addition to all these models having "Super" engraved
on the bell (excepting the "Model 49"), this is
truly the transitional horn on the SML model chart from the
Rev. B to the Rev.
C. These horns have:
keyguards -- until the Super 47 at s/n 65xx or so, then they
have Rev. C sheet-metal keyguards.
- SML logo with two 5-pointed stars engraved on bell starting
- The wire bell-to-body brace of the Rev.
B, that is replaced over this model's life to the heavy-duty
"T" brace of the Rev. C.
- A name on the bell ("Model 49",
"Super 42", etc.) that tends to logically indicate
that the number is the year the horn was produced. This makes
for a more accurate serial number chart -- from 1942 to 1949,
at least :)
most significant leap over the Rev.
B is in keywork design. Between the Super 43 and 45, the
famous G#/C#/B/Bb cluster that any SML lover can spot from
a mile away was introduced -- but the switchable articulated
G# didn't appear until the Model 49. The layout of the pearl
keys also appears a bit more in-line with the horn and the
C/Eb keys are more sculpted than the Rev.
I think that
the bell size is actually a bit smaller than the Coleman Hawkins
models, but it does appear larger than a "standard"
Rev. B, meaning there may be bore-size
a gentleman with a Super 42 model sent some pictures my way.
This is a beautiful horn that looks like a "standard"
but it has additional keywork: an altissimo D# trill key and
a G# trill key, as well as a working forked Eb assembly. The
additional keywork may indicate that the "Super"
series of horns was intended as a "Super Pro" line
I do have some problems with
this categorization of "Super Pro", not primarily
because of the low production of SML, but because of the fact
that the Coleman Hawkins and other
Rev. B models were obviously available
at the same time as the Super 42 through possibly the Super
44 -- and the other Supers lack these features. Things that
support the "Super Pro" hypothesis, though, are
that later Rev. B horns do not have the "standard"
G# cluster and the bell-to-body brace on the Supers and Model
49 is different than that on the Rev. B.
Finally, the owner of the Super
42 & 47 pointed out to me that the necks on these horns
have somewhat different angles, while the bell and body tube
dimensions are the same. IMHO, this is a case of "neck
droop", but I include the information here for you to
believe that all Supers were only available in silver plate.
I'm more than willing to have someone send me pictures and
prove me wrong :)