– one just like this from the same dealer – Don Mackrill’s in Edgware. It was under a thousand pounds then, now Don has one on ebay with a Buy-it-Now price of £3000, and I’m sure it will sell. Click here for the ebay listing.
Instead, after Don had confided that the extra bell length did slightly stifle the sound, and not being a great fan of Selmer actions, I bought my incredible and equally rare Martin Magna alto from him – also for under a grand, and with a VERY generous part exchange for the truly horrible modern Conn alto I was desperate to get rid of at the time.
But for three grand then, a little over a decade ago, I could have run riot in the shop, and bought the Martin Magna alto, plus the low-A Mk VI alto , plus a very nice Conn underslung alto, and still had change from three grand !
Hindsight is a truly wonderful thing. Photo courtesy of Don Mackrill.
Classic saxophones may just be that rare thing – an asset whose value has grown at a greater rate than property, over the last decade !