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Alto Saxophones For Sale including Selmer Mark VI

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  • Alto Hard Rubber BB Screws Brilhart Reproduction 3-Band Ligature Saxophone Mouthpieces Meyer Selmer Vandoren

    $ 165

    For hard rubber alto saxophone mouthpieces like Meyer Bros, Selmer Soloist, Vandoren Jumbo Java and all Brilharts. This ligature is a true reproduction of the Brilhart 3-Band Ligature: from the alloy of brass to the feel of the screws, it is exactly the same as the vintage Brilhart ligature. Same dimensions, same weight, same feel, same playing response. It’s like going back in time to buy one when they were first made! So for those of you who have always wanted this time-tested style of ligature, but have found them prohibitively expensive, now perhaps getting one is within reach.

  • Alto Hard Rubber Brilhart Reproduction 3-Band Ligature Selmer Meyer Saxophone Mouthpieces

    $ 165

    This ligature fits almost all hard rubber alto saxophone mouthpieces, like Meyer Bros, Selmer Soloist, Vandoren Jumbo Java, all brands of Meyer copies, Ted Klum Acoustimax and New York model, all Brilharts etc. There’s a reason why the vintage Brilhart 3-Band ligatures have been singled out by the market (players) as by far the most desirable vintage ligatures. They are great ligatures. But there will never be enough vintage Brilhart ligatures to meet the high demand for this style of ligature. Thankfully, there is now a high-quality, hand made reproduction available to meet this demand. These are made by a small company in South Korea that cares about getting saxophone equipment right. These ligatures get rave reviews by the people who buy them. I don’t want to make huge claims for a ligature, but I will say that people tend to LOVE them. They’re beautiful, simple, and easy to use, and they sound great.

  • Buescher Aristocrat 140 Alto 339934 Great Deal Original Lacquer Plays on Older Pads

    $ 850
  • Buescher Big B Alto Saxophone Original Lacquer Good Condition 324407

    $ 1,650

    This is a 1949 Buescher “Big B” Aristocrat, so named for the ornate engraving of a, well, a Big B on the bell.  This horn is in very good condition, and the typical wear around the fine engraving of the B on the bell is not present, which indicates that this horn has led a life mostly in a closet somewhere.  There are no resolders or past dentwork to speak of, and it plays *way* better than it should on some very old pads, but you would want to get this repadded to play like it can, which is very, very good!  

    These horns are undervalued in my opinion.  I mean, you can get this one in such great shape with all of its original Snap-on resonators and overhaul it for not a whole lot more than a Yamaha student model in total- seems like a good buy to me! They combine excellent intonation, comfortable keywork, top notch build quality, and beautiful lacquer and engraving with a warm, centered tone.  Johnny Hodges famously played one of these, and his tone is a very good example of the blend of sweetness and power these horns possess.

  • Buescher Big B Model 140 Alto Saxophone 321761 Original Lacquer Very Good Condition

    $ 1,600

    This is a 1949 Buescher “Big B” Aristocrat, so named for the ornate engraving of a, well, a Big B on the bell.  This horn is in very good condition, and the typical wear around the fine engraving of the B on the bell is not present, which isn’t surprising since this alto was treasured in an extensive collection for the past forty years or so. There are no resolders or past dentwork to speak of, and it plays quite well on an overhaul that the above-mentioned collector had done at some point before putting it away. This is an excellent value! It has the Norton springs, but not the snaps, which actually makes it easier to maintain, since the pad work is the same as any other saxophone now.

    These horns are undervalued in my opinion. They combine excellent intonation, comfortable keywork, top notch build quality, and beautiful lacquer and engraving with a warm, centered tone. Johnny Hodges famously played one of these, and his tone is a very good example of the blend of sweetness and power these horns possess.

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    Buescher True Tone Alto Saxophone 202609 Original Gold Plate Very Good Condition

    $ 950

    The Buescher True Tone alto saxophones are excellent instruments for a wide range of playing. They have great intonation, and a beautiful, warm, round tone that works great for classical alto or concert band, or any setting where you want to have a big, beautiful, ‘sweet’ alto saxophone sound. This example comes from a collector who sold it to me together with a few other choice True Tones. It has old pads, so it needs an overhaul. As such, I have it priced really low for what you get. This horn should be amazingly beautiful when polished up and repadded, and it will be a reliably great player for many many more years to come. The original gold plate (yes, real gold, not lacquer finish) is almost all intact, and looks amazing. Just to get an alto sax gold plated in today’s world would cost you around $3k not including the sax! This is a great serial range for a true tone. Many of my favorite playing Bueschers have been around 180-220k serial. This horn is looking for someone to adopt it and get it going on its next life. Saxophones really don’t wear out if they are cared for. This one has spent decades in a collection, and it is now ready to be repadded and loved and enjoyed.

    Only one available!

  • Bundy II Alto Saxophone Good Student Saxophone Low Price

    $ 450

    Solid student alto with a mix of pads in good playing condition. About the cheapest that you can get a decent alto. This will require checkups every 6 months or so, as it is not completely repadded, so plan on getting a few pads replaced each semester to keep this in good playing shape.

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    Conn 6M Transitional Alto Gorgeous Original Silver 246729 Original Pads

    Super DUPER clean Conn art deco engraved ORIGINAL silver plated ‘transitional’ 6M alto saxophone from 1931 in near mint condition with original pads. This alto will get overhauled soon, and the price will be +$1100 to cover the cost of the overhaul (I don’t make any money on overhauls, but the horns like this deserve to have them done right. Otherwise, what’s the point of running this business at all?) I am a huge fan of Conn altos from 1930-1934. They’re my favorites of all time. This horn has a set of hybrid features found only on this particular year of 6M. The main ‘stack’ keywork where your fingers normally go are already anticipating the fast and comfortable style of keywork found on the fully 6M altos, AND both bell keys have moved around to the left, but the left hand pinky (spatula) keys are a modified version of the New Wonder II (Chu Berry) style, albeit a more comfortable version. With the bell keys both on the left, you have direct action closing of those keys, which makes them easier on your pinky. It’s a very comfortable layout, although it looks antequated.

    The original finish on this horn is nearly 100% intact. If you want to see what these look like polished up, check out it’s twin brother here that just got overhauled. This engraving style is found only on this particular vintage of Conn, and looks fantastic. The swivel thumb hook also goes away a few years later. If you’re into geeking out on Conns like this, check Matt Stohrer’s article here.

    Tonally, this is the essence of a warm but powerful lead alto sound. It easily sails over an entire big band when pushed. These Conns were built for ‘carrying power’ (as the vintage ads say), and they really do project with ease. But they also stay saturated and warm at very low volumes, and the whole instrument vibrates in your hands when you play. There’s nothing like a Conn for tone, power, and build quality. Repairmen love to work on them because they’re built so well. If you want one of the best, this would be worth your consideration for sure!

     

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    Conn 6M Transitional Art Deco Alto Saxophone 247105 Great Shape 1931

    $ 1,600

    I love Conn altos in the 230-260k range, and especially the ones near 250k serial. This 247k is a transitional Conn between the New Wonder II (‘Chu Berry’) and the 6M (‘Artist’) models. It is a true transitional in every sense, and is almost half NWII and half 6M. These special alto saxophones have a tone and set of features found nowhere else, and that makes them especially great in several ways. The bore still feels more like a NWII to play, so the tone is wider and wilder than the later 6M’s (which are also great, but are more focused and a bit less wild). The neck is like a 6M, so you get the improved intonation that ‘slots in’ better – NWII’s have good intonation as well, but it is more flexible than the 6M versions. The bell keys have moved around to the left, but the left hand spatula keys retain their NWII shape, but with improved mechanics. No saxophone has an easier or more direct feel on the low B and Bb that this version of Conn. It’s nice and light and fast, though you don’t have anything like modern ergonomics on those keys, of course. The regular main stack keywork is already mostly updated to the fast and comfortable 6M design. That is very good keywork, and is hardly improved upon in modern horns, so this is a very comfortable horn to play.

    It came with special ‘art deco’ engraving on the bell that you only see for a short time around 245-249k serial with Conn altos. This example is original or ‘first’ lacquer, and has not been refinished. It has original pads and even comes with the original warranty and care booklet in the original case.

    Tonally, these late transitional 6M’s are an ideal choice for big band or jazz band lead alto. They have almost unlimited projection or ‘carrying power’ as the old advertizements put it. And the tone stays strong and cohesive no matter how much you push it. It’s just a joy to hear one of these in full song. Marhsall Royale and the Basie band all played Conns like this, as did Charlie Parker for a while (among many other horns). You see them commonly in clubs in NYC and all over Europe these days. Nothing sounds like a Conn. This one is priced low for what it is. Superb original condition. Add a good overhaul, and you will have one of the best built alto saxophones ever, that will be dependable and fantastic to own and play for many many years to come. If you like this version in silver, I also have a silver 249k that I just got completely overhauled that is also for sale.

    Only one available!

     

  • Conn 6M VIII Alto Saxophone Pre-War Original Lacquer Great Player! 295729

    $ 2,350

    Pro-owned top notch Conn 6M VIII alto with original lacquer. This 6M stands out as a perfect lead alto. Response is really quick, the keywork is fast and comfortable, the intonation is great, and the tone really carries over a section. It plays really well on the existing pads. It’s not a fresh overhaul, but it’s a good one, and it has a lot of playing time left. For what you get, this is hard to beat for an all-purpose alto that sounds great. It’s much wider, richer, and warmer than any modern alto on the market, and in an alternate universe, its keywork style would have become what all saxophones have. It’s fast and efficient once you get used to it.

    Comes with the ProTec contoured case in the photos.

    Only one available!

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    Conn 6M VIII Alto Saxophone Pre-War Original Lacquer Very Good Condition Plays Well 294775

    $ 1,950

    This pre-war (from the American perspective, meaning prior to the government order than restricted the manufacture of musical instruments along with anything else made out of brass) Conn 6M was built in 1941, and is the desirable “VIII” version, with the VIII stamp on both the body and neck.  

    It is in very good physical condition with original lacquer, no dents, and no major or minor past repairs or resolders, with the exception of a repaired dent on the bowguard, which is visible in the photos.  It has what appears to be a recent repad, or perhaps an old repad that wasn’t played much after it was done, and Conn Res-o-pads were used. It plays well with a big voice, and although to my professionally-obligated-to-be-picky tastes it is not quite as astoundingly slick under the fingers at these feel when they have been overhauled as the best repairers can do, it is definitely playable as-is and will beat the pants off of most any challenger, especially modern imports that cost a lot more and give you a lot less than this fine example of vintage American saxophone craftsmanship.  

    Oddly, the lacquer on the neck is more worn than the rest of the horn- although physically the neck is in immaculate condition with no dents or past pulldowns.  In the past when I have seen this the culprit is usually a homemade neck bag that was lacquer-unfriendly, or perhaps the owner had a habit during rests to hold the horn with the neck in his hand.  Given the lack of wear elsewhere on the horn, I’d guess a neck bag was the culprit here, although I can’t be certain. But again, though the lacquer itself is mostly gone from the neck (and the neck alone), the neck tube is flawless and there are no signs of past repairs of any kind.  

    The microtuner is free and functional, and all of the original rollers and present and moving freely.  The engraving is crisp and clear with no lacquer loss, and the pearls seems largely unworn. The keywork is tight and the body is straight.  This is a very clean example of the most desirable vintage of the most desirable variant of the Conn 6M, and it can be yours for less than a new Yamaha YAS-26.  

  • Conn Connstellation Alto Saxophone 28M Excellent Condition Original Lacquer 338006

    $ 2,650

    The Conn 28M will always have a special place in my heart.  It represents the last time one of the great American saxophone manufacturing companies tried something wholly new, and although the horn never really found a market and not many were made, they are fantastic instruments that besides being unique and historically interesting, play *really* well.  

    These saxophones were redesigned, utilizing many ideas from Allen Loomis (Conn’s resident saxophone visionary) and Hugh Loney, with input from Santy Runyon, with the aim of creating a saxophone that had extremely slick keywork and a very balanced scale.  The keywork, although familiar under the fingers with regard to placement and layout, is mechanically quite different from any other saxophone and has been built from the ground up with the goal of reducing mechanical friction. There are no pivot screws anywhere on this saxophone, instead the long rods have a very long hinge rod with the middle machined down so only the ends touch.   The G# has a very unique torsion mechanism to provide a G# feel that is smooth throughout the range. The side keys are designed so that the angle and distance of travel is the same for each key. There are adjustment screws on the upper and lower stacks as well as the left hand pinky table. The bell keys are on the left side, and the pants guard/bell keyguard is a large acrylic plate that was designed with the idea in mind of allowing the horn to vent properly regardless of playing position or clothing choice.  The octave mechanism has three pips (octave vents), one on the neck and two on the body, which has the end result of a very clear middle D and no hiss on the A or G#, as well as excellent intonation. The keywork in general is very light, and the pearls are larger than usual for Conn and a little flatter. The overall feeling is of a very light horn, extremely slick, easy to play, excellent intonation, and very even throughout.

    The one downfall of this design is the pants guard, which is fairly brittle and often broken.  Although nowadays there are excellent replacements available, this one has its original guard is about as good condition as they come, fully present with only a few small cracks radiating from around the screw holes, which is common.  However none of the cracks are large and it is not broken in two or missing any pieces, which is not common! And believe it or not, I have experience shipping these so you can rest easy knowing I will remove it for shipping, wrap it separately, and it will arrive to you in good condition.  

    This instrument plays quite well on older pads, with a strong, moderately bright, cheerful voice.  The clarity of the tone is notable, and it is a lot of fun to play with a unique look and feel and timbre that would lend itself easily to classical, big band, or small group jazz.  The lacquer is original and nearly flawless, with no evidence of past repairs or dents or resolders of any kind. It is also a unique and interesting piece of saxophone history, in exceptional condition, and whoever owns this instrument next will have a lot of fun being its steward for the next generation.  

  • Conn Connstellation Alto Saxophone 28M Original Lacquer Excellent! 338203

    $ 2,350
  • Conn Connstellation Alto Saxophone 28M Very Good Condition Original Lacquer 335771

    $ 2,250

    You could be forgiven for thinking that because there are two original lacquer, very good condition Conn 28M “Connstellation” saxophones on my website at the moment that these are somewhat common, but I assure you that is not the case!   I will copy and paste the general statements about the 28M from the other description, with the unique description of this particular instrument’s physical and playing condition at the bottom.

    The Conn 28M will always have a special place in my heart.  It represents the last time one of the great American saxophone manufacturing companies tried something wholly new, and although the horn never really found a market and not many were made, they are fantastic instruments that besides being unique and historically interesting, play *really* well.  

    These saxophones were redesigned, utilizing many ideas from Allen Loomis (Conn’s resident saxophone visionary) and Hugh Loney, with input from Santy Runyon, with the aim of creating a saxophone that had extremely slick keywork and a very balanced scale.  The keywork, although familiar under the fingers with regard to placement and layout, is mechanically quite different from any other saxophone and has been built from the ground up with the goal of reducing mechanical friction. There are no pivot screws anywhere on this saxophone, instead the long rods have a very long hinge rod with the middle machined down so only the ends touch.   The G# has a very unique torsion mechanism to provide a G# feel that is smooth throughout the range. The side keys are designed so that the angle and distance of travel is the same for each key. There are adjustment screws on the upper and lower stacks as well as the left hand pinky table. The bell keys are on the left side, and the pantsguard/bell keyguard is a large acrylic plate that was designed with the idea in mind of allowing the horn to vent properly regardless of playing position or clothing choice.  The octave mechanism has three pips (octave vents), one on the neck and two on the body, which has the end result of a very clear middle D and no hiss on the A or G#, as well as excellent intonation. The keywork in general is very light, and the pearls are larger than usual for Conn and a little flatter. The overall feeling is of a very light horn, extremely slick, easy to play, excellent intonation, and very even throughout.

    The one downfall of this design is the pantsguard, which is fairly brittle and often broken.  Although nowadays there are excellent replacements available, this one has its original guard in decent condition.  There is one repaired crack (visible in the photos) and the common small cracks radiating from some of the screw holes.  I would anticipate, absent any further damage, that this keyguard will last and should not present any problems- although I will furnish you with contact information for obtaining a well made (and somewhat more durable) replacement should you ever need it.  And believe it or not, I have experience shipping these so you can rest easy knowing I will remove it for shipping, wrap it separately, and it will arrive to you in good condition.

    This instrument plays quite decently on what appears to be an older repad with plastic domed resonators, with a strong, moderately bright, cheerful voice.  The clarity of the tone is notable, and it is a lot of fun to play with a unique look and feel and timbre that would lend itself easily to classical, big band, or small group jazz.  The lacquer is original and in good condition with some playing wear and a few stand scratches near the low C#, with no evidence of past repairs or dents or resolders of any kind. It is also a unique and interesting piece of saxophone history, in very good condition, and whoever owns this instrument next will have a lot of fun being its steward for the next generation.  

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    Conn New Wonder 1 Alto Saxophone Silver with Gold Keys

    $ 1,100

    Bargain price for one of the most beautiful vintage Conn New Wonder 1 ‘Chu Berry’ alto saxophones around. This is satin silver body tube with real gold plate on the keys and in the engraving and other details. These horns look AMAZING when polished up and overhauled, and this one is sure to be no exception to that.

    I have it priced very low, so that you can buy it, get it nicely overhauled, and still get a great horn for the money. This should be an easy, uncomplicated overhaul, as Conns are well made and this one is in nice shape. I do also take returns money back with 5 day trial period, so buy with confidence, take to your repair shop, and then make a decision! Marshall Royale and the whole Basie band played these and got that beautiful, wide, warm tone.

    Only one available!

  • Conn New Wonder II Chu Berry Alto Saxophone Relacquer 1930 Good Pads Great Deal 236664

    $ 950

    This is a Conn New Wonder II Transitional alto saxophone from 1930. The new coat of paint it got made the price go down, but didn’t hurt the playability. This horn came to me playing pretty well on its current pads. It hasn’t been freshly overhauled, but it does play on the current setup. That makes it a great deal, because you get the beautiful big, warm Conn tone for under $1k, which is crazy. Again, it’s not as good as a fresh overhaul, but it’s pretty good. This horn is pre-war, if you’re looking for that, and it has rolled tone holes. By ‘transitional’ in the title, I mean that it was made very late in the New Wonder II (or ‘Chu Berry’) run, and it has some features that anticipate the 6M or ‘artist’ or ‘naked lady’ or ‘lady face’ (I could go on. Conn nomenclature is kind of convoluted.) It’s basically a New Wonder II, but it has the raised high E side key and a few other small changes like palm key shapes and possibly a different neck though I’m not sure about that.

    It includes the case in the photos as well.

    Only one available.

  • Conn New Wonder II Transitional Alto Saxophone Original Silver 237954

    $ 1,150
  • Grafton Alto Saxophone Excellent Original Condition Restored and Playable 10591

    $ 4,750

    Ah, the Grafton “plastic” (actually its acrylic) saxophone.  Famously played by Charlie Parker and David Bowie, crafted by an English company, designed by an Italian, it is, according to sales literature of the time, a “tone poem in ivory and gold”.  

    This particular example has actually been repadded by some enterprising repairer (I say it this way because they are notoriously challenging to work on) and it has been done rather well.  It plays, as you may or may not expect, very much like a saxophone and there is not much in the playing of it to convey that the instrument you are playing is wholly unique, with new methods of manufacture and the completely singular keywork mechanisms that its injection molded acrylic body required.  It is comfortable under the fingers, responsive, weighs about what a normal sax weighs, and plays with a warm, if somewhat uncomplex, tone. It is in fact quite an amazing instrument when taken as a whole, and the experience of playing it leaves me with wonder and respect for the company that made it.  

    These are famously known for being delicate, and not many have survived to this day.  This example is in quite good shape, with the only body repair that I can see being the bell to body brace looks to have been shored up with epoxy where a crack was forming.  There are some small hairline cracks near the tenon receiver, but they are minor and do not appear to be spreading. The finish on the keys is original, and the neck is in very good shape with no evidence of past repair or pulldown.  The keyguard is complete and undamaged, and it comes with its original Dallas case.

     

  • Holton Alto Saxophone Original Gold Plate Beautiful Great Deal 16374

    $ 750
  • Ishimori Wood Stone Alto Saxophone Brand New WSA-VL with F# Dark Lacquer

    $ 4,500

    Last one!

    This is the highly sought-after Ishimori Wood Stone alto saxophone available. The model is WSA-VL with high F#. It has dark, cognac colored lacquer and beautiful hand engraving, the among the most elaborate of any modern saxophone. Effortless player. Hard to emphasize how effortless. Completely effortless low register, low Bb pops out like any other note. Altissimo is easy. Tuning is great. The tone is sort of Selmer-ish but punchier. Easy to play delicately and softly with plenty of saturation and projection. Action is low, fast, and snappy. Great for jazz, concert, ballads– really anything. I’m impressed. $4500 brand new.

  • Ishimori Wood Stone New Vintage Alto Saxophone Brand New High F# Antique Finish

    $ 4,500
  • Keilwerth ST-90 Alto Saxophone 854729

    $ 600
  • Keilwerth Straight Alto Saxophone Original Black Nickel Plate Super Rare

    $ 4,950
  • King Alto Saxophone Original Gold Plate Old Pads Beautiful Engraving 105999

    $ 1,200
  • King Super 20 Alto Full Pearls 1952 Fresh Overhaul 328xxx Outstanding

    $ 5,150

    King altos are the best altos ever, full stop.

    This one has original lacquer and looks good in a played in way, with the only past repair being a resoldered low C key guard. It just got a full, fresh, high-end overhaul, done by the highly-skilled Jan Olsen (Norway). This means it got about 30 hours of painstaking labor done to make the mechanism all factory fresh, and to replace everything that can be replaced so that it is back to new playing condition and pad wise. It now performs great and will be ready to go for many many years to come with only regular maintenance needed.

    This King Super 20 alto is from just about the most desirable year, 1952, which is the same version and serial of Super 20 that Cannonball Adderley played on Kind of Blue and Somethin’ Else. It is in great shape, with no serious past repairs at all.  This is the ‘Series II’ which has the best combination of beauty, features, and key work of all of the Super 20 altos. You really can get the Cannonball Adderley vibe going on one of these (with lots of practice) better than almost anything else. Cannonball played almost exactly this serial alto on Kind of Blue. This plus a Meyer 5 or Ted Klum NY Model plus a soft reed and lots of guts is what you need for what I consider to be the benchmark for good alto sound.

    Why do I say that Super 20’s like this are the best altos ever? The overall combination of tone, beauty, and ergonomics. For me, great tone that you get from these full pearls Super 20’s is pretty hard to beat. It’s warm, full, rich, and projecting, but without any hint of shrillness or thinness. Cannonball’s tone, I always think of as a tenor saxophone reincarnated in the body of an alto, and that’s pretty much what a Super 20 alto like this allows. It feels like the tone is coming from a bigger, deeper instrument, but in the alto register, which is really remarkable. You can of course do a million other things with it. Check Francois Carrier’s music for another take on Super 20 tone (also same serial as this). The Super 20 is going to keep getting more and more desirable, and harder and harder to find. They’re just fantastic, and they are way rarer than Mark VI’s or any other top notch vintage or modern alto.

    This horn is priced to MOVE. Once you figure in the overhaul, it’s absurdly cheap. Particularly for the tone you get. Someone should grab it now and not look back. You never need to ‘upgrade’ from this. If you don’t love it, send it back. I take returns.

    Just for fun, here’s Cannonball on his Series II Super 20 playing one of his classic ballads, Dancin’ in the Dark.

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    King Super 20 Alto Saxophone 1953 Full Pearls Original Lacquer

    $ 6,350

    Cannonball Adderley vintage of King Super 20 alto that now comes with a complete, high-end overhaul done right! This is exactly the same as my personal alto. It’s cosmetically a little nicer than mine in fact! Really clean original lacquer, great condition. Full pearls, solid silver double socket neck, the more comfortable left hand pinky keys – this is the Super 20 you want. The ‘full pearls’ means that it has all the bells and whistles that people look for in a King alto. Extra pearls on G#, palm keys and side keys/F#. The bell keys are engraved; the double socket neck seals beautifully. The solid silver is in great shape. The serial numbers on horn and neck match. Cannonball Adderley played an alto just like this on Kind of Blue and Somethin’ Else. To me, you can’t really beat this among alto saxophones for jazz or all purpose playing. The best mouthpiece to pair with it is the Ted Klum New York model or the GS Special version of that mouthpiece. It’s a 10/10 combination. Kings like this are at least 10x rarer than 5-digit Selmer Mark VI’s, and they have strong potential to go up in value over time. That makes this a smart purchase as well as an extremely fun alto to play.

  • Leblanc System Rationell Alto 571 (one step below the crazy one) Mint Condition

    $ 1,650

    No other saxophone plays like a LeBlanc System alto, and this is the nicest example I have seen. It is in basically factory fresh condition with almost all its original lacquer intact. The factory pads are still present and have not been used much. You might be able to get away with just sealing these pads and playing on them for a while before getting them changed.

    The essence of the LeBlanc system is the keywork. This alto has a completely different keywork design from Selmer or Yamaha etc, though it also feels like you are playing ole of those— the fingerings are the same. BUT- what’s going on under the hood is very different and very cool. Every note is vented on a System sax. There are no stuffy notes. The scale is incredibly even as a result. Secondly, the “stack” keys are designed so that when you play any note, pressing any lower key at all on the stacks will lower that note a half step. Play a middle B for example: adding G, F#, E or D to that B will give you a Bb. Isn’t that cool? Same thing for A or G or whatever. There are lots of other innovations in the keywork, but this is not the place to go through them all. Check out some articles.
    From a player’s standpoint, this horn is exceptionally in tune and exceptionally loud. Something about the design gives you tons of power and projection. Lots of focus, but the tone isn’t bright. It’s medium and pretty warm and round. I love these horns. If you have a full System, let me know. I’ll buy it.

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    Martin Comm II Alto Saxophone 142391

    $ 900

    Martin Committee II Alto Saxophone in good condition with original lacquer. These horns play really beautifully, with a rich, warm, centered tone. Most people have never had the pleasure of playing them, as they were only made for a couple of years in the 40’s before Martin was forced to redesign because of patent disputes on the tone holes, I am told. Anyhow, this is a great price for an original lacquer Committee II. The pads are old, so plan on a repad, or at least on replacing several. I could discuss options for having that done pre-sale if you like, but since this is on consignment, I can’t overhaul it in advance.

  • Martin Committee II Alto Saxophone Original Lacquer Lion and Crown 136238

    $ 900
  • Martin Handcraft Alto Saxophone Original Silver Plate Very Good Condition 75488

    $ 500
  • Martin Handcraft Alto Saxophone Original Silver Plate Very Good Condition 80194

    $ 500
  • Martin Handcraft Typewriter Alto Saxophone Original Silver Excellent Condition 98334

    $ 900

    Beautiful original silver Martin Typewriter alto saxophone. Every single key is a has a round pearl button – it’s a wonderful instrument to see! I love how unified it is from a design perspective. The palm keys and pinky table are my favorite. A necessity for any serious saxophone collection. This is also a beautiful player when overhauled, and has a wide, warm, sweet tone that is hard to beat for a 20’s sound. This Typewriter alto is all original – nearly all the original silver plate is present, as is the gold wash. The neck is also in very good condition. If you wanted to overhaul this, it would be bright, gleaming satin silver and look nearly new. Or just keep it and treasure it, or leave it on display as a showpiece. The typewriter was a beneficiary of the 20’s Saxophone Craze – there was such a strong market for saxophones that all kinds of interesting designs blossomed onto the scene. These are rare and hard to find, and this is a great price for one!

    Only one available!

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    Martin The Martin Alto 155469 Unbelievably Beautiful Dark Original Lacquer

    $ 2,350

    This is just about the most beautiful Martin Committee III that I have seen. It is incredibly rare to find the dark early original lacquer examples in anything like this kind of condition. If you have always wanted one of these Committee III saxophones, you can’t beat this one. And the price is still a bargain compared to anything of nearly this kind of quality. Original pads, original case, the works. This is the real deal. Only one available. I might keep it for my little collection. It’s even nicer in person.

  • Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 1955 58119 Price Includes Overhaul! Relacquered Great Deal

    $ 5,250

    This 5-digit Selmer Mark VI Alto from 1955 just got a complete overhaul! It’s an excellent player, and it represents a very good value in an alto. For way less than a Reference 54, you can get an actual ’55 Selmer Mark VI with a complete restoration just finished. These first year Mark VI altos play dark, with a lot of focus and warmth, and they are punchy when pushed. They project well with a higher baffle mouthpiece. Effortless response in the low register. They’re just fantastic, and they are better built than most modern altos including modern Selmer. Plus this comes with a better pad job than any new horn you can currently buy, and it will stay in adjustment well for many years with only the most routine of maintenance. You save thousands of dollars because this horn got a new coat of ‘paint’ at some point along the way. That makes a lot of sense to me. It comes in a nice BAM contoured alto case that is similar to the Selmer Flight Cases that come with the Ref 54. Fits the horn hand in glove.

    Only one available!

  • Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 1967 150568 Original Lacquer Excellent Condition!

    $ 8,500
  • Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 1970 184973 Original Lacquer American Engraved Fresh Overhaul!

    $ 6,000

    This is a sweet deal on a freshly-overhauled original lacquer Selmer Mark VI alto saxophone from 1970 serial 184973. This was a one-owner alto before I got it, and the guy was a pro player in the NYC/NJ area. He took great care of it, and now that it’s freshly overhauled, it is all ready for its second life. If you read around on here, you’ll see that I really love the Mark VI altos from the late 60’s and early 70’s like this. They finally got everything right on the Mark VI alto at this serial, after making incremental changes to the bore, bow length, and neck from 1957-1967 or so. By ’67 the alto hits its stride, and the 1970 is basically the same horn. Because the market is not fully rational, you can get some of the best Selmer Mark VI altos for this sort of price, even with a full overhaul, where some of the earlier serial ones will cost much more. That makes this one a great deal.

    If you have the cash, I think you might as well buy the nicest alto you can, and enjoy playing it. Pro altos are easier to play than student and intermediate ones, and the Mark VI is among the easiest vintage saxophones to play and to own. It’s easy to get worked on, well-built, and stays in adjustment well over time. The keywork design set the standard for all modern saxophones and feels great under the fingers. The tone is gorgeous, and the intonation is good. It’s the one horn that does everything the best on average, which is why it is so popular.

    This particular alto has a tone that is medium between bright and dark, and is a nice, balaced player. Not brash and bold like a 220k VI, and not dark and laser-focused like a 60k VI. It’s flexible, dynamic, and easy to take where you want it to go tonally with the right setup. The intonation is good, and the pads feel nice and snappy under the fingers, as they should on a good overhaul. The neck is in good condition and the neck ‘fit’ is all perfectly sealing in the tenon, which is one of those small but important things to have done on a vintage horn to take it from good to great. Cosmetically, you can see this horn has been played, and has some honest wear throughout. After all, it was lovingly pro-owned for many years, but aside from that, it’s very nice. The only past repairs are a resoldered foot of the low C guard that popped loose as it does on so many VI’s, and a few small dents removed from the back of the bow, which is now dent-free. Neck is beautiful, bell flare is in great shape. Tone holes are all great of course.

    It’s a very good deal on a solid Selmer Mark VI alto. This would be, to me, much preferable to spending $6700 on a new Reference 54 alto, which, unfortunately, will probably need an overhaul on top of the purcahse price in order to play its best. This will go up in value, hold up better to prolonged use, and get you your money back should you ever want to sell it. It comes in the new BAM case in the photos.

    Only one available!

  • Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 1971 192163

    $ 5,650
  • Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 1971 Original Lacquer and Pads Excellent! 192152

    $ 5,500
  • Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 1971 Original Lacquer Old Pads

    $ 4,500
  • Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 1973 Near Mint Original Lacquer Original Pads 216700

    $ 5,200
  • Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 1973 Original Lacquer American Engraved Great Deal 214844

    $ 4,100

    Price reduced June 2020! Extremely good price for an original lacquer Selmer Mark VI alto. This horn has older pads, so plan on getting it overhauled. But it won’t be a complex overhaul – just the regular, and Selmer Mark VI’s are easy and fun to restore at your local saxophone expert’s place. The later VI altos have a beautiful, balanced tone. Medium bright, punchy, and projecting, with a jazz mouthpiece. But still easy to rein in and play beautifully with a classical setup.  Selmer finally got the alto really nicely in tune by the end. It plays with an even scale and feels great with a lyrical French Selmer core and plenty of warmth and complexity to the tone. It’s medium between bright and dark, possibly medium bright when pushed, but it will really do most anything you want it to, depending on your choice of mouthpiece. So for less(!) than the price of a new Yamaha, you can get the storied Mark VI and own and enjoy it while it goes up in value. What’s not to like about that?

    Only one available!

  • Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 1973 Original Lacquer Near Mint Fresh Overhaul! 208796

    $ 6,350

    Price now includes a fresh full overhaul! Great deal on a big sounding late VI alto that came with original pads and is now completely overhauled and in really clean shape. The late VI’s like this are among the best of the VI altos, because they tune great, they have an even scale, and they have lots of projection. If you want a VI that projects, has body to the sound, is mid-priced, and has a high end overhaul, this is it! It will be cheap and easy to maintain, because everything is dialed in perfectly and everything that can be fixed or replaced has been, so it’s totally fresh, clean, and feels like it’s new from the factory. This alto is in simply beautiful condition with no dents, no dings, and no past repairs at all.

    Only one available!

  • Selmer Mark VII Alto Original Lacquer 264918 American Engraved Fresh Overhaul!

    $ 2,950
  • Selmer Reference 54 Alto Saxophone Excellent Condition Great Deal! 759265

    $ 4,850

    This is one sweet Reference 54 alto! It has been completely cleand and tuned up and plays really well. Pro-owned and well cared for, it looks nearly new aside from a little lacquer wear on a couple of keys. There are no dents, no dings, no past repairs, and the engraving and lacquer look really beautiful. I’m including a new BAM case with this horn to keep it safe. It’s the same kind of BAM that Selmer sells with the Reference 54, so it makes sense to put it in this case.

    If you want a modern Selmer, this is the one to get. The Series II and III are good for classical, but for anything else, they can be mouthpiece picky. The Reference 54 is it’s own thing – it works with Meyers and a wide range of other mouthpieces. It responds with more warmth and complexity than the clear, round Series II and III’s. It is nice and snappy and ‘dry’ under the fingers, and the pads are all sealing well and just thoroughly gone through by my excellent repairman. Plus, by buying a really clean used Ref 54, you get a horn that will hold its value excellently, which is the main consideration NOT to buy a new Reference 54. But a clean, beautiful, great-playing used one is a smart buy. There isn’t a more beautiful or better sounding modern Selmer.

  • Selmer SBA Alto Saxophone Excellent Condition 55xxx Original Lacquer Recent Overhaul

    $ 6,950

    This is a beautiful original lacquer late serial Selmer SBA Alto saxophone with a recent overhaul. It plays really well, with a sweet, centered, lyrical voice, and lots of power. It’s nice and snappy under the fingers, and responds very well too. Minimal past repairs, and the original lacquer is in excellent condition. If you want something sweeter and warmer than most Mark VI’s but with similar ergonomics and intonation, and with even more beauty, then a late SBA like this is for you! Get it now, and it will go up in value while you own and enjoy it. That’s hard to beat. And that engraving!!

  • Selmer Series II Alto 403860 Great Playing Condition Low Price

    $ 2,950
  • Selmer Series II Alto 655634 Excellent Condition Original Lacquer Fresh Overhaul!

    $ 4,250
  • Selmer Series III Alto Great Playing Condition Great Deal

    $ 3,000
  • Selmer Super Action 80 Series II Alto Excellent Condition

    $ 3,650
  • Selmer Super Action 80 Series II Alto Plays Great Just serviced

    $ 3,450
  • Selmer Super Action 80 Series II Alto Saxophone 517537 SA80-II Excellent Condition Great Price!

    $ 3,150

    Save thousands of dollars getting this beautiful condition used Selmer Series II alto. This instrument has very little wear, and comes to you in excellent condition. It just got several new pads and a thorough setup, so it is playing very well and effortlessly throughout. As I’m sure you know, the Series II is the standard, go-to alto saxophone for serious saxophone study. You never need to upgrade it, and you can take it to college for saxophone study and it will be in good company there with a lot of other Series II’s and III’s. The tone is balanced, warm, clear and round, with a lyrical core tone and very good intonation. The Series II likes to have a classical style or concert mouthpiece like a Selmer S80 C* or D, or a Selmer Concept etc. Lots of other mouthpieces work, but if you’re not sure what to get, then get one of those two.

    Saxophones don’t really wear out if you maintain them, so there’s really no reason not to save a few thousand dollars on a nice used example of one of the most popular professional alto saxophones. You can keep this for the rest of your life and play it. It will hold its value as long as you own it. These are only going to go up in price over time.

  • SML Gold Medal II Alto Saxophone Excellent Condition Old Pads 23350

    $ 1,675
  • SML Rev D (=Gold Medal 1) Alto Saxophone Original Silver Plate Overhauled! 11584

    $ 3,500

    Freshly overhauled, and hand-polished! This SML Rev D alto is looking its best and is ready to go for a long time now on a completely new high-end overhaul. It has high quality Pisoni leather pads and correct flat metal resonators with rivet. 

    SML, short for Strasser-Marigaux-LeMaire, is probably the best known small French maker of saxophones.  They produced high quality instruments with a unique blend of features that ended up in what I like to think of as a perfect blend of Selmer and Conn- a very French tone, but big like a Conn.  

    The SML “Revision D”, which was not an official name but rather one given by collectors to the model run with this particular set of features, is a professional handcrafted French saxophone whose features include rolled toneholes, a switchable automatic G#/C#, double sprung octave mechanism (which is an excellent feature preventing slow octave changes and should be standard on all saxophones), a 4 slot neck tenon receiver (again, an excellent feature that should be made standard, this time one that applies pressure more evenly around the neck tenon for a more secure fit less likely to develop leaks), and adjustment screws on the upper and lower stacks.  In fact, the Revision D is very much like the model that came after called the Gold Medal, and shares the same bore. The only features that the Gold Medal has that this horn doesn’t are the rocking octave thumbrest (which isn’t actually so great and is often times disabled at the request of the player) and the adjustable felt bumpers for the low notes, which while nice is not a game changer in any way.

    The original silver plating is in very good condition and seems to be almost unworn, and the neck shows no sign of past damage or repair work. There was a little dent by the F#/G# tone holes that was removed nicely, and is very hard to see now, if you can see it at all. I have a few photos of that spot and it’s nearly invisible. 

    These SMLs have a fantastic sound, unique in their blend of refined yet powerful, and possess excellent craftsmanship.  Not very many were made- about 15,000 total of all sizes of the horns considered to be their best- and they hold up very well over time.  

  • Yamaha YAS-200AD Good Student Alto Just Serviced

    $ 600

    Are you shopping for a saxophone for a student for school band? This is the one you should get. it’s that simple. Just get it. Done. Look no further.

    The Yamaha YAS-200AD (and its sibling the YAS-23) are the best student alto saxophones ever made. A Yamaha like this is what almost everybody my age started out on, if they stuck with saxophone. It almost makes me think that some of the folks who started on junky horns probably gave up music because their horns were so disappointing to play. So if you want yourself or your child to stick with saxophone, it’s worth buying one that will actually play well and hold up well over time.

    The other consideration in buying a student sax is resale value. Among student saxophones, it’s common to hear of folks paying $1200-1600 for a beginner sax that is then practically worthless when they go to re-sell it. I get offered these sorts of horns to buy almost every day, and I have to be the one to break the difficult news that the sax they rented for three years for $48 a month from the local music store is basically a worthless on the used market. The used Yamaha is among a very few student horns that has good resale value. If the pads are good, you can easily resell it and get back 80% of your purchase price, which is so much better than 10% or whatever on new other brand student horns as not to be even comparable.

    This alto just got a bunch of new pads and is now playing quite well, with an easy low register, and a nicely in tune scale. It includes all the stuff in the photos, and I can throw in a Yamaha 4C or help you pick a good beginner mouthpiece to go with it. (Mouthpiece is important.)

    Only one available!

  • Yamaha YAS-26 Alto Saxophone Brand NEW with Warranty and Setup

    $ 2,166
  • Yamaha YAS-480 Intermediate Alto Saxophone Brand NEW with Warranty

    $ 2,489
  • Yamaha YAS-62 Alto Good Condition Original Lacquer Great Deal C39253

    $ 1,800
  • Yamaha YAS-62 II Alto Saxophone Excellent Condition Professional Great Deal!

    $ 2,450

    If you want a Yamaha 62 that has all new pads and feels like a million bucks, this is it. It really plays great, with super-flat, snappy pad seats. This horn got a full repad, which means all new pads, but it didn’t need a mechanical overhaul (keywork didn’t need restored), and it didn’t need all new corks and felts, though it has many new corks and felts. That’s simply to keep the cost down and get you a horn that is totally ready to go and will not need significant work for many years, besides just occasional check ups. The Yamaha YAS-62 is a great value, because it’s a professional alto, but sells for less money, and is easily good enough to last you all the way through college or for as long as you want to play it. You never need to upgrade. And you save a lot of money versus buying new, and the saxophone also retains all or most of its resale value. Especially with the kind of pad work this one has. Just play it, and it sells itself.

    Only one available!

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    Yamaha YAS-62 Purple Logo Alto 1980’s Warm, Beautiful Tone Incl Full Overhaul

    $ 2,550

    Just completely overhauled to effortless perfection! This 1980’s ‘Purple Logo’ Yamaha 62 alto saxophone is just so nice to play. The Purple Logo 62s are a sweet spot for alto saxophones in general, because they combine the comfort and ease of modern keywork with a more warm, complex tone than you find on other later Yamahas. This vintage of 62 is more like a vintage Selmer, where the later Yamahas went for a clearer, rounder, brighter tone. This is more middle of the road on the bright/dark spectrum, and it’s not as clear, but more warm and has more complexity to the basic tone. It feels more like a vintage horn also – easier to bend notes around, where more recent ones are just slotted in what-you-get-is-what-you-yet tonally and pitch wise. This lets you do more. It’s a Yamaha with the training wheels off.

    The full overhaul spared no detail of restoring this alto to perfect mechanical and playing condition. There’s just a bit of cosmetic wear from use, and that’s really it for the description of the condition. It’s effortless to play. Low register produces a saturated pianissimo without any trouble. Low Bb is just another note. These usually sell about $400-500 higher, but I’m discounting this one for quick sale to be a great deal for some lucky player. If you get this alto, you never need to upgrade. It will be beautifully performing for you for as long as you want to play it, and with the fresh, high-end overhaul, it will stay in great adjustment with only the most minimal of maintenance! It’s an easy, turn-key purchase on a beautifully playing horn.

    Only one available!

  • Yamaha YAS-62III Rare Original Silver Plate Near Mint

    $ 2,850

    Super clean original silver plated Yamaha 62-III alto! This is the newest version with the new ’62’ neck. It’s probably the best new pro alto on the market today for the money. Yamaha quality, great build, beautiful tone, and the rare silver plate finish make it especially nice.

    Only one available!

  • Yamaha YAS-82ZII Custom Z Alto Brand NEW with Warranty and Pro Setup

    $ 4,205
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    Yamaha YAS-875EXII Custom EX-II Alto Brand NEW with Warranty and Pro Setup Exceptional!

    $ 4,205
  • Yanagisawa A901 Alto Saxophone Professional Near Mint!

    $ 2,250