- Costa Blanca Spain
I have some phots of the ghastly state it was in, and can take some of the unlaquered state of it now, will see to it and get them posted. Thanks all.
How about a backup Martin Tenor? See mine in the Yard Sale... http://cafesaxophone.com/threads/martin-tenor-medalist-1960-61.13660/I got. me a Martin Tenor, Love the Sound! It Needs Some work Doing to it. I thought about getting a Backup sax while the Martin is away, but it won't be easy! I tried a moderner sax and thought " That Sounds terrible !!!" What compares to a Martin?
Merged thread, is this the correct thread or do you have another?
It looks fantastic by the way
Nice!I bought this around my 60th birthday, it is the same age as me. I was going to restore it. It was thick orange with corrosion. The Eb port was pushed in at an angle with a tear in the body that you could put your little finger through, and not a note would sound on it.
The idea was I would do it up. It very nearly did me up. The only thing I managed to do was clean it. John Coppen sorted everything else out, you would never know it had been injured. So I had a stripped tenor which looked very nice - for about four months. After that time it was dull, it had green spit spots all over it and it was not a joy to behold. So I dismantled it again and cleaned it. Then I really went for it and pulled all the springs out. They were the needle springs and there was blood everywhere whenever I started scour it up. Fortunately I mislaid the springs and had to get John to fit new ones, ones without murderous points on them. I bought some two pack laquer from a car body shop, it cost me70 euros. I used about two eggcups of it and gave the rest to John as I will never ever do this again. The spray gun and compressor cost me nearly a hundred euros to hire, could have bought one, literally, for that money. I have just sprayed another tenor with three coats from an aerosol from Amazon, 8 quid. Its not such a nice job, but its was easy, quick and cheap.
This thing was never about buying a cheap horn and making a profit, it was a project. I learned not to be so ambitious. I thik this thing has set me back at least 1000 pounds, but its a great sax, and it looks a million dollars, so thats quite a bit of equity from 1000 pounds.
I cant find my original thread from four years ago, but I thought I would post a pic of the finished article as it was at band practice yesterday.
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Looks gorgeous well done