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    Antigua Winds Soprano Near Mint Condition Great Bargain Soprano 3349

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    Beaugnier Vito Tenor Great Value

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    Borgani Joe Lovano Pearl Silver Tenor Saxophone Excellent Condition 19626 – Sounds like a Conn!

    Borgani Joe Lovano model in Pearl Silver with 24k gold plated keywork. This has not been played much since it was bought new last year by the original owner. It plays like a vintage Conn but with modern keywork, which is pretty cool. More like a New Wonder II than like a 10M. The tone is big, dark, wide, and pretty spread. You can find videos of Joe Lovano playing this model, if you search on Youtube. If you love the sound of a Conn, but you don’t want to play a horn with vintage keywork, this is really your only option among modern saxophones.

    This horn has no dents, no dings, no past repairs at all. It has been well cared for and feels quite good under the fingers. It just got the pads checked out, and it is playing very easily. It comes in the beautiful original case which is also in great shape.

    Only one available!

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    Couf Superba 1 Alto Excellent Original Lacquer

  • Couf Superba 1 Alto Original Lacquer Fresh High-End Overhaul Plays Great

    The H. Couf Superba 1 is one of my favorite vintage saxophones. They remain one of the best options for a great sounding alto sax with modern keywork and a rich, interesting tone. Darker and fatter sounding than a Yamaha, with rich, wide upper register, and a full, projecting low register, this alto will do it all. If you are looking for a great all-purpose alto, or even for an ideal smooth jazz or commercial sounding alto, the Couf Superba 1 fits the bill. I just sold one of these to a smooth jazz player who loves the fat sound that stays warm when brightened up with a bright mouthpiece. And he loves the comfort of the keywork. These are among the only saxophones that sound this full and rich and also have modern keywork. (Modern saxophones have, as a rule, moved towards a clearer, rounder, more contained sound, and can’t deal with as much air as a Superba 1 can take.)

    This alto came with its original pads still intact, and it is getting a full mechanical overhaul right now, which means it will be back to like new, or better-than-new condition mechanically, and playing wise. If you’re not used to used saxophone lingo, that means that a highly-skilled woodwind repairman is going to be spending about 30 hours of labor on this horn going over every detail, and replacing everything that can be replaced, (all new pads, corks, felts, mechanical work, setup, play testing, neck fit, full disassembly, cleaning, fresh oil etc.) so that it’s totally rebuilt and ready for its next many years of playing. That’s a big added value for you, because you don’t have to worry about the horn needing more than minor occasional maintenance to play its best for many years to come. It also means that it will play effortlessly, and saturatedly at low volumes, in the low register. Low Bb is just another note, even if you want to play it at pp.

    I have no trouble selling a Couf Superba 1 alto as soon as anyone plays one with the fresh overhaul. It’s really hard to beat, regardless of price. And at this price, it is really hard to beat.

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    Couf Superba 1 Alto Saxophone 54xxx Original

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    The Couf Superba I is a highly sought-after saxophone, and this one is a rare early example (at least I’ve never seen one this early before) in good condition with most of its original lacquer intact. It has been overhauled with Noyek resonators, and they give the tone a punchy edge to the dark core that works well. The rolled tone holes look great! This horn has just been put into good playing condition and plays well on the current pads. This is a professional horn in every way. It was the pinnacle of vintage saxophone design by the Keilwerth company, and it was the best vintage saxophone made in Germany. It has a big, rich tone with a lot of complexity, and lots of power.

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    Couf Superba 1 Alto Saxophone Gold Plate 67xxx

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    For your viewing pleasure, this is a super rare original gold plate Couf Superba 1 alto. This horn is not available for sale, but it is worth seeing. The matching tenor (68xxx) is also in the museum section of this site.

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    Couf Superba 1 Alto Saxophone Great Player! Keilwerth Made Pro Horn

    The Couf Superba 1 Alto is a professional horn in every way. It was the pinnacle of vintage saxophone design by the Keilwerth company, and it was the best vintage saxophone made in Germany. I have a pair of these in my personal collection also.

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    Couf Superba 1 Alto Saxophone Used 65763

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    Couf Superba 1 Baritone Saxophone 83xxx Fresh Repad!

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    Couf Superba 1 Soprano 84xxx

    After looking for one of these for years, finally, I got a Superba 1 soprano in stock. And this one has nice original lacquer. These fine professional horns were made by Julius Keilwerth for Herb Couf, who was a saxophone teacher and music entrpreneur in Detroit, MI through the middle of the 20th century. This horn has just received a well-done fresh overhaul, done by Dan Hansen in Texas. Dan’s detail-oriented, snappy-feeling pad work gives this horn just what it needs to play its best for many years to come. The tone on these horns was made famous by Grover Washington Jr, who famously played Superba 1 saxophones on his earlier albums. The fat, rich core tone works great for any kind of music, but with a mouthpiece with a bit of baffle, you get a fat, dark core with a bright, crisp edge, and that is the tone that lots of people go for in jazz soprano playing.

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    Couf Superba 1 Soprano Original Lacquer Fresh Overhaul!

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    After looking for one of these for years, finally, I got a Superba 1 soprano in stock. And this one has nice original lacquer. These fine professional horns were made by Julius Keilwerth for Herb Couf, who was a saxophone teacher and music entrpreneur in Detroit, MI through the middle of the 20th century. Couf Superba 1 saxophones are outstanding instruments, made to the highest standards and possessing a uniquely rich, powerful tone that is at once (roughly speaking) similar to both a vintage Selmer and to a vintage Conn. The tone on these horns was made famous by Grover Washington Jr, who famously played Superba 1 saxophones on his earlier albums. The fat, rich core tone works great for any kind of music, but with a mouthpiece with a bit of baffle, you get a fat, dark core with a bright, crisp edge, and that is the tone that lots of people go for for jazz soprano. It works well too, with a classical mouthpiece, giving you a round, dark, warm, centered soprano sound. There are not many of these Superba 1 sopranos around, and this is a beautiful example that also has a fresh, well-done overhaul. It is an easy, turn-key purchase that should make somebody really happy!

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    Couf Superba 1 Soprano Saxophone 91912

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    Couf Superba 1 Tenor 68xxx Fresh Overhaul Original Lacquer

    Here it is, for some lucky person. It took me three years to find another nice early Couf Superba 1 like my personal tenor (also 68xxx) and the one that I sold to a good friend who played every horn in the shop and picked his 68xxx Superba 1. They play surprisingly much like an SBA tenor but with more lush palm key tone (stays fat where the selmer thins out up top).

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    Couf Superba 1 Tenor Original Black Nickel

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    This is a rare Keilwerth-made Couf Superba I tenor saxophone. It has rolled tone holes, and the finish is black nickel. This is the first Couf that I have seen with this finish, which is much more common to find on the Keilwerth SX-90R which is the present rolled tone holes Keilwerth model.

    This horn should be a really good player when restored. If it’s like my personal Superba I, then it will have a big dark, powerful tone that pushes you to play what it wants to play. These horns sound loud even when you’re playing softly. It wants to blow the walls down, and it works great with a range of mouthpieces. This one ships in a nice pro-tec contoured hard case.

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    Couf Superba 1 Tenor Saxophone 88xxx Ready to Go!

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  • Couf Superba 1 Tenor Saxophone 91368

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    Couf Superba 1 Tenor Saxophone 91xxx

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    Couf Superba 1 Tenor Saxophone 91xxx Fresh Overhaul Plays Huge

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    Couf Superba 1 Tenor Saxophone Gold-Plated

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    This is a Couf Superba I tenor on original gold plate (not lacquer). This is the model of horn that Grover Washington Jr. played, and it is the predecessor of the rolled tone hole, professional Keilwerth SX-90r and similar horns, like the shadow. This sax has no dents or dings, and two posts have been resoldered though it is very hard to tell. It has just been overhauled by Matt Stohrer, who is one of the best in the business, both based on his reputation, and based on my experience. It plays GREAT with domed metal resonators. Everything is just as it should be, and the horn has a big dark tone with great fatness to it and lots of power.

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    Couf Superba 1 Tenor Saxophone Original Lacquer 88xxx

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    This is a rare Keilwerth-made Couf Superba I tenor saxophone. It has rolled tone holes and original lacquer. Other key features include the comfortable, modern-like keywork, the oversized pearl key touches, and a very convenient high F# included. These horns are what I almost always recommend for people looking for a big, dark vintage tone with modern keywork. ( Buffet Dynaction and Super Dynaction are the other main options for that.) That is, if I can find one. They are typically fairly hard to find in good physical condition. For a bargain price, you can get a really good playing horn.

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    Couf Superba 1 Tenor Very Good Condition Original Lacquer Exceptional Player!!

    Just freshly overhauled. This might be the best playing tenor on the entire site (see also this Conn). This tenor has a HUGE, powerful tone, with effortless, fat low register, and crisp, fat upper register. It is just a joy to play. It got the premium TenorMadness hand-machined, slightly-domed, reusable metal resonators that work so well on these horns, and that look great also. 

    This is a very nice condition Couf (made by Keilwerth for Herb Couf) Superba I tenor, which is a great modern ergonomics horn with a lot of the big, fat tone of an old Conn.  Some people also compare them tonally to a good Selmer SBA, and they do indeed share the big sound you can get on a great Selmer.

    This particular sax sports a high F# key and has lived a relatively cosseted life thus far.  The only evidence of any repairs or damage past or present is a resolder on the low Eb keyguard foot, which is fairly common on these, and has no impact on playability. The original gold colored lacquer (which has a particularly beautiful lustre to it that can often be mistaken for gold plate) is in very good shape.  

    The Couf Superba I sports rolled toneholes and a really cool modern engraving pattern and was built in West Germany by Keilwerth to be imported by Herb Couf, a distinguished professional saxophonist who later was a Vice President of the W. T. Armstrong company.  As told to me by those who knew him and also as evidenced by playing the saxophone he chose to put his name on, the man had good taste in saxophones. If you have been looking for an extremely well built modern ergonomics horn with a bigger sound than you find on most modern instruments, look no further- Couf has you covered.  

    This is a very nice condition Couf (made by Keilwerth for Herb Couf) Superba I tenor, which is a great modern ergonomics horn with a lot of the big, fat tone of an old Conn.  Some people also compare them tonally to a good Selmer SBA, and they do indeed share the big sound you can get on a great Selmer.

    This particular sax sports a high F# key and phas lived a relatively cosseted life thus far.  The only evidence of any repairs or damage past or present is a resolder on the low Eb keyguard foot, which is fairly common on these, and has no impact on playability. The original gold colored lacquer (which has a particularly beautiful lustre to it that can often be mistaken for gold plate) is in very good shape.  

    The Couf Superba I sports rolled toneholes and a really cool modern engraving pattern and was built in West Germany by Keilwerth to be imported by Herb Couf, a distinguished professional saxophonist who later was a Vice President of the W. T. Armstrong company.  As told to me by those who knew him and also as evidenced by playing the saxophone he chose to put his name on, the man had good taste in saxophones. If you have been looking for an extremely well built modern ergonomics horn with a bigger sound than you find on most modern instruments, look no further- Couf has you covered.  

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    Couf Superba I Baritone Saxophone

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    This is a great example of a Couf Superba I Baritone Saxophone. The Couf bari has a big, warm tone and sounds as good as any other vintage bari out there. The keywork is comfortable, and the horn has good intonation as well. This one has the low A key, and goes up to high F. Lacquer is in great shape with some wear on the upper bow and neck. It comes in a new premium Protec Contoured case, which is great for shipping. Speaking of bari shipping, I can ship to Europe and several other countries (ones that have a USPS size limit of 108 in.) for only $250. This horn has older pads that still seal well, so plan on a repad in the next few years, depending on how much you play it.

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    Couf Superba I Baritone Saxophone Low A to High F#

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    This is a super-rare original lacquer Couf Superba I Low A Baritone saxophone with range from low A to high F#. It plays Great with a fresh, full overhaul done by Steve Collins of Collins Hornworks. Steve is a pro bari player himself, as well as an outstanding tech, so you get a horn that really plays well from the hands of a bari-playing tech. These Superba 1 Baritones have a big, rich, fat tone that stays full across the whole range of the instrument. This horn has a huge sound, and it can be pushed as much as you want. The intonation is good, and the ergonomics are quite good, especially for a vintage horn.

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    Couf Superba I, Rare Low A to High F# Version

    This is a super-rare original lacquer Couf Superba I Low A Baritone saxophone with range from low A to high F#, freshly overhauled and playing great.

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    Haynes Silver Clarinet SN#6

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    Indiana Band Vintage Alto Playable and Super Cheap 8150

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    Ishimori Wood Stone ‘New Vintage’ Tenor Saxophone Near Mint

    One of the most lauded modern horns by people who like vintage horns.

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    Ishimori Wood Stone New Vintage Tenor Saxophones BRAND NEW – Eric Alexander Model LAST One!

    $ 4,750

    The highly-coveted Ishimori Wood Stone tenor has very comfortable keywork, low, fast action, and a warm, complex tone more like a vintage sax than other modern alternatives. It gets a complete, painstaking mechanical overhaul by Ishimori’s famous saxophone repair shop in Japan before being sold. This makes it very reliable to own over time. I have sold several used ones of these, and they are always holding up very well after years of heavy playing. These features combine to make it highly desirable, and almost always back-ordered. Ishimori doesn’t cut corners on getting the horns totally right before sending them out the door, and this means they will always have a production bottleneck at the overhaul stage of their business. These horns are delightful to play, with an SBA-inspired neck that gives them much of that warmth and delicate core that we love in many vintage Selmers. They also tune well and are beautifully hand-engraved. The Eric Alexander model (this one) plays, to my ear, basically the same as the other models. I’m sure there are subtle differences, but they are much more similar than different.

    I have to wait months to get in more of these horns. This is the last one available of the shipment that recently came in. Once it’s gone, I’m back to the waiting game.

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    Ishimori Woodstone NEW Tenor Saxophone Dark Lacquer no F#

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    Ishimori Woodstone with Dark Lacquer Tenor Saxophone

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    Jupiter Soprano SPS-547 Saxophone 842702

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    Keilwerth Black Nickel Low A Baritone SX-90 Excellent Condition Outstanding Player 121579

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    Keilwerth Nickel SX90R Tenor 122xxx

    This is a beautiful solid nickel silver Keilwerth SX90R that is part of a limited edition of these made with this brushed finish. It is basically the same as the Shadow model, but with a beautiful platinum looking brushed nickel finish rather than the black nickel. This horn was picked out of a bunch of new Keilwerths as the best one by far, back in 2007, and was one owner, pro-owned until now. I got it and had several pads replaced and the rest adjusted, and had a very good neck fit done, all by Matt Stohrer (which improves Keilwerths a ton). The horn now plays really well – probably better than a new one, because of the neck fit. The price here is about $2k lower than a new horn, and this horn has only minor wear from playing and is in beautiful shape.

    Only one available!

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    Keilwerth SX-90R Tenor Gorgeous Condition BIG player Early Serial

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    Keilwerth SX90R Shadow Tenor Saxophone 124815

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    Kohlert 55 Tenor Saxophone Original Lacquer Good Condition Great Deal

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    Leblanc Rationale / Rationnel Alto 2xx Original Silver

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    This is a beautiful example of one of the more interesting saxophones made in the 20th century – the Leblanc System saxophones. This horn has SR on the bell, meaning “System Rationale,” or perhaps, “System Revolutionaire” The Rationale/Rationnel (nobody seems to have the definitive spelling!) project was an attempt to build a saxophone according to the Boehm system of fingering, which prioritizes good “venting” above all. The idea is that there should be no closed tone holes below the highest up open tone hole for any note. According to one helpful article, “‘The heart of the Leblanc (Paris) System saxophone is a special coupling mechanism which enables the player to lower the pitch in the left hand key bank one semitone by depressing the first, second or third finger of the right hand.’ In other words, you can lower A (12x|xxx) to Ab by playing, say, 12x|xx3.'”

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    Leblanc System Alto Original Lacquer Rare!

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    Leblanc System Alto Saxophone 895

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    LeBlanc System Rationale Tenor Saxophone Near Mint 758

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    Lyon and Healy Semi-Curved Soprano Near Mint w/ Warranty Card

    Rarest horn on the site right now. This Lyon and Healy Semi-curved soprano is a real find.

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    Noblet Paris / Beaugnier Curved Soprano 13xxx

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    This is a saxophone that I will probably only see once. It’s a rare Beaugnier Paris curved soprano, made mid-century by this small instrument maker in France. Beaugnier saxophones are not yet appreciated as much as they deserve to be. This company produced a small number of high-quality saxophones made by hand and sold them both under their own name, and under other brand names, like Noblet and Vito. These horns all have a rich, centered, medium bright tone that is reminiscent of other French saxophones of that time, like Selmer, Buffet or Couesnon.

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    Noblet Paris Alto Saxophone by Beaugnier 13xxx Fresh Repad

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    Beaugnier was a small saxophone maker in Paris who made some excellent hand-made horns over several decades, and almost all were sold as (top-quality) stencils (made by Beaugnier for other saxophone makers). These horns come in several different vintages, and the precise dating is not quite nailed down yet, because there isn’t a lot of data surviving. In any case, all of the Beaugnier’s that I have played have been very impressive saxophones. The tone is somewhere between Selmer and Buffet – French, lyrical, interesting, and flexible.

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    Oscar Adler Curved Soprano Saxophone – Crazy Right Hand Bell Keys! 992

    Highly Collectible Oscar Adler Markneukirchen-made curved soprano saxophone. This instrument has three ‘petal’ keys that allow you to play low C#, B and Bb with your right hand fingertips, which is pretty useful actually. I have never seen another instrument like this one in person or online. Excellent condition. I had two of the petal key touches expertly (and invisibly) restored where they had been shortened. Comes in a cool possibly-original red case with tons of storage. Pads are older of course, but it will play a bit on them, with a big, wide, dark spread tone.

    Super cool piece of saxophone history here. This instrument may be from around 1909 or so, though I am admittedly not an expert on dating early Oscar Adler saxophones.

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    P Mauriat Tenor Saxophone Unlacquered Cool Patina PMXT-66RUL 701509

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    Rampone and Cazzani R1 Saxello Heavy Gold Plate Near Mint

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    This is my first experience with a Rampone soprano, let alone a saxello, and I am pretty impressed. This horn has the best-looking gold plate finish that I have seen on a modern horn, and it is a heavy gold plate that is much more generous than the electroplated horns that you see from other manufacturers today. The pad work feels good under the fingers, and the keywork is comfortable and modern. Although the horn feels modern, the tone is big and warm, more like a vintage Conn than like a Selmer or Yamaha, and that is a big plus in my opinion. These rarely come up for sale, so get this one now, and you’ll be into it way less than the new price, for a horn in near mint condition, with no wait time.

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    Tenor Madness Custom 500SL Tenor Saxophone – New Lacquered

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    Tenor Madness Custom 500SL Tenor Saxophone – New Unlacquered

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    TM Custom Unlacquered Tenor Saxophone 500SL by TenorMadness

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    The good folks at TenorMadness have been putting a lot of work into developing a new saxophone for several years now, and when one came up for sale, I just had to get it just to see what was up. Randy at TenorMadness generously offered to do an additional setup on this horn, together with adding the various improvements that he has been developing over the last year or so. That work is just completed, so this horn is just like all the current TM Customs now.

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    Vito / Beaugnier Straight Soprano 23xxx Rare!

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    This is a saxophone that I had not seen before. It’s a rare Beaugnier Paris soprano, made mid-century by this small instrument maker in France, and sold to Vito (France) to be sold under their name. Beaugnier saxophones are not yet appreciated as much as they deserve to be. This company produced a small number of high-quality saxophones made by hand and sold them both under their own name, and under other brand names, like Noblet and Vito. These horns all have a rich, centered, medium bright tone that is reminiscent of other French saxophones of that time, like Selmer, Buffet or Couesnon.

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    York (+Buescher?) Tenor Saxophone Good Deal! 35581

    Sometimes I end up with a sax, you know?  And this is one of those. This appears to be a genuine (not stenciled) York saxophone, and it is physically complete and not in awful shape.  The toneholes appear to be a combination of Martin style soldered (up top and down low) and regular drawn (stacks) and the keywork appears somewhat Buescher-like… so maybe the body tube is York and the keys are Buescher.  But I am not sure. Anyhow, it’s a vintage tenor that might be fun to mess around with, all the parts are there, and you’ll probably be the only guy on the block that owns one. It makes saxophone noises on the clanky current setup, and you can tell it will have a big, wide, dark tone when overhauled. Get it cheap, and have some fun with it! 

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    York Curved Soprano Saxophone Great Condition Old Pads 91451