As I am now completely besotted with the Martin range of saxophones can anyone help with the Amethyst mentioned above? I have not heard of this name.
I second that. I have 6 Martins that I use and some other Martin made saxes. My oldest Martin is from -34. But I've been looking for a late Martin HC soprano. Great sopranos. Dark and round sound. I know were I can get one. And then there is The Martin Magna Baritone low A. In the same town. The problem is, they are asking too for the soprano and the bari. I've been trying to play a little more contemporary saxes, but the Martins are the #1 for me. I've never sold any Martin.Stick to the american Martin saxes - I've got 3 and they're great... eventually I'll decide which one I want to keep and get rid of the other 2, but Martin junkie-dom is a hard habit to kick...
I'm afraid thomsax the diagnosis is one of extreme Martinophilia...the Martins are the #1 for me. I've never sold any Martin.
Looks like Reiner was part of the Migma collective. That was essentially a "clearing house" for professional quality (East) German and other Germanic makes and models. (They're still around, btw.)Martin Reiner (1912-1956) apprenticed with Richard Hammig from 1927 to 1930. Martin Reiner produced soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones from 1949 to 1956. His instruments are engraved "Amethyst" and "Non Plus Ultra" (Latin for "There's nothing better"). His company employed 7 people.