1934 Martin Handcraft Imperial Alto Saxophone
Serial number 110861.
The 1930’s Imperial Altos are solid horns. If you are looking for a darker-sounding alto, this may do the trick for you.
It has a forked Eb with the tonehole in line with the lower stack under the D instead of on the other side of the horn like Conns and Bueschers.
Another unique feature is that the thumb octave lever has a linkage to the C at the top of the stack which flattens the perennially sharp High C#.
This horn is physically sound, but the pads, corks, etc. are shot. There is rust on at least some of the springs, some will need to be replaced. The tone hole chimneys are soldered to the body. I did not find any separation between the chimneys and the body. It needs a full repad/restore/refurb.
It has the original lacquer.
The neck seam has a small split at the cork end as shown in the photo. This can be silver soldered,
It would cost around $500 to refurb it. Some places charge more, some charge less. I would charge around $650. The upshot? For under $1000 you can have a remarkable alto sax.