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

    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.

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    King Saxello Original Silver 83xxx Great Shape

    This is one gorgeous silver King Saxello! Original silver plate, original case, pads are sealing, and it plays well.

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    King Saxello Soprano Saxophone – Near Mint!

    This is a beautiful, nearly mint condition King Saxello semi-curved soprano saxophone in original silver plate.

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    King Saxello Soprano Saxophone 81782

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    King Saxello Soprano Saxophone Original Silver Plate Playable 68745

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    King Saxello Soprano Silver 71xxx

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    The King Saxello is definitely the vintage King that generates the most interest, and rightly so. It is a bold, innovative design that accomplishes two things at once. The curved neck moves the body tube down onto the neck strap for a nice, easy feel. And the upturned bell projects the sound out and up so that you can hear yourself better than on a straight soprano. Cosmetically, it does not get much nicer than this. This horn has no dents or dings and no past repairs. It has almost all of its original silver plate. The bell is really beautiful on these horns, with delicate engraving and bright silver. Saxello’s are usually beat up, and this is one of the rare survivors. Someone should grab this quickly before it disappears!

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    King Saxello Soprano Silver Plate 71xxx Great Deal!

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    King Saxello Soprano Tipped Bell Bent Neck Near Pristine Silver Plate

    This is a rare and beautiful example of a King Saxello soprano. The King Saxello is not just cool, but practical. The bent neck moves the horn down to rest on the neck strap for added comfort. The upturned bell means that you can hear yourself when you play! Condition wise, this is among the best I have seen. There was a very small dent that was removed from the neck, and it was done well. That’s it for past repairs. This thing is clean! Body tube, keywork, posts, bell flare etc are all very good.

    The King Saxello has a big, wide tone that is way larger than any modern soprano. Really, you have to play a Saxello like this in order to even imagine how different it sounds from a modern soprano. Simply put, many modern sopranos sound more like an oboe than a sax, but the King Saxello sounds like a saxophone! This horn needs an overhaul to play, so plan on getting pads replaced! But it’s a great example to have overhauled, and it’s priced to move.

    The original silver is almost all intact, and the horn just looks great. The price is extremely low for one of these, and this horn is a great purchase and a delight to own. Plus it’s cool to bring to gigs and to show people. The King Saxello is just intrinsically cool.

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    King SilverSonic Alto 328xxx Original Lacquer

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    King SilverSonic Alto Saxophone Super 20 Fresh Overhaul 346xxx

    This is the King to get if you want all the bells and whistles AND you want the most modern version of King keywork. It lacks only the side/palm key pearls to be virtually the same as the coveted Series II SilverSonics, and it plays the same as those, but with more comfortable left hand spatula keys.

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    King SilverSonic Super 20 Alto 367xxx

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    King SilverSonic Super 20 Alto 367xxx

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    Here’s a career-making lead alto for someone to pick up. It also includes a fresh overhaul just finished! The Super 20 altos with sterling neck and bell and gold leaf on the silver bell are perennial favorites for lead alto players because of their bright, warm, singing tone that easily cuts through a band or a section. You get that classic Cannonball/Charlie Parker King alto tone that is warm and bright at the same time. It’s “that sound” that everyone thinks of in a jazz alto. The SilverSonics with gold leaf are really uncommon. and this is a rare chance to get a clean, beautiful, problem-free example of this alto. Grab this horn before it’s gone. It is even nicer in person than it looks in the photos.

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    King SilverSonic Super 20 Alto Saxophone Original with Gold Leaf Fresh Overhaul! 346933

    Getting overhauled early March 2019. Price includes overhaul! Email me at [email protected] to reserve it or pick your resonators. 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. These are just about the best altos ever.

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    King SilverSonic Super 20 Tenor 411xxx Cleveland

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    Everyone wants a King SilverSonic. This one was made in Cleveland in 1965. It has a solid silver neck and a solid silver bell. This horn is priced much lower than one normally sees SilverSonic tenors selling for, because the bell looks relacquered to me. The lacquer actually looks like the right color and style, so it was probably done by King. The engraving looks great – nice and sharp, much like an original lacquer horn.

    This is a good deal, and this horn should make someone really happy. There’s only one available. Get it now before it’s gone!

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    King SilverSonic Super 20 Tenor 427xxx

    This is a great deal on a King SilverSonic Tenor that is beautiful, has a fresh, full overhaul, and is a superb player. It is loud and projecting. This horn was original lacquer when I got it, at about 75%, and I had the lacquer stripped and the horn gently hand polished when it was overhauled to remove the dirt and tarnish. It cleaned up great! It’s now bare brass and silver, and it has all new everything: a complete restoration consisting of mechanical work, new pads, corks, felts, everything leveled and properly setup. This horn is now ready to go for many years to come, and it is in better than new playing condition.

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    King SilverSonic Tenor Saxophone 376938

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    King Super 20 Alto 305xxx Full Pearls

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    This is a beautiful, original lacquer King Super 20 Alto Saxophone from 1950. It has pearl side keys and G# like Cannonball Adderley’s Super 20, and Charlie Parker’s Super 20. It has that tone too – warm, projecting, jazzy. It’s pretty hard to beat.

    This horn is in excellent condition. Cosmetically, it has almost all of its original lacquer intact, and it has no dents, no dings, no past repairs. The original, solid silver neck has the matching serial number. The original case is even in excellent condition. The engraving is beautiful, including on the bell keys.

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    King Super 20 Alto 308xxx Full Pearls Near Mint Original

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    This is a near mint condition, original lacquer King Super 20 Alto SN#308xxx with full pearls and solid silver neck. It has no dents, no dings, no resolders and 99% lacquer at least. This is about as nice as you will find for a 60 year old horn. It comes with the near mint original case with case key, and it still has all original pads as well. With an old Meyer piece, it is easy to sound a lot like Cannonball Adderley without too much work. This is one of the greatest vintage altos you can get, and it is one of the most beautiful as well. This horn should make someone very happy, and I’ll be sad to see it go when it sells.

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    King Super 20 Alto 328773 Original Lacquer Plays Great

    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.

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    King Super 20 Alto 333k Full Pearls Gorgeous Original Lacquer Overhauled

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    King Super 20 Alto 339xxx

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    This is an excellent condition, original lacquer King Super 20 Alto SN#339xxx with full pearls and solid silver neck. This is a primo serial range for Super 20 altos, and this one features the more comfortable left hand pinky setup that some people really like. It has a fresh overhaul done by Steve Collins for me, and it feels *really* good under the fingers. I am sorely tempted to keep this one because it just SINGS! Tonally, it is Cannonball all the way and super-responsive. This is one great horn, and I will be sad to see it go when it sells. Its last gig was playing Charlie Parker with Strings in a NYC show! This is a turn-key purchase for a superior King alto that should make even the pickiest players very happy.

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    King Super 20 Alto 367k Original Lacquer Beautiful Condition

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    King Super 20 Alto Cleveland Original(!) Silver 423xxx

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    The King Super 20’s that were made in Cleveland (like this) are the most desirable type among most players and collectors. (As a side note, the early Eastlake horns can also be very good.) The unusual thing about this alto, is that it is original silver plate, which you almost never see on a Super 20. I have heard of a few other original silver Super 20’s, and one gold plated one, but there are VERY FEW of these out there. So this is one of those “good luck finding another one” type of horns. It looks to me like a factory special order, a one-off made for a customer who paid extra for a custom silver alto.

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    King Super 20 Alto Cleveland Silver Neck 402xxx

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    The King Super 20’s that were made in Cleveland (like this) are the most desirable type among most players and collectors. (As a side note, the early Eastlake horns can also be very good.) This one is original lacquer at about 90% with some honest wear from playing on the back of the bell (which doesn’t show when you’re playing). Grab this one at a good price and get it overhauled how you like, and you’ll have a cool professional vintage horn for less than a new Yamaha.

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    King Super 20 Alto Eastlake 460xxx

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    This is a later King Super 20 alto sax made in Eastlake. It’s not a super-late Eastlake, like some you see. It’s still a Super 20 design, just with the brass neck instead of silver. The lacquer on this horn looks like other original lacquer later Kings that I have seen before, so it looks like original lacquer to me – no evidence of buffing, lacquer over wear, or overspray/touch ups. Any of you King experts out there let me know if your eyes see anything differently. This should be a good chance to get a structurally sound King Super 20 in beautiful shape for a seriously good price.

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    King Super 20 Alto from 1948 Full Pearls Original Lacquer

    This is a very clean, original lacquer King Super 20 alto! It is one of the nicest ones I have seen, and even has some of the original gold lacquer remaining on the solid silver neck, which only the most gently used Super 20’s do. It has the original case, end plug, even the lyre screw intact. Just a beautiful example of one of the best altos ever.

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    King Super 20 Alto from 1952 Original Lacquer Full Pearls

    As far as I am concerned, the 50’s King Super 20 is the jazz alto. It’s the total package of beauty, craftsmanship, tone, ergonomics, and sheer pleasure. Pair it with a GS Special Alto mouthpiece, and you’ve got an unbeatable combination. It’s what I play, anyway. The price includes a full overhaul!

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    King Super 20 Alto Full Pearls 298xxx Original and Overhauled

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    If you are looking for one of the best jazz altos I have played, this is it. It is a freshly overhauled King Super 20 298xxx from 1948-9, and it has a very good overhaul that will last for a LONG time with nothing more than regular maintenance. The tone on this horn is that concentrated essence of mainstream jazz alto that people look for in a Super 20. It has a flexible, punchy, medium bright tone with a unique “American” core that is powerful and projecting. Very free blowing – easy altissimo. This is lots of fun to play. Pair it with a NY Meyer, and you sound a lot like Cannonball Adderley tonally.

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    King Super 20 Alto Full Pearls 313xxx

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    This horn is already sold, but if you are wondering what a factory relacquered King Super 20 looks like, it looks like this. As you can see, the pads, resonators and lacquer are correct for a King of this period, but there is lacquer over the pearls and just enough little hints to show that it is definitely redone. Comes in a nice original case as well. This horn was a good player, as many relacquers are when they are in good physical condition with a good overhaul. This horn pre-sold off our waiting list, so if there is a specific horn you want, please contact us and we will let you know first before it becomes available more generally.

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    King Super 20 Alto Full Pearls 336xxx Outstanding

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    This is an excellent condition, original lacquer King Super 20 Alto SN#336xxx with full pearls and solid silver neck. This is a primo serial range for Super 20 altos, and this one features the more comfortable left hand pinky setup that some people really like. It has a fresh TenorMadness overhaul (costs around $1400) and feels really good under the fingers. Tonally, it is exactly in that classic Cannonball Adderley tonal universe. It’s that jazz alto sound that is in your ears and in the air at book stores and coffee shops everywhere. It’s also a super-responsive horn. It makes you just want to play and play. I have had a lot of luck finding good Super 20’s recently– they are just such great altos, it’s hard to exaggerate how much fun they are to play.

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    King Super 20 Alto Full Pearls 336xxx Outstanding

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    This is an excellent condition, original lacquer King Super 20 Alto SN#336xxx with full pearls and solid silver neck. This is a primo serial range for Super 20 altos, and this one features the more comfortable left hand pinky setup that some people really like. It has a fresh TenorMadness overhaul (costs around $1400) and feels really good under the fingers. The overhaul is really important to how a horn plays, and this one deserved a really good overhaul. This was only done a couple of years ago, so the pads are still very fresh and in excellent condition, and I have also just had it setup again to my very picky standards. I have kept this as my personal alto for the last year – it is Super-Awesome.

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    King Super 20 Alto Original Lacquer Full Pearls 308xxx

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    This is the kind of alto that gets me excited. And if you want the best possible alto tone (which is a ridiculous blanket pronouncement, but oh well) then this is what you get. The early Super 20 altos with silver neck are easily some of the best altos ever made for jazz. The tone is just so much fun to experience. I had a jaded, world-weary saxophone player and collector in here a few weeks ago, and he said “I like the Mark VI, but playing a Super 20 just makes me smile.” I couldn’t agree more. Cannonball’s classic alto tone is NY Meyer+Super 20, and I just don’t think you can beat that for alto. (see our GS Special Mouthpiece for the closest I can get you to this tone in a modern mouthpiece.)

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    King Super 20 Alto Saxophone 290xxx Original Overhauled!

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    This is the best jazz alto on the site right now. It kills. Kings have a bit of a learning curve because there are so many different versions of the Super 20, and each version has its particular features. This is one of the best versions of the Super 20 in my opinion, and comes from 1947-8. It has original lacquer, a solid silver, double socket neck, and full pearls (pearl side keys and G#).

    This is a turn-key purchase for a super example of a Super 20. This horn is going to make someone really happy!

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    King Super 20 Alto Saxophone 290xxx Original Overhauled!

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    Tonally, this is just a gorgeous alto to play. It has that “King thing” – a lively, projecting, soulful kind of core tone that is natural for jazz and lends itself to a wide range of settings. It is medium dark tonally – Super 20s are robust and brightly lyrical generally, but this is more lush and thick than some of the later ones. It recently had a a full overhaul by the best repairman in Germany, Max Frei, for 1200€ ($1475), and it is about as mechanically perfect now as it could possibly be. This is a turn-key purchase for a super example of a Super 20. This horn is going to make someone really happy!

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    King Super 20 Alto Saxophone 298298 Original Fresh Overhaul!

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    King Super 20 Alto Saxophone 346986

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    King Super 20 Alto Saxophone 352xxx Original Lacquer

    I have been spending the last couple of years getting to know King saxophones better. Kings have a bit of a learning curve because there are so many different versions of the Super 20 and Zephyr and each version has its particular features. This is one of the best versions of the Super 20, and comes from 1957. It is the only horn that competes price wise with the Selmer Mark VI, and with good reason – these things are great. More rich, and complex than a modern Yamaha etc, but naturally full-bodied and projecting. Cannonball Adderly famously played a Super 20, and I suspect that his tone is more than anyone else’s – the quintessential jazz alto sound.
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    King Super 20 Alto Saxophone Full Pearls from 1950 Original Lacquer

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    King Super 20 Alto Saxophone Full Pearls Series II 1953 333537 Excellent!

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    King Super 20 Alto Saxophone Full Pearls Series II 319xxx Original Lacquer

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

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    King Super 20 Alto Saxophone Full Pearls Series II Orig. Lacquer Exceptional Player! 339676

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    King Super 20 Baritone, 513xxx

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    This warhorse of a Super 20 Baritone will blow the walls down.

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    King Super 20 SilverSonic Tenor 295xxx

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    King Super 20 Tenor 287xxx

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    Since this is one of the most beautiful saxophones that I have ever seen, this horn is in my personal collection. If you have something equally interesting that you want to trade, I’m open to that.
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    King Super 20 Tenor 319xxx Full Pearls Original Beautiful

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    This is a super-clean, original lacquer King Super 20 tenor saxophone that has the matching solid silver neck and pearl side keys. These are generally speaking the most desirable versions of the Super 20 saxophones, and have a rich, flexible tone that makes this a natural jazz tenor. I really love these horns, and I heartily recommend this to anyone who wants a great jazz tenor, and who wants to own an unusually-well-preserved example of one of the highest-quality saxophones ever made in the USA.

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    King Super 20 Tenor 349xxx

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    This is a super-clean, original lacquer King Super 20 with solid silver, double-socket neck. The tone of this horn is classic Super 20 from the best era. It has that warm, medium bright, full-bodied, projecting sound that people love in these horns. It is one of the nicest Super 20’s that I have seen, and the whole horn, neck, and case all look remarkably clean. I see no evidence of any past repairs or damage to the horn. It just looks great. The current pads are also in good condition and look like they haven’t been played much, so this should be good to go for quite some time without a repad being needed. If you have been looking for a nice Super 20 tenor, but you have been frustrated that most of the available options looked really beat, look no further.

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    King Super 20 Tenor 382k Original Lacquer Near Mint and Overhauled!

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    King Super 20 Tenor 443xxx Original Lacquer and Clean!

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    This is a beautiful, original lacquer Super 20 tenor. It has very little wear and still plays a bit on its old pads, but it could use a repad soon. Offered here at a lower price to be a deal for someone. This is a super clean example with no more than a few small dings removed and nothing resoldered, and no serious repairs of any kind. It’s just a solid horn and promises to be a very good player as well.

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    King Super 20 Tenor Full Pearls From 1947

    It’s not every day that I can call a horn among the nicest I have seen. This one is, among Super 20 tenors.

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    King Super 20 Tenor Full Pearls From 1948 Big Player

    This is a bold, loud Super 20 tenor that will cut through a band with ease. Priced low on the chance that it might not be original lacquer.

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    King Super 20 Tenor Full Pearls From 1951 Original Lacquer

    This is one of the nicest King Super 20 Tenors that I have had in for sale. It is in gorgeous original condition, with original pads. Nobody has messed with this horn. The factory gold lacquer is still on the solid silver neck! A really clean King is about 10x harder to find than a clean Mark VI, and this is it.

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    King Super 20 Tenor Full Pearls From 1951 Original Lacquer

    This is one of the nicest King Super 20 Tenors that I have had in for sale. It is in gorgeous original condition, with original pads. Nobody has messed with this horn. The factory gold lacquer is still on the solid silver neck! A really clean King is about 10x harder to find than a clean Mark VI, and this is it.

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    King Super 20 Tenor Full Pearls From 1954 Original Lacquer

    This is a horn that I might end up just keeping. If you are looking for a Super 20, this is the vintage to get. Full pearls on side keys, palm keys and G#, lots of engraving, double socket neck. Neck is solid sterling silver, which gives you an unbeatable tone. This horn is one-owner! Super 20 tenors from the best vintages are about 10x more rare than a 5-digit serial Selmer Mark VI. It is actually really hard to find one that is clean and nice like this. It makes a good investment too.

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    King Super 20 Tenor Gold Plated Sterling Bell 287xxx

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    King Super 20 Tenor Original Lacquer Overhauled Exceptional

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    This tenor is an exceptionally fine player. Includes premium overhaul and used Hiscox case. You won’t find a better playing Super 20.

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    King Super 20 Tenor Saxophone 285199 Full Overhaul!

    Freshly overhauled! This beautiful original lacquer King Super 20 is very hard to beat. It has a BIG, wide medium dark tone. Tons of volume – it goes to 11. The silver neck gives it some focus and zing, with some extra overtones. This horn is just asking for a bright, projecting mouthpiece, and then you just sound amazing. A nice vintage Berg, or a Guardala – lots of options here.

    This horn has the rare dark ‘chocolate’ lacquer that you only see on a few full pearls Super 20 tenors. It’s just about the most gorgeous saxophone finish ever. Overhaul uses high-end medium sized, flat screw in reusable brass resonators and looks fantastic. Original case is in good condition too. It is quite rare to find an early Super 20 in this sort of condition. Well worth buying whether you play a lot or a little. I have one of these myself, and it’s in my top tenors that I have played.

    Only one available.

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    King Super 20 Tenor Saxophone Original Lacquer Original pads Warranty Card Amazing!

    Well, golly.  Here’s a 1949 King Super 20 tenor in nearly immaculate condition with original pads and original guarantee bond paperwork.  Holy cow.

    It also has its original white mouthpiece, with original ligature and cap, and comes in its original case with the leather bell strap not only intact but supple and in good working condition.  Sheesh.

    This horn looks to have been played a bit by its original owner, as evidenced by some light scratching in the lacquer here and there and some light wear on the thumbhook.  The solid silver necks on these horns were originally lacquered, but the lacquer typically wears off so quickly and completely most folks are not aware of this fact. The fact that the lacquer on this neck still remains at about 40%, though speckled, shows that the original owner took extremely good care of the instrument and was quite finicky with his handling.  Gosh.

    This Series I King Super 20 is about as fine as they come, and is collectible as-is or put a high end overhaul on it and let it sing.  This horn is ready for its next steward, and at nearly 70 years old still has a couple hundred years of music making left in it, if you care for it as well as its original owner did.  Goodness gracious.

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    King Super 20 Tenor Saxophone Silver Neck 411xxx

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    The King Super 20’s that were made in Cleveland (like this) are the most desirable type among most players and collectors. (As a side note, the early Eastlake horns can also be very good.) This one is original lacquer at about 95% with some minor play wear on the back of the body. The Super 20 is a classic jazz tenor. And this is a great vintage for getting a good horn for a good price. It has a nice, medium bright tone that can easily cut through with the right mouthpiece. It’s also a versatile, do it all kind of horn for most other types of playing. Super 20’s are great tenors, and mechanically clean ones like this don’t come around that often. Most of the ones you see are beat up (and nickel keywork is really hard to straighten out if it’s been damaged) and much later than this.

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    King Super 20 Tenor Saxophone Super Rare GOLD Plate Overhauled 281058

    Do you like rare? Do you like awesome? Do you want to play the best? King Super 20’s are already great, but this is a super rare original gold plate example. It has a top shelf overhaul by Carlo Cennamo – mister detail-oriented himself – and it plays exceptionally well. Like, you have not played a tenor this good before. Or if you have, congratulations. It was hanging out in my collection for a couple of years, and now I’m offering it for sale for the first time. I’ll pop it back in the closet if some like-minded individual pops up, who also likes to nab the rarest of magical beasts. This is where you find them;-)

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    King Super 20 Tenor Very Gentle Relacquer Full Pearls Silver Neck!

    $ 3,750
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    King Zephyr Alto Silver Plated

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    This is a vintage Silver King Zephyr alto SN# 223xxx with double socket neck that just came in. It also has the three ring strap hook so you can change how the horn balances on the strap. It has an older repad, and the pads are still sealing. It has been mostly in the case since it was repadded several years ago, as you can tell from how little the silver has tarnished. The horn is in good condition, with nearly all of the original silver plate intact. The engraving is also nice, as is the deco bell support.

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    King Zephyr Special Alto – Super Early Serial, Unique Engraving

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    This horn is the earliest Zephyr Special that I can find any record of existing. It may be the first, and it is definitely one of the very first.

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    King Zephyr Special Alto 202xxx! Original Near Mint!

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    The Zephyr Special is one of my all-time favorite saxophones. The dark, chocolaty lacquer color, the delicate, sharp bell key engraving, tasteful pearl side keys, solid silver neck, and the TONE – it’s the total package, unlike anything else. This is one of those rare ones that comes along about once every year or two at best that is really near mint and absolutely gorgeous. It comes in the original case too. These horns are really hard to find in this kind of condition, and they are increasing in value as people realize how sweet they are.

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    King Zephyr Special Alto Full Pearls Original and Beautiful!

    It’s hard to take a bad photo of what is one of the most beautiful saxophones ever made. Engraving everywhere, pearls everywhere, silver neck, beautiful tone, light, flute-like action, the works. These horns are rare to see at all and especially hard to find in good condition like this. Everything about the Zephyr Special is deluxe, including the tone.

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    King Zephyr Special Alto Full Pearls Original and Beautiful!

    It’s hard to take a bad photo of what is one of the most beautiful saxophones ever made. Engraving everywhere, pearls everywhere, silver neck, beautiful tone, light, flute-like action, the works. These horns are rare to see at all and especially hard to find in good condition like this. Everything about the Zephyr Special is deluxe, including the tone.

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    King Zephyr Special Alto Near Mint Condition Original and Near Pristine!

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    King Zephyr Special Alto Original Lacquer Fresh Matt Stohrer Overhaul

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    It’s hard to take a bad photo of what is one of the most beautiful saxophones ever made. Engraving everywhere, pearls everywhere, silver neck, beautiful tone, light, flute-like action, the works. These horns are rare to see at all and especially hard to find in good condition like this. Everything about the Zephyr Special is deluxe, including the tone. This horn also just received a deluxe overhaul by Matt Stohrer, and it’s ready to go.

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    King Zephyr Special Alto Saxophone 209xxx

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    This is a mint condition, first year, original lacquer King Zephyr Special Alto SN#209xxx with full pearls and solid silver neck. It has no dents, no dings, no resolders and 99% lacquer at least. This is about as nice as you will find for a 70+ year old horn. It comes with the mint original case and it still has all original pads as well. This horn plays well on its original pads with a medium, complex tone that is natural for jazz. I like the Zephyr Special of this era as well as the later Super 20, so it is a chance to get a great horn for a bit less money and still get something that is in uniquely great condition. It includes the original Zephyr Special mouthpiece as well.

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    King Zephyr Special Alto Saxophone Full Pearls 223xxx Mint

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    King Zephyr Special Alto Saxophone Original Gorgeous 209762

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    King Zephyr Special Alto Silver 209xxx

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    This is a gorgeous, original silver-plated King Zephyr Special alto SN# 209xxx. Zephyr Specials are just about my favorite altos of all time for tone and sheer joy of playing.

    This horn has “full pearls” meaning that all of the side keys, octave key, and the G# have mother of pearl inlay. It also has the starburst engraving on all of the low key cups. The silver is basically all present, and the horn also has no past repairs and no damage of any kind. It has the original solid silver neck in excellent condition, and the original mouthpiece as well.

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    King Zephyr Special Alto Very Good Condition Original and Gorgeous

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    King Zephyr Special Tenor 254xxx

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    This saxophone is sold!  But click here to see our current selection of tenor saxophones.

     

    This is an incredible, near mint condition King Zephyr Special tenor with full pearls and solid silver neck. This horn still has virtually all of its lacquer intact, including over the silver neck, which is ridiculously rare to see.

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    King Zephyr Special Tenor Fresh Overhaul 216xxx

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    King Zephyr Special Tenor from 1937 Original Lacquer

    Is the Zephyr Special the best tenor ever made? A tone to die for, and made to be deluxe in every way that it can be, this is the vintage tenor to get. I play one much like this already, or I’d be keeping it.

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    King Zephyr Special Tenor Full Pearls 266xxx Overhauled Great!

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    Here is a beautiful original lacquer King Zephyr Special tenor 266xxx with full pearls and solid silver neck. This is the later version of the Zephyr Special that is very much like an early Super 20 tenor (silver double socket neck, full pearls, similar tone etc.) Even more than the beauty, rarity and great build quality of this horn, the tone is the main reason to buy it. Simply put, this is one of the best tenors that I have played this year, and that is saying a lot. People play vintage horns because they just sound better than anything made today. And with a good overhaul, you know that you are getting a horn that is actually playing the way that it is supposed to.

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    King Zephyr Special Tenor Full Pearls Original Lacquer Stohrer Overhaul!

    One of the finest examples of a King Zephyr Special that I have seen. Overhauled by one of the finest repairmen, and one of the finest playing vintage tenors period. Includes a nice, new case also.

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    King Zephyr Special Tenor Original Lacquer 1939 223xxx

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    The Zephyr Special is an amazingly beautiful, ornate, and fun to play saxophone. It has a sonic world all its own. Nothing sounds like a King. This horn is big, wide, resonant and loud, but it is also delicate, rich, and projecting. The neck is solid silver, which gives it extra overtones and a focused kind of darkness to the sound.

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    King Zephyr Special Tenor Original Lacquer 1939 229xxx

    This is a gorgeous, original lacquer King Zephyr Special. These are hard to find, and nothing sounds like them. I play a ZS alto and tenor. If I ever get to help make a saxophone, it will be based on this model. It’s hard to beat.

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    King Zephyr Special Tenor Original Near Mint 254xxx

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    This is an incredible, near mint condition King Zephyr Special tenor with full pearls and solid silver neck. This horn still has virtually all of its lacquer intact, including over the silver neck, which is ridiculously rare to see. This Zephyr Special was made in 1941, which was a kind of pinnacle year for American saxophones. It’s rare to find any saxophone that looks this good after 73 years, and finding such a rare and desirable one is really special.

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    King Zephyr Tenor 299xxx

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    The early King Zephyr saxophones were the professional model sax made by King in their day. They were succeeded by the famed Super 20, which was a development of the Zephyr’s design. This horn has the three ring strap hook, the double-socket neck, and a lot of the same keywork and feel of the best, and earliest Super 20’s. That means that you are getting a lot of horn for the money. This horn has been relacquered, and it was apparently done recently, judging by the color of the lacquer. Mechanically it is in good condition, with no evidence of any past damage or dentwork, resolders, or non-original parts. It’s a nice, relacquered Zephyr that it ready for someone to buy it and start playing jazz. After all, these are the quintessential jazz saxophone and that is what they should be playing. This horn’s pads are pretty old, but they haven’t been played much. It is being sold as-is, needing a repad to play its best. It ships in the original case which is in good condition.