Martin Magna saxophones
Made 1956 - 1970 (Ser# 200K - 315k) Classification: Professional
The Magna model is a The Martin look-a-like, but more expensive.
It looked like a The Martin but with chrome/silver trimming
It was first shown in the year 1956.
- Removable keyguards with bumpers
- Metal resonator pads
- Chrome cross on bell
- Extra engraving
- Chrome trimming
- Solid nickel-silver keys
- Sterling necks where available as an extra
Story goes it's a killer.
The Magna is the only Martin baritone that goed to low A. It still misses the chromatic F# key, though. The low A mechanism can be operated by either the right or left hand thumb. See the first picture from the right under "Thumbrest" for this
The G# cluster is redesigned on these horns (compared to the The Matin model), with a roller standing in for a full key for the low Bb.
I don't believe there are significant differences between the The Martin and the Magna models (Except ofcourse the low-a bari)
More pictures (click to enlarge)
Some characteristics (click to enlarge)
The keyguards of the low-B and Bb keys
Left pinky clusters
Right pinky clusters
The thumbrests voor left and right thumb