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    Default Martin Handcraft soprano stencil - rebuilt

    Here is the final results of my rebuilt.
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    Very pretty... How does she play?
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    for lack of better words.... PERFECT.

    Perfect intonation, perfect in tune and with a HUGE sound and clear projection.... The best I have played.

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    Beautiful horn, congratulations.
    Have you used the same material for the pearl button that you used on your hand made piece?.-

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuendosan View Post
    for lack of better words.... PERFECT.

    Perfect intonation, perfect in tune and with a HUGE sound and clear projection.... The best I have played.
    Lucky you. Someday I would love to own a similar instrument.
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    Really like how you finished it in two tones around the engraving. Nice touch.
    How hard can it be? You only play one note at a time.

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    Tillykke!!!

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    Martin sopranos are fantastic and I have one in C that is far better than any C soprano I have played.

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    Quote Originally Posted by electricfigue View Post
    Beautiful horn, congratulations.
    Have you used the same material for the pearl button that you used on your hand made piece?.-
    Yes - its legal ivory, and yes I have a permit for it :-) I know many people are against the use of ivory, but I know for a fact that this whale died of old age and washed up on a beach peacefully in Norway where my Friend Kay has a government permit to collect the whale tooth - well It matters to me :-)

    And I think the horn gets a unique look to it - and its a wonderful material to work in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bandmommy View Post
    Lucky you. Someday I would love to own a similar instrument.
    I hope for your sake that you do - I read a lot of good things about the Martin horns, and must say, they are not only excellent craftsmanship - but also very very good instruments. I added my sharkskin technique to the tone holes internal walls and it certainly did not make things worse in terms of tonal dynamics.

    I am currently doing a resurface job on a Selmer Mrk VI soprano serial 63.xxx and compared to the Martin Handcraft soprano its only about 90 grams lighter, so the thing about Martins being way to heavy.... ???

    I wanted to keep the soprano as close to the original finish as possible, so I glass blasted the surface back to its original finish - I think it represents a design era that is very interesting. Well that was before having it gold plated.

    Well thanks a lot for the kind words on the finished result - it has been a lot of fun rebuilding it - and I hope it will live for another 86 years :-)

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    I am not against the use of ivory, you´ve explained very well when you used before on your piece, I was asking because I supposed you did it on the same material and because I liked both (piece & buttons) , I agree with you about the unique look, beautiful work.

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    thank you very very much electricfigue :-)

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    Hi All :
    Sorry for my lack of knowledge , but, what is an "Stencil" Sax ?
    Merry Christmas
    Humbardi

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    It is a horn made by a large maker that has a different name on it. For example: Conn made horns for music stores under their name but did not have Conn engraved on them. These may not have had all the features of the "name brand" model but are still pretty good horns. Buescher, Martin, King and others did this.

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