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1939 Martin Handcraft Imperial Committee - ONE OF A KIND!


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Brand: Martin

Model: Handcraft Imperial Committee

Year: 1939 (SN: 133,XXX)

Key: Bb

Bore: #2 .453"

Finish: Original Lacquer (95% coverage)

Case: Yes, original case and original #8 Martin Mouthpiece

A one of a kind 1939 vintage Martin Handcraft Imperial Committee, yes, you read that correctly. A Martin. Handcraft. Imperial. Committee. This trumpet has everything you are looking for in a vintage Martin from the beginning years of production, that also looks like it was safely stored away in a closet for decades. The 1930's vintage Art-Deco large font Martin logo, the infamous engraved Martin Lion, script Handcraft, nickel accents, with the popular #2 (.453") medium bore and a beautiful dark patinated lacquer (Josh believes this to have been a factory relacquer). Having just received a professional cleaning and precision valve alignment.  Valve compression is excellent, and response is immediate. It has a very large and dark sound that plays extremely well in all registers. Used, w/ original case and mouthpiece.

From Josh Landress:
Features the later handcraft committee valve section but shares caps and button similar in appearance to the Martin Handcraft Imperial (the top model before the Committee was released).  The braces from the leadpipe to bell are unique to this specific year and serial number range and are not seen on the later Handcraft committees or Handcraft imperials.  This particular horn features engraving that is also unique for only this year as it features such iconic designs such as the lion and also has the large MARTIN name engraved vertically.  The horn also has a 3rd slide finger ring and leadpipe pinky hook that are found in the Handcraft Imperials and not on the later Handcraft Committees.

This horn is in outstanding condition and was relacquered a very long time ago and more than likely a factory relacquer.  The valve compression measures to 87% and works amazing with Hetman #2.  There is no redrot in the horn at all.  This is an amazing example of the pinnacle of Martin manufacturing and in outstanding condition.

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