Very nice Martin Tenor saxophone, only have had the opportunity to repad rather than completely overhaul this but it is interesting and worth showing. Many of the interesting components of this horn are just pure style – the design of the bell to body brace, all of the keyguards, a cool left-hand pinky table, and pearl rollers.
This saxophone includes a never stick G#mechanism, a neck that clamps to the body instead of one that is clamped by the body, and a unique rail on the top of the neck that inverts the action of the spring. I haven’t found a good reason for this final feature yet but I will try to understand it.
For this job I:
- Removed major dents at lower thumb rest and surrounding
- Straightened body
- Removed all screws and rods, cleaning old oil from them
- Removed all pads, cleaning the pad cup of old adhesive
- Fit key cups with new pads (B59’s with flat metal resonators)
- Straightened posts affected by dents
- Straightened rods, adding new heavy oil to mechanisms
- Reassembled saxophone and seated pads
- Repaired broken mouthpiece shank