This Martin The Indiana Alto Saxophone Serial #69977 is in excellent condition with around 90% of the original lacquer and light speckle wear across the horn. It has just come from the shop where it was cleaned and adjusted and repadded, so it plays great. The horn has the signature tapered Martin cut tone holes and an adjustable right-hand thumb hook and a heart shaped left thumb rest. There is one tiny dent in front of the bow, which can’t really be seen but can be. Otherwise, this horn is in great shape. The lacquer wear is mostly on the back of the body and there has been a key guard resoldered on the back. Please see the photos for more details. The serial number 133356, can be found on both the back of the body and the neck and makes this a late 1940’s early 1950’s vintage horn. We can’t date it any closer than that since “The Indiana” had its own serial numbers and their general time period can be figured out with serial numbers and keywork. This is a first phase Indiana due to the right thumb hook and the heart shaped left thumb rest. The engraving is still nice and sharp. There is an Indian head with 3 arrows and then scrolling leaves that run down the entirety of the bell and onto the bow. The words “The Indiana Martin Elkhart IND” are featured prominently. This horn comes with the original neck that has no evidence of a pull down. It also comes in a replacement case in very good condition. A mouthpiece is not included. This alto saxophone has a warm, big sound that is iconic in Martin horns. It plays beautifully in both the upper and lower register and has fantastic intonation.
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