Martin 1948 ‘The Martin Tenor’ Bb Tenor, #166k (Archived)

1948 "The Martin Tenor"

Price: SOLD
  • Year:  1948
  • Make:  Martin
  • Model: "The Martin Tenor"
  • Status:  SOLD
  • Finish: Original Lacquer
  • Serial Number: 166,xxx

(Special Consignment - Rebuild-on-Consignment)

A beautiful "The Martin Tenor", with an early serial number (matching neck #), and many original features present: brown felt from the factory(under G# lever, F & A pearls, Eb lever), and of course the important tell: the rear sticker.  There are some areas of the engraving that seem thinner than others, but due to all the other original factory parts, I still think this sax is factory original. That being said, this is one of the top-10 pretties "The Martin"s I've seen. The horn is in excellent condition and still plays very lusciously with the old setup (no resos, rivet only on some pads). there are only a few small dings to mention (photoed one on the bell lip), and some solder grit on the Eb key cup top, a few misc scratches, and wear on the octave key.

Bias notes: Chadd approves of this one's current tone and resume (the early serial #). It even plays with depth and body in the tone on the rivet only pads! Also, Bob Carpenter came in and took a few looks and smiles at it too (Bob has a TMT also).

***Note on the exquisite shine: This sax received a special WWS Luster Enhancement before photos (which does not include any buffing!).

PACKAGE DEAL: It also comes with the Martin end cap, and an original Martin mouthpiece!

CASE: original martin case. The early era brown, wood case.

REBUILD: We are planning to offer this sax with a "Sarge Special" rebuild - Black Roo pads($100+), silver plated Resotech resos ($200~), WWS Premium upgrade ($300), and full rebuild ($1000~). If you'd like to change these options/price we can discuss that. But we need to talk quickly to get this squared up.

Sound Files for you to enjoy:

     ...Actual Sax featured in Track 1 & 2

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    TENORs-4x_Conn Chu New Wonder II #243k, Keilwerth Tone King #37k-Plastic wF#, The Martin Tenor #166k, Conn 10M #H42k, on an early Berg 105 boat tail, Sound File 10-2017
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    Tenors file: Selmer MKVI vs. Martin Comm 2 vs. Martin Comm 3
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    TENORx2-MPCx2--VIvsTMT, D7vs4starOtt
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Item #:WWSSDW1.8W2.74-0711.7-CS00