Very sad day, but, as they say, “Times is ‘ard…” – and I’ve taken the decision to sell the Richards Martin Magna alto and use the money, rather than let the alto languish in the case (just like so many C-Mels did…).
So if anyone has a spare 1400 UK Pounds – that’s around, at today’s rates, US$1900 or 1500 Euros, plus shipping – they’ll be getting a gorgeous old lady with loads of spirit ! Click on the picture ( or here ) for more pics/info and a sound clip.
I have a few lesser Martin and Martin stencil alto’s around the house, so I’ll select the best of those (best player, naturally, not looker) to leave me still with alto capability, for those very rare Eb occasions.
This will bring two benefits –
a) I’ll have to fix up all the other alto’s to find the best one, and I won’t feel so bad about neglecting a lesser horn, with fewer sentimental attachments – plus –
b) It’ll allow me to concentrate more on C and Bb tenor/soprano. There just ain’t enough time and energy to keep up a good enough standard on everything, and I’ve still got to find enough time for C/Bb clarinet, flute and fife/whistle… Sigh – email me if you’ve interest or questions