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Buescher Big B Tenor Saxophone 293523 Original Lacquer Fresh Full Overhaul Excellent!
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.
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Chateau CTS-50 Series Tenor Saxophone Dark Cognac Lacquer Great Deal Brand New$ 1,700
Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone 1948 Original Lacquer Old Pads$ 2,350This 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 Chu Berry New Wonder 1 Tenor Saxophone Burnished Gold Plate Portrait 1924$ 4,350
Just freshly overhauled! New photos posted late June 2020!
Conns from the 1920’s like this have an enthusiastic following these days. I’m told that it’s now more common to see a tenor player in NYC playing a Conn than a Selmer, which is hard to believe if true. I have definitely noticed a large and growing amount of interest and enthusiasm for Conns like this over the last 5 years at least.
The way I think about vintage Conn tenors is this. They are all built quite well, and they are all good players once you get them all fixed up and overhauled. So if you have the choice, and budget allows, you might as well buy the nicest one you can to fix up. This is for a couple of reasons. First, resale value will always be better the more beautiful the horn is, and the rarer the finish. Second, you get to experience the satisfaction, even joy, of owning such a beautiful piece of craftsmanship from the world’s greatest musical instrument factory of the 20’s and 30’s, which is undoubtedly Conn. Conn set the standard for musical instrument manufacturing during that time. Its designs were copied by all the other makers, from France to Germany, Italy, and even eventually Japan. They are still being copied today in fact!
If your goal is to get the best, most beautiful, rarest Conn that you can, it would be hard to do better than this beautiful burnished gold Conn New Wonder 1 ‘Chu Berry’ tenor saxophone from 1924. The finish is a bit tarnished at present, because I haven’t had time to get it disassembled, cleaned, and polished yet, but there’s a lot of original gold plate there, and not a whole lot of finish wear. The burnished (bright) gold Conns like this are incredibly rare. Much rarer than the satin gold examples, which are themselves very rare. The engraving is striking. Each burnished gold Conn had the option for a custom portrait. I wonder whose sweetheart this is! Some stylish flapper 20’s lady in any case. This would almost definitely have been pro-owned by the tenor player from a big band. I got the horn from Ohio, if there’s anyone who can connect the dots at all. I have never seen any other Conn tenor with engraving like this, so it has some historical value as well, to me at least.
This tenor comes in pretty good playing condition. It was tuned up before I got it, and I’ll probably spend some more money on pad work before I sell it. It also includes a nice Hiscox case with my favorite, the red interior, which is no longer offered. Much better than the blue for a gold saxophone.
Just for fun, here’s Lester Young on his New Wonder 1 tenor just like this one, also gold plated. The wide, lush, spread, medium dark tone is just gorgeous.
Conn New Wonder 1 Tenor 1924 134421 Original Silver Plate Excellent!$ 2,000
Couf Superba 1 Tenor Original Gold Plate Saxophone 68059 Matt Stohrer Overhaul One of the best ever!$ 7,950
This is my personal Couf Superba 1 tenor in original gold plate, overhauled by Matt Stohrer. It’s pretty much unbeatable for the Keilwerth enthusiast. To me the Superba 1 plays more like a Selmer SBA than the later Keilwerths do. I absolutely love this horn. It’s so powerful and loud, that it tells you what to play! You can of course play effortlessly quietly on it with a fully saturated tone. That’s the beauty of Matt’s precision pad work. It is just tops. Gold plate Keilwerths are exceedingly rare. The Superba 1 is one of the only ones that got the expensive real gold finish. I’m sure you know, but just gold plating a sax now costs around $4000+ to have done aftermarket, and it’s better to have it be factory original. There’s no lacquer on top to dull the sound, and gold is a very durable finish that doesn’t tarnish at all quickly either, and is of course beautiful as well. It’s a very special horn, and one I have had for a decade. I’m sorry to see it go!
Ishimori Woodstone New Vintage Tenor VL with F# NEW Dark Lacquer Tenor Saxophone$ 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!
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 saxophonse 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! This is the same horn as in the demo, just made a year or two later. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBoeWeRyy-o
King Zephyr Tenor Saxophone Original Silver Plate Excellent Condition 202108$ 1,950
Martin The Martin Tenor Committee III Original Lacquer Old Pads 167261$ 1,750
Great deal on an original lacquer The Martin Tenor Committee III. This horn has older pads, and actually does play on them, but plan on getting it overhauled.Previous repairs – the thumb hook is a replacement. The original thumb hook often gets lost on these, because it had an odd design where it only attached by a small post with a leveraged arm coming out that let you torque it easily.Besides that, you can see some lines on the back of the bow area where it looks like some small dents were probably removed at some point. Same thing on the bow guard. The two resolders you can probably easily see as they are clearly photographed – lower post of the C/Eb key and the key guard foot right beside that on one side of low Eb. The neck tenon is also resoldered. You have to take it off to do a ’neck fit’ because of the way the neck tightens, so I’m thinking that’s what was done there. The pads are old, but it actually plays on them, so you can easily tell that it is a very strong player. These horns are built like tanks, so this one is in plenty good condition to play its best for many more years to come if you get the pads replaced. Or you could play it for a while on the old pads before doing that.
Selmer Mark VI Tenor 143865 Exceptional Player Original Lacquer Very Good Condition$ 6,950
This Mark VI tenor from 1967 is a real screamer! It is moderately focused, medium bright in tone, and LOUD. It has effortless response, and the low register pops out easily. It just got a fresh overhaul done and plays great throughout! The pads feel nice and ‘dry’ and snappy under the fingers, and you can put as much air through the horn as you want without it breaking up, or sounding shrill. It’s a fantastic VI if you want one that has some of the warmth and complexity of the earlier VI’s (not as brash and in your face as the later ones), but has tons of power.
Cosmetically, this horn is in very good condition with minimal past repairs and no dents or dings. It’s original lacquer and looks beautiful. When you see it, you think – ‘Man, that Mark VI looks almost new!’ Looking closer, there are a few signs that it was played and loved over the years: The Bb keyguard popped off at some point and got resoldered (happens a lot on vintage horns), and the neck shows a little lacquer wear on the side from flexing, but is the correct angle now, and was never pulled down in anything like a bad way. It’s about a 2 on a scale of 1-10 — just enough to make the lacquer fracture and fall off over time. The only other thing to note is some minor dings removed from the back of the body that are gone now. Normal stuff for a vintage horn, and nothing bad; nothing needs repaired etc. And you save around $2k versus the price if this horn had no repairs, which is significant savings! Not to mention it’s already overhauled and done very tidily and well.
If you want a nice, powerful, beautiful Mark VI tenor for quite a bit less than a new Ref 54 that plays better, is built better, and is an exceptionally good player, that’s what this is.
Only one available!
Selmer Mark VI Tenor 195260 Original Lacquer American-Engraved Plays Well$ 5,950
Selmer Mark VI Tenor from 1973 Saxophone Original Lacquer Overhauled Great!
Just overhauled. This horn plays REALLY well. Super nice under the fingers, great response. Plays, feels, and responds better than most 5 digit tenors out there. If you want the loud, powerful late VI tenor sound, this is hard to beat.
This is a mechanically very clean original lacquer Selmer Mark VI Tenor saxophone with American engraving. This horn has some speckling in the lacquer, as you can see, but if you look at what counts, this Mark VI tenor is in excellent condition. There’s no damage, no resolders, neck is in great condition. It JUST got a complete overhaul / restoration done, and it’s back to factory fresh mechanical and pad condition. (An overhaul takes around 25 hours of skilled work, and represents a big added value to any saxophone.) That means all new pads, corks, felts, setup, mechanical work, neck fit – whatever it needs in order to play like a new horn.
The later VI tenors are excellent players. Better tone and feel for the dollar than almost any other saxophone that you can buy period. And this one is mechanically very nice, which is what you want. If you have been wanting a solid pro tenor that is easy to play and sounds excellent, but is in the mid-range of price for a pro tenor, that’s this. Plus, rather than depreciate like a new horn, this Mark VI tenor will go up in value, and will be easy to re-sell at any point later. Buy it and get playing!
Selmer Mark VI Tenor Saxophone 1957 69533 Original Lacquer Excellent Condition!$ 14,500
This is about as nice an example of an original lacquer early 5-digit Selmer Mark VI tenor as I have seen! It still has all its original factory pads. The original neck is in perfect condition and has not been pulled down or damaged in any way. It has the matching serial number to the body. The beautiful dark honey gold lacquer is almost all intact! This saxophone was babied and then treasured by someone as a keepsake until now. The only past repair it had was a resoldered strap hook. That was done well, with minimal lacquer loss. Sometimes stuff like that just pops off on old Selmers – key guard feet, strap hooks, and braces – not really from damage so much as just the original solder coming loose. Luckily you can just pop it back on there and it’s good to go for another 60+ years.
It’s hard to overemphasize how clean this tenor is. When you look at it, you just can’t believe how beautifully preserved it is. The body tube is straight and undamaged. The bottom bow even looks brand new. The bell and engraving look factory fresh and untouched. The original pads are falling out, so while you could try to play it on them, it would be better to get it freshly overhauled if you want to play it seriously. I got this horn in one of those beautiful red leather ‘Chesterfield’ original cases, but the zipper was broken on it, so I put it in a new BAM case for safety. If you want to pair this horn with an original 50’s Chesterfield Selmer case, I can possibly sell you one from my small vintage case collection. And if you want to buy it and then get it overhauled to play, I can hook you up with a top notch saxophone repairman who can do the overhaul right! You’ll be able to reuse the original Selmer metal Tone-x resonators on the new pads, which will give the horn a correct, vintage look.
Tonally, the mid 60k range is a real sweet spot for the Mark VI tenor. These horns have a darker, more focused core tone than the later VI tenors, with plenty of power. As you push it, it will brighten up a bit, but stay fat and complex sounding. It’s super free blowing, and not stuffy at all. Loud and dark and powerful with a good amount of focus. When people make modern tenor necks that are supposed to mimic the ‘Mark VI tenor sound’ they often copy a neck like this one that is medium-dark, complex, and focused with easy overtones. This is the sort of tenor that gave the Mark VI the reputation that it now has. If you want virtually the same horn, but for half price with a new ‘coat of paint’ from the factory, check out the excellent deal I have on this VI tenor, which is virtually identical, and also super clean physically and mechanically.
But if you have been looking for a really fantastic, original early 5-digit VI tenor that is almost like going back in time to 1957 and buying a new Selmer, then that’s what you have here. It’s a rare opportunity, and getting rarer every year. Soon, these horns will no longer be seen on the market at ALL often, and people will lament for the days when they were priced so ‘low’! It’s crazy, but true, if you compare to literally any other instrument (guitar, violin, piano, flute, even bassoon) — the best examples of the best instruments of all of those cost 3-10x what you can get a super clean Mark VI like this for currently.
Only one available!
Selmer Mark VI Tenor Saxophone 1964 Original Lacquer Plays Great 119141$ 6,500
Nice original lacquer Selmer Mark VI from a great vintage! This horn has an older overhaul and still plays on it, though the pads aren’t new. It’s on consignment, so it’s sold as is. The horn fell over at some point a long time ago, and has some dent work on the back of the body where it was repaired. The neck receiver also is resoldered. If you want a great deal on a player’s VI that is original lacquer, this would be a good one to consider. The tone is medium dark with quite a bit of power, and is actually kind of spread like a BA/SBA. The original neck has the matching serial, as you can see.
Selmer Mark VI Tenor Saxophone from 1970 American Engraved$ 6,450
This is a beautiful example of a Selmer Mark VI Tenor Saxophone from 1970. It is American engraved and assembled. The entire horn is original lacquer. Except for the neck, which has been relacquered, but still completely matches the horn in look and color. The neck evidently had a dent removed under the octave key, and the original owner wanted it to look as good as the horn, so had the dent removed and the neck resprayed. Anyway, it’s not a big deal playing wise, but I’m lowering the price of the horn by around $1500 to give someone a great deal on an original lacquer VI in excellent condition that is also cheaper than buying just a regular new Selmer tenor sax. Compared to a new Series II tenor, or a new Ref 54 or (gasp) Ref 36, you are saving hundreds to several thousands of dollars and getting a horn that is better made, plays better for almost any style but classical (nod to the Series II and III purists here) and will hold its value or go up in value rather than going down like a new Selmer would.
To keep the price low, I’m selling it with all of its original pads still intact. It actually still plays quite well on the original pads, and seals up with little ‘note like’ pad pops all the way down to Bb. It’s a joy to feel the high quality pad work that Selmer Elkhart did on its original factory setups.
All in all, this horn is in AMAZING physical condition. You very rarely find original lacquer horns that are 48 years old that look so great. It’s a great opportunity for someone to score a really eye-turning VI tenor for a discounted price.
Only one available.
Selmer Mark VI Tenor Saxophone Original Lacquer American Engraved Just Overhauled Plays Effortlessly 195xxx$ 6,350
Full description coming soon! This is an effortless player! A nice, clean original lacquer American-engraved Selmer Mark VI tenor saxophone that also just got a complete overhaul. If you’re looking for a nice tenor to play and keep and just enjoy, this would be hard to beat!
SML Rev B Tenor Rare! Relacquered Old Pads Great Deal Tons of Potential!$ 1,000
SML Super 46 Tenor Rare! Original Silver Plate Overhauled Good Condition$ 4,750
Tenor Guardala + Thin Body Brilhart Reproduction Ligature for Tenor Saxophone Mouthpieces$ 165
Best ligature around for a Guardala (style) metal tenor mouthpiece! This gives you nice, balanced hold on the reed, which greatly improves response and reduces movement or reed swelling on the mouthpiece table. The plastic reed plate fits the reed beautifully and opens up plenty of vibration. No deadening fabrics or strings here. Plus, this is made to the highest standards in South Korea by people who care about quality saxophone equipment. It’s a true reproduction down to the materials used, of the most desirable saxophone ligature ever made.
If you want the best ligature for a Guardala Handmade Michael Brecker 1 or 2, or a Guardala Handmade Studio, or any other metal Guardala handmade or laser cut metal tenor mouthpiece, this is it. This also fits a wide range of other slim body metal tenor mouthpieces like the Ishimori Anemos, Yanagisawa metal tenor mouthpieces and many others. For the larger body metal mouthpieces like Otto Link, get the Otto Link metal Brilhart reproduction ligature instead.
Tenor Hard Rubber Brilhart 3-Band Reproduction Ligature Echo Brass$ 165
There’s a reason why the vintage Brilhart 3-Band ligatures have been singled out by the market (players) as by far the most desirable vintage ligatures. They are great ligatures. But there will never be enough vintage Brilhart ligatures to meet the high demand for this style of ligature.
Tenor Madness Custom 500SL Tenor Saxophone Cognac Lacquer High F# Effortless Player Newest Model L01110$ 4,500
This is the best TM Custom tenor that I have played so far. It is brand new, plus it got a new horn setup on top of that. This is the new light body tube version of the 500SL model, and it is a truly effortless player. The intonation is excellent throughout. This bore is designed to have the F# tone hole present, so the tuning is excellent and altissimo is easy including the handy high F# key. The low notes are nice and saturated even at pp, and the horn will shake in your hands if you push it to ff. The palm key tone stays more full and rich than on most Taiwanese tenors that I have played (like P Mauriat etc.). The neck on this tenor is modeled on an early Mark VI tenor neck, and you do in fact get a Selmer-ish tone on it. I am impressed that you can get a horn this good for this price that has been thoroughly setup in the USA by TenorMadness pre-sale.
The hand engraving is inspired by 50’s Selmer engraving, and it is of course gorgeous. The lacquer color is as well. This is one of the best looking tenors on the market today for sure. It comes in a contoured case that should be good for shipping and gigging.
If you’re looking for an easy, turn-key purchase for a high-quality modern horn that is darker and more complex than some other new horns on the market, and that is really dependably easy to play, this would be a great choice. Really no matter what style of music you play, this horn gets the job done.
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Yamaha YTS-23 Tenor Vito Plays Great Just Tuned Up Excellent Cond$ 1,175
If you’re wanting the best first tenor sax you can get for anywhere near this price, get this one! The Yamaha YTS-23 made in Japan like this is as good as it gets in quality for an entry level tenor saxophone. Many pros will tell you they started on a 23, and many still keep one around as a backup horn. These things just play well, and they are built to last.
This one just got cleaned up and tuned up by my repairman, and it is playing very nicely on a mix of pads. The strong nickel keys look great, and also keep the keywork in good adjustment. The 23 tenor feels good under the fingers, plays easily, and tunes well. If you have been renting one of the store brand chinese tenors from Music and Arts, it’s time to get a real saxophone. The Yamahas like this hold up well, hold their value well, and will be dependably easy to play with only minor checkups over the years. In case you’re wondering, Yamaha made saxophones for Vito sold with Vito on the bell but stamped YTS-23 Japan by the thumb hook, and these are YTS-23’s. I started out on a Vito alto, and it lasted me until midway through high school before I upgraded to a pro Yanagisawa. You can’t do better than one of these for a smart purchase for a newer player, or as a backup for a pro player.
Yamaha YTS-475 Intermediate Tenor Saxophone Good Playing Condition Great Value! 298213$ 1,650
Just tuned up completely, and playing its best!
Great deal on one of the best intermediate tenor saxophones on the market. The Yamaha 475 is made in Japan and plays a lot like a YTS-62, but costs less. If you want a very well-built tenor, that feels good, tunes well, and is easy on the budget, this is it. Don’t waste your money on a new no-name sax. Those will be worth peanuts as soon as they are used. Yamaha horns are quality and hold their value really well. You can basically play it and enjoy it and sell it later for right around what you paid. Hard to beat.
Yamaha YTS-52 Tenor Saxophone 1980’s Fresh Overhaul Excellent Condition 5474$ 2,350
This early 1980’s Yamaha 52 tenor is hard to beat for the price. The 80’s ‘purple logo’ 62 saxophones are prized for their warm, more complex tone, and they are among my favorite modern saxophones. The 52 from the same era is virtually the identical saxophone, with the same bore, neck, body tube and everything. It lacks a few higher end features that the 62 has (the ‘fat starfish’ engraving, ribs under some posts), but these don’t matter to most people, so it remains an excellent value. You get all the tone, comfortable ergonomics, dependability and ease of playing of a 62 for less money. Plus, this tenor just got a complete overhaul and is all freshly repadded and ready to go for a nice long time. It won’t need anything more than minor upkeep for the next several years, and it is super easy and responsive across all registers.
It can be hard to find a tenor that plays this well for anything like this price. And Yamahas like this are also really easy to get worked on down the road and to keep in good adjustment. Compared to later Yamahas, this one is warmer, more complex, and more like a vintage Selmer (which was Yamaha’s starting point for the early 62 it seems to me), but with better intonation and a more even scale. No wonder these continue to be such popular saxophones.
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Yamaha YTS-61 Tenor Saxophone Plays Great! Discount Pro Horn! 15936$ 2,000
Yamaha YTS-62III Professional Tenor Saxophone Brand NEW with Warranty and Pro Setup$ 3,444