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Conn Chu Berry NW1 Baritone Saxophone Gold Plate Stunning Original Gold Added High E-F 104836$ 7,950
Just fully overhauled! This saxophone restoration was a labor of love, and included not only a complete mechanical overhaul, but also fabricating keywork to fit the added high E and F that this saxophone has. It also got a re-shaped high F key touch and G# key touch, as well as a custom made front F mechanism. All of the custom keywork was also gold plated to match the horn, and it all looks great! The overhaul was the standard high-end job, including a thorough cleaning, gentle hand polish, new oil, all new pads, felts, cork, thorough setup, a beautiful set of custom made TenorMadness slightly domed brass reusable resonators, medium sized, and a careful neck fit, so the neck seals just right in the receiver (which is important on any saxophone, but isn’t always done.). So all that work was definitely a big job, and took several months, but really this horn deserved it. It’s one of the most beautiful saxophones of any kind that I have seen, and it really needed to be put into top condition.
The result is glorious! It feels great under the fingers – dry and snappy like a new sax. The low register response is effortless. Upper register pops out. The intonation is pretty good, but not perfect. With my large chamber mouthpieces, it tunes quite well at low, middle and high Bb, with the usual quirks here and there – middle D is sharp, octave A is sharp etc. You can adjust your throat and get used to it just fine. And the full, warm, spread, lush tone that you get makes it totally worth it! There’s nothing like a Conn baritone for sound. That’s why pros still covet these instruments so highly, so many years later.
It would be hard to find a nicer Conn baritone than this. The thick burnished gold that Conn used is a different color than I experience in any other part of daily life. It glows! And the engraving on this baritone is the most delicate and tasteful that I have seen. This is as good as it gets for Conn engraving quality. Some engraving is just decoration, but this takes it to the level of an actual art form.
There’s certainly only one available. The price including the thorough, top-shelf restoration is very reasonable. Conn baritones are in short supply, and this one is priced in the mid range despite being exceptionally nice. If you want to get it with a new BAM Hightech case for safe shipping/gigging, I’m happy to give you one at a big discount. Just message me.
And for fun, here’s Gerry Mulligan on his ’27 Conn baritone also gold like this one!
New Old Stock Yamaha Purple Logo Baritone Saxophone YBS-62 Mint Unbelievable! Overhauled!$ 9,000
Now comes with a full overhaul!! All new pads and the full deal. That’s a huge added value. It plays EFFORTLESSLY and beautifully, with a warm, complex tone. Take it in a funk direction with an aggressive mouthpiece, and it will bark and cut without thinning out. Take it in a classical direction, and it will do a gorgeous cello-like tone better than any other baritone that I know of. Highly recommended!
This is an amazing chance to get a new old stock Purple Logo YBS-62 baritone saxophone. This sax was originally a display model that Yamaha brought to the USA for a trade show almost 40 years ago. Yamaha sold the instruments from the display, and they sat in someone’s closet for that entire time. This sax came in the plastic in the case, and I had to take it out to take photos. There are maybe a few of the lightest possible surface scratches not through the lacquer, but aside from that, it looks as new as it could be and be from the early 80’s. The tone is beautiful and warm, rich, and medium focused. Intonation is great. Works with just about any mouthpiece. This horn can play the full range from classical to funk no problem and be as reliable as a Lexus day after day, year after year. This is BY FAR the nicest example of a purple logo 62 baritone that I have seen, and the nicest one we are likely to see.
It has the case keys, the polishing cloth, mouthpiece and ligature, warranty booklet, and even a set of removable wheels that attach to the end of the case so that you can roll it if you want. First time I have seen that. If you want a beautiful baritone to play that is really special, this is it. And at this price, it’s about the same as buying a modern 62, so you don’t even pay a premium to get the new old stock. That’s pretty great.
NOVA Woodwinds Lacquered Brass Low A Baritone Saxophone NEW Great Deal!$ 2,200
Introducing the new NOVA Woodwinds line of instruments. The NOVA Woodwinds line meets a need in the marketplace for a lower-priced Low A Baritone saxophone that is still good quality. People have been asking me for years if I can recommend anything in the sub-$3500 price range for a low A baritone. I have had to scrounge for deals on used Yamaha or Yanagisawa baritones, but if the used baritones need a repad or other repairs, then you’re immediately back in the $4k price range, so it really is hard to get anything decent, particularly around $2500-3500. That’s where the NOVA baritone shines. For only $2200, you get a NOVA baritone (NOVA means ‘new’ in Latin) that is brand new and plays quite well, and that holds up well over time by all accounts.
If you are shopping for a baritone saxophone, whether for a school band program, for doubling and taking extra gigs on bari, or just for playing some sick funk lines with your Tower of Power cover band, this horn is worth a look. It is very similar to, and made in the same factory as the Kessler Custom Soloist baritone saxophone. This is made in China and based on the Yanagisawa B901 baritone design, though it is not identical to it. Yanagisawa makes the best baritones in the world, and I would be happy to get you a great price on a new Yanagisawa as well, but in this price range, the NOVA Woodwinds baritone is very hard to beat. I have friends who have used this bari in their band programs for years, and it holds up to punishment by middle and high school students quite well. That’s saying a lot!
It comes in this version, which is brass, and then in the bronze version also. The bronze is a slightly darker tone, and gives you the two tone look, where the all brass like this just looks like a typical new saxophone. You won’t go wrong with either one. Both of them include the pictured hard case which has wheels, as well as the other accessories in the photos. I would recommend a Yamaha 5C or Rousseau for an inexpensive beginner baritone mouthpiece for concert band, and the Rico Metalite bari for jazz, or there are lots of other options getting listed in the baritone mouthpieces section of the site.
These low A baritone saxophones tend to sell quickly, so please let me know if you are wanting to order more than one, so that I can be sure to order them far enough in advance to fill your order quickly.
NOVA Woodwinds Low C Bass Clarinet Outstanding Player Unbeatable Value NEW! 2nd Gen$ 2,100
People have been asking me to find a good quality entry-level Bass Clarinet for school band programs, doublers, and basically anyone who wants to play bass clarinet but not spend $12k+ for a Buffet or Selmer. That’s what this is. These are sold under a few other names online, and they get great reviews. See also here. My band director friends who use these in their programs say they’re unbeatable for the price. This should be the best price available.
Selmer Mark VI Low A Baritone Saxophone Very Good Condition Old Pads 210929
Selmer Super Sax Baritone Unique Original Permagold Finish 18xxx$ 7,500
This is a beautiful Selmer Super Sax Baritone saxophone. It is one-of-a-kind according to Selmer’s factory record book. It is the only perma-gold plated Super baritone like this that exists. Permagold is a unique finish that is gold-colored dichromate and that does not tarnish.
If you love Selmer baritones, and you want something cool and vintage to play around on, this would be the thing. I have a very similar Radio Improved baritone myself that I play as my main bari, and I just don’t think you can beat it for tone or response. This horn has medium-aged pads, not freshly overhauled. But someone took really good care of it, because the overhaul feels very good, and the pads are sealing well, so you can play it easily. This horn plays amazingly when I use the neck from my Radio Improved baritone (1100 serial numbers later, so pretty close.) So I just got a neck custom made for this horn that matches my beloved Radio Improved neck but tunes on this horn. This baritone now a phenomenal player. The tone is centered and warm, rich and medium dark
It comes with a ProTec Contoured bari case, but if you want the high-end BAM baritone case, I will include one for an extra $600. Given the coolness of this horn, and the extreme rarity factor, the price is quite good I think. I certainly had to pay a lot for this myself, and I’m not making much.
Only one available!