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JimSD
12-24-2008, 03:17 AM
I was given this sax many years ago, it is in the case and is gold with some pitting on it and the case is worn. I was wondering what the value may be in it's current condition?

bruce bailey
12-24-2008, 07:07 AM
If it plays and doesn't have a lot of dents and resolders, it could bring $1,500 on ebay. In really worn condition, maybe $800. Just a guess as ebay is strange where sometimes a horn goes high and other times it is a steal.

JimSD
12-24-2008, 02:45 PM
No dents and it has no resolders, as far as I know it still plays.

sbornemann
12-24-2008, 05:10 PM
What's engraved on the bell? The Martin Tenor is worth a lot more than an Imperial, Indiana, or Medalist. If it's a Magna, you've won the lottery! Quick edit: the Magna was introduced around 200,000, so forget that last sentence.

JimSD
12-24-2008, 05:44 PM
The sax is fully engraved and on the bell is engraved with "The Martin Tenor, Elkhart-IND-USA-.
It appears to have the original leather on the plugs.

bruce bailey
12-24-2008, 05:54 PM
That would be the pads. A photo would help.

JimSD
12-24-2008, 07:25 PM
Here are some pic's of the sax.

Raphyel
12-25-2008, 01:38 AM
Is that mouthpiece a Dukoff?

Blueseven
12-27-2008, 02:15 AM
I was given this sax many years ago, it is in the case and is gold with some pitting on it and the case is worn. I was wondering what the value may be in it's current condition?

Yeah, that's probably early 1947. My bet would be $800-$1,100 on Ebay. The pictures don't show enough to get a feel for condition/ repairs, re-solders etc. The finish looks pretty worn even for a Martin, but it's not been re-lacquered- which is good. The finish on these horns did not hold up well at all. I bought my '46 Tenor for around $1,950, but it was in nice original condition, and played better than any horn I've ever played (tried or owned), including other Martins from that serial range, and all the usual suspects - Selmer MKVI, Conn 10M etc.

I paid toward the upper end for what one would expect to pay for a 1946 Martin. It's my opinion that these Martin ("committee 3") horns are the best value for money when buying a professional vintage horn. The factory was turning out great horns in this period. They are totally under-appreciated, and live in the shadow of the Selmer MKVI myth and inflated value, but they're every bit as good.