Professional Alto Saxophone

Best of Martin Near Mint 1934 Handcraft Imperial Alto Emperor of Pro Horns

Best of Martin Near Mint 1934 Handcraft Imperial Alto Emperor of Pro Horns
Best of Martin Near Mint 1934 Handcraft Imperial Alto Emperor of Pro Horns
Best of Martin Near Mint 1934 Handcraft Imperial Alto Emperor of Pro Horns
Best of Martin Near Mint 1934 Handcraft Imperial Alto Emperor of Pro Horns
Best of Martin Near Mint 1934 Handcraft Imperial Alto Emperor of Pro Horns
Best of Martin Near Mint 1934 Handcraft Imperial Alto Emperor of Pro Horns
Best of Martin Near Mint 1934 Handcraft Imperial Alto Emperor of Pro Horns
Best of Martin Near Mint 1934 Handcraft Imperial Alto Emperor of Pro Horns
Best of Martin Near Mint 1934 Handcraft Imperial Alto Emperor of Pro Horns
Best of Martin Near Mint 1934 Handcraft Imperial Alto Emperor of Pro Horns
Best of Martin Near Mint 1934 Handcraft Imperial Alto Emperor of Pro Horns
Best of Martin Near Mint 1934 Handcraft Imperial Alto Emperor of Pro Horns

Best of Martin Near Mint 1934 Handcraft Imperial Alto Emperor of Pro Horns

I offer one of the Finest Professional Altos that Martin, or any company ever crafted. An Original Near Mint Handcraft Imperial From late 1934. And the coveted Pre WW2 Era! Another: Kev's - Best on the Web Special!

A One of a Kind - Finest example of a horn Available. The Handcraft Imperial was the precursor to the Committees.

Please don't confuse this. They quite frankly hijacked the Imperial name, and stamped it on cheaply produced, soft metal horns, just to boost sales. The false Imperial had none of the features, design, specs, nor quality of the original. You'll see sellers even to this day trying to take advantage of the confusion. Handcrafted Imperial, was the Premier Professional Horn from the Martin company in the early 1930's, and they spent considerable time, resources, and effort in it's planning and creation. It's one of the greatest saxophones ever produced, from any company, and one of the rarest in existence. Available only for a few years, during the economically dark days following the great depression, not many could afford such luxury items. But to Martin, they were a labor of love, as the horn boasts more features than any other Martin pro horn, before or after. 1934, are the first to boast the extraordinary and expensive, Solid Nickle-silver. Earlier versions had brass keys, unless factory upgrades were. Super strong, much stronger, yet significantly lighter than brass.

They're hummingbird fast, corrosion proof, and remain in adjustment, throughout the life of the horn. This also creates a horn which is much lighter to hold than full brass {which was used on the committee 3 to cut costs, and on all other makes of horn}. It's an expensive extravagant feature, that was, and continues to be imitated, but in cheap plate, over brass.

Is the first to be fitted with the genius C# Adjustor, that only Martin offered. Alto, was also gifted with an unusual, yet remarkable and convenient, Eb trill tone-hole & key. On these models is more precise, etched with style to perfection. Is a cross between the smooth velvety, dark chocolate tones of the earlier handcrafts, and the more centered tones of the Committees I. Compared to the Committee I, the HC Imperial is more powerful.

This particular HC Imperial is your True Closet Horn! Original or Factory Lacquer at 98%. In my professional opinion, it's original lacquer. Note the closeup images of the deep, precise engraving, and smooth factory finish.

Then someone finds an old case in storage and opens it for the first time in 80 years. This is especially true for musical instruments, when promises to learn how to play, never quite materialize.

There will be a few. Speckles, as the cases are not environmentally. Sealed, but very little, if any tarnish - exactly like you see in the images. You can tell these horns by the very fine lacquer job, that a non-factory service would find impossible to reproduce. I personally have two such horns in my collection, and much prefer them over unprotected unlacquered, or ugly corroded horns.

Are fitted perfectly, and moving freely as if new! This Horn Comes with another.

Rarity : A Gorgeous Martin - Original, Handcraft Imperial Deluxe extra storage case. In excellent condition {no stains nor scents}!

There's only one available. From late 1934 - the most luxurious. With the twin pearl octave buttons & cannon ball key guard. This horn being, the most pristine, well preserved example of the ultra rare, and magnificent, Handcraft Imperial. The Stronger, more vibrant Father of the Committees, in near original condition.

If you're one of those demanding souls, that requires the best of what is available. One which allows you to explore & express your deepest thoughts, and emotions - with a voice of angels. The Magnificence of Martin Since 1865. Demonstrating that Martin thought of the player, over profit.

Martin horns, owing to their expensive & labor intensive, thick. Precision shaped, soldered on & beveled tone holes, massage the notes leaving the instrument - thus have the most amazing sound of any saxophone, from any Era. No other horn manufacture made this genius & expensive investment, into the most important part of a saxophone, for sound. And what are saxophones, but sound machines?

The Martin phrase, "That Martin Sound" wasn't simply a motto. And is why all other horn manufacturers, sound each like the other - relying on useless exterior dressings, over-stated ergonomic hype, volume boosters, screeching accentuators, to sell their horns.

But you won't find one even close to this well maintained, and set-up. You'll get what you pay for - and end up with a collection of brass junk, in the shape of a saxophone. Isn't important, as is the total cost, to bring the horn up to specs. And not all horns can be brought back to prime condition - playable maybe, but only a sad shadow of the original. Then there's the exterior condition, or appearance of the horn. A horn's history of care, is reflected in it's exterior condition. Horn's left outside of their case, banged around, carelessly scratched, and neglected to be cleaned, inside, and out, after each playing session, are damaged goods - and rotted from within, and without - as spittle is not only corrosive to the horn, and the case, but also, unsanitary. If you tick off all the boxes - then this horn is waiting for whomever is the quickest and wisest to snag it. It's worth many times more than the price, in comparison to the build, features, sound and beauty, of any make or model horn. The only thing keeping prices low, is the mystery of Martin. People are simply unaware of this American Vintage giant of genius - and if you want to know why - read the last section of this page for historical insights into.

All items are as honestly, and accurately described to the best of my ability. I was asked a question about the images, as to if they were somehow doctored. The only lighting I have in my living room is an old lamp which casts a slightly red tint, but it's what I have.

As with all vintage horns, you may desire to have the springs and corks adjusted to your personal taste in fingering or blowing. However, I personally feel it's perfect as is. You may also desire to change a pad or two, not saying that you will, just covering all bases. In any case, I have lowered the price to accommodate a full repad. My asking price for the most perfectly preserved Handcraft Imperial available on the web today, is a steal for anyone who knows horns, or is willing to learn.

I'm here for you, planning to build a vintage horn business, serving the best available on the web, so my reputation is important to me. The Horn Wars - Essential Horn Histories. If you're new to Martin, or not, read ahead.

And discover crucial saxophone insights, that you've been missing. Martin began making horns way back in 1865. Martin instruments should be, by sound & build, the most sought after, and expensive vintage horns on the market. For reasons you will soon understand, most people are simply unaware of how superior they indeed are, to any other make of vintage saxophone. Supreme in reality - not hype - having from the very start placed the highest priority to supreme quality of sound, and to a set of uncompromising principals to place their buyers first.

Towards that goal, they invested tremendous amounts of time and resources, reinvesting fully back into their products. Productive time was a top priority, with famous musicians the likes of Charlie Parker & Miles Davis, and working experts, band leaders, directors (the committee team), tweaking and refining. All these aspects were tied together with generous funding into master crafting for the sweetest sound, with the most amazing features, for comfort & control, combined with the highest quality of materials. Their motto "That Martin Sound" had to be based on reality, not hype. Quietly concentrating on perfecting their horns.

An upstart company named Selmer, implemented an. Combined with iron clad contracts, as. Way to lock up musicians, and artificially boost the Selmer profile. Feeling threatened by this frightening turn of events, Conn, King and Buescher followed suit, but were mostly too late. Martin was the only company that refused to play that game - and this wasn't the first time that Martin held fast onto their principals. Below is the history of a planned monopoly of the Saxophone market, by an outsider who started a war of hostile takeovers.

The History of Hype -vs- the Reality of Saxophone Sound. People are expected to calmly pay 5k 10k 20k 40k or more for horns, as if they are somehow deserving of those exorbitant price tags, when in reality, are normal horns, which have built illusions of grandeur, on marketing campaigns.

Let's address each one in turn. Rareness - Selmer Mark VI - When we hear the name, we're supposed to be in awe, as if. We've heard a Royal decree.

It's mandatory for Mark VI be on our holy grail list. We're to save, wish, and search, then obediently pay whatever sum is asked, because we're led to believe, that our chance may never come again. In reality however, the Mark VI beyond the hype, isn't such a special horn, and inferior in important areas. The keys and keywork warp out of.

Adjustment, requiring very expensive work, to bring them up to playing condition. Severe intonation problems, including those resulting from poorly designed necks, which most smart players have replaced long ago. Nor is the Mark VI, rare.

At least two hundred thousand. Let's Compare that figure to the best of Martin: The pre-war pro horns. Martin vintage professional horns of. Come in totals at less than. Now Let's talk about features, which Selmer built their horn monopoly on.

In 1922, {57 years after Martin} Selmer entered the. They came in loud & brash - as is their way of self-promotion - shouting about a breakthrough, which was said to be new and astounding, though it was around by that point since 1906. Behind the curtain however, t.

His so-called breakthrough, was but a cheap, fast, and easy. The process involved using heat, to melt, and pull the tone holes up, from the body of the instrument.

You see, prior to 1906, companies cut tone holes into the brass, then soldered raised circular pieces of metal, in, and around the holes, for which the keys to sit, and close on. Soldering was an expensive and labor-intensive process yes - but was done for a reason. Selmer however, was, and remains master of the narrative. Reality is what Selmer says it is. As such, they managed to turn a negative, into a false positive.

However, neither one of these prerequisites were met. The quality dropped, and the savings kept. Thus begins the game of Musical instrument Monopoly. The other big companies followed along in this new cost cutting manufacturing process.

Martin was the only company that refused to cut labor and quality, just to make a profit. As a matter of fact, Martin did the opposite, they doubled down, adding more labor and cost, in full. To control the areas of the horn, which emit sound. They did this by shaping, and beveling the tone holes, and using the highest quality of brass to do it.

But they weren't done yet. Went to work refining their necks, keys, keywork, and their bores, to work in sync with their improved tone holes - and the end result was.

Highest level of sound from any saxophone - period. One would think that Martin's belief in higher values, would set them up for future success, but in war, values rarely if ever win the day, and Selmer played a game of War. Today however, Beyond the hype, reality awaits those which are keen to discover the truth. As when Selmer and all the rest, are taken from their perches, and undressed, are when naked, no different than 99% of all manufacturers.

Take a look on YouTube, to see horns broken down for repair, and you will soon notice how cheap they appear without their fancy dresses. Like tin cans, the tone holes pulled out the brass, there's nothing to distinguish them from all the other horns, besides a few key holes moved around from here, to there.

Dismantle a Martin and you immediately see the difference. Heavy, beveled and precision shaped tone holes. {one of secrets of "That Martin Sound"}. Adjustable thumb hooks, heart shaped octave rests, the list goes on. While you're in YouTube, look up a one of the nation's top saxophone repair techs, Matt Stohrer.

His videos on the Martin horns' he's worked on are very interesting. After thousands of rebuilds on just about every make and model of horn, and playing each one, discover what he thinks about Martin. Let's talk about the other so called Selmer breakthrough - The Famous "Selmer Super Action" saxophones. Selmer Super Action - Sounds amazing, doesn't it?

Breaking down The Super Action however, Selmer simply moved the lower stack tone holes a few centimeters to the right, in what they call an "ergonomic breakthrough". In reality, the move of the lower stack, forces the lower wrist to bend further to accommodate the change - actually made their horns less ergonomic.

But again, truth and reality, is what Selmer says it is, and as you will see below, how they used that small, twist of the wrist, to complete their takeover of the Saxophone world. Names - In 1952 Selmer created a program called the'Selmer Artist Program', which offered free horns, and advertisement, to musicians who agreed to sign a contract to perform, and record, exclusively on their instruments. Think about the power of such a move. Many, if not most musicians. Jumped on board, as their lives were anything but secure, and free instruments, combined with free advertising, was a smart move.

Miles & Dizzy remained with Martin. With this great power, Selmer fully controls the narrative on saxophones, setting prices and having all others compared to them. This article isn't to say that Modern Selmer horns aren't from the 60's onwards, fantastic instruments.

{though still don't compare to the sound of vintage Martin}. No, this is about the Vintage horn market.

Martin - the most supreme of all Vintage American horn manufacturers, remains for the most part - an unknown entity. To this day, Martin, by refusing to bow down to Selmer in the past, is hidden from history. However - Though the Martin company is long gone, their horns remain to sing out the truth for themselves. So even from the grave, Martin can still prevail, and get a bit of justice over the Selmer vintage market, by more people discovering these gems, and passing along, the beautiful songs they sing.

If you are serious about saxophones and the decisions you make, and are not simply satisfied to follow the herd, I hope I have given you the information which will allow you to find the horns which match the voice of your soul. Thanks for looking - If you have any questions, feel free to contact me, I'm always glad to hear from other saxophone enthusiasts.

This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Wind & Woodwind\Band & Orchestral\Saxophones". The seller is "kevswebsbest" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.

  • Brand: Martin
  • Type: Alto Saxophone
  • Body Material: Brass
  • Color: Gold
  • Instrument: Saxophone
  • Set Includes: Case
  • MPN: KBOW-200015
  • Experience Level: Advanced, Expert
  • Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
  • Finish: Lacquered
  • Key: Eb


Best of Martin Near Mint 1934 Handcraft Imperial Alto Emperor of Pro Horns