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Original Lacquer Early Vintage Martin Committee III Alto Sax - Serial # 163896

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Our Price: $ 995.00

Product ID: 163896MartinAlto

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This is a 1947 vintage Martin Committee III alto sax, serial number 163896. Often called a “The Martin Alto” for the engraving on the bell, this particular sax was new in the model run, released just 3 years after this new model was introduced. It shows excellent lacquer coverage for its age, and is priced to move in “as is” condition, needing pad work.


As you can see in the photos, the original lacquer on the “front” of the horn looks incredible, with wear mostly on the usual touch points. There's more wear on the back side, on the tube and whatnot. The neckstrap ring has been resoldered, leaving some lacquer loss from that work, and a non-original lyre holder has been added near the top of the tube. There's currently 3 small dents in the bottom bow area, which should probably come out. A previous owner also etched some identification numbers on the tube, just below the serial number. The neck is original to the horn, with matching serial number. It has never been pulled down, and has had a pickup installed at some point.


Pads on this alto are really old and will need to be replaced before the sax is ready to play. We've priced it accordingly, at a super low price, giving you plenty of room to get it repadded and still be into it for under “retail” value. Ships in its original hard case.