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From the Committee on, they are almost always lacquer. Tenor Magna $ 3200 Baritone $ 3400 has no chromatic F# Baritone Magna $ 3600 SELMER The name alone inspires reverence.
It’s generally agreed that Selmer made some of the very best horns of all time. Selmer has the only legitimate claim to be the direct successor of Adolphe Sax.
Saxello soprano $ 3200 add 15% for gold plate Alto Zephyr 00 Alto Zephyr Spcl. All of the Martin horns have a sweet sound, and a very lush lower end.
00 add 15% for silver neck Alto Super 20 00 see above commentary for adjustments Tenor Zephyr $ 2400 Tenor Zephyr Spcl $ 3000 add 15% for silver neck Tenor Super 20 $ 3400 see above commentary for adjustments Baritone Zephyr $ 2900 Baritone Super 20 $ 4000 MARTIN These horns are under appreciated . Play one in good adjustment and you’ll see what I mean. The horns from 1933 (Handcraft Committee) through the early 60’s (the Magna) can hold their own with anything ever made.
There are lots of variations on the Martin theme, and below are the ones that I think you should consider.
The early ones are mostly seen in silver, add 15% for gold plate. I’ve seen a couple of Committee models with sterling silver necks. MARTIN HORNS THROUGH 1933 Soprano straight 00 Soprano curved 00 Alto $ 800 Alto “Typewriter” $ 1600 C soprano 00 C melody $ 800 Tenor $ 800 Tenor “Typewriter” $ 2400 Baritone $ 2200 Baritone “Typewriter” $ 3500 Bass $ 7000 THE MARTIN, MUSIC MAN, AND MAGNA Alto $ 2000 Alto Magna $ 2300 Tenor $ 3000 Tenor Music Man 00 very rare, but fabulous!
I believe that the models before the Balanced Action are overpriced.
I have based my research on actual selling prices by recognized dealers.
The later examples have snap in pads and Norton springs. Most of the examples you will find will be in a satin silver finish. Sopranino $ 2100 Straight soprano $ 2000 Curved soprano $ 2200 deduct 20% if keyed to Eb only C soprano 00 MUST have original mouthpiece!! These horns are much more desirable than any of their ancestors. Some had sterling silver necks (add 20%), very few were silver plated (add 20%), I’ve seen a gold one, although I was not totally convinced it was original. Brown rollers always, as well as snap in pads and Norton springs.
C melody $ 800 Alto $ 900 Straight Alto ,000 Tenor 00 Baritone $ 2500 Bass $ 7000 NEW ARISTOCRAT 255XXX – 270XXX There are only alto and tenor horns in this series. Physical appearance is similar to the True Tone, but the neck is different, the keyguards are more deluxe. They will always have snap in pads and Norton springs. You’ll be unlikely to find them in anything but lacquer. Alto $ 1800 Tenor $ 2300 ARISTOCRAT 290XXX – 325XXX “BIG B” The name comes from the bell engraving. Alto 00 Tenor $ 2200 Baritone 00 ARISTOCRAT 330XXX – 360XXX I think these are often overlooked and underpriced. Toward the high end of the serial number range you begin to see some examples that look like 400 bells on Aristocrat bodies.
It was designed by my good friend and legend Santy Runyon.
The 6M alto; 10M tenor; and 12M baritone are the famous “naked lady” horns.
COUF From 1965 until 1988, these fine German horns (manufactured by J. I understand there were a few made with sterling silver bells.