This is an excellent condition Martin “Committee I” alto saxophone. Also called the “Mars Attacks” or “Cityscape” model.
Serial number 125xxx shows it as being made 1937-38. This horn succeeded the Martin Imperial and was their professional horn of the day. Some 80 years old, it is in great mechanical shape.
It is a dark-sounding, robust horn, with fast key action. It has the thick-walled, bevel-topped soldered-in tonehole chimeys.
The left-hand thumbrest and adjustable right-hand thumbhook remain among the most comfortable ever made.
Neck has matching serial number.
This horn also has a special mechanism for flatting the high C# which can be sharp on sopranos and altos.
The lacquer is worn…maybe 60% coverage…let the photos be your guide. I believe it to be original lacquer and that the horn has not been refinished. I am using new photo lights…they are LED’s. In some of the photos it gives the horn a slightly green hue because the light is a lot bluer than incandescent. I typically don’t like monkeying around with adjust color using software unless the photos don’t look like the instrument at all. True to course, I simply cropped these photos and oriented them right side up.
The pads are newer…perhaps a year old…with brown nylon resonators.
Comes with a solid, non-descript, rectangular hardshell case. No mouthpiece or other accessories included.
Shipping is an additional cost.
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