so, what do you like about Martins the most?
Well... its sure not the ergonomics (Yanis win here), the bragging rights (cough cough, Selmer), the smooth-jazz-gets-girls thing (Yamaha), or the fancy finishes (Mauriat / TK Melody / etc). So, I guess it must be:
haha, about time some one posted here!!! thanks alot. Ive been waiting for my bari to come back from lance so I could post here legimatly!!!
my dad bought me an Martin alto in 1959,,,when i ws 11...played it last night...also i have a old Martin tenor...1936,,i think..i have mk 6 tenor and alto,,,and a ref 54 tenor....my old martin tenor produces the best sound of any of them..
I have a 1957 Martin Indiana tenor purchased by my Dad for me to play in Jr. High band. Man, was I ever proud of my new horn. My fellow band members were suitably impressed. I progressed in my musical abilities and played in several local rock'n roll bands. In the early '60's, the Martin was put in the closet for a number of years until my sons played for a short time in their school band. They were more into sports, though, and soon the old horn went back into the closet, with a few more dents and dings than when it came out. Last year a praise band was organized at my church and my interest in playing the saxophone was rekindled after 40+ years. The old Martin was completely overhauled, except for the finish, which is mostly worn away. But the sound is still there. It is taking a while to get the chops back, but I am enjoying every minute.
I picked this one up from abadcliche. It is a very nice addition to my stable of sopranos.
I just purchased a Martin Committee and it definitely needs a rebuild. However, just playing the notes I could get out of it, I love the SOUND!!! I had a Mark v1 that was stolen many years ago, although until then, I was strictly a Selmer guy, now I am much more open minded to try other horns. I can't wait til I get the rebuild so I can enjoy the full beauty of this horn. More updates after a rebuild!!! [Impnt]
+1 on the sound. I have a Handcraft that just is second to none in the sound it is capable of producing. My Mark VI can't hold a candle to it. My Zephyr is very close, but doesn't quite have the same depth of sound.
Of all my tenors, I do love the tone of my Martin the most. Combined with a Dukoff D7* or an S7 piece, it covers everything from lush subtones in jazz, to screaming rock, and everything in between, in the blink of an eye.
I have to add that I got my The Martin Tenor back from the rebuild 2 days ago. I can't put it down, it SOUNDS tooooooooooo goooooooooood to put back in the case. I have my motivation to get back to my old playing abilities and beyond. WOW is my favorite part of my Martin Tenor!!!
I first had a The Martin Alto sax and used it for two years. I love the sound and tone is uncom,porable to any modern sax. I used to even AB it with Selmer SA80 and The Martin just blew it away..no contest.
Eventually after 2+ years of playing it, i got GAS and traded it with Conn NW Series I. I loved the sound, its more modern in my taste and its more focused but it doesn't have that depth that i was looking for from a Martin Sax. In short, sold it, bought myself an Indiana Tenor and loved it a lot. Its not as huge of a sound compared to Committees but...it roars like a Lion...
Then bought my Committee I Alto sax from Erik, I fell in-love with it from the first note i played. Told myself I will never part with Martin saxes again...