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I have a Martin "The Indiana" alto sax, serial number 63668 or 68668.  The second number is hard to read.  It may be a 3 or an 8.  I think it's probably a 3.
Can you tell me what year it was made?  It has to be the late 1950's,  but I don't know the exact year.


Martin "The Indiana" is a second line sax...the serial numbers charts on line list the parent company. I will do my best to research this info for you.
The Indiana is one of [Martin's] second line horns which would also be indicated by the gold-lacquer body and Nickel keywork. Though people keep telling me that the earlier ones deserve to be called more then that.
Funny thing is though that the nickel keywork was a feature of their deluxe models.
One can assume that they were made by the company that was known as "The Indiana Band Instrument Company" The company that Martin got controlling interest in around 1928. The name of that company was changed to Martin in 1942.
Story goes that it has good tone. A dutch owner of an earlier Indiana (gold-laquer keys) wrote me his Indiana Alto has a nice full tone, and it sounds very well. Also the members of the forum and \ speak highly of them.
The Indiana tenor of a neighbor was very comparable with my The Martin Tenor. Maybe a little thinner, but hardly noticeable.
People claim there are at least 3 stages of Indiana's:
Phase 1
Based on Committee I or II
Heart shaped left thumb rest
Nickel keys
Adjustable right thumb rest
Phase 2
Based on THE MARTIN with gold color keys
At least some of them have adjustable right thumbrests
No heart shaped left thumbrest (not on the THE MARTINS either.)
Phase 3
Based on THE MARTIN with silver keys
No adjustable right thumbrest
No heart shaped left thumbrest
Footnotes & References
In 1942 the serial number was 26000, and in 1962 the serial number was 96000
so that means they made a total of 70000 saxophones in 20 years, so that means they made 35000 horns in 10 years


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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.


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.

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