WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY 2525 East Douglas Avenue Wichita, KS 67211. OR THE MARTIN TENOR SAX BY MARTIN (ELKHART), MADE IN THE USA IN 1950. For a time, we were the only Martin dealer in the area. Martins catalog called their best model Committee, but that name didnt appear on the post-war saxes.
The Martin was engraved on the bell and so many collectors today use that name. The entry-level saxes (for students) were stamped Indiana by Martin. There was a mid-range for trumpets engraved Martin Imperial, but that name never appeared, as I recall, on their saxes. Paul Richards RMC acquired the firm in the late fifties, introduced a Magna model.The same as the Committee but with jive trim. A few pro players did use this model tenor.
Tex Beneke (tenor with the Miller band) always played Martins, as did the mickey-band leader Freddie Martin. I remember listening live on the radio to Freddie back with I was a kid, in the early fifties. Our tenor came to us with absolutely no lacquer on it.
That means you can see a nick or two on the body, minor spots that we could have easily removed. But to do so, wed be obliged to sand the area smooth andthat means youd lose brass. In tenors, heavy brass gives better resonance. Thinner brass results in a tinny thin sound. Top quality Ferrees pads, with resonators.
Never any serious dents, a number of minor dings have been burnished out by our sax technicians. Keep in mind that its not a modern sax. No high F#, no bright and cutting tone-color.But the low notes always speak easily, the intonation is spot-on and (once you get used to the feel), the keywork is easy and smooth. Perfect for Big Band, especially if youre in a Miller-revival group. Or a Shrine Band or a church group. Or keep it at home and play along with recordings from the forties and fifties. I'm always happy to correspond with any and all sax-o-people!
Wichita Band Instrument Company is a small musical instrument emporium located in the center of the USA. Weve been in business since 1953 and have had the same owner since 1963. Originally we were a repair shop that specialized in woodwind and sax restoration.
Today we have 16 employees including FIVE of the finest repair technicians in the country. Virtually ALL the items we sell have been fully reconditioned in our own shop, although we do sell the occasional unrestored historical instruments each year. Its in addition to any factory guarantees. For two full years, we will repair or replace, whichever in our estimation is the more advisable, pads, corks, springs or other parts required, at no charge to the customer.
If your instrument sustains damage to the body, end bow, neck or bell, well burnish out the dents and make it look like new again. Wichita Band Instrument Company maintains a repair department capable of restoration work of the highest quality. Even though repairs are essentially free for the first two years, after that period has expired, we remain at your service to maintain and repair your musical equipment forever. Its our service after the sale promise and has been since 1953! Anything we sell can be sent to you for a short approval period without obligation.Were happy to correspond with musicians, players, parents and enthusiasts of all types. Written appraisals are always available, but please dont write or telephone and ask whats grannys baritone sax worth? The item "VINTAGE 1950 MARTIN COMMITTEE / THE MARTIN TENOR, ALL NEW PADS, GOOD PLAYER" is in sale since Thursday, November 12, 2020. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Wind & Woodwind\Band & Orchestral\Saxophones".
The seller is "wichitaband" and is located in Wichita, Kansas. This item can be shipped worldwide.