraved and below the serial number are the words “Low Pitch”.  The engraving on the bell is gorgeous. It runs down the entirety of the bell and onto the front of the bow with the words “Martin Handcraft Elkhart, IND. .U.S.A.’ above the iconic engraving of searchlights.  This alto saxophone comes with the original neck that has no evidence of pull down.  It comes in a replacement case in good condition. A mouthpiece is not included. This alto saxophone has a classic Martin sound. Big and warm resonance in both the lower and upper registers with smooth intonation.

Additional Information:
Instrument Condition: The overall physical condition of this used instrument is excellent.
Playing Condition: This instrument is currently in excellent playing condition.
The Key Plating: Approximately 60-65% of the original key plating remains.
The Finish: It has approximately 95%+ of the lacquered finish.
Player Wear: Very light general wear (minor if any surface imperfections).
The Bell: No dents or evidence of bell edge damage.
The Bow: No dents in the bottom bow or bow guard.
Pad Condition: The pads are in very good used condition.
Resonator Type: Plastic resonators.
The Neck: The neck has approximately 90-95% of the finish remaining with very light general wear (minor if any surface imperfections).
The Mouthpiece: No mouthpiece, ligature, or accessories are included.
The Case: Good used condition (General wear with some edge wear and visible surface scratches).
Engraving: Martin (above the serial number) Low Pitch (below the serial number) Martin Handcraft Elkhart, IND. .U.S.A. (on the bell).

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Additional information

Weight 25 lbs
Dimensions 29 × 17 × 11 in