Martin The Martin saxophones aka Committee III
Made 1945 - 1970 (Ser# 144K - 350K) Classification: Professional
There is a lot of confusion about naming Martin saxes.
Their pro-model from the mid 40s untill the mid 60s is called The Martin ...... (In stead of the ....... you could add the type of sax. So a alto would have "The Martin Alto" engraved on the bell) often is referred to as Martin Committee. From the late 50s on some horn have that name engraved. I believe this is done to use the same names on their whole pallet of instrument (Trumpets, Tuba etc.)
This is one of the best looking saxes ever build (IMO).
The funny thing is that all Martin's prior to the Handcraft Committee, also had the name "The Martin" engraved, meaning that they where build by Martin. Very confusing. Maybe a better name would be Committee III.
This is the real one though. Engraving says "The Martin .....". On the dots you can fill in the type of Martin.
Say a alto would be a "The Martin Alto".
Often this horn is referred to as Martin Committee. From the late 50s on some horn had that name engraved. I believe this is done to use the same names on their whole pallet of instrument (Trumpets, Tuba etc.)
If you call this a Committee, the best thing is to call it a Committee 3. Since before this type there was a Comm 1 and Comm 2.
The heavy walls, including soldered toneholes gives it a dark, and yet powerfull, sound
- Soldered toneholes
- Art-deco keyguards
- Floral engraving
- Design octave key mechanisme
- Adjustable stumb rest
- Serialnumber on the body AND on the neck
- Neck screw
The previous owner pointed out a difference in engraving on his The Martin Tenor. Normally you would expect the text "The Martin _____" on the bell. His only has "Martin" under the RMC shield (4th engraving picture from the left). Special on this tenor is also the keyguards that look like they are from a Music Man model. (3rd keyguard from the left)
More pictures (click to enlarge)
Some characteristics (click to enlarge)
The keyguards of the low-B and Bb keys
The keyguards of the low-c key
Left pinky clusters
right pinky clusters
The thumbrests voor left thumb
The thumbrests voor right thumb
The body to bell brace
Modelnumber found on SOME horns