Gorgeous Silverplate SML (Strasser Marigaux Lemaire) 'Revision B' Alto Sax "Alliance" serial 49xx (1942)
$1700, PayPal (buyer pays fees)
Shipping from Sydney, Australia (extra cost plus insurance if desired)
With sadness I am forced to sell my beautiful backup horn I spent a long time searching for an older SML to pair with my Rev. D alto and after finding it last year it needed a thorough clean up and some new pads and other adjustment work. So I took it to my tech in January 2013 and I had it partially repadded (7 new pads - upper stack mostly), all new buffers, some new corks and springs, new neck cork and some post/pillar realignment, tonehole levelling and the usual regulation and adjustments by Sydney's best tech Scott MacKenzie at The Music Place.
- Silverplate is at least 95% with only minor wear on the Eb and C pinky keys and the RH thumbrest and a touch here and there on keycups but mostly on the Low C keyguard feet and bowguard which was resoldered long ago.
Overall it has very minor scratches and tarnish and only a very tiny pings which you can only expect with a 70 year old horn. I've tried my best to capture all of this in the photos.
- Rolled Toneholes
- RH Bellkeys
- Original 'Black Pearls' on all touchpieces except rollers. The Bis key and A key are a little lighter than the rest but still clearly black pearls.
- Engraved bell and upper bow and also interestingly it is stamped 'SML Alliance' on the RH bell along with the de rigueur SML with the Paris, France address stamp on the front of the bell too. So that's twice the SML!
- Articulated G# but not the later switchable style that later 'Revision C' models had along with the classic SML-style pinky cluster. Still the Rev. B and Cs have fairly modern keywork - just as comfortable as my Rev. Ds.
- Front F key (did SML ever make a horn without one?)
- Mixture of brand new and older pads. Some are with metal resonators, some plastic Selmer style resos. I was planning on a full repad with all metal resos in around 3-4 years, c'est la vie…
- Neck has brand new cork and new octave pad and shows no signs of any pulldown or any repairs.
- SKB 440 hardshell case (pictured) only 2 years old but actually used for only a few months (until I finished my Rev. Ds Hiscox case restoration) it is Like New and really a great case.
As mentioned above at some point in its lifetime the Low C keyguard was removed and resoldered along with the bow guard after a dent in the bow was removed. The bow repair isn't perfect by any means with a little bare brass showing from filing and the bow has tiny soft dimpling commonly seen on bow dent work. Personally I think it looks like a pretty derriere with very charming cellulite Photos illustrate the work.
The other obvious repair work carried out in the past is on the rod barrels of the F# and E keys. My tech says they were silver-soldered and hold up well. They could be prettier but they are not very visible and perform perfectly. Photos tell the story.
As far as playing goes it is quite dark with a very fat low-end but sings crisply up top too. This is an easy, free-blowing horn with easy palm key notes. Much easier low-end and palm keys than my Rev. D (I prefer the Ds resistance actually).
My tech said it was a very French sounding horn but with a little Conn or Buescher 'guts' thrown in. Not having actually played a older Conn or any Buescher I can't really comment.
Local buyers I'm happy for the horn to be inspected at my workplace in Ultimo, Sydney during the weekdays/nights. Something can be arranged for any weekend inspections. Sound or video recordings can be arranged too if necessary.
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