Martin The Indiana Alto Saxophone Serial #69977


Excellent condition vintage saxophone boasting 90% original lacquer with light speckle wear. Serviced and re-padded for optimal playability. Features Martin’s signature tapered beveled tone holes, adjustable thumb hooks, and heart-shaped left thumb rest.Sharp engraving with Indian head, arrows, and scrolling leaves.  Known for its warm, iconic sound and excellent intonation across registers.”

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This Martin The Indiana alto saxophone is in excellent condition with around 90% of the original lacquer and light speckle wear across the horn. It has just come from the shop where it was cleaned and adjusted and re-padded, so it plays great.  The horn has the signature tapered Martin beveled tone holes and an adjustable right-hand thumb hook and the heart shaped left-hand thumb rest. There is a tiny dent in engraving on the front of the bow that is easier felt than seen. There is an extremely minor dent just to the left of the serial number and at the bottom of the body where the key guard has been slightly pushed in. All of the dents mentioned are extremely superficial. There are a couple of nearly invisible dings on the back of the bow on the leg side that you can feel as you move your hand along the bow.  The lacquer wear is mostly on the back of the body and there has been a key guard re-soldered on the back. The serial number “69977”, can be found on both the back of the body and the neck and makes this a late 1940’s early 1950’s vintage horn. We cannot date it any closer than that since “The Indiana” had its own serial numbers and their general time period can be figured out with serial numbers and keywork. This is a first phase Indiana due to the right thumb hook and the heart-shaped left thumb rest. The engraving is still nice and sharp. There is an Indian head with 3 arrows and then scrolling leaves that run down the entirety of the bell and onto the bow. The words “The Indiana by Martin Elkhart-IND” are featured prominently. This horn comes with the original neck that has no evidence of a pull down and comes with its metal neck plug. It also comes in a replacement case in very good condition. A mouthpiece is not included. This alto saxophone has a warm, big sound that is iconic in Martin horns. It plays beautifully in both the upper and lower register and has fantastic 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 90-95% of the original key plating remains.
The Finish: It has approximately 85-90% 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: Very light ding 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 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: The Indiana by Martin Elkhart-IND.

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Additional information

Weight 25 lbs
Dimensions 29 × 17 × 11 in