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

    $ 165

    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.

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

    $ 165

    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.

  • Buescher Aristocrat Alto Saxophone 335466 140

    $ 1,150

    This basically pristine vintage saxophone from 1951 is the same as the Buescher Big B, just with less elaborate engraving..  These professional quality saxophones are known for their good intonation, sweet and mellow tone, and excellent build quality.  This particular example is from the very beginning of the model run just after the end of the Big B model, and is in nearly mint condition.  It still has its original pads (and Snap-on resonators), and even plays a bit on them, but you will want to get an overhaul.

    These play very well when set up- just listen to Johnny Hodges play his Big B to get an idea of what you can sound like on this horn with an overhaul, 50 years of practicing, and a knee-buckling load of raw talent.  Also, as an added bonus (“at no additional charge!”) this horn comes with a wooden clarinet in the case of unknown potential labeled “Revelle Master”.

  • Buescher Big B Alto Saxophone Original Lacquer Good Condition 324407

    $ 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 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 new Yamaha student model in total- seems like a good buy to me!  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 Top Hat & Cane Alto Saxophone Great Deal 359118

    $ 950

    This is one of the very last “Top Hat & Cane” Buescher 400 alto saxophones made- the model run ended around serial number 360,000.  The lacquer is not original, though it has not been overly buffed, and about half of the relacquer remains. The keys are nickel plated, which I imagine was not original, but it was very well done.  The original Snap-On resonators and amber rollers are present, and the horn is in pretty good physical condition. It will need an overhaul, but it is a pretty solid sax with no major damage or dents, and the price is considerably less than most Top Hat & Cane altos.   

  • Buescher Top Hat and Cane Alto Saxophone Super 400 Near Mint Superb 323836

    $ 3,150
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    Buescher True Tone Alto Saxophone 183458

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    Buescher True Tone C Melody Saxophone Super Rare 2 necks incl straight 143626

    $ 1,250

    This Buescher C Melody has a straight Buescher neck along with the curved. It’s nuts!

  • Conn 26M VIII Connqueror Alto Saxophone Original Lacquer Excellent Condition Old Pads 304661

    $ 2,950
  • Conn 6M Naked Lady Alto Saxophone Original Lacquer 1953 356523

    $ 1,200
  • Conn 6M Transitional Art Deco Alto Saxophone 247105 Great Shape 1931

    $ 1,450
  • Conn 6m Transitional Art Deco Alto Saxophone 249081 Gorgeous Silver Plate 1931

    $ 2,150
  • Conn 6M VIII Alto Saxophone Original Silver Plate Rolled Tone Holes 312091

    $ 2,750
  • Conn 6M VIII Alto Saxophone Pre-War Original Lacquer Very Good Condition Plays Well 294775

    $ 1,950
  • Conn 6M New Wonder II Transitional Alto Saxophone

    Conn Art Deco Transitional Burnished Gold Plate 6M New Wonder II Alto Saxophone

    $ 3,950

    Price just lowered!!

    This is one of those super-rare Conn alto saxophones from when Conn was at the height of it’s manufacturing expertise. Conn had the most advanced saxophone manufacturing facility in the world, and it set the standard for quality for all other manufacturers. This alto would have been a special, top-of-the-line model. It has the most elaborate thick burnished finish that is also by far the most time consuming to apply. (Ever burnished anything by hand?) This is original (real, actual) gold plate. (People often think this can’t be real gold, but hey, welcome to the 1930’s where both gold and labor were cheap, and American craftspeople were the best in the world! And there’s the most desirable engraving pattern here also, or at least one of them. For just about a year and a half, Conn did this deluxe ‘art-deco’ geometrical engraving style on its nicer instruments. There’s a lot to see here – it’s a masterpiece of hand engraving that is no longer done at this level by any manufacturer today.

    Conns from the early 1930’s are my absolute favorite There was a short burst of gold plate examples mixed in with other horns between 238k-252k, and they are the best of the best in my book.

  • Conn Gold Plate Chu Berry Alto Saxophone Portrait

    Conn New Wonder 1 Alto Original Burnished Gold Plate Portrait 84738

    $ 2,950

    There are a ton of beautiful altos on the site, but this one stands out from the crowd. It is the heaviest gold plate finish that Conn offered – basically sheets of thick (actual) gold rubbed onto the brass to give you a finish that will last for centuries with minimal maintenance required. Both gold and skilled labor were cheap back in 1920’s America and Conn could afford to invest an extra couple of days’ labor in applying all this gold by hand-burnishing, and engraving such an elaborate scene on the saxophone, and still make a profit. These days, it would be literally impossible to reproduce saxophones like this and market them. They would cost far too much. Just a thin layer of modern gold plate costs like $3500 to do.

    So this horn is something very special. Not just as a piece of art, or a piece of exceptional craftsmanship, but as a musical instrument as well. William Morris, the influential artist, famously encouraged us to “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, and believe to be beautiful.” This alto sax just wails as a player, and definitely fits both requirements nearly as well as a saxophone could. The engraving features (probably) Apollo, god of music, with his harp, and an extremely ornate C.G. Conn logo and decoration.

    This alto has very good pads, and plays extremely easily on the current, high-quality overhaul. It feels nice and snappy under the fingers, and the pad work is very good, flat and ‘dry’ feeling, which is a sign of high-quality work with rolled tone holes. The tone is pure 1920’s jazz power: wide, smooth, warm, and dark, but very projecting. This horn vibrates under your fingers even at moderate volumes, and is super fun and responsive to play. Low register is easy. Intonation is good, though you can easily bend notes around also. The keywork is vintage, so it will feel weird if you’re coming from a Yamaha, at least at first. But the tone and beauty you get in exchange makes it well worth it.

    Only one available!

  • Indiana Band Vintage Alto Playable and Super Cheap 8150

    $ 150
  • Keilwerth ST-90 Alto Saxophone 854729

    $ 600
  • King Full Pearls SilverSonic Alto 303030 Fresh Matt Stohrer Overhaul Original Lacquer Charlie Parker Vintage!

    $ 16,500

    Well, well, well, what have we here? One of my favorite saxophones of all time! This is an extremely rare early King SilverSonic alto with sterling silver bell and ‘full pearls’. I have only seen a few of these altos come up for sale in many years of watching the market fairly closely. There are probably fewer than 100 altos like this in existence, and there are fewer that still have their original lacquer. Charlie Parker famously played King SilverSonic Super 20 alto SN#295173, which sold for an ungodly sum at auction several years ago. This horn’s body serial is 303030, which is the same version as Parker’s, and the neck serial is 295182, which is only 9 serial numbers later than Parker’s, so same small batch of horns. Not sure why the neck serial is different, but maybe because this neck played best. This horn was one owner going way back several decades before I bought it.

    It just got a full overhaul by the best saxophone repairman for Kings that I have experienced, Matt Stohrer. Matt is a friendly and unassuming guy who has a passion for learning and sharing as much as he can about saxophone repair. His attention to all the little, time-consuming details of repair that take a horn from good to great is pretty hard to beat. This horn certainly deserved the best, and it came out great. It feels super great under the fingers – dry and snappy, with light, easy action and great response. The tone is that classic, warm, punchy, projecting, brassy-when-pushed, King alto sound that Parker and Cannonball made, at least for me, the classic jazz alto tone. It sounds like that sound you have in your head that you just can’t quite get on a Selmer or any modern horn:-)

    You get a nice original Silversonic King alto case, as well as a delxe black BAM France Trekking case, both included with the horn. The BAM for safe shipping, and the King just for fun. Hard to beat the Trekking for an all-around alto case, and it fits the King like a glove.

    There’s certainly only one of these available. I’ve had this in my personal collection for years, and just decided to offer it up for sale for the first time. If it doesn’t sell, it goes right back in the collection. If you want an alto that looks gorgeous, has a high likelihood to keep going up in value, plays great, and is not so perfect that you’re afraid to play it, you couldn’t do better than this.

  • King SilverSonic Super 20 Alto Saxophone Original with Gold Leaf 346933

    $ 6,500

    Superb example of a King SilverSonic alto with solid silver bell and neck, and gold plate in the engraving, with original gold lacquer over that! Cannonball Adderley tone all the way.

  • King Super 20 Alto 328773 Original Lacquer Plays Great

    $ 3,950

    King altos are the best altos ever. This one has some lacquer wear from use, but it is original lacquer. The saxophone is in great shape, and plays quite well on the current pads. No serious past repairs at all. It is such a great tone that you get from these full pearls Super 20’s. 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 plus a soft reed and lots of guts is what you need for what I consider to be the benchmark for good alto sound.

  • Sold Out

    King Super 20 Alto Saxophone 346986

  • Sold Out

    King Super 20 Alto Saxophone Full Pearls Series II Fresh Matt Stohrer Overhaul One of the Best Altos Ever 308951

    Sale pending.

  • King Super 20 Alto Saxophone Full Pearls Series II Orig. Lacquer 339676

    $ 5,650
  • Martin Comm II Alto Saxophone 142391

    $ 1,100
  • Martin Handcraft Alto Saxophone 125113 Burnished Gold Special Engraving!

    $ 3,199

    Priced to sell!

    This is an alto that has it all: Rarity, condition, playability, beauty. It’s the total package.  Martin altos from this era play with a uniquely beautiful mix of warmth, power, and sweetness. This is a lyrical alto that has plenty of power and bite when you need it.

    It is in incredibly great condition with minimal past repairs. It has a recent, full overhaul and feels great under the fingers. It is very rare indeed to see one of these with thick, burnished gold plate as the finish. That’s the rarest finish, and I have only seen around five of these ever. The overhaul was done very well also, and the light action is easy to handle under the fingers.

    The price is fantastic for something overhauled AND burnished gold plate! Really hard to beat. It also includes the Hiscox case!

  • Sale!

    Martin The Martin Alto Original Saxophone 179447

    $ 2,250 $ 1,850

    Priced to sell!

    Freshly overhauled The Martin Alto which plays GREAT. Feels effortlessly big and loud and powerful, with a medium dark tone that brightens up nicely with a higher baffle mouthpiece. You can do anything on these altos. This was original lacquer which is mostly worn off and it still looks great. This horn was played a fair amount before being overhauled, so it has had some small dents removed. The thumb hook has been replaced also. (Original thumb hooks frequently fall off of Martins, for whatever reason.) If you’ve been looking for a super-fun alto that looks cool and sounds different from anything else out there today, this would be a great choice. With the fresh, complete overhaul, it won’t need any significant repair work for a long long time.

  • Selmer Balanced Action Alto Saxophone Fresh Full Overhaul! Silver Plate

    $ 5,350

    This is an amazing, fully restored Selmer Balanced Action alto. It just got a wonderful high-end overhaul, complete with some spot plating on some keys and by the thumb hook on the body tube where the silver had begun to wear. This is one gorgeous alto, with the rare British market two-tone finish, and gold wash bell. It plays extremely well, with a warm, powerful voice that is effortlessly lyrical and makes you not want to put it down. If you want an alto that people are going to want to listen to, this is the one. It has high-end reusable domed brass resonators and sounds very good on them. Keywork is nice and snappy, and ‘dry’ under the fingers, like it should be. This comes with a new BAM Softpack alto case, or you can swap that for a Cabine for +$100. These British market Balanced’s are my favorite finish on vintage Selmers, and they are few and far between.

    There’s only one available!

  • Selmer Mark VI Alto from 1974 Original Lacquer Saxophone 221653

    $ 4,250
  • Selmer Mark VI Alto Original Lacquer American Engraved 233486

    $ 5,750
  • Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 160941 Beautiful Condition Original Lacquer Great Vintage!

    $ 6,950
  • Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 192163

    $ 5,650
  • Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 71815 the Best!

    $ 7,750

    This is a beautiful, original lacquer Selmer Mark VI alto from 1958, which is a great year for VI altos. It has the desirable ‘early medium bow’ which is also what I play. This is the only vintage of 5-digit alto that has the best bow length for tuning the low register. Not that that’s super essential in a VI alto – the ones immediately after this (long bow) also are great altos, and the earlier ones (short bow) are also fine. It only becomes an issue if you are playing classical sax, small tip opening, or exposed ensemble playing with a lot of low B and C etc. In those cases, this sax stands out as having better intonation, combined with the medium dark, focused, complex woody tone of the ’58-59 vintage of VI altos. My personal 84xxx plays just like this 71xxx. This horn has the high F# which is a nice plus for most alto players. It just got a thorough playing condition job done by Matt Stohrer, and it plays well on the current mix of pads. The tone is just beautiful, and response is nice too. It’s priced very well, compared to most other nice-looking, original lacquer VI altos from this vintage. If you want to own the best, this is it!

  • Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 96147 Relacquer 5-digit Serial

    $ 4,800
  • Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone from 1967 Exceptional Player 144k

    $ 7,450

    Best playing Selmer alto sax on the site right now. It has that extra special something that only the 140-145k altos have. Super projection, crisp but still warm tone, even scale with fuller palm keys than usual. GREAT, world-class alto saxophone. It’s worn original lacquer, and I like the strap hook mod to make the horn balance slightly better. If you want one of the better playing altos in the world, get this. It’s priced very low for what you get.

  • Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone Original Gold Plate (Vanishingly Rare) Japanese Market Near Mint 156928

    Possibly the nearest to new condition original gold plate Selmer Mark VI in the world. Email serious inquiries to [email protected] This might be a keeper for me, because it is also in the best serial range for altos to play well. Plus it’s an original Japanese market horn, which is rarely seen. One of a kind.

  • Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone Original Lacquer No Dents or Dings or Resolders Original Pads 214850

    $ 5,950
  • Selmer Mark VI Alto MK 6 Original Lacquer for sale

    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone Original Overhauled Excellent! 165069

    $ 6,950

    This is one of those altos you don’t want to put down. It’s just gotten a complete overhaul / mechanical restoration, which means that it feels and plays like new or even a bit better. I wanted to get this horn overhauled, because I had a really good feeling about how it played even on the original pads that it had when it got here. If you want a VI that will be problem-free for many many years, and plays better than any modern horn on the market, (and will go up in value) this is what you want!

    This was a one-owner horn that was well cared-for for decades before now, and now it is getting a good start on a new life with a top shelf overhaul. This thing has a beautiful voice. Medium between bright and dark, rich, and resonant. The late 60’s Mark VI’s are my favorites for all-around Selmer altos, because they do basically everything well. Intonation is good, scale is even, low notes are saturated even at pianissimo, upper register screams. This has the ‘medium bow’ if you’re wondering about such things, which means the low register tunes the best of the Mark VI’s. You can’t beat a Mark VI alto like this for build quality and all-around satisfying playing experience. You get the beautiful, unbeatable tone of a Mark VI, the comfortable key work, the excellent intonation, and the feel of a new horn under your fingers, and all for less than a (let’s be honest) comparatively poorly made new Selmer alto. Plus this holds its value and appreciates, while your new horn is going to be worth approximately half the new price in about one second after you unbox it (gasp).

    Comes with the original case, and you can add a great BAM case for a big discount if you contact me.

  • Selmer Radio Improved Alto Saxophone Relacquered Priced LOW 20073

    $ 1,750

    Nothing is sweeter and more beautiful to play on alto than the Radio Improved and early Balanced Action Selmer Paris alto saxophones.

    This horn is hard to beat for the price. This is a desirable Radio Improved alto (of which only around 1500 were made), and it is refinished (relacquered) but besides having received a new coat of paint, it is in good condition.

    Looks like there were some small dents removed from the back of the bow area, probably before it was relacquered, and the post that holds the bell key guard is resoldered. Looks fine now. The pads are a mix of older and newer, and it just got a modest playing condition job done before it was consigned. It plays well enough that you can certainly enjoy it. Keys are in good shape, octave mechanism is good, neck cork is brand new. The tone is warm, medium-spread, and rich. Sort of Paul Desmond is the best way to describe it. Desmond played almost the same horn, (an early BA) that was made the next year or so after this.

    At this price, it’s hard to beat. Someone is going to get a fantastic alto out of this bargain!

  • Selmer SBA Alto Saxophone 41881 Euro Very Clean Condition Chesterfield Case

    $ 4,350
  • Selmer SBA Alto Saxophone from 1953 Near Mint w/ Bill Singer Overhaul

    $ 7,500

    This is as close to a new Selmer Super Balanced Action alto saxophone as you are going to find. This thing is amazing. it came with all original pads, and then it got a full overhaul done by the great Bill Singer in NYC. Bill needs no introduction, but for you international buyers, he works on David Sanborn’s altos among many other saxophone greats. The original metal Tonex resonators were saved and reused on the new pads. This thing feels just like the excellent original Selmer factory setup, only all new. So it really is as good as going back in time and buying a new SBA.

    There are no past repairs, no dents, no dings. No neck damage, bell flare and bow are perfect. The original neck has the matching serial number to the body. The only wear at all is some extremely light scratching on the back of the body tube.

    As a player, this alto is extremely good. It has both the warmth and beauty of an early Mark VI, and the power and projection of a later VI alto. Great intonation, great ergonomics, beauty, dark honey original lacquer. Gorgeous original Chesterfield case with case cover. You really can’t beat this alto if you want something that does it all. Already expertly restored completely and ready to go for a long long time. Super Balanced Action Alto saxophones are going up, and this is one of the best in the world.

    Only one available.

    There are no past repairs, no dents, no dings. No neck damage, bell flare and bow are perfect. The original neck has the matching serial number to the body. The only wear at all is some extremely light scratching on the back of the body tube.

    As a player, this alto is extremely good. It has both the warmth and beauty of an early Mark VI, and the power and projection of a later VI alto. Great intonation, great ergonomics, beauty, dark honey original lacquer. Gorgeous original Chesterfield case with case cover. You really can’t beat this alto if you want something that does it all. Already expertly restored completely and ready to go for a long long time.

    Only one available.

  • Selmer SBA Alto Saxophone Original Lacquer from 1946 Fresh Overhaul! Super Balanced Action

    $ 5,650

    This is a gorgeous original lacquer Selmer SBA Alto Saxophone American engraved and assembled, that is in excellent physical condition AND has a fresh, full overhaul. This horn plays really well, with a lush, wide tone that is medium dark and smooth. The keywork feels great under the fingers – nice and snappy. It has a top quality overhaul, which is very important on a horn like this, and has slightly domed metal resonators, which are similar to the original equipment for an SBA of this vintage.

    The neck is in excellent condition, body tube, bell flare, and bow are all undamaged. The engraving on this alto is particularly nice, and the exposed part of the brass is developing a beautiful matte patina that accentuates the engraving. This is a horn that looks even better in person than in the photos. It comes from a lifelong saxophone player whose baritone and tenor were also stand out players. He really had three excellent saxophones and this one is no exception.

    From a player’s perspective, you get the warmth and complexity of a Balanced Action here with slightly more comfortable keywork (offset stack keys so your wrists are more relaxed compared to BA). Plenty of volume, nice easy, saturated low register, even at very low volumes. Easy subtone. Easy altissimo. Feels like a new horn under the fingers but is better built and sounds better. The price includes a new BAM Classic alto saxophone case at no extra charge.

    Only one available.

  • Sold Out

    Selmer Series II Alto Excellent Condition HUGE Discount vs New 504155

    $ 3,250
  • Selmer Series III Alto Saxophone SOLID Sterling SILVER Near Mint 653925

    $ 8,999
  • Yamaha YAS-82Z Alto Saxophone 198618

    $ 2,950

    This is a really great-playing, responsive 82Z alto! It just got a thorough playing condition job done on it by Matt Stohrer, who is an excellent saxophone repairman, and it plays easily and superbly.

    No damage, no past repairs, everything is in good shape. It only has some light wear from normal use. This is a one owner horn and was well cared-for. Save over $1200 off the price of a new Z alto, and get playing.

  • Yamaha YAS-875 Alto Saxophone Beautiful Balanced Player 4356

    $ 2,850
  • Sold Out

    Yanagisawa A991 Alto Saxophone One Owner Near Mint Plays Great 283763

    $ 2,750
  • Yanagisawa A9933 Alto Saxophone 316979 Mint Like New!

    $ 4,250

    This mint/near mint high-end Yanagisawa A9933 Solid silver alto still looks and even smells almost like a new saxophone.  $4250 gets you the horn with the original solid silver neck. This thing plays amazingly well. If you want to add the second gold-plated, fully-engraved neck, add $500 (normally a $1000 neck).

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