At first glance I thought, No way. My first instinct was wrong.After nearly cutting my finger on the edges of the engraving (not kidding), and looking more closely, I can say it's 100% original and gives off a very attractive warm lustre. There is a little spot on the key just below G (see photo) and a few super minor scratches around the strap hook and on the palm keys.
The neck and body have matching serial numbers. Absolutely no dents or signs of repair. No funk, no gunk, no crust, no rust.
The original pads (with smaller metal resonators), though still in excellent condition, will have to be replaced of course. Heck, even the neck cork is near perfect.
The original case is in wonderful condition as well. Two Martin mouthpieces and ligatures (nothing special) as well as a vintage sling strap are included along with some really cool period paperwork and sheet music. The item "Martin The Martin Tenor Saxophone 1959 100% Time Capsule" is in sale since Thursday, July 8, 2021. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Wind & Woodwind\Band & Orchestral\Saxophones". The seller is "music-manor" and is located in Lansing, Michigan.This item can be shipped to United States.