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    Default differences between earlier and later "The Martins"

    I noticed a difference between my old '49 The Martin alto and my later '54 model. The bore is different, it seems narrower on the later one, and the later one seems to have a different bow and bell shape. The necks are definitely different, since I interchanged them and easily noticed how much smaller the later neck was in terms of bore. Also the later one has been set up with lower key heights, but maybe that's just up to the preference of the tech. Has anyone else who has owned 2 of more of these horns from different vintages noticed differences?

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    I have owned 4. The "best " was one from 49 but I really regret selling the "second best" one from 1963. It was such a fast horn and the tone was only marginally different. Differences were subtle. Even one that was was relacquered was fast and in tune. Lost some tone but still in retrospect a great horn. K
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    I have sold off most of mine but the best is a RMC alto from 1961.

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    Default Re: differences between earlier and later "The Martins"

    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Sharpe View Post
    Jorns Bergenson also has posted some interesting comparisons. Here are some examples: ...
    Most of the comparisons I've done have been centered around the Martins from the late 1920's through the 1940's and mostly tenors since that is what I have the most of. I haven't done any comparisons of early and late The Martin Altos (aka Committee, aka Comm III).

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    Default Re: differences between earlier and later "The Martins"

    If you include the sub series models, I have had two Music Man models and now have a Magna alto for sale that are/were better than any Comm. III I have played. I don't know why but the Magna just has an edge over the others. Looks like the same horn however....

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