Nice vintage Wurlitzer American Saxophone (Martin Stencil ) for your buying consideration. Would make a great gift for a special occasion, or keep for yourself!
Nice Martin Stencil Saxophone for you here. The saxophone was made by Martin for Wurlitzer, Wurlitzer did not make their own instruments. This saxophone is very similar to the Typewriter, Handcraft, and Committee models that Martin made.
Not a Buescher or Conn Stencil as the tightening screw for the neck to body is on the right side, and "Low" in Low Pitch is fully spelled out. The saxophone has the serial number 166524 engraved into the body. Companies did not keep serial number records for stencil instruments they made. This saxophone dates to the late 1940s to mid-1950s based upon the design and the case. The emblazoning on the body of the saxophone says, "Wurlitzer American". Great stenciled embazoned design below that. On the back of the saxophone is "Low Pitch" and the serial number of "166524".
The saxophone appears to have its' original gold colored lacquer finish on it. Probably 85% of the original finish remains. The neck does as well. The same serial number is noted on the neck as is on the body. The music holder is still with the saxophone as well.
We would expect that this saxophone will need to be serviced for it to be played again. No work has been done to it, selling it as we acquired it. The mother of pearl buttons are on all the tabs that they should be. This is a low pitch saxophone.
A couple of very minor dings on the bell below the emblazoning and the large valve and another down on the side on the bottom. None that would impact the playability of this saxophone. We see no cracks or repairs to the body of the saxophone. The guard over the valve cups are all in place and still securely soldered to the sax body. The large key on the left side closest to the bell must need a new spring as does not close when released. One of the smaller keys up by the neck screw has the same issue.
The mouthpiece has no maker markings on it. The reed clamp is gold colored and has France engraved into it. The silver colored protector cup that goes over the mouthpiece has "Martin" on it. No reeds with the mouthpiece. There is a second reed clamp.
There is what appears to be the original case with this saxophone. Most of the finish is still on it on the outside. The two outside clasps work. The middle clasp is just meant has a top guide, no latch ever there. The 3 hinges are in operating order. The bluish suede material inside of the case is still in place. A little musty smell to it that teabags or baking soda will resolve.
This musical instrument is not represented to be in playing condition. There most likely will need to be restoration work done to make this instrument playable again.
The saxophone is 31-11/16" long with the neck in place, by 14.5" across (neck in place, not mouthpiece), 10" across w/o neck, by 5.5" wide. The bell opening is about 3-7/8" on the inside, 5-5/8" the outside perimeter of the bell. Let us know if you have any questions or need additional pictures.
The pictures provided both complement and supplement the listing description, so please look at them very closely as well. With old items, there is no way one can capture all the little imperfections in words, so the two media are meant to be the full description.
Make sure that this item meets your needs and requirements before deciding to acquire it. The item can be returned, there is a 10% restocking fee to do so. So again, ask all questions you have, come see in person or send a friend to see the instrument on your behalf, prior to deciding to acquire it. This is a special instrument and I want to make sure it goes to a home that will appreciate it, so looking for serious inquiries only.
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