Martin Sax

by Jeff Smith
(Knoxville, TN)

This is a Martin Typewriter alto sax, circa 1929-1932. It was my dad’s, (he was born in 1923), and he played it through high school and college. My sister and I played it through the ‘50’s and ‘60’s. I’m trying to find out its value in present condition and what it would be worth restored. Also, would like an estimate of what restoring would cost and advice as to whether we should leave it as is or restore it. You’ll see in the picture that dad had a full set of pads and cork along with some springs he was going to put on but never did. A friend of mine played it with his mouth piece and said it has remarkable good tone for the pads being in such bad shape.

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Jeff Smith

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Apr 14, 2010
A review
by: Anonymous

I don't know what the value is, but it's a mighty fine instrument. See my review at

Aug 07, 2010
Quality sound
by: Anonymous

What do you guys think of the sound coming from these 1920's Martin Saxophones? As a trumpet player, I can tell you the old horns were awesome. I'd love to own a 1920's Conn or Martin Horn.

Sep 04, 2010
1922/23 martin alto
by: billcourtney

According to the S/N my sax is circa 1922/23. In excellent condition very minor abrasion. Never been restored. Looks like new (case is a total loss). I had it repadded several years ago with the intent to play, however after 1 attempt to run the scales I deided to stay with my guitar.rite to for more details.

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