I just got one of these. Although the seller claimed it had new pads and was in playing condition, it was not. Obviously an amatuer repad job, and a bad one at that.
But okay, I can still blow it and hear the sound. I've got to say, I'm quite impressed! I expected it to sound "little", but its got a lot of core to the sound. Plays down to low C with better intonation than my '24 Handcraft c-mel. It has a little bit of a brassy "punch" to the sound, which is kind of amusing. But, overall, its a more modern sounding horn than my Handcraft, which is remarkable.
I wonder if Martin enlarged the bore for the Home Model, as compared to the earlier c-mels? Anyone know?
I can't wait to get it repadded and see what it really sounds like. But overall, I was quite pleasantly surprised by what I could hear, even though the leaks. A fun little toy..... obviously not a performance instrument, but amusing.