I played a 1938 Martin Committee tonight

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  1. Chuck Cox

    Chuck Cox Forte User

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    I knew that would get your attention. It's the absolute truth though. I bought a 1938 Martin ( Searchlight) Committee alto sax to restore.
    And no, I don't play sax. But it's not hard at all once you get the reed right and where to put your top teeth on the mouthpiece and bottom lip the right distance down on the reed. I don't want to slight any sax players, but, sax is soooo much easier to get notes out of than a trumpet. Vibrato is easy and growling is easy too. If I had more than 4 notes under my belt, I'd hit the road. I'll have it up on eBay in a couple of days for you guys to see. No Youtube videos of me playing it are scheduled at this point.
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  2. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

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    Awwwww shucks!!!! I've always wanted to try the sax.
     
  3. gmonady

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    So does it have a dark sound?
     
  4. graysono

    graysono Mezzo Forte User

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    Appreciate being spared.
     
  5. edfitzvb

    edfitzvb Forte User

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    And do you know the difference between the sound of a saxaphone and a car horn?

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    A car horn has vibrato
     
  6. flacoman

    flacoman Pianissimo User

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    Hmmm; Kidlet has a Buescher now , will keep my eye peeled for the listing :cool:
     
  7. VetPsychWars

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    Because you think the Committee model would be an upgrade? I have a sax player friend or two I'd like to introduce to you....

    Tom
     
  8. Chuck Cox

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    Buescher had some phat saxes in their earlier models. Big "B" is sought after by players and collectors. Selmer Mark VI absolutely sets the standard. ( $5000 for an alto $8000 for a tenor ). I have a Committee for $1100. Old Martin saxes are sought after by professionals who play ballads or with small ensembles. My repairman Peter Lamb likes Martin saxes....and he is a professional tenor sax player ( Peter Lamb and the Wolves....google worthy ).
     
  9. flacoman

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    This Buescher is a Tru-Tone , not the big "B" model . The Martin searchlight models have a nice tone also . Mark VI 's are crazy expensive!
     

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