95% Original Lacquer THE MARTIN ALTO Saxophone - 1948 Vintage - Serial # 167037

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Our Price: $ 1,995.00

Product ID: 167037MartinAlto

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This is a sweet vintage Martin Committee III alto sax, serial number 167037. Often called simply “The Martin Alto” because of its engraving, this model is widely considered the best Martin sax ever made. Most are pretty ugly by now, but this one shows outstanding original lacquer coverage, and it will get a fresh repad from the Saxquest repair shop before shipping.


The serial number dates this horn to 1948, just a couple years after the introduction of this new model. Despite its age, this horn looks great, with 95% original lacquer intact. It is really quite beautiful to see in person. The sax shows a couple tiny dings and dimples in the bottom bow area, but no serious damage or trauma. We'll clean up that dent work and maybe resolder a joint or two to make it right, all included in the price. There's a spot of bare brass just behind the low B tone hole, where it looks like a previous tech resoldered that tone hole and cooked some lacquer, but that's the only previous repair that I can spot. The neck is original to the horn, with matching serial number, and it has never been pulled down or damaged.


This sax came to us on old pads well past end of life. In addition to the minor work mentioned above, we're going to replace all pads and material, and newly adjust spring tensions and key heights throughout. Using premium firm leather pads and seamless metal resonators, the sax will ship playing better than the day it left the factory in 1948.


I find these late 40's vintage Martins to be very versatile instruments, almost “Selmer like” in the way that you can use them on just about any style of music, and they always seem to exceed expectations. This alto plays with warmth and color of tone, but still generates plenty of punch when you push it. It's a whole lot of horn for the price!