I recently picked up a Martin Imperial from 1960- s/n is 211,2xx. I'm curious if there are any Martin experts out there that are familiar with any notable differences between the Martin Imperial (dated thru 1961) and the Martin TU-53 Imperial (dated 1961-1963, Richards Music Corp).
My source of info is here: http://www.trumpet-history.com/Marti...t%20Models.pdf
Page 18 of this PDF shows the Martin Imperial, and page 23 shows the Martin TU-53 Imperial. To me, they look identical from these pictures. Would it show a different location of manufacture? I'm guessing that based on my serial number mine is the former horn. I also would guess that the pre-RMC Imperial is the more desirable horn. To me, it doesn't really matter. It played well and will be a great horn for me to enjoy, but I figured I'd ask the experts.
Thanks in advance!