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Vintage THE MARTIN BARI Baritone Saxophone at a Great Price - Serial # 174069

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Our Price: $ 2,800.00

Product ID: 174069MartinBari

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Here's a good old vintage bari sax for the player on a budget. This is a 1950 vintage Martin Committee III “The Martin Bari” sax, serial number 174069. This bari has been around the block, but if you don't care about cosmetics and just want a bari to beat around on, this is the ticket.


This bari was relacquered long ago, but not overly buffed, as you can still clearly see all of the detail in the engraving. The sax looks like it has seen a life on the road, as there are little dings, pings, and resolders throughout the horn. The sax is complete though, with no broken or missing keywork, and has its original neck as well. The neck does show the matching serial number.


Pads look to be a few years old, fitted with brown plastic resonators. For the most part, they look to be in great shape, but there are some leaks as the horn plays right now, and the keywork is very “clicky” from missing and/or compressed material. Optimally, you'll want to get this horn adjusted properly and have a couple pads swapped. Our repair shop is backed up for months, so we've made the decision to sell this bari as-is at a greatly reduced price.


Currently blowing through some leaks, this horn still generates plenty of volume and has a strong presence. It has a beefy middle range, and while there's more resistance down in the bell keys, I expect that to get better once the sax is regulated. I've played a good number of Martin bari saxes from this era and they always have a huge bottom end when they are playing right. This is a fantastic deal on a solid American made vintage bari sax, and does ship in a hard case.