My belief is that this is an intermediate sax that a lot of people like. American made and with bevelled tone holes. Can any of you expand upon my findings and let me know your opinions please?
Have you read this:My belief is that this is an intermediate sax that a lot of people like. American made and with bevelled tone holes. Can any of you expand upon my findings and let me know your opinions please?
"The Martin Imperial" can be a good sax ( right price, no damage ...). But like jonf say they can't compete with Yamaha student saxes. If you consider the Imperial I think think you should inspect and let a teacher/player try it. As I wrote ealier I haven't owned and played a "The Martin Imperial" so it's hard for me to recommend. I have an old HC Imperial from -34 and that sax is very good. But I don't use it. The tone on the Committee saxes are more contemporary. As it goes for the bevelled toneholes these toneholes are seen on Martin saxes from thier early production to HC Standard and HC Standard Specials of the late 30's. But Martin made saxes like Indiana, The Imperial and The Medalist have bevelled tonholes. And of course Martin stencils.As a beginner to sax would you recommend a Martin Imperial? Are bevelled toneholes better or worse? Are you saying that the bevelled toneholes Imperials were old inventory and they wanted to sell them quickly so they advertised as beginner models?
If you like it and it's in good condition then the price is right. Let us know how you get on. Good luck.Many thanks Jonf. At this stage in my "sax learning experience" I am not skilled in using vintage yani's or having tried (or recognised) many saxophones. So my "preferences" are unknown. Therefore the buying and selling of saxophones allows me the chance to discover what I like, am goo at and comfortable with! It also keeps the second hand sax prices low and fresh! Can get the Martin for £210ish and it is in very good condition. So I think I shall give it a go.