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Standard Special model

Made 1937 - 1943 (Sernr 122### - 143###) Classification: Semi-Professional

Standard Special Alto

These horns seem to be based on the Handcraft Committee model.
I do not know why they are called Standard Special. I have not seen engravings yet with the addition "Special".
But since they are not the same as the "Standard" model, I guess "Standard Special" is a valid name

The fact that these horns where produced at the same time as the Handcraft Committee and Committee 2 combined with some cheaper details (fixed right thumbrest, no heartshaped left thumbrest) makes me think these are somewhat watered-down versions of the Handcraft Committee.

This model does not have the Eb vent key, below the low D key that the "Standard" features.

More pictures (click to enlarge)

Some characteristics (click to enlarge)


The keyguards of the low-B and Bb keys

The keyguards of the low-c key

Left and right pinky cluster

The thumbrests voor left thumb (the right one is fixed as you can see on the keyguard pics)


Low C tonehole - The keyguard is a replacement, but the tonehole is well visible