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Saxophones SML Gold Medal Tenor ..... is it worth restoring ??

Mark_ii

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Hi,

I have a silver plated SML Tenor sax, looks a bit tarnishednow and the case is a bit beat up. However the sax plays fine (or at lease it did when I last played it), do you know ifit’s worth restoring or does it have a current value ? It was a lovely tenor toplay (way back when I did play a bit). Here's some information that's printed on the bell.

SML
Gold Medal
Strasser Marigaux
144-146 Boul de la Villette
Paris
France.

The Serial Number is 23969

Any information would be greatly appreciated.


Regards,
Mark
 

aldevis

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Having more informations or a picture would help.
I have an alto and tried a tenor recently (didn't eventually buy it).

There are few repairers around that could give a reliable quote for the restoration.
 

Jules

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I once had a session on one of these horns.... very, very nice sax indeed!
 

Pete Thomas

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Hi,

I have a silver plated SML Tenor sax, looks a bit tarnishednow and the case is a bit beat up. However the sax plays fine (or at lease it did when I last played it), do you know ifit’s worth restoring or does it have a current value ? It was a lovely tenor toplay (way back when I did play a bit). Here's some information that's printed on the bell.

SML
Gold Medal
Strasser Marigaux
144-146 Boul de la Villette
Paris
France.

The Serial Number is 23969

Any information would be greatly appreciated.


Regards,
Mark
Great horns, developed a bit of a cult following a few years back. I would think OK playable condition £1000 up to about £2000 for top notch condition. Very approx.
 

thomsax

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Fine saxes. My former saxtech was trained at SML. He worked on the "line" making new saxes and even repairing SMLs. He was at SML between 68-71. If you have any questions maybe I can pass them further to him.

For some reasons, that I don't know, SML's are quite common here in Sweden. On our Blues & Rock sax meetings at least two SML's use to show up. Great Rocksax horns! Strong players.

A questions that often comes up is: Which SML, rev D or Gold Medal, is the best. With the rev D they won the Gold Medal!?!

Thomas
 

dubrosa22

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A questions that often comes up is: Which SML, rev D or Gold Medal, is the best. With the rev D they won the Gold Medal!?!
Arrgh!!! Not that can of worms!!!! :old:

A member of SOTW cleared up a lot of the Rev D vs Gold Medal prize malarky up a little while ago in this thread.

The thread includes a link to a German eBay auction where a Rev D tenor serial 11xxx with original documents and paraphernalia included a cardboard marketing tag celebrating the Rev D winning two Gold Medal prizes at the International Music Festival held at The Hague, Holland. :D

These are images from the Rev D auction including the cardboard tag:
sml_revd_tag.jpg sml_revd.jpg

Personally, I think there's not much (or indeed any) difference between late Rev Ds and the Gold Medal Mk1s.
Not that I'm biased or anything :w00t:
 
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milandro

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one of the best horns ever made, everyone is worth restoring, there are not too many around really but I see them regularly offered
 

bluechord

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It's been a year since this thread was started....
Did that SML ever get an overhaul? How's it sounding now?
Am just interested to hear!
Michael
 

Reed Warbler

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Any thoughts on the Super series? I'm thinking to go and look at a 46. Is €1500 too much to pay, fully retored?
 

milandro

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Well, they are obviously good but for that kind of money I would prefer a later and more advanced type such as the Gold Medal
 

peterpick

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i am an SML fanatic, and personally i play a 'super 46' alto over a gold medal mk 1 (which i have) or a rev d. (which i sold) because i can get more tonal variation out of the super. the ergonomics are not quite so good. i have recently got a gold medal 1 tenor which is INCREDIBLE and MAGNIFICENT. one day i am going to have to learn to play. alto SML's will fetch between £700 and £1000 in good (playable) condition - gold medals (and the 'king marigaux', which is a gold medal mk 2) may achieve more. i have seen some ambitious folk trying to get over £4000 for a gold medal tenor.... half that is possible.
 

Jazzaferri

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I own and play SML GM1 tenors. One is a real collector piece in mint shape and only gets played a bit at home.

My working GM1 tenor is only 400 serial no's apart. They have a very big distinct voice of their own. I have heard others say they are like a cross between a S1 super 20 and a MK6. I am not great at these sort of comparisons as no matter what I play I still sound like me to me.

Value today of a mint GM1 Tenor with all 23 features and the deluxe engraving is getting close to $4,000 USD. Adjust from there Brian at Getasax, who I managed to convince him to sell me the collector level one, wants to buy it back.

As the saying goes, they will pry my SML's from my cold dead hands.
 

peterpick

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i agree with jazzaferri. i'm currently adding to my collection of SML tenors with a rev d and another gm 1. such wonderful horns.
 
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