This “The Martin” Alto Saxophone Serial #166996, also sometimes called a Martin Committee III Alto Saxophone, is in excellent condition with 80-85% of the original lacquer and a gorgeous engraved bell. It has just come from the shop where it was cleaned and adjusted, so it plays great. The pads are a mix of old and new but all are in great condition. The horn has the signature tapered Martin cut tone holes and an adjustable thumb rest. There is evidence that this horn has had some dents taken out of the bow and the back of the body as well as some braces re soldered but currently it’s in great shape. There is some uneven lacquer wear across the horn , mostly on the bow, back of the body, and some touch spots. Please see the photos for more details. The serial number is 166996 making this a 1948-49 vintage horn. The serial number can be found on both the back of the body and the neck. The engraving is gorgeous and runs down the entirety of the bell and onto the front of the bow. The words “The Martin Alto Elkhart IND-USA” are featured prominently on the bell as well. This horn comes with the original “button lock” neck that has no evidence of a pull down. Button lock necks were made only for Martin’s Pro Line Horns. It also comes in a new case. A mouthpiece is not included. This alto saxophone has that iconic big, vibrant, “The Martin” sound. It really sings, plays easily up and down the register and has great intonation.
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