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  • ***Selmer Balanced Action Alto Saxophone Fresh Full Overhaul! Silver Plate

    $ 5,995

    This is an amazing, fully restored Selmer Balanced Action alto. It just got a wonderful high-end overhaul, complete with some spot plating on some keys and by the thumb hook on the body tube where the silver had begun to wear. This is one gorgeous alto, with the rare British market two-tone finish, and gold wash bell. It plays extremely well, with a warm, powerful voice that is effortlessly lyrical and makes you not want to put it down. If you want an alto that people are going to want to listen to, this is the one. It has high-end reusable domed brass resonators and sounds very good on them. Keywork is nice and snappy, and ‘dry’ under the fingers, like it should be. This comes with a new BAM Softpack alto case, or you can swap that for a Cabine for +$100. These British market Balanced’s are my favorite finish on vintage Selmers, and they are few and far between.

    There’s only one available!

  • *Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 1961 Relacquer 5-digit Serial 96k Great Condition!

    $ 5,450

    This very clean refinished Selmer Mark VI 5-digit serial number alto saxophone is currently getting a full mechanical overhaul, and promises to be an amazing player! It already played well on the old pads, with a dark, powerful, projecting, focused tone that feels almost like a tenor saxophone. Great feel under the fingers as well, which will only be better after the complete rebuild. This horn has never been damaged at all, and is super clean, apart from the new coat of paint it got at some point. The price includes the overhaul, which makes this a fantastic deal on a horn that will then need nothing major done for many years. So many players have never played a sax that was actually right all the way through. This one will be.

    If you reserve this soon, you can get your choice if resonator. Otherwise, I’ll use my favorite, which are slightly domed brass reusable high-end resonators like the 50’s Selmers originally came with before they went to plastic.

    Only one available! Get it now! If you want to get it with a new BAM case, I’ll sell you one at a great discount as a package deal.

  • BAM France Panther Cabine Alto Saxophone Case

    $ 389
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    Brilhart Ebolin 5* Alto Mouthpiece MPC242

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    Brilhart Personaline HR L5 Alto Mouthpiece MPC350

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    Brilhart Tonalin 3* Alto Mouthpiece MPC241

    $ 425
  • Brilhart Tonalin Great Neck 3* Alto Mouthpiece MPC211

    $ 300
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    Buescher Aristocrat Alto Saxophone 335466 140

    $ 1,150

    This basically pristine vintage saxophone from 1951 is the same as the Buescher Big B, just with less elaborate engraving..  These professional quality saxophones are known for their good intonation, sweet and mellow tone, and excellent build quality.  This particular example is from the very beginning of the model run just after the end of the Big B model, and is in nearly mint condition.  It still has its original pads (and Snap-on resonators), and even plays a bit on them, but you will want to get an overhaul.

    These play very well when set up- just listen to Johnny Hodges play his Big B to get an idea of what you can sound like on this horn with an overhaul, 50 years of practicing, and a knee-buckling load of raw talent.  Also, as an added bonus (“at no additional charge!”) this horn comes with a wooden clarinet in the case of unknown potential labeled “Revelle Master”.

  • Buescher Big B Alto Saxophone Original Lacquer Good Condition 324407

    $ 1,600

    This is a 1949 Buescher “Big B” Aristocrat, so named for the ornate engraving of a, well, a Big B on the bell.  This horn is in very good condition, and the typical wear around the fine engraving of the B on the bell is not present, which indicates that this horn has led a life mostly in a closet somewhere.  There are no resolders or past dentwork to speak of, and it plays *way* better than it should on some very old pads, but you would want to get this repadded to play like it can, which is very, very good!  

    These horns are undervalued in my opinion.  I mean, you can get this one in such great shape with all of its original Snap-on resonators and overhaul it for not a whole lot more than a new Yamaha student model in total- seems like a good buy to me!  Johnny Hodges famously played one of these, and his tone is a very good example of the blend of sweetness and power these horns possess.

  • Buescher Big B Model 140 Alto Saxophone 321761 Original Lacquer Very Good Condition

    $ 1,600
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    Buescher Big B Model 140 Alto Saxophone 329997 Original Lacquer Excellent Condition

    $ 1,700
  • Buescher Top Hat & Cane Alto Saxophone Great Deal 359118

    $ 750

    This is one of the very last “Top Hat & Cane” Buescher 400 alto saxophones made- the model run ended around serial number 360,000.  The lacquer is not original, though it has not been overly buffed, and about half of the relacquer remains. The keys are nickel plated, which I imagine was not original, but it was very well done.  The original Snap-On resonators and amber rollers are present, and the horn is in pretty good physical condition. It will need an overhaul, but it is a pretty solid sax with no major damage or dents, and the price is considerably less than most Top Hat & Cane altos.   

  • Buescher Top Hat and Cane Alto Saxophone Super 400 Excellent Condition 317532

    $ 2,450

    Beautiful original lacquer, original pads Buescher Super 400 alto ‘Top Hat & Cane’ model. This is the most deluxe saxophone that Buescher produced, with deluxe engraving, fast keywork, and Buescher’s signature top quality intonation. Don’t miss the little details that take these horns from good to great, like the silver “tone ring” under the bell lip, the underslung octave key, and the raised Buescher logo in the engraving. If you have been looking for an alto that has the sweet, dynamic, moderately-focused Buescher tone, and that looks beautiful, and is in uncommonly good original condition, look no further.

    This alto has no resolders, no dents, and only light play wear on the original lacquer. It has the original case in good condition. The neck is in very good condition. Even on the original pads, this alto still plays surprisingly well. It has the snaps and spuds intact, as well as the gold plated Norton  springs. Everything you look for in a top quality Buescher is here. Just get the pads replaced by the repair shop of your choice, and you will have an alto that sounds bigger, sweeter, and more complex than any of the modern alto options, that tunes excellently, and that looks gorgeous. These are built extremely well, and they stay in adjustment very well down the road. The Buescher Top Hat and Cane altos are the creme de la creme of Buescher altos, and they are quite hard to find in this sort of condition.

    Only one available, and priced quite low to sell quickly. I also have the matching tenor, already overhauled, if you are interested in a matched set.

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    Buescher Top Hat and Cane Alto Saxophone Super 400 Near Mint Superb 323836

    $ 3,150
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    Buescher True Tone Alto 123390 Relacquered Fair Condition Needs Overhaul

    $ 100
  • Buescher True Tone Alto Saxophone 200008 Original Silver Plate Good Condition

    $ 600
  • Buescher True Tone Alto Saxophone 202609 Original Gold Plate Very Good Condition

    $ 950
  • Buescher True Tone Alto Saxophone 204539 Original Gold Plate Good Condition

    $ 800
  • Buescher True Tone Alto Saxophone 83005 Original Silver Plate

    $ 300
  • Bundy II Alto Saxophone Good Student Saxophone Low Price

    $ 400
  • Chedeville Alto Mouthpiece MPC259

    $ 200
  • Sold OutConn Connqueror 26M Alto Saxophone 1940 295759-2

    Conn 26M VIII Connqueror Alto Saxophone 295759 Pre-War Original Lacquer Excellent Condition

    $ 3,650

    This is a rare and beautiful Conn 26M “Connqueror” alto saxophone, from one of the last pre-war batches, with the “VIII” stamp on both the body and the neck.  This saxophone sports what is arguably the finest craftsmanship of any model of saxophone ever made, with sterling silver key touches on the Eb/C cluster, the side F#, the side Bb-C-E keys, and the palm keys.  The mechanism is complex but extremely well thought-out, and a meticulous and thoughtful repairer can overhaul these so that they last for a decade or more per overhaul with only minor adjustments to the perma-just feet over time- just as Conn intended.  These saxophones are also beautiful, with a particularly elaborate version of the famous “naked lady” found on Conn 6M/10M saxophones on the bell.

    This particular instrument is in extremely good condition with original finish.  The engraving, which is very detailed and is particularly dense, is a good indicator of how much use these saxophones have seen, with the lacquer around the cuts tending to be the first to wear on the saxophone.  The lacquer around the engraving on this saxophone is fully intact, which combined with only light evidence of playing wear elsewhere on the horn- such as small bit of lacquer wear near the thumbrest about the size of a pea, and some small scratches here and there- leads me to believe this saxophone was played for at least a few years by a meticulous and caring owner.  The neck is in excellent condition, showing no evidence of past repair or pulldown.


    The rollers are fully intact and in perfect condition, and the pearls and sterling silver touchpieces are largely unworn.  The keys are tight and the horn plays well on what seems to be an older repad, though the it looks to have been played little and/or taken very good care of since the repad.  The neck and body are both marked with the VIII stamp, which is viewed as the most desirable of the pre-war M series saxophones, although theories vary widely as to what exactly the VIII stamp means, the most popular of which being that the neck had a slightly different taper that intonates better.  The microtuner on the is fully functional, leak-free, and smooth. The body shows so evidence of past damage or major repairs/resolders of any kind.

    All in all, this is a beautiful and rare saxophone in uncommonly fine condition, with a unique mechanism and design that took extreme skill to manufacture- skill that only really existed for a short time, at Conn in the 1930s.  They didn’t make many of these, and there probably won’t be anything like them ever made again.

  • Conn 6m Transitional Art Deco Alto Saxophone 249081 Gorgeous Silver Plate 1931

    $ 1,950

    The Conn 6M transitional takes many forms, and this particular original silver plated example is from 1932.  It features art deco engraving (a style which only appears for a few years), left hand bell keys, 6M style keywork everywhere except the left hand pinky table, which is New Wonder II style.  This is the last iteration before the transitional becomes nearly identical to the 6M, and to my ears these have a bit more of the big tone of the New Wonder II than the transitionals just after it- and in fact around this serial range is my favorite of the transitionals, playing-wise.  

    This horn plays a bit on some very old pads, but it will need a repad.  Physically it is in extremely good condition, with no dents or dings or evidence of past repairs that I can see.  The neck is undamaged and shows no signs of past pulldown, and the microtuner is free and functional. The silver plate is thick and unworn, and will shine up unbelievably well, if my past experience is any guide (see Matt Stohrer’s guide on polishing silver saxophones to see what I mean).  It comes with its original case in good condition and its original warranty card. These are great altos, built by the finest American saxophone craftsmen in their heyday, and a super clean one like this is a great place to start if you are looking for a fantastic vintage horn that will last you a lifetime for less of an overall investment than most any new horn of even middling quality that you can buy today.

  • Conn 6M New Wonder II Transitional Alto Saxophone

    Conn 6M Transitional Art Deco Burnished Gold Plate Alto Saxophone The Best!

    $ 3,950

    Price just lowered!!

    This is one of those super-rare Conn alto saxophones from when Conn was at the height of it’s manufacturing expertise. Conn had the most advanced saxophone manufacturing facility in the world, and it set the standard for quality for all other manufacturers. This alto would have been a special, top-of-the-line model. It has the most elaborate thick burnished finish that is also by far the most time consuming to apply. (Ever burnished anything by hand?) This is original (real, actual) gold plate. (People often think this can’t be real gold, but hey, welcome to the 1930’s where both gold and labor were cheap, and American craftspeople were the best in the world! And there’s the most desirable engraving pattern here also, or at least one of them. For just about a year and a half, Conn did this deluxe ‘art-deco’ geometrical engraving style on its nicer instruments. There’s a lot to see here – it’s a masterpiece of hand engraving that is no longer done at this level by any manufacturer today.

    Conns from the early 1930’s are my absolute favorite There was a short burst of gold plate examples mixed in with other horns between 238k-252k, and they are the best of the best in my book.

  • Conn 6M VIII Alto Saxophone Pre-War Original Lacquer Excellent Condition 282496

    $ 2,100

    Full description coming, but this is a beautiful Conn 6M VIII alto with great original lacquer. This is pre-war, original pads, needs a good overhaul, but besides that, man, this is the one you want.

  • Conn 6M VIII Alto Saxophone Pre-War Original Lacquer Very Good Condition Plays Well 294775

    $ 1,950

    This pre-war (from the American perspective, meaning prior to the government order than restricted the manufacture of musical instruments along with anything else made out of brass) Conn 6M was built in 1941, and is the desirable “VIII” version, with the VIII stamp on both the body and neck.  

    It is in very good physical condition with original lacquer, no dents, and no major or minor past repairs or resolders, with the exception of a repaired dent on the bowguard, which is visible in the photos.  It has what appears to be a recent repad, or perhaps an old repad that wasn’t played much after it was done, and Conn Res-o-pads were used. It plays well with a big voice, and although to my professionally-obligated-to-be-picky tastes it is not quite as astoundingly slick under the fingers at these feel when they have been overhauled as the best repairers can do, it is definitely playable as-is and will beat the pants off of most any challenger, especially modern imports that cost a lot more and give you a lot less than this fine example of vintage American saxophone craftsmanship.  

    Oddly, the lacquer on the neck is more worn than the rest of the horn- although physically the neck is in immaculate condition with no dents or past pulldowns.  In the past when I have seen this the culprit is usually a homemade neck bag that was lacquer-unfriendly, or perhaps the owner had a habit during rests to hold the horn with the neck in his hand.  Given the lack of wear elsewhere on the horn, I’d guess a neck bag was the culprit here, although I can’t be certain. But again, though the lacquer itself is mostly gone from the neck (and the neck alone), the neck tube is flawless and there are no signs of past repairs of any kind.  

    The microtuner is free and functional, and all of the original rollers and present and moving freely.  The engraving is crisp and clear with no lacquer loss, and the pearls seems largely unworn. The keywork is tight and the body is straight.  This is a very clean example of the most desirable vintage of the most desirable variant of the Conn 6M, and it can be yours for less than a new Yamaha YAS-26.  

  • Conn Connstellation Alto Saxophone 28M Excellent Condition Original Lacquer 338006

    $ 2,750

    The Conn 28M will always have a special place in my heart.  It represents the last time one of the great American saxophone manufacturing companies tried something wholly new, and although the horn never really found a market and not many were made, they are fantastic instruments that besides being unique and historically interesting, play *really* well.  

    These saxophones were redesigned, utilizing many ideas from Allen Loomis (Conn’s resident saxophone visionary) and Hugh Loney, with input from Santy Runyon, with the aim of creating a saxophone that had extremely slick keywork and a very balanced scale.  The keywork, although familiar under the fingers with regard to placement and layout, is mechanically quite different from any other saxophone and has been built from the ground up with the goal of reducing mechanical friction. There are no pivot screws anywhere on this saxophone, instead the long rods have a very long hinge rod with the middle machined down so only the ends touch.   The G# has a very unique torsion mechanism to provide a G# feel that is smooth throughout the range. The side keys are designed so that the angle and distance of travel is the same for each key. There are adjustment screws on the upper and lower stacks as well as the left hand pinky table. The bell keys are on the left side, and the pants guard/bell keyguard is a large acrylic plate that was designed with the idea in mind of allowing the horn to vent properly regardless of playing position or clothing choice.  The octave mechanism has three pips (octave vents), one on the neck and two on the body, which has the end result of a very clear middle D and no hiss on the A or G#, as well as excellent intonation. The keywork in general is very light, and the pearls are larger than usual for Conn and a little flatter. The overall feeling is of a very light horn, extremely slick, easy to play, excellent intonation, and very even throughout.

    The one downfall of this design is the pants guard, which is fairly brittle and often broken.  Although nowadays there are excellent replacements available, this one has its original guard is about as good condition as they come, fully present with only a few small cracks radiating from around the screw holes, which is common.  However none of the cracks are large and it is not broken in two or missing any pieces, which is not common! And believe it or not, I have experience shipping these so you can rest easy knowing I will remove it for shipping, wrap it separately, and it will arrive to you in good condition.  

    This instrument plays quite well on older pads, with a strong, moderately bright, cheerful voice.  The clarity of the tone is notable, and it is a lot of fun to play with a unique look and feel and timbre that would lend itself easily to classical, big band, or small group jazz.  The lacquer is original and nearly flawless, with no evidence of past repairs or dents or resolders of any kind. It is also a unique and interesting piece of saxophone history, in exceptional condition, and whoever owns this instrument next will have a lot of fun being its steward for the next generation.  

  • Conn Connstellation Alto Saxophone 28M Very Good Condition Original Lacquer 335771

    $ 2,350

    You could be forgiven for thinking that because there are two original lacquer, very good condition Conn 28M “Connstellation” saxophones on my website at the moment that these are somewhat common, but I assure you that is not the case!   I will copy and paste the general statements about the 28M from the other description, with the unique description of this particular instrument’s physical and playing condition at the bottom.

    The Conn 28M will always have a special place in my heart.  It represents the last time one of the great American saxophone manufacturing companies tried something wholly new, and although the horn never really found a market and not many were made, they are fantastic instruments that besides being unique and historically interesting, play *really* well.  

    These saxophones were redesigned, utilizing many ideas from Allen Loomis (Conn’s resident saxophone visionary) and Hugh Loney, with input from Santy Runyon, with the aim of creating a saxophone that had extremely slick keywork and a very balanced scale.  The keywork, although familiar under the fingers with regard to placement and layout, is mechanically quite different from any other saxophone and has been built from the ground up with the goal of reducing mechanical friction. There are no pivot screws anywhere on this saxophone, instead the long rods have a very long hinge rod with the middle machined down so only the ends touch.   The G# has a very unique torsion mechanism to provide a G# feel that is smooth throughout the range. The side keys are designed so that the angle and distance of travel is the same for each key. There are adjustment screws on the upper and lower stacks as well as the left hand pinky table. The bell keys are on the left side, and the pantsguard/bell keyguard is a large acrylic plate that was designed with the idea in mind of allowing the horn to vent properly regardless of playing position or clothing choice.  The octave mechanism has three pips (octave vents), one on the neck and two on the body, which has the end result of a very clear middle D and no hiss on the A or G#, as well as excellent intonation. The keywork in general is very light, and the pearls are larger than usual for Conn and a little flatter. The overall feeling is of a very light horn, extremely slick, easy to play, excellent intonation, and very even throughout.

    The one downfall of this design is the pantsguard, which is fairly brittle and often broken.  Although nowadays there are excellent replacements available, this one has its original guard in decent condition.  There is one repaired crack (visible in the photos) and the common small cracks radiating from some of the screw holes.  I would anticipate, absent any further damage, that this keyguard will last and should not present any problems- although I will furnish you with contact information for obtaining a well made (and somewhat more durable) replacement should you ever need it.  And believe it or not, I have experience shipping these so you can rest easy knowing I will remove it for shipping, wrap it separately, and it will arrive to you in good condition.

    This instrument plays quite decently on what appears to be an older repad with plastic domed resonators, with a strong, moderately bright, cheerful voice.  The clarity of the tone is notable, and it is a lot of fun to play with a unique look and feel and timbre that would lend itself easily to classical, big band, or small group jazz.  The lacquer is original and in good condition with some playing wear and a few stand scratches near the low C#, with no evidence of past repairs or dents or resolders of any kind. It is also a unique and interesting piece of saxophone history, in very good condition, and whoever owns this instrument next will have a lot of fun being its steward for the next generation.  

  • Conn Gold Plate Chu Berry Alto Saxophone Portrait

    Conn New Wonder 1 Alto Original Burnished Gold Plate Portrait 84738

    $ 2,950

    There are a ton of beautiful altos on the site, but this one stands out from the crowd. It is the heaviest gold plate finish that Conn offered – basically sheets of thick (actual) gold rubbed onto the brass to give you a finish that will last for centuries with minimal maintenance required. Both gold and skilled labor were cheap back in 1920’s America and Conn could afford to invest an extra couple of days’ labor in applying all this gold by hand-burnishing, and engraving such an elaborate scene on the saxophone, and still make a profit. These days, it would be literally impossible to reproduce saxophones like this and market them. They would cost far too much. Just a thin layer of modern gold plate costs like $3500 to do.

    So this horn is something very special. Not just as a piece of art, or a piece of exceptional craftsmanship, but as a musical instrument as well. William Morris, the influential artist, famously encouraged us to “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, and believe to be beautiful.” This alto sax just wails as a player, and definitely fits both requirements nearly as well as a saxophone could. The engraving features (probably) Apollo, god of music, with his harp, and an extremely ornate C.G. Conn logo and decoration.

    This alto has very good pads, and plays extremely easily on the current, high-quality overhaul. It feels nice and snappy under the fingers, and the pad work is very good, flat and ‘dry’ feeling, which is a sign of high-quality work with rolled tone holes. The tone is pure 1920’s jazz power: wide, smooth, warm, and dark, but very projecting. This horn vibrates under your fingers even at moderate volumes, and is super fun and responsive to play. Low register is easy. Intonation is good, though you can easily bend notes around also. The keywork is vintage, so it will feel weird if you’re coming from a Yamaha, at least at first. But the tone and beauty you get in exchange makes it well worth it.

    Only one available!

  • Couf Superba 1 Alto Original Lacquer Old Pads Great Deal on a Pro Alto! 79506

    $ 1,350
  • Grafton Alto Saxophone Excellent Original Condition Restored and Playable 10591

    $ 5,500

    Ah, the Grafton “plastic” (actually its acrylic) saxophone.  Famously played by Charlie Parker and David Bowie, crafted by an English company, designed by an Italian, it is, according to sales literature of the time, a “tone poem in ivory and gold”.  

    This particular example has actually been repadded by some enterprising repairer (I say it this way because they are notoriously challenging to work on) and it has been done rather well.  It plays, as you may or may not expect, very much like a saxophone and there is not much in the playing of it to convey that the instrument you are playing is wholly unique, with new methods of manufacture and the completely singular keywork mechanisms that its injection molded acrylic body required.  It is comfortable under the fingers, responsive, weighs about what a normal sax weighs, and plays with a warm, if somewhat uncomplex, tone. It is in fact quite an amazing instrument when taken as a whole, and the experience of playing it leaves me with wonder and respect for the company that made it.  

    These are famously known for being delicate, and not many have survived to this day.  This example is in quite good shape, with the only body repair that I can see being the bell to body brace looks to have been shored up with epoxy where a crack was forming.  There are some small hairline cracks near the tenon receiver, but they are minor and do not appear to be spreading. The finish on the keys is original, and the neck is in very good shape with no evidence of past repair or pulldown.  The keyguard is complete and undamaged, and it comes with its original Dallas case.

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    Guardala Traditional Bebop Original Alto Mouthpiece MPC356

  • Hiscox Artist Alto Black Saxophone Case LA-WAS-B

    $ 449

    Hiscox makes the best overall saxophone case on the market today for most horns. This is especially true for vintage saxophones, because a Hiscox case will fit harder-to-fit horns like a transitional Conn with split bell keys and a larger than normal bell. It will also fit a 10M or similar horn with opposite side bell keys. These are the strongest case on the market, as well as the best insulated against temperature changes, and also the lightest for travel or shipping.

  • Hiscox Artist Alto Ivory Saxophone Case LA-WAS-I

    $ 479

    Hiscox makes the best overall saxophone case on the market today for most horns. This is especially true for vintage saxophones, because a Hiscox case will fit harder-to-fit horns like a transitional Conn with split bell keys and a larger than normal bell. It will also fit a 10M or similar horn with opposite side bell keys. These are the strongest case on the market, as well as the best insulated against temperature changes, and also the lightest for travel or shipping.

  • Hiscox Pro II Alto Saxophone Case PRO-II-WAS-B

    $ 279

    Hiscox makes the best overall saxophone case on the market today for most horns. This is especially true for vintage saxophones, because a Hiscox case will fit harder-to-fit horns like a transitional Conn with split bell keys and a larger than normal bell. It will also fit a 10M or similar horn with opposite side bell keys. These are the strongest case on the market, as well as the best insulated against temperature changes, and also the lightest for travel or shipping.

  • Ishimori Wood Stone Alto Saxophone Brand New WSA-VL with F# Dark Lacquer

    $ 4,500

    I have ONE (and only one for now) highly sought-after Ishimori Wood Stone alto saxophone available. The model is WSA-VL with high F#. It has dark, cognac colored lacquer and beautiful hand engraving, the among the most elaborate of any modern saxophone. Effortless player. Hard to emphasize how effortless. Completely effortless low register, low Bb pops out like any other note. Altissimo is easy. Tuning is great. The tone is sort of Selmer-ish but punchier. Easy to play delicately and softly with plenty of saturation and projection. Action is low, fast, and snappy. Great for jazz, concert, ballads– really anything. I’m impressed. $4500 brand new.

  • Jody Jazz HR 5M Alto Mouthpiece MPC364

    $ 125
  • Keilwerth ST-90 Alto Saxophone 854729

    $ 600
  • King Alto Saxophone Original Gold Plate Old Pads Beautiful Engraving 105999

    $ 1,200
  • King Full Pearls SilverSonic Alto 303030 Fresh Matt Stohrer Overhaul Original Lacquer Charlie Parker Vintage!

    $ 14,500

    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.

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

    $ 7,950

    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.

  • King Super 20 Alto 328773 Original Lacquer Plays Great

    $ 3,950

    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.

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

    $ 5,650
  • Lambersen 6SB Alto Mouthpiece MPC236

    $ 400
  • Martin Comm II Alto Saxophone 142391

    $ 900

    Martin Committee II Alto Saxophone in good condition with original lacquer. These horns play really beautifully, with a rich, warm, centered tone. Most people have never had the pleasure of playing them, as they were only made for a couple of years in the 40’s before Martin was forced to redesign because of patent disputes on the tone holes, I am told. Anyhow, this is a great price for an original lacquer Committee II. The pads are old, so plan on a repad, or at least on replacing several. I could discuss options for having that done pre-sale if you like, but since this is on consignment, I can’t overhaul it in advance.

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    Martin The Martin Alto Original Saxophone 179447

    $ 2,250 $ 1,850

    Priced to sell!

    Freshly overhauled The Martin Alto which plays GREAT. Feels effortlessly big and loud and powerful, with a medium dark tone that brightens up nicely with a higher baffle mouthpiece. You can do anything on these altos. This was original lacquer which is mostly worn off and it still looks great. This horn was played a fair amount before being overhauled, so it has had some small dents removed. The thumb hook has been replaced also. (Original thumb hooks frequently fall off of Martins, for whatever reason.) If you’ve been looking for a super-fun alto that looks cool and sounds different from anything else out there today, this would be a great choice. With the fresh, complete overhaul, it won’t need any significant repair work for a long long time.

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    MC Gregory Master 518M Alto Mouthpiece MPC312

    $ 475
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    Meyer NYUSA 2M Alto Mouthpiece MPC 206

  • Meyer NYUSA 4L Alto Mouthpiece G34

    $ 850
  • Meyer NYUSA 5M Alto Mouthpiece MPC218

    $ 1,000
  • Meyer NYUSA 5M Alto Mouthpiece MPC318

    $ 1,500
  • Meyer NYUSA 6M Alto Mouthpiece MPC 191

    $ 1,350
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    Meyer NYUSA 6M Medium Alto Mouthpiece MPC343

    $ 1,500
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    Meyer NYUSA 7M Med Chamber Alto Mouthpiece MPC335

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    Mouthpiece Cafe Espresso 6 Alto Mouthpiece MPC363

  • Otto Link Florida STM “no USA” 5 Alto Mouthpiece MPC297

    $ 500
  • Otto Link Reso Chamber 4* Alto Mouthpiece MPC342

    $ 525
  • Selmer Mark VI Alto Original Lacquer American Engraved Excellent Condition 233486

    $ 5,450

    This very clean, American-assembled late Mark VI alto is a good example of why I think the late American-assembled VIs are a relative bargain.  It is very nearly unplayed, sporting most of its original pads (I had a bit of repair work done on it to bring it up to playable) and it possesses an undeniably huge tone, probably the most strident and powerful of all the VI altos.  The American-assembled Mark VI altos in the very late run have a large patch soldered to the inside of the bow at the factory to reduce the overall volume of of the interior of the bow, and they play better with noticeably less burble and resistance down low.   It is a low-tech solution, but one that works very well and was therefore done at the factory to every American-assembled Mark VI alto after around serial number 210,000 or so.

    This particular saxophone is in very good condition, with its original lacquer.  There are a few small scratches here and there and some playing wear on the touchpieces of the side keys and palm keys, but 99% or more of the lacquer remains and it shows no evidence of past repairs or resolders.  This is a nice, solid Mark VI alto in excellent condition that will blow the doors down if called upon to do so.

  • Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 160941 Beautiful Condition Original Lacquer Great Vintage!

    $ 6,950
  • Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone from 1967 Exceptional Player 144k

    $ 7,450

    Best playing Selmer alto sax on the site right now. It has that extra special something that only the 140-145k altos have. Super projection, crisp but still warm tone, even scale with fuller palm keys than usual. GREAT, world-class alto saxophone. It’s worn original lacquer, and I like the strap hook mod to make the horn balance slightly better. If you want one of the better playing altos in the world, get this. It’s priced very low for what you get.

  • Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone Original Gold Plate (Vanishingly Rare) Japanese Market Near Mint 156928

    $ 20,000

    Possibly the nearest to new condition original gold plate Selmer Mark VI in the world. This might be a keeper for me, because it is also in the best serial range for altos to play well. My favorite VI altos have all been in the early medium bow range like this. Plus it’s an original Japanese market horn, which is rarely seen. One of a kind.

    There is nothing rarer than original gold plate Mark VI’s like this. This is the first I have seen that was definitely original gold for sale. Rarer than Full Pearls Silversonic King saxophones, rarer than mint Super Balanced Action tenors. Pretty hard to beat.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone Original Lacquer High F# 71815 the Best!

    $ 7,500

    PENDING SALE This is a beautiful, original lacquer Selmer Mark VI alto from 1958, which is a great year for VI altos. It has the desirable ‘early medium bow’ which is also what I play. This is the only vintage of 5-digit alto that has the best bow length for tuning the low register. Not that that’s super essential in a VI alto – the ones immediately after this (long bow) also are great altos, and the earlier ones (short bow) are also fine. It only becomes an issue if you are playing classical sax, small tip opening, or exposed ensemble playing with a lot of low B and C etc. In those cases, this sax stands out as having better intonation, combined with the medium dark, focused, complex woody tone of the ’58-59 vintage of VI altos. My personal 84xxx plays just like this 71xxx. This horn has the high F# which is a nice plus for most alto players. It just got a thorough playing condition job done by Matt Stohrer, and it plays well on the current mix of pads. The tone is just beautiful, and response is nice too. It’s priced very well, compared to most other nice-looking, original lacquer VI altos from this vintage. If you want to own the best, this is it!

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone Original Lacquer No Dents or Dings or Resolders Original Pads 214850

    $ 5,950
  • Selmer Mark VI Alto MK 6 Original Lacquer for sale

    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone Original Overhauled Excellent! 165069

    $ 6,950

    This is one of those altos you don’t want to put down. It’s just gotten a complete overhaul / mechanical restoration, which means that it feels and plays like new or even a bit better. I wanted to get this horn overhauled, because I had a really good feeling about how it played even on the original pads that it had when it got here. If you want a VI that will be problem-free for many many years, and plays better than any modern horn on the market, (and will go up in value) this is what you want!

    This was a one-owner horn that was well cared-for for decades before now, and now it is getting a good start on a new life with a top shelf overhaul. This thing has a beautiful voice. Medium between bright and dark, rich, and resonant. The late 60’s Mark VI’s are my favorites for all-around Selmer altos, because they do basically everything well. Intonation is good, scale is even, low notes are saturated even at pianissimo, upper register screams. This has the ‘medium bow’ if you’re wondering about such things, which means the low register tunes the best of the Mark VI’s. You can’t beat a Mark VI alto like this for build quality and all-around satisfying playing experience. You get the beautiful, unbeatable tone of a Mark VI, the comfortable key work, the excellent intonation, and the feel of a new horn under your fingers, and all for less than a (let’s be honest) comparatively poorly made new Selmer alto. Plus this holds its value and appreciates, while your new horn is going to be worth approximately half the new price in about one second after you unbox it (gasp).

    Comes with the original case, and you can add a great BAM case for a big discount if you contact me.

  • Selmer Mark VII Alto Saxophone 244831 Excellent Original Lacquer American Engraving Near Perfect

    $ 3,950

    The Selmer Mark VII, the last remaining relative bargain Selmer-wise, is a very well-built vintage Selmer with a slightly odd left hand pinky table, but it more than makes up for it with quality, value, and tone.  Speaking of tone, the VII alto features the same big, powerful, and deep tone of a late VI alto, and I find them to be very similar (and I really like late VI altos, especially the American-assembled ones).

    This particular instrument has recently been serviced, and plays very well on a mix of older (some original) and newer pads.  It has not seen much use in its life based on how little wear it has, and the lacquer is original and in extremely good condition.  There is no evidence of past repairs, dentwork, or resoldering, and the original case is still in very good condition as well. The ergonomics, although slightly different from a VI (and the following model, the Super Action 80)  in the left hand pinky table and Eb/C spatulas, are easy to get used to, and some players with large hands even find it preferable over a VI. I possess hands of merely average size, but I don’t find it to be different enough that I really notice it at all in playing.  

    All in all, this is an excellent condition alto that plays very well and represents an uncommonly good value for a Selmer.  

  • Selmer New Largebore Alto Saxophone Silver 13405

    $ 1,800
  • Selmer SBA Alto Saxophone 41881 Euro Very Clean Condition Chesterfield Case

    $ 3,900

    This is a relacquered (or maybe it is original?) Selmer Super (Balanced) Action SBA Alto saxophone from 1950 in extremely good physical condition.  The original owner’s family says it has never been refinished, and my repairman says it still has many of its original pads, though I think it must be a factory relacquer to look this good. (Pads could be factory from the refinish). With this particular version of Euro-engraved and lacquered Selmer, it can be hard to tell, because they were originally engraved first, then lightly buffed and lacquered, which is what a relacquer looks like at other vintages. Nevertheless, I’m selling it as a relacquer, due to the red rouge (buffing compound) in the little nooks and crannies of the horn, that I do not think is likely to be original. Although it does play, you will want to overhaul this saxophone to have it play as good as it looks.  It comes in its original Chesterfield case with both zippers still smooth and fully functional (what a treat!), and it sports the Euro-style engraving, having been assembled in Paris and imported to Canada where it was originally sold.

    This saxophone, though due for an overhaul, is in uncommonly clean physical condition.  There are no dents or repaired dents, no evidence of any resolders, the pearls are largely unworn, and the neck has no evidence of past repairs or pulldowns.  There are some scratches in the lacquer from the neck strap, and some wear from where it sat against the case, but the lacquer remains at 95% plus. There is some playing wear on the touchpieces for the palm keys and the octave key and thumbrest, but combined with the overall excellence of the physical condition I believe the owner of this saxophone was careful and meticulous, and loved this horn very much.  If you’ve been thinking of springing for the lush, full tone of a Selmer SBA, don’t want to be afraid to play it, would like to get it overhauled to your specs, and would like to get a specimen that should hold its value over time, it would be hard to go wrong with this one. It’s a superb deal as well, on a sax that will play and sound warmer, and more beautiful than any modern pro saxophone, and that will also be more satisfying to own and will hold its value better. Only one available!

     

  • Selmer SBA Super Balanced Action Alto Saxophone Original Lacquer 1953 53069 Excellent!

    $ 7,950

    This is as close to a new Selmer Super Balanced Action alto saxophone as you are going to find. This thing is amazing. it comes with all original pads, and the original metal Tonex resonators are all still present on the original pads from 1953. The excellent original Selmer factory setup feels great under the fingers. If you are going to play this seriously, you will probably want to get either all new pads (reuse the original resonators) or at least replace some pads. But it does still play surprisingly well on the current 66 year old pads. It has a sweet, warm voice with plenty of power. A bit more spread and warm than a typical 50’s Mark VI would be. Darker than any modern Selmer, but with a nice focused lyrical core to the tone. There’s that delicate thread in the center of the sound that you can grab onto with vintage Selmers that makes them especially pleasant to listen to.

    There are no past repairs, no dents, no dings. No neck damage, bell flare and bow are perfect. The original neck has the matching serial number to the body. The only wear at all is some extremely light scratching on the back of the body tube.

    Great intonation, great ergonomics, beauty, dark honey original lacquer. Gorgeous original Chesterfield case. You really can’t beat this alto if you want something that does it all. Super Balanced Action Alto saxophones are going up, and this is one of the best in the world.

    Only one available.

  • Selmer Series II Alto Saxophone 633580 SA80-II Near Mint Condition Great Price!

    $ 3,750

    Save thousands of dollars getting this beautiful condition used Selmer Series II alto. This instrument has very little wear, and comes to you in excellent condition. Saxophones don’t really wear out if you maintain them, so there’s really no reason not to save a few thousand dollars on a nice used example of one of the most popular professional alto saxophones. You can keep this for the rest of your life and play it. It will hold its value as long as you own it. These are only going to go up in price over time.

  • Selmer Series III Alto Saxophone SOLID Sterling SILVER Near Mint Getting Overhauled!

    $ 9,500

    Update: This sax is currently receiving a top shelf, full overhaul that will make it as perfect as can be. If you are not used to used saxophones, that means someone with a bunch of years of training in the craft of saxophone repair is going to be spending somewhere around 25-30 hours of skilled labor on this saxophone to make it totally fresh and new (better than new). It costs somewhere around $1000-1500 to have done. It will play so much better than any other Series III you might find for sale that you will be surprised that they are even the same model of saxophone. Not kidding.

    If you play classical alto and you want to play the best, and set yourself apart tonally from the crowd, this is your dream alto. There really is nothing like it. I try to avoid overusing superlatives in saxophone descriptions, but this horn deserves them. The tone is dark and centered, and it has a haunting quality that is extra special among saxophones. This is the alto for a serious alto player who wants something that is built for saxophone study and performance. These are especially nice for classical playing. Doug O’Connor’s tone on one of these has left a lasting impression on me. Just gorgeous. I recently got to hear Doug play the Bach Chaconne on this alto, among other pieces, and I have to say, it was a high point for me in experiencing transcendent music on the saxophone.

    There’s no damage, no wear, no past repairs. This horn has not been played much since new, and it’s in near mint condition. The neck is great. The whole horn tunes well with a classical setup. You can buy one of these new for $18329 online, or you can get this one OVERHAULED!  for right around half price here. It’s a great investment if you are wanting the best.

    Original case, fresh setup, and the original S80 mouthpiece is included also.

  • Selmer Super Action 80 Series II Alto Gorgeous and Getting Full Overhaul Now!

    $ 4,200

    If you want a Series II that is a cut above the rest, and better than new in every way, this is the one to get. It is currently receiving a top shelf, full overhaul that will make it as perfect as can be. It will play so much better than any other Series II you might find for sale that you will be surprised that they are even the same model of saxophone. Not kidding.

  • SML Rev D Alto Saxophone Silver 11584-3

    SML Rev D (=Gold Medal 1) Alto Saxophone Original Silver Plate Old Pads Beautiful 11584

    $ 1,750

    SML, short for Strasser-Marigaux-LeMaire, is probably the best known small French maker of saxophones.  They produced high quality instruments with a unique blend of features that ended up in what I like to think of as a perfect blend of Selmer and Conn- a very French tone, but big like a Conn.  

    The SML “Revision D”, which was not an official name but rather one given by collectors to the model run with this particular set of features, is a professional handcrafted French saxophone whose features include rolled toneholes, a switchable automatic G#/C#, double sprung octave mechanism (which is an excellent feature preventing slow octave changes and should be standard on all saxophones), a 4 slot neck tenon receiver (again, an excellent feature that should be made standard, this time one that applies pressure more evenly around the neck tenon for a more secure fit less likely to develop leaks), and adjustment screws on the upper and lower stacks.  In fact, the Revision D is very much like the model that came after called the Gold Medal, and shares the same bore. The only features that the Gold Medal has that this horn doesn’t are the rocking octave thumbrest (which isn’t actually so great and is often times disabled at the request of the player) and the adjustable felt bumpers for the low notes, which while nice is not a game changer in any way.

    This particular horn is in very good aesthetic shape, and currently wears old pads and will need an overhaul although it does play a little bit as-is.  The original silver plating is in very good condition and seems to be almost unworn, and the neck shows no sign of past damage or repair work. There is some evidence of past dentwork around the lower stack F# and G# toneholes, which were both unfortunately filed a bit for levelness at the time the dentwork was done, I am guessing.  However the filing does not go through the roll, and should not impact playability or repairability, and the dentwork is not noticeable until you get close. If it weren’t for that, this would be a nearly pristine SML, and this flaw serves mostly to bring down the price without having much of a real-world effect on ownership.

    These SMLs have a fantastic sound, unique in their blend of refined yet powerful, and possess excellent craftsmanship.  Not very many were made- about 15,000 total of all sizes of the horns considered to be their best- and they hold up very well over time.  

  • Special Order a BAM Case! Lots of options available.

    $ 555

    Let’s find you the perfect case for you! Prices and availability vary.

  • Ted Klum NY Model No Band

    $ 500

    The first 10 Ted Klum “New York Model Alto Mouthpieces” are now available for sale! These hand finished beauties are the newest addition to our line of alto pieces and are created from CAD design that was based on Ted’s personal vintage “Fat Boy” Meyer Bros. from the 1950’s. Ted’s design is not simply a copy but another proprietary design that stands shoulder to shoulder to with the best vintage designs. Suffice it to say the first few prototypes have greatly exceeded our expectations and have been described as tonally rich, balanced and flexible with plenty of power and projection.

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    Yamaha / Ishimori Woodstone 82ZWS 2 Custom Necks Alto Saxophone D76004

  • Yamaha Purple Logo YAS-62 Alto Saxophone Excellent Condition Very Clean

    $ 2,750
  • Yamaha YAS-23 Alto Saxophone Pretty Good Condition Great 1st Alto or Backup Alto

    $ 600
  • Yamaha YAS-26 Alto Near Mint Condition Great 1st Alto

    $ 1,150
  • Yamaha YAS-62-1 Alto Saxophone Excellent Condition Fresh Matt Stohrer Setup!

    $ 2,450
  • Yamaha YAS-875 Alto Saxophone Beautiful Balanced Player New V1 Neck! 4356

    $ 2,800

    The original Yamaha 675 will always have a special place in my heart, because an alto just like this one was my first fully professional saxophone that I saved up and bought many years ago. The Yamaha Custom line is built to be the best of the best. It does everything pretty well, and it is just effortless to play and to keep in good adjustment over time.

    This horn is in very good playing condition and feels great under the fingers. Yamahas come with fairly stiff action, and they need the spring tensions adjusted lighter if you intend to play them for very long at a time. This one had that done, and got the pads all tuned up also. It also comes with a brand new upgraded V1 neck. The V1 is easily the most popular Yamaha neck on the market today, and it represents a nice upgrade. It has a focused, projecting, medium tone between bright and dark. It’s what comes with both the new 82Z and the new 875EX-II, so it does both jazz and classical well, and people love it for both.

    All in all, you’re getting a great, fully professional Yamaha Custom alto built to outlast anyone who may be reading this description. It tunes great, it feels great, and it just plays so easily. The horn gets out of the way so that you can make the music that you want. And the tone itself is beautiful, round, warm, and medium dark. Works great for jazz with a Meyer style piece, or for classical with just about anything you want to use. Getting a used pro alto like this is a smart move. It holds its value and is satisfying to own. Way better decision than buying a new student instrument or a Taiwanese sax that will instantly lose half its value as soon as you buy it! This plays better and holds up much better over time. Top quality.

    Only one available.

  • Yamaha YAS-875S Alto Saxophone Original Silver Plate M1 and G1 Necks Excellent

    $ 2,950
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    Yanagisawa A901 Alto Saxophone Very Good Condition Great Alto! Effortless Player – Matt Stohrer Setup

    $ 2,350
  • Yanagisawa A901B Black Lacquer Alto Saxophone Near Mint Condition Gorgeous

    $ 2,450

    This is a beautiful, near mint condition Yanagisawa A901B professional alto saxophone in excellent condition. It has original black lacquer with engraving cut through the black into the brass, giving the horn a beautiful two tone look. This horn just got tuned up thoroughly by Matt Stohrer, and it plays extremely well. I like the 901 the best of the modern Yanagisawa saxophones. It has a freer vibrating body tube than the 991, and it has a big, medium bright, open tone that works great for a range of playing settings. You can darken it up with a classical style mouthpiece, or you can brighten it up easily for jazz. Intonation and ergonomics are excellent. This horn is super well-built. Yanagisawa has the best build quality of any modern saxophone, and it will really hold up well over time.

    Only one available! This is a rare finish, and turns heads. I also have a fancy $1000 gold plated Yanagisawa neck I could throw in for $500, and a solid silver Yanagisawa alto neck I could include for $500 also.

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    Yanagisawa A9933 Alto Saxophone 316979 Mint Like New!

    $ 3,950

    New Price 2/28/19!

    This mint/near mint high-end Yanagisawa A9933 Solid silver alto still looks and even smells almost like a new saxophone.  $3950 gets you the horn with the original solid silver neck. This thing plays amazingly well. If you want to add the second gold-plated, fully-engraved neck, add $500 (normally a $1000 upgrade).

    Yanagisawa is the Lexus of saxophones – precision crafted to the highest standards. Super reliable, sounds wonderful, and intrinsically satisfying to own. The 9933 is among the finest altos ever produced by any company, and it is going to hold its value over the long haul and probably be collectible someday. This is a great deal, and someone should jump on it!