I’d begun to think that, apart from the odd Typewriter C, and the later Melody Master stencils, I was the proud owner of the only Martin C-Melody sax (click here to see mine 🙂 ) I’ve ever seen fitted with a front-F key as standard.
The one that just sold on ebay (click here) isn’t quite as ‘new’ as mine, 1927 vs. 1931, it still has the RH-G# trill and the forked-Eb, but it’s still a very fine looking horn. I was sorely tempted, but a new central heating boiler cometh, and the humble UK pound now only buys 1.5 US dollars – unlike a short while back, when it was just over two dollars to a pound. Our Pound-to-Euro rate is quite low as well, is there something that Gordon isn’t telling us ?
And it sold, as a ‘player ‘ (to quote the seller – "….having been serviced our own tech, who described it as the best C melody he’d EVER played"), for only $450 (BIN) to a UK buyer named steamplough. So I’m very happy it’s coming to this side of the pond.
Picture courtesy of ebay seller speno1 – thanks !