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Original Lacquer THE MARTIN ALTO with All New Pads - Serial # 204267

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Our Price: $ 1,850.00

Product ID: 204267MartinAlto

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Here's a freshly restored, original lacquer Martin Committee III alto sax, serial number 204267. Often called simply “The Martin Alto” from the engraving on the bell, this is arguably the best professional horn they ever made, and was certainly it's most popular.

 

This alto was just restored in the Saxquest repair shop by Derick Tramel. It has all new pads (premium firm leather Valentino Pro's), new resonators (oversized seamless metals), and the best synthetic material used for key adjustment corks and felts, so it feels quiet and smooth under your fingers. Derick did some dent work in the bottom bow in the guard and curve of the bow, and there are a handful of resolders around that area too. That's really the only previous repairs that I can see. The original neck has the matching serial number and it has never been pulled down. As seen in the photos, the thumbrest has been swapped to a comfortable, oversized metal version.

 

This sax may not be the prettiest around, but the lacquer is original, and it has never been relacquered or refinished. There is still a good amount of original lacquer intact on the upper tube and on the keys. With the fresh pads and set up, this sax is playing up a storm and feels great. It has a quick and lively response, and while it is a very full sounding instrument, it retains a lot of warmth and color in its tone. It gets loud without sounding blatty. Ships in its original case, which isn't a looker with some previous repairs (tape along the edges) but it is functionally still great and all latches work well.