Hi everyone, I am new to the forum but have been a frequent guest lately. I enjoy the information on this forum, and there seems to be quite a few experts here so I am wondering if someone can help out identifying this alto.
It is an Elhkart alto, engraving says "The Elkhart Band Instrument Co". Nickel finish, a bit pitted in some places but not bad for an 80+ yr. old instrument. Soldered, BTH. Key work on stack (Elkhart 2 pic.) looks like a Buescher True Tone. G# looks like Martin Handcraft. 5 digit serial on body (55k), and 4 digit serial (5k) on neck and hidden under right hand E key have same numbers. I've posted pictures below.
I think this is one of the following:
1. Martin Handcraft stencil circa 1926-27
2. Buescher True Tone model with BTH
3. Indiana Band Instrument Co. horn before Martin acquired them
Out of these possibilities, I think it is a Martin Handcraft stencil but wanted to see what others think. I'm in the process of having it fixed up and looking forward to hearing it.