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Vintage Martin Handcraft Imperial Tenor Saxophone, Serial #113826 - As is Special

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Martin Tenor – Modified Key Work
This is a very sweet vintage Martin Handcraft Imperial, serial number 113826. Not to be confused with the later Martin Imperial,  “Martin Handcraft Imperial” was a top professional model at the time it was manufactured. The Handcraft Imperial is also considered to be one of the rarest Martin models. 
We would love to know the full back story of this tenor. A previous owner added some very thoughtful risers on the palm keys for a better feel. They also put a brass plug in the place of the auxiliary E Pad. ( picture ) This is similar to when a tech plugs the back door Eb on an old Conn. At this point about 70% of the lacquer is off the horn. It does show case some crisp engraving on the bell. Despite its rugged cosmetic appearance the body is in really solid condition. The bow and bow cap are both in great shape as is the bell and bell flare. This saxophone is with the original neck in good physical condition. It has never been pulled down. 
This saxophone came into our shop playing pretty decently through some leaks on an older set of pads. Ultimately the saxophone would need to be overhauled before it could be considered in perfect playing condition. But because the horn is currently playing on its current set-up we are offering it in as is condition at a lower price point at this time. This saxophone roars! It is very free blowing and quite powerful. If you are looking for something with a lot of power this is an item that should not be overlooked.