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  • Adolphe Sax Alto Saxophone from 1861 Rare ‘Large Bell’ Plays

    $ 4,500

    Adolphe Sax (Father) Alto saxophone, first generation (large bell).

    Here are the details:
    {23307} [ 1861 ] Alto saxophone in E♭.
    Adolphe Sax, Paris
    Inscribed with monogram trademark “AS PARIS” and “Saxophone alto en mi♭ breveté / Adolphe Sax à Paris / Fteur de la Mson Milre de l’Empereur”.

    This alto got restored in Germany, but is still not in top playing condition. It plays, but it would play better with more work. The restoration included new suitable pads, leveling/silver-soldering of toneholes, rebuilding a tonehole, brass repairs and adjusting the mechanics to good playability.

    It is a very lovely instrument and exceptionally rare. A similar one can be found at the MET MUSEUM, see online, If you’re not aware, the Met has one of the most extensive rare musical instrument collections in the world.

    It also comes with a nice mouthpiece that tunes well with the sax. And it includes the ligature (that came with the sax) with the instrument. I have tested many and this one provided for me very good response and stable intonation at A=440. It is a large chamber design similar to the ADOLPHE SAX mouthpieces, but it carries no inscription and has been opened up to a modern .080 tip.

  • Alto Beechler Bellite Metal Brilhart Reproduction 3-Band Ligature Echo Master

    $ 165

    This ligature fits thin metal alto saxophone mouthpieces like Beechler Bellite and other very slim body metal alto mouthpieces, like Brilhart levelaire, and some modern pieces like Guardala handmade. That’s ALL that this ligature fits. This is a listing for the ligature only, not a mouthpiece. 

    For Dukoff Miami alto, please buy the ‘soprano’ ligature here, because the soprano ligature fits Miami Dukoff metal alto mouthpieces *perfectly*. The soprano ligature also fits metal Otto Link alto mouthpieces very nicely.

    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.

  • 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.

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    Berg Larsen 100 0 M HR Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece F83

    $ 125

    A modern HR Berg is like a middle weight champion, bright but not too thin, good projection but not too loud. A jack of all trades. Straight sidewalls, small bullet chamber, high baffle. Tip opening measures 0.098″. Great project and quite bright, without being thin, like a good Berg.

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    Berg Larsen 110 2 offset M Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece F32

    $ 275

    Rare 50’s Berg Larsen metal alto saxophone mouthpiece! Straight sidewalls, small round chamber, bullet chamber. Tip opening measures 0.103″. Denim finish on table, duck bill beak. Usually mouthpieces that sound great on tenor are only ok on alto in the same tip number, but if you like bergs on tenor you will love this on alto too. The tip opening plays much easier than expected for this number on alto. The tone is loud and lush, just like on tenor. Great projection and power while maintaining a moderately bright tone.

  • Brilhart ‘Designed By’ Tonalin Streamline 4 (Modern 5*) Tenor MPC539DT Original Facing Rare!

    $ 475

    Super rare early Brilhart Tonalin Streamline ‘Designed By’ Brilhart Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece. Medium-large tall but narrow Brilhart Tonalin chamber, straight sidewalls, very subtle rollover baffle. The worn bite plate indicates that it was well-loved. With a bit harder than my normal reed, this piece produces lovely subtones at full volume. A nice fat tone, good projection. This streamline shape works well with a normal HR alto ligature, or with the Echo Master hard rubber alto ligature on this site.

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    Brilhart Designed by Great Neck NY Hard Rubber Original 3* Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece MPC534 3 digit

    Own a piece of saxophone history that also plays great. This is a rare, very early Hard Rubber ‘Designed By Arnold Brilhart alto mouthpiece with a three digit serial #464! It has curved sidewalls, a medium round chamber, and a slight roll over baffle. Tip opening measures 0.072″, and the facing looks original, with a ‘creamy’ matte table, tip and rails. Beautiful, medium-dark tone. Earliest Brilhart serial that I have seen.

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    Brilhart Hard Rubber 0.105″ EG reface Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece MPC562

    $ 750

    This Hard Rubber Brilhart is a lovely (and highly-coveted) vintage jazz mouthpiece that has a lot more in common with a Link Slant signature Tone Edge or Dukoff Supersonic than with other Brilharts. One of the best vintage tenor mouthpieces ever, bar none. This particular one comes from a small collection of the best vintage Brilharts amassed by a friend of Arnold Brilhart who has now retired from playing tenor. It has scooped sidewalls and large round chamber, rollover baffle, and the tip has just been opened to 0.105″ by Erik Greiffenhagen. The facing is perfect, and responds effortlessly in all registers, with a balanced, comfortable feel. Erik is widely-recognized as one of the best mouthpiece refacers around today. He uses the best authentic vintage curves for his facings, so this piece is just like it would have been if it were originally opened to a 7*. (All mouthpieces started at 0.0″ tip.) This is truly ‘one of the good ones’ and it’s priced very reasonably for all that.

  • Brilhart Hard Rubber 7* Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece EG Reface Excellent MPC560

    $ 750

    This Hard Rubber Brilhart is a lovely (and highly-coveted) vintage jazz mouthpiece that has a lot more in common with a Link Slant signature Tone Edge or Dukoff Supersonic than with other Brilharts. One of the best vintage tenor mouthpieces ever, bar none. This particular one comes from a small collection of the best vintage Brilharts amassed by a friend of Arnold Brilhart who has now retired from playing tenor. It has scooped sidewalls and large round chamber, rollover baffle, and the tip has just been opened to 0.105″ by Erik Greiffenhagen. The facing is perfect, and responds effortlessly in all registers, with a balanced, comfortable feel. Erik is widely-recognized as one of the best mouthpiece refacers around today. He uses the best authentic vintage curves for his facings, so this piece is just like it would have been if it were originally opened to a 7*. (All mouthpieces started at 0.0″ tip.) This is truly ‘one of the good ones’ and it’s priced very reasonably for all that.

  • Brilhart Hard Rubber 7* Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece EG Reface Excellent MPC564

    $ 750

    This Hard Rubber Brilhart is a lovely (and highly-coveted) vintage jazz mouthpiece that has a lot more in common with a Link Slant signature Tone Edge or Dukoff Supersonic than with other Brilharts. One of the best vintage tenor mouthpieces ever, bar none. This particular one comes from a small collection of the best vintage Brilharts amassed by a friend of Arnold Brilhart who has now retired from playing tenor. It has scooped sidewalls and large round chamber, rollover baffle, and the tip has just been opened to 0.105″ by Erik Greiffenhagen. The facing is perfect, and responds effortlessly in all registers, with a balanced, comfortable feel. Erik is widely-recognized as one of the best mouthpiece refacers around today. He uses the best authentic vintage curves for his facings, so this piece is just like it would have been if it were originally opened to a 7*. (All mouthpieces started at 0.0″ tip.) This is truly ‘one of the good ones’ and it’s priced very reasonably for all that.

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    Brilhart Hard Rubber 7* Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece EG Reface Excellent MPC567

    $ 750

    This Hard Rubber Brilhart is a lovely (and highly-coveted) vintage jazz mouthpiece that has a lot more in common with a Link Slant signature Tone Edge or Dukoff Supersonic than with other Brilharts. One of the best vintage tenor mouthpieces ever, bar none. This particular one comes from a small collection of the best vintage Brilharts amassed by a friend of Arnold Brilhart who has now retired from playing tenor. It has scooped sidewalls and large round chamber, rollover baffle, and the tip has just been opened to 0.105″ by Erik Greiffenhagen. The facing is perfect, and responds effortlessly in all registers, with a balanced, comfortable feel. Erik is widely-recognized as one of the best mouthpiece refacers around today. He uses the best authentic vintage curves for his facings, so this piece is just like it would have been if it were originally opened to a 7*. (All mouthpieces started at 0.0″ tip.) This is truly ‘one of the good ones’ and it’s priced very reasonably for all that.

  • Brilhart Tonalin Great Neck 3* Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece D74

    $ 125

    Sometimes heavy use is a sign of love and admiration. This Brilhart has signature straight sidewalls, medium-large chamber, mild rollover baffle. Tip opening measures 0.093″. Great classic big band tone. Moderate projection and medium resistance. It works well, but watch out for the major crack in the shank. Should be clamped before extensive use.

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    Brilhart Vintage BB Screws AL Metal 3-Band Alto Saxophone Ligature – The Original!

    $ 850

    This is the most desirable vintage ligature ever, and sells for high prices to both collectors and players. I have seen these sell much higher, but I can’t bring myself to ask the kinds of prices I have seen them sell for on eBay. This is the AL stamped BB screws Brilhart 3-band ligature. I have one of these myself, that I have used for many years, and I sell the excellent Echo Master Brilhart reproduction ligatures on this site also, which are true reproductions of the original. But as with famous works of art, the more copies there are, the more epic and desirable become the originals. This is a rare original one, in very good condition, and it plays great, as you would expect. This fits anything from a Selmer Soloist to a Meyer Bros NY ‘Fat Boy’ and is just a nice and well made ligature, as much as it is a collectible.

  • Buescher Aristocrat 140 Alto 339984 Just Tuned Up

    $ 1,250
  • Buescher Aristocrat Big B Tenor Original Lacquer Needs Overhaul

    $ 1,600
  • 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 Tenor Saxophone 293523 Original Lacquer Fresh Full Overhaul Excellent!

    $ 3,500

    Price JUST reduced mid May 2020! This is an excellent deal!

    This is an original lacquer Buescher Aristocrat Big B tenor with the desirable small bell. It’s one of the most beautiful vintage Bueschers, with extensive engraving and gorgeously translucent, dark nitrocellulose lacquer. They don’t make them like this anymore.

    This tenor just got a full mechanical overhaul, and I mean the works! When I got it, it had new pads, but the pad work was not that good, so now it has a really great overhaul and plays excellently. The keywork is in great condition – nice and tight. The missing lacquer on the back of the bow doesn’t show when you play, and is from a small dent that was removed a bit to vigorously at some point. That is now fixed, and the rest of the horn is quite nice. Neck is in good condition also. There are no dents or dings. It is hard to find this desirable version of the vintage Buescher tenor in good shape, and this one is better than all but a few. It has the snaps and spuds intact, but has correct style ‘real’ pad work that works around the spuds. (If you watch Matt Stohrer’s video on Buescher overhauls, you’ll see what I mean. This is extra work, but worth it to do right the first time.)

    Playing wise, it’s tons of fun. It has a centered, warm tone with excellent response and intonation. It would be pretty hard to sound bad on this tenor. It has that classic American straight-ahead projection that fills a room whether you are amplified or not. And it’s just pleasant to listent to. So many of the modern options I hear people playing are different flavors of bland and rather hollow-sounding. This tenor is rich and full of color. Bueschers like this tune well with a wide range of mouthpieces, and they can do anything from classical to jazz to R&B.

    Only one available.

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    Buescher True Tone Alto Saxophone 200008 Original Silver Plate Good Condition

    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. I love the rose gold wash inside the bell, and the original silver plate is also in quite good condition. This is a great serial range for a true tone. Many of my favorite playing Bueschers have been around 180-220k serial.

    Only one available!

    We pay the best prices for great saxophones.

     

  • Buescher True Tone C Soprano Rare Original Gold Plate! Old Pads 86473

    $ 2,150
  • Buffet Crampon G7* Clarinet Mouthpiece MPC531

    $ 50

    This is a nice old hard rubber clarinet mouthpiece measuring .050″ (1.27 mm). From the stamping of the facing on the table, I’m thinking this was made by Woodwind Company of NY for Buffet, as a jazz-leaning clarinet piece. That’s just a guess. I’m not an expert on clarinet mouthpieces. Let me know if you know more about it. It plays well with a warm, rich tone and plenty of power.

  • Buffet E11 Intermediate Clarinet Great Condition!

    $ 800
  • Buffet R13 Bb Clarinet Excellent Condition 538530

    $ 1,650
  • Buffet R13 Clarinet 68988 Moennig repaired cracks

    $ 600

    Worked on by Hans Moennig back in the day in Philly. This R13 still plays beautifully, even though it has been played a lot. And hey, it’s priced super low!

  • Buffet Super Dynaction Alto Saxophone Original Lacquer 17435

    $ 2,350
  • Chateau CTS-50 Series Tenor Saxophone Dark Cognac Lacquer Great Deal Brand New

    $ 1,700
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    Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone 1940 Pre War Excellent Condition Orig Overhauled!

    $ 4,650

    Fresh overhaul just finished late October! New photos coming soon. This is one sweet original 10M from the best vintage. Arguably the best sounding tenors ever. The overhaul came out wonderfully, and this thing feels like a new horn under the fingers.

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    Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone 1948 Original Lacquer Old Pads

    $ 2,350
    This Conn 10M tenor saxophone from 1948 comes to you in very good original condition. There are no resolders. The bell flare is undamaged. Neck is not pulled down. Body tube looks clean as well. There were some small dents removed from the back of the bow, but that was done well, so that it is hard to tell at all.  Everything is in good shape and keys move freely. Rolled tone holes are also undamaged and in great shape. You can almost play the horn on the existing reso-pads but it would be 10x better with an overhaul.
    Great, clean, original lacquer Conn 10M that will be a super player. Priced to sell!
  • Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone 1950 Relacquer Old Pads Great Deal

    $ 1,250
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    Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone 1951 Worn Original Lacquer Old Pads Great Deal 344427

  • Conn 10M Transitional Tenor Saxophone 1933 Fresh Overhaul Excellent Player

    $ 3,950

    This is a hard to find example of a very late ‘transitional’ Conn New Wonder II / 10M tenor saxophone. It has features of each model – mostly 10M keywork at this point, except for the bell keys still being split between left and right. Original lacquer!

    Just back from a near-overhaul extremely comprehensive setup. It had new pads when I got it in, but a bad overhaul, so we re-overhauled it but reused the pads, which were fine.  We disassembled, cleaned throughout, oiled, took out all the pads, and reseated them with extra adhesive, and replaced many of the tiny adjustment screws that Conns come with. This tenor also got the neck ‘fit’ to the tenon, which makes a big difference, and it got new rollers too, to match the originals. Now, it plays effortlessly, and feels and looks great. The pads are all sealing super well and should be setup for the long haul – unlikely to need more than minor adjustments for a long time! That’s great, because most people have never, I think, actually experienced a vintage saxophone like this when it was totally ‘right’. When it is, you see why these horns have such lasting value and popularity. They’re really just about the best sounding tenors ever. And it’s LOUD too, but without breaking up. The loudest Selmer is only about half as loud as a good Conn like this. And the body tube vibrates in your hands when you push it. It’s just the best.

    You get it for less than these often go for, simply because it has been played a lot and has some keyguard resolders and general lacquer wear. It’s all fixed up though, and should play great for a long time with just minor regular maintenance.

    Those Connoisseurs and Conngnoscenti (sorry, couldn’t resist) out there who know how great the late transitional tenors are can advise you on this one. It has the wideness and ‘wildness’ of a New Wonder II, but a little more focus, a little more slotted intonation, and the faster keywork of a 10M. If you want more focus, and even more slotted in intonation, then get a later 10M. If you want something a bit darker, and more spread, get an earlier NWII. If you want a little of both, get this! These tenors are only going up in value, so it’s also a solid buy as an instrument that will hold its value well when you go to sell it later.

    Only one available!

  • Conn 12M Transitional Art Deco Engraved Original Silver Plate Baritone

    $ 8,000

    Freshly overhauled Mulligan-era original silver plated Art-deco engraved Conn transitional 12M baritone in great shape. This horn just had a high end overhaul, and it feels like a new horn under the fingers. It has the rare art deco engraving, and it looks gorgeous. It has had several posts resoldered, as you can see, which was part of the overhaul, and done to make it really sturdy and ready for its next 80 years of playing. This horn is just effortless to play, and it sounds warm and full and extremely pleasant. Conns almost feel like a tenor to hold and play, weight wise, which makes them extra fun for the pro bari player. Plus nothing sounds like a Conn 12M. This is fully a 12M in terms of keywork and features, with same side bell keys, X brace and 12M stack and palm keys. These are super hard to find in good shape. I’ve been watching beat up 12M’s needing a $2k overhaul selling over $6k on eBay, so this rare art deco version from the best serial range and already overhauled is definitely a great deal. It will only go up in value. This is the baritone to have.

    Only one available!

  • Conn 12M Transitional Baritone Saxophone 250510 Relacquer Plays Well!

    $ 4,350
  • Conn 6M Alto Original Silver Plate 250314 Recent Repad Big Sound

    $ 3,250

    One of the very earliest 6M’s and my favorite vintage as well. Beautiful original silver plate, recent overhaul, some resoldered posts etc. Email for a full description!

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    Conn 6M VIII Alto Original Silver Plate 309574 Great Condition!

    $ 2,950
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    Conn Comet 3 Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece F82

    $ 50

    Surprisingly good all around player, a real sleeper. Straight sidewalls, small-medium chamber, rollover baffle. Tip opening measures 0.064″. 

  • 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.  

  • Conn New Wonder 1 Curved Soprano Excellent Condition Original Silver Plate 118598

    $ 1,350
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    Conn New Wonder I ‘Chu Berry’ Soprano Saxophone 1924 Original Nickel Plate 139494

    $ 1,100
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    Conn New Wonder II ‘Chu Berry’ Alto Saxophone 184438 Original Silver Plate Needs Overhaul

    $ 450
  • Conn New Wonder II C Melody 202628 Recent Overhaul Black over original Silver finish

    $ 1,100
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    Conn New Wonder II Curved Soprano Excellent Condition Original Nickel Plate 206860

    $ 2,350
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    Conn New Wonder II Original Gold Plate Soprano Needs OH 178951

  • Conn New Wonder II Tenor Original Gold Plate Recent Overhaul 1929 228150

    $ 3,750

    This is a desirable late example of a Conn New Wonder II Tenor Saxophone ‘Chu Berry’ in original gold plate! Gold plated Conns are the hardest to find of all the finishes, and they are the favorites of many players and collectors all over the world. The 11 Karat ‘coin gold’ used on Conns like this is a harder alloy, lighter in color, and is a durable finish that looks gorgeous and takes a long time to tarnish. This horn has some lacquer over the gold to protect it in some places. It would shine up and look more even with the lacquer removed, but it’s on consignment, and I’m not authorized to get that done at the moment. You could have it done for $200 by a repairman and the horn would go up a couple of notches in cosmetic condition. It has been played a lot, as you can see – wear on the touch points, some key guards and posts resoldered from popping off over time. This happens on 80 year old instruments, and its no big deal. There’s nothing major to report repair wise, except that the neck on this horn is from a New Wonder 1 Im’m told. Conn necks aren’t numbered or marked, so it’s not like you can really tell, but the gold is a slightly different look in person. The neck plays great! The NW1 necks sometimes feel a little wider and wilder to play than the NWII’s, and this horn has that wide, room-filling quality to it for sure.

    This gold NWII tenor had a complete high end overhaul in the last couple of years, and it plays great on it! It resonates throughout the whole body tube, and it feels ‘dry’ and snappy under the fingers, like a Conn should when overhauled properly. An overhaul like that costs a lot of money, and you’re getting it nearly for free at this price, so this should be an excellent deal for someone! I mean, for the price of a new ‘name brand’ Chinese horn at Sam Ash, you can get one of the best tenors ever WITH a top shelf overhaul, in actual gold plate.

    Only one available!

  • Conn New Wonder II Tenor Saxophone 1927 Overhauled Original Nickel Plate 203475

    $ 2,750

    Super clean, overhauled example of a Conn New Wonder II Tenor saxophone ‘Chu Berry’ in original nickel plate. Nickel Conns don’t get as much attention these days, but they tend to be excellent players. I think this is partly because the finish is just so tough and durable, that the nickel examples are always original finish. I don’t make any finish/tone claims on the site, but I’ve noticed these to be consistently beasts in the playing department over the years.

    This is a nice later style New Wonder II tenor with the updated palm key design, and it was overhauled by another dealer a couple of years ago. The overhaul is good, but maybe not amazing, so you should plan on spending at least a little on setup to get it feeling how you like. It’s on consignment, so I can’t spend money on it myself. However, it is priced low, and someone will get a great deal on a very clean Conn Chu Berry from the best serial range.

    There are very few past repairs on this. I keep going over and over it, and I don’t see anything at all! Which is remarkable for an 84 year old instrument. Maybe the octave saddle on the neck is resoldered, but I think it may not be. The nickel is so durable that you can’t see a tidy solder repair at all. That’s nice if you are one of those people who wants to play a Conn but doesn’t want to be able to see any repairs. You can get things fixed on this as needed, without leaving a trace, if your repairman knows what he’s doing.

    Only one available!

  • Conn New Wonder II Transitional Alto Saxophone Original Silver 237954

    $ 1,150
  • Conn NWII / 14M Bass Saxophone Original CASE Fully Restored

    $ 1,100
  • Conn Panamerican Tenor New Wonder 1 Style Original Silver

    $ 750
  • Conn Standard Steelay 5 Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece D69

    $ 95

    Complete your set with a Conn 10M tenor from the 30’s or 40’s. Deep scooped sidewalls, very large chamber, no baffle. Tip opening measures 0.058″. This tip opening is pretty limiting in terms of flexibility and projection. High resistance, very dark tone.

  • Couf Superba 1 Alto Saxophone Recent High End Overhaul! 81471

    $ 2,850
  • Couf Superba 1 Soprano Saxophone 91912 Excellent Overhauled! Grover Washington

    $ 3,450

    Photos are before overhaul. This rare later Couf Superba 1 soprano with Front F key (only the later ones have that) is the same version Grover Washington Jr. played on most of his most famous recordings. Then he switched to an early SX-90 which I also have at the moment!

    These Couf Superba 1 soprano saxophones were made for Herb Couf by Keilwerth, and they are fully professional instruments of very high quality. This one is in great shape, with just some minor lacquer wear from use. It is currently getting a full overhaul. You can almost never buy a properly overhauled Couf/Keilwerth soprano, because people don’t want to sink the money into a top shelf overhaul. Well, in this case, you do! It’s the best of the best in terms of modern soprano saxophones with a warm, full tone.

    Only Keilwerth maintained the big sound of vintage Conn / King / Buescher sopranos. And Keilwerth improved the intonation and added modern, comfortable keywork and ergonomics to the offering. If you want to have a fat soprano sound with modern keywork and great build quality, then this and the SX-90 are basically your only options.

    Get this one and enjoy the soprano as it can be at its best! The overhaul is absolutely great, with all the little details that take a horn from good to great attended to. It will be ready soon, so go ahead and buy it and reserve it for yourself!

    Only one available!

  • Grafton Alto 10478 Unique and Collectible Unrestored Great Deal

    $ 1,650
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    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.

     

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    Guardala Handmade Studio Baritone Saxophone Mouthpiece #18 Super Early Original .112

    $ 2,250

    Super early Guardala handmade Studio Baritone Sax mouthpiece. Serial number 018! Original facing, measures a very playable .112″. Original gold plate; rare, early ‘all the way across’ bite plate; and beautiful (original) flat file work in the chamber. Nice, thin tip and rails. This piece is incredible. It’s an instant pro sound that projects while staying warm. This mouthpiece is on consignment with GetASax. I have seen these sell for much more than the asking price, (like, a LOT more) and these often don’t last long at all. Only one available! Only the 18th one that Guardala made! Shipping price includes tracking and insurance. I’m experienced shipping the best saxophone equipment worldwide.

  • Holton Alto Saxophone Original Gold Plate Beautiful Great Deal 16374

    $ 750
  • Holton Soprano Saxophone Original Silver Plate Great Deal 17402

    $ 800
  • Ishimori Wood Stone New Vintage Alto Saxophone Brand New High F# Antique Finish

    $ 4,500
  • Ishimori Wood Stone New Vintage Alto Saxophone Brand New WSA-VL with F# Dark Lacquer

    $ 4,500

    Last one!

    This is the highly sought-after Ishimori Wood Stone ‘New Vintage’ 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 Woodstone New Vintage Tenor VL with F# NEW Dark Lacquer Tenor Saxophone

    $ 4,700

    Only one available of these highly-desirable New Vintage tenor saxophones from Ishimori, Japan’s premiere saxophone repair shop. These tenors stand out from the crowd with their excellent new horn setup done in the Ishimori workshop. The Ishimori New Vintage tenors hold up extremely well over time, and every detail of construction and assembly is optimized for ease of play. The tone on this Ishimori tenor is meant to remind you of a vintage Selmer – to my ear, it plays like a late SBA – not as loud and wide open as some later Mark VI’s, but more focused than earlier Selmers also. The neck and the engraving both are  meant to evoke the Selmer Super Balanced Action, so I suspect that the neck is an SBA bore. The tuning is excellent. This body tube is designed to have the high F# tone hole present, so it tunes well with the high F#, and that’s also just a convenient feature. Lacquer is gorgeous, as is the hand engraving.

    Ishimori New Vintage tenors play so effortlessly, they sell themselves. Every time one comes in the shop, it sells almost immediately. I have one in stock coming next week. Get it now!

  • Jimmy Dorsey “Best” Hard Rubber Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece MPC504

    $ 275

    Slightly curved sidewalls, large chamber, very subtle rollover baffle. Tip opening measures 0.082″. This piece has moderate resistance and a pleasant dark tone, akin to a vintage Meyer of the same tip opening. Keep it as is since someone has already christened it “best”, of course this is best in a vintage big band setting, or as an all-around nice ensemble tenor piece for wind band use.

  • Keilwerth ST-90 Alto Saxophone 854729

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

    $ 4,950
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    Keilwerth SX-90R Tenor Gorgeous Condition BIG player Early Serial

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  • Keilwerth SX90 Soprano Saxophone Original Lacquer Good Pads Liebman Era 103943

    $ 2,750

    Just tuned up. Liebman era Keilwerth SX90 soprano. If you love that big, fat, warm, round soprano tone that isn’t thin and reedy like a VI or clear and bright like a Yamaha, then you can’t do better than this Keilwerth. Grover Washington Jr played one like this too. It has a recent overhaul and is ready to go.

  • King Alto Saxophone Original Gold Plate Old Pads Beautiful Engraving 105999

    $ 1,200
  • King Saxello Soprano Bent Neck and Bell Original GOLD Plate Fresh Overhaul!

    $ 5,000
  • King Soprano Saxophone Gold Plate Fresh Overhaul Amazing! 99847

    $ 3,250

    Just freshly overhauled!! This got a full restoration, so it’s back to like new mechanical condition.This is the vintage soprano you should get!

    This amazing gold plated King soprano saxophone will blow the walls down. It is in excellent condition, with nearly all the original gold plate intact. It has just received a full overhaul and restoration, which is not a small job on a 90 year old instrument. It is now back in like-new playing condition and ready to make music for many many years to come.

    King sopranos are rare, and were only made in low pitch (regular concert pitch). They tune nicely, and have a big, warm, medium-focused tone that is less polite sounding than a Buescher, and really fills a room with ease. This example in gold plate and in such amazingly good condition is extremely rare. The great depression in 1929 spelled the end of most of the saxophone market, and marked the end of most makers building sopranos in any kind of quantities. So it’s not surprising that you don’t see a King soprano later than this serial. This is one of the very last ones made, and the latest serial I have seen. The later the better is my motto on vintage sopranos generally speaking, so getting a late one also in gold plate is really exceptional.

    Only one available!

  • King Super 20 Alto 1948 Original Lacquer Full Pearls Needs Neck 283216

    $ 2,450
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    King Super 20 Alto Saxophone Full Pearls Series II 1953 333537 Excellent!

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  • King Super 20 Series II Tenor Saxophone Good Pads Black Roo Full Pearls 339845

    $ 6,750
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    King Super 20 Tenor Saxophone 1957 Near Mint Original Lacquer Overhauled!

    $ 5,950

    Holy cow! This is one of the nicest examples of a King Super 20 that I have had the pleasure of selling. It just got a complete overhaul! It was original pads 63 years old, when I got it, and now it’s totally fresh, clean, and completely restored. It’s awesome!

    The tone of these horns is just to die for. Powerful, resonant, very loud when pushed (it goes to 11). The solid silver double socket neck gives you extra focus, and a dark core with lots of overtones. The horn overall is bright and projecting, but in a way that stays fat, like only American saxophones can. Ideal for either cutting through a band, or playing the most gorgeous ballads, this is one of my favorite saxophones of all time.

    This tenor has no damage, no dents or dings, and almost all its original lacquer. The solid silver neck even looks odd to King fanatics like me because it still has its original gold lacquer over the silver, which you hardly ever see. There’s some scratching on the back of the body tube from normal use, and a couple of tiny, nearly invisible dings I got removed from the bow, but you’d never notice anyway. It’s as nice as you will ever find. And priced to sell!

    The best demo of a “Series III” Super 20 that I know of can be found here. It’s one of the only cases that I have found where I heard a demo and what I consider the essence of the tone of the horn itself is front and center on display (as opposed to the mouthpiece, the player, or a bunch of other distracting noise. Listen and enjoy!

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  • King Super 20 Tenor Saxophone Full Pearls Original Lacquer Overhauled 298321

    $ 7,500

    This is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL example of a King Super 20 Tenor saxophone from 1948. It has all the features that you look for in the best Kings: solid silver, double socket neck; engraving all over; and ‘full’ pearls, meaning pearl key touches on the side keys, G# and the palm keys. I don’t think a better saxophone all-around has ever been produced. That’s why I play Kings myself. Plus this one has a recent top shelf overhaul done in California that feels just great. You want a King to be setup and overhauled by someone who knows Kings, for a player who plays Kings. And that’s what you’re getting here! I actually sold this exact horn a few years ago to a long time customer who is a great tenor player, It was entirely original factory pads when I got it. Untouched and near mint. It is now even better – still amazing cosmetically, but playing its best as well!

    There are no resolders or past repairs on this Super 20, and it has beautiful original lacquer. Tonally, the 1948 Super 20 is a medium bright, powerful, projecting saxophone. It’s relatively darker than the later Super 20’s. They get very bright in the late 50’s and early 60’s. But this one is still quite powerful and focused, while sounding a bit darker and fatter than the later ones. The palm key and altissimo tone stays fat and full on a Super 20, which is one of the best things about it. Selmer tend to thin out in the upper register, but Kings stay quite strong. The low register just pops right out no problem. You can play a saturated ppp low Bb without any trouble.

    You would be hard pressed to find a better example of a King Super 20 for sale anywhere right now! I have a few other serial numbers and versions coming up for sale, but none as nice as this. Whoever grabs it will have a really first rate tenor!

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    King Super 20 Tenor Series III Mint Silver Neck Unbelievable Overhauled

    Cleanest, most mint condition King Super 20 tenor I have seen. (Which is actually saying a lot, as I collect Kings!) The silver neck has all the gold lacquer intact. This peerless sax just got a high-end overhaul and plays absolutely effortlessly. Can’t beat it. Comes with the beautiful original case and a BAM case for safe shipping. Big, bold, effortless player with tons of soul.

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    King Zephyr Tenor Saxophone Original Silver Plate Excellent Condition 202108

  • Martin Comm III The Martin Tenor Fresh Overhaul Nice Relacquer

    $ 2,450
  • Martin Handcraft Alto Saxophone Original Silver Plate Very Good Condition 80194

    $ 500
  • Martin Handcraft Searchlight Comm 1 Alto Older Pads Great Deal!

    $ 595
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    Martin Magna Baritone Comm III Low A Insanely Rare and Awesome

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    Martin The Martin Alto Original Lacquer Very Good Condition 181668

    $ 1,500

    Beautiful The Martin Alto Saxophone Committee III in original lacquer. This alto has its original factory pads still, so it will need a loving restoration to be back in top playing condition. However, it’s clean, original and nice and straight. Ready for pads and someone to get it singing again. Martins like this are probably the most underrated saxophones on the market right now. They are warm, focused, powerful, and nicely modern feeling under the fingers (comparatively). The design is unified and tight on these horns. Style wise, this is like if a 50’s Chevy were made into a saxophone.

    If you want to hear the tone of one of these, one of my favorite go-to albums is Art Pepper meets the Rhythm Section. Art’s getting his classic, dry, west coast sound on an MC Gregory mouthpiece, which I also recommend on these horns, though Meyers also sound great.

    Grab this horn and get playing before they get any more popular than they already are. Only one available!

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    Martin The Martin Baritone Committee III Original Lacquer Fresh Full Overhaul Exceptional 169435

    $ 3,950

    The Martin Baritone is a contender for best overall vintage baritone alongside the Conn 12M. It has more power and focus than a 12M, but it’s also a bit heavier. It’s also half the price! This horn just got a full high end overhaul and plays absolutely effortlessly throughout the full range. Low Bb pops out easily even at pianissimo. Just another note. Keywork feels great under the fingers – tight, snappy, and ‘dry’ like it should. Everything about the overhaul was done as well as possible. It’s very rare to be able to buy an original lacquer vintage bari sax that is in top playing condition already. Most folks cut corners or just sell horns as-is. Good luck with that! But properly overhauled like this, the Martin Comm III is just a joy to play. It’s also not mouthpiece picky and works with all sorts of pieces. You can’t go wrong with this one. There’s no chromatic F# key, by the way. Just a unique quirk of the instrument.

    Only one available!!

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    Martin The Martin Tenor Committee III Original Silver Overhauled 176774

    $ 3,750
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    MC Gregory Los Angeles 5A 20 Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece MPC540

    This vintage MC Gregory Los Angeles mouthpiece has its original facing and measures at a modern 4 tip or .066″. It has straight sidewalls, small to medium chamber and not much baffle. Mellow dark tone, moderate resistance, low-moderate projection. Beak has quite a bit of tooth wear, so I’m pricing it much lower than a normal vintage MC Gregory. Get your Desmond vibe on for less. Tip opening measures 0.066″

  • N4 “France” clarinet

    $ 40

    Nice condition, looks like vintage hard rubber, no brand visible

  • 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.

  • Noblet Alto Good Original Condition Great Deal 8662 Original

    $ 599
  • NOVA Woodwinds Lacquered Brass Low A Baritone Saxophone NEW Great Deal!

    $ 2,300

    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, let alone new under $2500. That’s where the NOVA baritone shines. For only $2450, 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. 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!

    Much of the reason it holds up well is that I am spending $400-500 per horn on an extensive amount of setup work. It’s almost an overhaul, because it’s fully disassembled, cleaned, oiled, gets all new corks, which is time-consuming, gets rods straightened, many pads reseated or replaced, the LH pinky table rebuilt, the neck tenon ‘fit’ to the receiver, regulation between keys fixed, and actually several other small things improved. At that point, its a completely different instrument from how it arrives. And it actually plays down to low A well and should continue to do so for a long time with only occasional upkeep needed. As such, it’s a solid school bari, doubler’s bari, or just a fun horn to play around on.

    You could set it up and sell it doing MUCH less work – $50 to get pads sealing and send it out the door, but that would not be the way to build a good reputation for your brand, or to take good care of your customers, over even the short term. I want the NOVA line to stand out as the most reliable baritone saxophone you can get new under $2500. Unfortunately, after I buy the horn, pay for international shipping and spend $450 per horn on repair, there’s very little profit to be made on these. Thankfully, this is not a large part of the overall business here at GetASax.

    Once it’s properly ‘mini-overhauled’, the tone is big, loud, and medium between bright and dark. It tunes well with a variety of mouthpieces. The keywork is pretty comfortable, and works fine for anyone from middle school up through adult. The stacks are actually in line, not offset, meaning the tone holes are all in one long row. That changes the feel of the right hand, as you rotate around farther than you otherwise would on a modern horn. This is NOT a Yanagisawa copy. From neck to bell to keywork, it’s really not similar to a B901. The case is usable, with a hard foam contoured interior, sturdy zipper, decent amount of storage, and wheels that are usable on a smooth surface. The mouthpiece it comes with isn’t great, so see below about cheap but good mouthpieces.

    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.

  • Otto Link Tone Edge Small USA Large Font 7 EB? Soprano Saxophone Mouthpiece MPC525

    $ 600

    This is a beautiful example of an Otto Link Tone Edge soprano mouthpiece. It has its original 7 facing measuring .062″ or so. The 7 stamp is the larger font, and the USA stamp is small font like a FL Tone Edge. The Otto Link logo and chains are not the modern version, and neither is the shank design, and the machine marks on the table are a fine vertical denim pattern. The chamber is large and round. It plays beautifully with a warm, rich tone. I guess this would be an Early Babbitt at least early 80’s. I have to admit, I’m not an expert on the differences between soprano stamping in the 70’s to early 80’s on these. But it looks better than smaller tip ones I see selling online for $800, so hopefully this is a good deal for somebody. It also includes the Vandoren Optimum ligature in the photos.

  • Ponzol M1 Hard Rubber Custom USA Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece F50

    $ 225

    This is a hard rubber version of the Ponzol M1 tenor saxophone mouthpiece. It has high baffle, metal mouthpiece proportions. If you like the streamlined proportions of metal and easy on the teeth compliance of hard rubber, this this may be your piece. It has straight sidewalls, small chamber, and a high stepped baffle. Tip opening measures 0.115″. The high baffle does not disappoint with projection and brightness, but it is also surprisingly easy to lay back and get a slightly darker tone. It would be a nice all around mouthpiece in the right setting, like a combo with electric guitar for example, where you want a cool tone with the option to cut through when needed. If you’ve been playing a Berg and want something slightly brighter, this would do the trick. 

  • Selmer Balanced Action Alto Saxophone 21532 1935 Beautiful! Overhauled!

    $ 5,650

    Beautiful example of a very early Selmer Balanced Action alto. The engraving is especially nice on this alto, as is the dark lacquer color. This has the rare individual adjuster screws on the lower stack keys, which you only see on the earliest BA’s. The Balanced Action is beloved for its warm, spread tone that has a sweet lyrical core. And for its modern keywork (all modern horns copy the Balanced Action design).

    It does not have any significant past repairs. I really don’t see any. No dents, no dings, no resolders. Neck is in great shape with a little lacquer wear from use. Bell flare is undamaged. It’s quite nice. The engraving is very sharp and looks great. I don’t know for sure whether the lacquer is original, but with the engraving so sharp and the lacquer nice and dark like this, it probably is. Pricing it on the low side so someone gets a deal!

    This beautiful Selmer Balanced Action Alto just got a fresh overhaul, and it plays BEAUTIFULLY! What a warm, sweet tone. Plenty of power if you push it, but mainly lyrical and balanced. Response is excellent. Low Bb is just another note. Saturated subtone ppp is no problem. Altissimo pops out easily. The pad work is super great, with a ‘dry’ feeling under the fingers that means these pad seats are wicked flat. It has the nice reusable slightly domed metal resonators that I love on Selmers. They’re very much like the vintage Tone-x resos, and you can keep them on your new pads if you swap a pad out sometime. You just get a bit more tone out of the horn with these, without changing how it was meant to sound. It’s rare to find a BA this nice, WITH a high end overhaul, and priced affordably!

    There’s no better looking or sounding Selmer in my opinion. Only one available!

  • Selmer Balanced Action Saxophone Fresh Overhaul Original Silver Plate Great Tone

    $ 6,500

    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 along the back of 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. The spring tension is on the lighter side, like with most Balanced Actions. If you want stiffer spring tension, we could discuss replacing the springs, but right now, it has a light flute-like feel like these originally had.

    Tonally, If you want an alto that people are going to want to listen to, this is the one. It plays extremely well, with a warm, powerful voice that is effortlessly lyrical and makes you not want to put it down. It has high-end reusable domed brass resonators and sounds very good on them. Keywork is 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 Bundy Buescher Aristocrat Nice Student/Intermediate Alto

    $ 400
  • Selmer C* Long Shank Soloist Style Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece MPC548

    $ 275

    Vintage 1970’s Selmer Long Shank Soloist Style tenor saxophone mouthpiece in its original C* facing at .068″ or so. Complete your set with a 70’s Selmer Mark VI tenor, or Mark VII tenor, or get a solid, all-purpose tenor mouthpiece for wind band or ensemble playing. These also work pretty well for classical tenor repertoire. This has a different chamber and sound from the detestable modern S80 C* for tenor, which is my least favorite tenor mouthpiece. This is much better.

  • Selmer Mark VI Alto 1966 Original Lacquer Beautiful Condition 137647

    $ 7,000
  • Selmer Mark VI Alto 1968 160943 Original Lacquer Excellent Condition!

    $ 6,850

    Great deal on a beautiful, original lacquer Selmer Mark VI alto with a recent repad. You don’t need to overhaul this one! It plays well right out of the case. There are minimal past repairs, and this is a very desirable serial number as well. To me, the 160k’s are just about the best value in a Mark VI alto. They are cheaper than the 5 digit serial VI’s by a lot. But they also tune better than most 5 digit altos! They play with the warm, projecting, rich tone of a 140-149k VI, but again, without the premium price. You’re getting all the best VI features, and original lacquer, for the price of a new Reference 54. Which is great because the VI will continue to increase in value while you own and enjoy it. Plus you don’t need to sink an overhaul into this one on top of the purchase price. A good overhaul can be quite expensive. This alto plays with a medium bright, warm, moderately focused tone. It does everything well, which is, of course, why the Mark VI became so popular in the first place. It’s often imitated, but the quality, tone and satisfaction of playing the original hasn’t been matched.

    This is a really nice one, and someone should grab it immediately!

  • 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 1960 88979 Original Lacquer

    $ 8,950

    Here’s a beautiful original lacquer Selmer Mark VI Alto saxophone from 1960, with 5-digit serial 88979. This Mark VI is from one of the most desirable serial ranges of all for a Selmer. The original lacquer is mostly present, and is a dark nitrocellulose, which you mainly see on the 5 digit serial VI’s. It has some wear from use, as you’d expect on a VI that plays great and that got played a moderate amount. The neck has the matching serial number to the body and is in great shape. There are no resolders at all. This horn was well cared for! The bell flare, bell, bow, and neck show no signs of dent work or past repairs. The body tube had at least one very minor dent removed where one of the post feet of the octave key was slightly pushed in. It’s fixed beautifully leaving very little trace. The pads on this alto are old, obviously. Many are probably the original factory pads. So plan on an overhaul soon, if you want to get the full experience. It ‘makes saxophone noises’ now, and it’s clear enough that this has the dark, focused, powerful, tenor-like voice of a typical late 85k-95k serial VI alto. These are great players and deserve to be well cared for!

    If you’re looking for a stand out VI alto to get overhauled and then play like crazy, then you might want to grab this one while you can. Nice 5-digits are getting hard to find, and this one is definitely going to be a superb player when it’s repadded.

    Only one available!

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    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!