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    Default Re: Martin Handcraft Tenor

    Quote Originally Posted by Tharruff View Post

    @ Jaye....unless the airplane was complately buffed off during the relacquer.

    @ Alley Cat...I'll try to take a closer look at the tone holes later today and post a reply.

    Tharruff, Your airplane hasn't flown away ! It can be clearly seen on your 'photo of the bell. It's not caught in the searchlight beam, where you might expect it to be, but quite low down having just taken off.

    Bruce Bailey's post No.20 says everything anyone will ever need to know about tone hole corrosion. If it is the "ticking time bomb" that one deservedly well respected, but slightly mischievous, forum member once described it as being it may take some hundreds of years, if not longer, before the ticking stops.

    I once took my Comm I with me for comparison with a very highly regarded, two year old, top make sax that was for sale and had once belonged to professional player Andy Sheppard. At the end of a couple of hours playing both horns in the seller's living room we both had to admit that the Martin was, as the seller put it, "a far better saxophone". I came home with my cash. Tharruff, as others have already said, I don't think you'll be disappointed with your Martin once it's been restored.

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    Default Re: Martin Handcraft Tenor

    Alley for posting the clearer photo showing the location of the plane...I do see it now, but I was looking for it up very much higher on the bell before.

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    Default Re: Martin Handcraft Tenor

    Coming in late to the game here...

    First, I absolutely love the patina on Tharruff's horn! That shot shows that the RH pinky keys are angled and that the F# trill has a pearl instead of a spoon-shaped touch. Those are features on the later Handcrafts. To me, it looks like a Comm I.

    Quote Originally Posted by bruce bailey View Post
    The Standard was actually much closer to the Indiana model.
    I agree. My take is that the Handcraft Standard was the precursor to the Indiana. The Standard had some of the simple keywork normally found on Martin stencils of the day. Advertisements from the 1930's show that the Standard was being marketed as an intermediate model, a second-line instrument.

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    Default Re: Martin Handcraft Tenor

    I mixed up. My Martin HC #128 XXX engraving just says "Martin Handcraft" and nothing more. No searchligt engraving. My HC tenor has:
    - adjustable thumbrest.
    - no "o-ring" octave key.
    - solid nickelsilver keys.


    So what kind of Handcraft is this?

    Some pictures:

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