Last night, I shared a few photos of a Otto Link Tone Edge mouthpiece that had come with an SML tenor I had bought unseen from a general antiques auction.
A few folk asked to see pics of the sax itself, so please see below.
Like I said, I bid on the basis of one poor photo in the auction catalogue - didn't look too bad - how bad could it be?
Well, very, very bad is the answer. Luckily I paid next to nothing, and it may be that I've landed lucky with one of the mouthpieces that came in the case.
I'd thought that it was an SML rev.C, but the serial number 8936, would appear to put as a rev.D. The sax does have all three names engraved on, including Lemaire.
The alterations are quite extraordinary!
It appears that the G-sharp cluster has largely be completely replaced, including a part made from an old spoon or fork - note the hallmarks!! Any techs ever seen anything like that?
The tightening ring for the crook has be substituted with a jubilee clip! Can't say the guy didn't lack imagination.
The neck is bent and broken.
Is this really beyond reasonable repair? Strangely, the main body is not too bad, certainly a few dents, but nothing apparently major.
Is seems a shame to condemn this lovely old sax to the scrapheap. I have a lot more photos, if required.