Saxophone/Martin Tenor saxophone

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I recently inherited my brothers' Martin tenor saxophone and am curious to know more about it and what it may be worth. The engraved bell reads Martin Tenor, Elkhart, Indiana USA. The serial number is 220029. I believe he got it in the late 60's or very early 70's. I believe it was new at that time. Original finish with very minor pitting with no dents, original case.

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Hello Steve, You have a Martin Committee model ("The Martin").
Your sax was made in 1963. This is possibly Martin's second most popular horn, after the original Handcraft series. They have very fine craftsmanship and beautiful engraving, featuring wire key-bumpers, adjustable metal thumbrest, nicely engineered neck clamp and heavy metal keywork. This saxophone was redesigned -- and patented (by EJ Gillespie) -- from the ground up.
These horns commonly are just called "The Martin" models. This is terribly inaccurate (see below and read further), but just about everyone calls them that. There are two reasons why this is incorrect: it's not the correct model name and most Handcraft bells are also engraved "The Martin". There are several variations of this horn that were available. This is due to the fact that the company was bought out a couple of times during this horn's production:
The first series does have "Committee" along with "The Martin ___" (fill in the blank with alto, tenor or bari) engraved on the bell. (Around s/n 200xxx the engraving "Committee" started to pop up only every now and then.) This also appears to be the last Martin model available in plating choices other than lacquer. The second series has a shield with RMC engraved on the bell. This is from when Martin was bought out by Richards Music Company (approximately 1961). Some baritones don't have the shield and retain the "Committee" engraving. Note: the RMC engraving actually stands for "Roundtable of Music Craftsmen" (I'm still looking for the list of craftsmen. It was on SOTW a few months ago).
The third series is "The Official Music Man" model, a a limited edition horn produced in 1962-1964 after the movie of the same name. This engraving appeared on the bow and are the rarest Martins out there. Allegedly they're the best honkers with the best intonation, too with one example of a model with BOTH the RMC shield and "The Music Man" engraving. There were also other Reynolds horns produced under the aegis of "The Official Music Man".
The last series was produced after Wurlitzer bought out Martin around 1964. The RMC shield was removed from the bell, but the "Committee" name does appear on some of these horns, particularly the baritones.
Martin was bought by G. Leblanc in 1971 (according to their website). Saxophone production was discontinued in favor of Yanagisawa-manufactured instruments.
They are heavy tenors, the sax had a lot of brass on the keys. It also had a very powerful tone, but dark, smoky or bluesy sound. Unfortunately (this is endemic to these horns), it had some intonation problems. Tried to feature models that don't have too much lacquer leprosy. The elaborate bell engraving is cut pretty deep and makes the lacquer flake off pretty quick.Your sax is worth ...
THE MARTIN, MUSIC MAN, AND MAGNA
Tenor $ 3000
Tenor Music Man $2800 very rare, but fabulous!
Tenor Magna $ 3200
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Grant Koeller

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I'm a Professional Jazz Saxophone soloist recently retired from 23 years with the USAF Band Of Flight, WPAFB, OHIO, experienced in performance, technique and equipment. I'm not a buyer/seller or dealer. I have 40 years Alto, Tenor, Soprano and Bari Saxophone performance experience with additional years on the Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bass Guitar, Piano, Drum-set, Guitar and Voice. I'm a third generation professional military musician, my father, Bill Koeller(1939-1997) was in the USAF 1958-1962, and played Jazz Hammond B-3 organ from 1957-1997, and my fathers Uncle, Alfred Koeller (1912-1993), was a professional Acoustic Bassist in the Army Air Corps in WWII, and also performed on Jazz Guitar, Hammond organ, Piano and tenor saxophone.

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Professional Saxophone Soloist, 23 total years with the USAF Bands, 6 years with the USAF Band of Flight, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, performing on Tenor, Alto, Soprano, Clarinet, and Flute. 4 years in Japan, at Yokota AFB with the USAF Band of the Pacific. An Avid Composer and Arranger for the Night Hawk Protocol Combo. Former Lead Alto Saxophonist with the USAF Night Flight Big Band performing the music of Glenn Miller as well as other hits of the Big Band Era. I collect LP records of Jazz, blue's, classical and rock, and have over 12,000 records.

Organizations
USAF,Phi MU Alpha Sinfonia, Men's National Music Fraternity, Johnny Mack Super Big Band, Tom Daugherty Orchestra, Kim Kelly Orchestra, Dayton Jazz Orchestra, Eddie Love Big Band, Gem City Big Band, Jazz Central Big Band, Shin Sings Orchestra, Kim Kelly Orchestra,USAF Night Flight Jazz Ensemble, Different Hats Big Band, Jimmy Baker Blues Band, This Side Up, Freelance, KING KOELLER Quartet, Jazz Central Big Band, GB Work, Sax On The Web,

Publications
Saxophone On the Web; Anchorage Daily News; All Experts; Augustana College Public Radio, WVIK;

Education/Credentials
North Texas State University School of Music, Jazz Studies 1982-1986 Lead Alto, Lab bands 1982-83 and small group leader 1983-1984, Jazz Radio Host WVIK 90.1 FM NPR affiliate Rock Island, IL United States Collegiate Wind Band European tour 1980 Augustana College, Rock Island IL, Liberal Arts Music Mentors/Teachers:My father Bill Koeller, a Jazz Hammond B-3 Organist (1939-1997) Great Uncle Alfred Koeller, Acoustic Bass 1912-1993

Awards and Honors
Paul Shartle Musician of the Quarter Spring 2008; Glenn Miller Festival, Clarinda, Iowa featured soloist; McDonald's All-American Band and Jazz Ensemble 1979; US Collegiate Wind Bands,Paul Lavalle Conductor, tour of Europe,1980; John Phillip Sousa Award, 1980 Dimond HS Anchorage, Alaska; USAF National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; USAF Achievement Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters; USAF Good Conduct Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters

Past/Present Clients
Performed with, Bob Hope, The Platters, Four Tops, Jimmy Dorsey, Crystal Gail, Helen Ready, James Williams, Dallas Jazz Orchestra, Jack Jones, The Mills Brothers, the G-Clef's, Lionel Hampton at Carnegie Hall, Performed for the King Of Thailand 2005, Tom "Bone's" Malone, Roy Hargrove, Tommy Turrentine, Performed for President Gerald Ford, President George W. Bush, The Maguire Sisters, The USO Girls-Andrew Sisters Tribute, The Four Lads, Lincoln Berry, The Dayton Jazz Orchestra, Louis Bellson, Buddy DeFranco, Walter Bishop Jr, Sadao Watanabe, Bobby Shew, Pete Jolly, Quad City Jazz Ensemble, Augustana College Symphonic Band, Jack Scott, Catfish Jazz Society, Intrigue-Boston Wedding Band, The Mark Herbert Little Big Band, The Pacesetters Big Band, The Ambassadors Jazz Ensemble, Pacific Showcase Big Band, Jimmy Dorsey Big Band under the direction of Lee Castle, Ronny Scott Orchestra, Big Al's Hot Dance Orchestra, The Dayton Sidewinders, Tom Daugherty Orchestra, Johnny Mack Super Big Band, Ken Peplowski, Eddie Daniels, Buddy Guy, Roy Hargrove, Warren Parrish, John OMeara Jr., Dave Holcomb, Albia Silva,Vinnie Demartino, Clon VonFitz, The G Clef's

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