- Martin, Handcraft, Straight Soprano Saxophone, Bob Wilber Collection
Martin, Handcraft, Straight Soprano Saxophone, Bob Wilber Collection
Another fine Soprano which was owned and played by the legendary Bob Wilber, this straight Soprano has S/N 78631, dating to 1926. This instrument can be heard on YouTube being played by Bob Wilber:
This instrument was located by US Traditional Jazz Clarinet and Soprano Sax player Kenny Davern, who brought it to Bob Wilber and said: “Here, this is the Soprano you should be playing.” In the opinion of some aficionados, ‘Handcraft’ is the best model of Martin Soprano for Dixieland style. I believe the same model was played by the late English Dixieland virtuoso Mack White. There is customized corking of the left palm-keys, to suit Bob Wilber’s personal hand-position, and to adjust the distance the pad opens (for tuning). The case is a very tour-worn super-luxury leather shoulder-bag. This remarkable instrument has been heavily gigged and toured for many years, and deserves an overhaul, clean, and polish. Please view the photographs carefully, and in close up mode [ simply select a photo and hover your mouse over it].