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  • GS NEW YORK Alto

    * GS NEW YORK Alto Mouthpiece Meyer Bros NY Replica

    $ 199

    Introducing the GS NEW YORK alto mouthpiece! This is an extremely precise copy of my favorite Meyer Bros New York alto piece from my collection of New York Meyer mouthpieces.

    A great New York Meyer just sparkles. The response is clean, warm, and effortlessly free blowing, but centered and with an elusive extra magic to it – even compared to any other version of Meyer.

    What you get: The Best Meyer Ever

    If you’re not a vintage mouthpiece geek, you probably didn’t know that there are three different mouthpieces that are stamped Meyer Bros New York (not incuding the Tru-Flex or the NYUSA). The first is a rather stubby, fat bodied one. Then this one that the GS NEW YORK copies, with NEW YORK on the same side as MeYeR and ‘medium chamber’ in small font on the table side. The last version has a fatter body again, and has MEDIUM on the same side as MeYeR and NEW YORK on the table side. The following photo makes this clear.

    Some folks prefer the third version. I prefer the second, though we may offer the third version as a GS mouthpiece someday as well. The one we copied has just the right balance of warmth and projection to stand out as the one, holy grail, best-ever (in my opinion anyway) do-it-all alto mouthpiece that you need. There are lots of other great alto mouthpieces on the market, but to my knowledge nobody has actually successfully produced an exact copy of a Meyer Bros NY like this before, until now.

    These also all get hand faced by me. That’s the main slow step in getting them to you, but I’m facing them as fast as I can while keeping the facing work perfect. The hand facing is a step that you can’t skip. If you try to make a replica mouthpiece and you don’t replicate a really excellent facing, you might as well not bother. So you get my favorite 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8 facing that I’ve played so far, on whichever tip mouthpiece you request. Tips are as follows: 4= .069″   5= .072″   6= .076″   7= .080″ 8= .085″.

    The baffle on each tip opening is placed just where Meyer would place it relative to the tip rail and chamber, so each one is a really good copy of the appropriate tip of Meyer Bros. One big advantage we have is that we make these entirely in house, so we can keep improving them until they are perfect. By using biocompatible dental resin and 3D printing for the complex, organic chamber and baffle shapes, we can keep improving and iterating the model until each one is perfect. We spend a LOT of time and effort on that, and I hope that it shows in the quality of mouthpiece and the playing experience that you get.

  • Buescher Aristocrat / Bundy Alto Saxophone 527378 Needs Overhaul

    $ 450
  • Buescher Aristocrat 140 Alto Original Lacquer Very Good Condition

    $ 1,250
  • Buescher-Made (Selmer) Bundy Alto 408990 Good Student Alto Older Pads

    $ 350
  • Buffet S1 Alto Saxophone Amazing Condition Great Player

    $ 2,450
  • Buffet S1 Super Dynaction SDA Transitional Alto S1 Keywork 22035 Original, Recent Overhaul

    $ 1,950

    So this is basically a Buffet S1 Alto based on the keywork, but it still has Super Dynaction engraved on the side. That’s why it is listed as transitional between the two models. You could also just think of it as an early Buffet S1. It has a fresh overhaul done before it came into the shop, using white kangaroo leather pads and brown plastic resonators. The pads are sealing just fine, and the horn feels good to play. As you can probably see, this horn had a crease removed from the bell flare. The work was done ok, but the flare still looks weird if you stare directly at it. I don’t see any other signs of past dent work or other problems. It’s priced quite attractively I think. The S1 is one of those desirable horns that have a vintage tone with nearly modern keywork. The S1 keywork is quite comfortable once you get used to it, and the way the pinky keys on both hands are designed is very smart. It’s quite fast and easy to get around on. I like the double hinged low Bb that makes it easy to rock from B or C# to low Bb. And the low C/Eb mechanism is brilliant. Someone should bring that back on a horn today.

    Only one available!

  • Conn 26M VIII Connqueror Alto Original Lacquer Excellent! 292445

    $ 3,550

    This is a beautiful example of a rare Conn Connqueror 26M Alto saxophone with original lacquer and VIII stamp. The Connqueror is the most mechanically sophisticated saxophone that Conn ever made. It is a pre-war 6M body tube and neck, with all new keywork design, extra engraving, and solid silver on all the key touches that are not pearl. The ‘permadjust’ system is the big development on the Connqueror altos. You can read about that on Matt Stohrer’s website, or watch his repairman’s overview of the 26M on Youtube. This one has its bits and bobs intact, and is in very good condition. It just got overhauled before I bought it, so the pads are all new!  Cosmetically, this horn is just great, with only some minor lacquer wear. It has to be one of the nicest 26M Connqueror altos out there. Definitely the nicest one for sale currently, and priced very reasonably. I really like this one.

    Only one available!

  • Conn 6M VIII Alto Saxophone PreWar 300088 Original Lacquer Excellent Condition

    $ 2,850

    BEAUTIFUL example of an original lacquer ‘Pre-war’ Conn 6M VIII Alto saxophone in extremely fine original condition with old pads. This horn had one dent removed from the body tube (nearly invisible now), and other than that, it’s about as clean an example as you are ever likely to find. These altos remain an absolute bargain. They’re among the best playing alto saxophones ever made, with a bigger, wider, more powerful tone than almost anything out there. And yet the keywork is very fast and comfortable, and the intonation is excellent. It’s the perfect lead alto horn. It’s also made in USA at the height of US manufacturing, and has a build quality that has hardly been matched since. This is the desirable version with the VIII stamped neck, which tends to sell for more than the later versions without the stamp. They’re all great, so if you’re on a budget, check out the beautiful 320k post war example that is also for sale.

    Only one available!

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    Conn Early 6M Alto Saxophone 250425

    This is about the 150th Conn 6M made. (The first is #250243, and they made other voices in between that one and 250425.) If you know this site, you’ll know that I especially like these early 6Ms. They play wider and wilder than the also-great-later 6M’s, but they still have the super slick keywork that makes 6M’s great. So it’s kind of a sweet spot if you want great keywork and a big sound. This one needs an overhaul, and it has a few dings, but it’s going to be a superb alto with a little care put into it. Or talk to me about getting it including a fresh overhaul, which I can have done to my picky standards in a couple of weeks’ time.

  • Conn New Wonder 1 Alto Burnished Gold Stunning Portrait Engraved Old Pads 139214

    $ 1,650
  • Conn New Wonder II Alto Saxophone Silver Plate 227313

    $ 950
  • Holton Stratodyne 234 Alto Good Condition with Old Pads 242174

    $ 1,200
  • Holton Stratodyne 234 Alto Good Condition with Old Pads 242174

    $ 1,200
  • King SilverSonic Alto Original Lacquer Mint Freshly Overhauled 448357

    $ 6,500
  • King Super 20 Alto 415046 Original Lacquer Very Good Condition

    $ 3,650

    Nice clean King Super 20 Alto Saxophone ‘Series IV’ from 1965,  meaning it’s a late Cleveland one with the more modern keywork style. That’s good if you want a King Super 20 tone with minimal keywork compromises. This has the solid silver single socket neck. This sax has its original pads, which are 57 years old, so plan on an overhaul. Enough of my customers want a less expensive Super 20 that I’m leaving this one original pads for the moment. Almost every other King on the site is overhauled, so check those out if you want one that is a turnkey purchase.

    Only one available!

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    King Super 20 Alto Full Pearls Series II Original Lacquer Very Good Condition 318035

    $ 6,000
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    King Super 20 Alto Series III Original Lacquer Very Good Condition 376523

    $ 4,950

    Great King Super 20 alto that is also on the affordable side for one of the best vintages. This is 376523, double socket, solid silver neck, engraved bell keys, underslung octave key, but the more modern style pinky keys and a tone that is more like the ‘full pearls’ Super 20’s. This horn just got a full, top shelf overhaul with Pisoni italian leather pads and nice reusable slightly domed, metal resonators. It feels brand new under the fingers, and it is still in excellent original cosmetic condition. Only one available! $4950 incl the overhaul, which is about what you’d pay for a Yamaha, and this is much better and holds its value better too.

  • Martin Centennial Alto Saxophone Committee II and III Transitional Model Rare! 142319

    $ 1,550

    Insanely low price (not my decision) on this gorgeous Martin Centennial Alto saxophone. (This is on consignment and the owner wants me to move it quickly!) The lacquer has aged to a dark honey color and looks great. Having no other Centennial altos around to compare to, I’m not willing to commit to this being original lacquer, but it might be. I don’t see signs of buffing, and if it were a Comm II, then it would look correct to be original. So maybe it is? The Centennial celebrates 100 years since the invention of the saxophone. It appears briefly between the Committee II and the Committee III (The Martin Alto) models, and it has features of both models. You can easily spot some guards and key shapes that remind you of the Comm II, while the main design chiefly anticipates the Commitee III in design and tone. If you want a The Martin Alto, but you want one that is cooler, super-early, darker than average, and rarer and more collectible, this is it!

    The tone is warm, powerful, round, and full. The ‘carrying power’ (as Martin calls it in old ads) is a main plus of this model. It sings out with absolutely no resistance to blasting over a section or a band. You can do the west coast dry jazz tone like Art Pepper, or you can blast like the SNL sax players if you want to. The intonation is remarkably good. The ergonomics are also surprisingly good.  It’s hard to beat this horn for the money. It even plays well on the existing mix of pads, and doesn’t need an overhaul right out of the case like most of these.

    Only one available!

  • Martin Magna Alto Original Lacquer Excellent Condition 206422

    $ 2,650

    Beautiful original lacquer Martin Magna Committee III Alto Saxophone. It has no dents or dings and is in absolutely gorgeous condition. The Magna is the most desirable Martin saxophone, because of the rarity and some cosmetic and mechanical features that set it above the rest. These include the fancy engraving, and nickel keys and cross accents on neck and bell, and keyguards. This Martin Magna Alto has original pads, so it hasn’t been messed with, just lightly played. It’s ready for new pads and its next 60 years of playing. Maybe you can be a part of that! These altos have such a beautiful tone (think Art Pepper), which is warm, dry, full, and powerful. Medium between bright and dark, with plenty of what Martin called ‘carrying power’ and we call ‘projection’ to spare, no matter how much you want to push it. These sound better with really bright mouthpieces than almost any other saxophone, if that’s your thing. But they sound great with something like an MC Gregory Model A like Pepper used. This is as nice an example of a Magna as you are likely to find! I’m getting the thumb hook screw sorted out by the way. Only one available!

  • Martin Music Man Alto Original Lacquer Gorgeous! 208891

    $ 2,150

    Gorgeous original lacquer Martin Music Man alto saxophone. This is one of my favorite The Martin Alto Committee III’s ever, and is being sold from my personal collection. It was in another collection for many decades before I got it, and it has been cared for very well over the years. The pads aren’t bad, but it’s not freshly overhauled either. It plays well on them. I’d play it for a while and save up for an overhaul before too long, if you want to unlock the full potential.

    The Official Music Man model was made to commemorate the runaway hit musical ‘The Music Man’ about a traveling band instrument salesman. (I’m sure you know it.) These are a lot like a regular Comm III, “The Martin Alto” but have some extra engraving and the adjustable neck octave key stoppers like a Magna. They will always be more desirable and collectible than a regular The Martin Alto, but they have the same power, projection, and dark, complex tone. These horns are built to last, and came with 50 year warranties when new. Some of them are just leaving their warranty coverage now, which is hilarious. Only one available!

  • Noblet Alto Good Original Condition Great Deal 8662 Original

    $ 599
  • Selmer Mark VI Alto 148883 Original Lacquer American Engraved Excellent

    $ 9,000
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    Selmer Mark VI Alto 1955 Original Lacquer Recent Overhaul Excellent! 57457

    $ 8,750

    This is a fantastic, two owner example of a Selmer Mark VI alto from the first year of production. It has a recent overhaul done through GetASax with Pisoni Italian leather pads and Tenormadness slightly domed metal resonators, which is a WONDERFUL combination for a VI alto like this. It has a powerful, projecting, focused voice, and it’s totally effortless to play. I bought this horn from the original owner, who studied in NYC with Joe Allard and played in all kinds of groups in the 50’s. The original lacquer was nearly 100% present when I bought it, but it was flaking off. We washed the horn and the flaking lacquer came off, leaving it in the present stage of elegant wear, with the bare brass darkening and the engraving set off by the contrast. It looks great, like an villa on the grand canal in Venice or something. You won’t find a nicer 5-digit to play. It’s got TONS of power and can really scream, but the core tone is medium dark, so it doesn’t get shrill even when pushed. Low register is effortless. There are no past repairs to speak of, and the overhaul is just getting settled in, so it has probably at least a decade or two of solid turn key playability in this overhaul. Whoever gets this is one lucky alto player! Only one available.

     

  • Selmer Mark VI Alto 1974 Original Lacquer Original Pads Very Good Condition 221505

    $ 5,350

    On consignment, this is a beautiful Selmer Mark VI alto saxophone with original lacquer and American engraving. For a fraction of the price of a new Selmer, you can get a Mark VI in great shape. This alto has original pads, so plan on a repad soon, but it won’t be a difficult job. Mark VI’s are easy to work on, and this one is in great mechanical condition and should be a straightforward job. Later serial VI altos are beloved for their excellent intonation and superior low register response. I like the tone on them as well. They’re probably the best value overall in a Selmer saxophone, because they have improvements over the earlier VI altos, yet they are priced much lower. Only one available!

  • Selmer Mark VI Alto 227643 Original Lacquer Good Pads

    $ 4,750
  • Selmer Mark VI Alto 59680 1955 Fresh High End Overhaul! Great Deal

    $ 6,350

    Unengraved Euro-assembled Mark VI alto from 1955 that just got a full high-end overhaul. Is the lacquer original or not? I’m honestly not sure. It’s priced like a relacquer, but it may well be original. The lacquer is the correct color and style for an early 50’s Euro, and since there’s no engraving, and nowhere where you can see wear underneath lacquer, it’s a tough call. This just got a complete restoration, meaning the keywork is super snappy and tight feeling, and everything is clean and just how it should be for this horn’s next couple of decades of playing. The lacquer on the original neck was kind of ugly, so we went ahead and stripped the rest of that off and let it age to a natural patina. If you want a dark, focused, powerful Mark VI alto that is a 5-digit serial for the price of a much less desirable VI, then this is for you. It may well be original, but I’m not going to ask +$3000 for it just in case it isn’t. So it’s a great deal too, in my opinion. I threw in a new BAM Cabine alto case for good measure. This is a superb choice for a serious player, or for a student, or for a novice who wants a horn that will be reliable and sound great, to grow into. Only one available!

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto 69479 Original Lacquer No Neck Serial

    Beautiful example of an early 5-digit Selmer Mark VI Alto saxophone with original lacquer and American engraving. The neck on this one has no serial number and has the thicker ‘ferrule’ above the tenon, which you see around 76xxx on some VI altos, so I bet the original owner swapped out the original neck for this new neck that appeared in 1958, and was available into the early 60’s. I’ll update the description with more info soon.

  • Selmer Mark VI Alto Near Mint Original Lacquer 98721

    $ 9,500

    This is an absolutely premium Selmer Mark VI alto saxophone with nearly all of its original lacquer intact. It even has original pads from the factory from 1962. You’d be hard-pressed to find a cleaner, more beautiful Mark VI. This has a 5-digit serial, and it is in the serial range that is my favorite for tone. These late 5-digit altos have a dark, powerful, tenor-like tone that is bigger and more complex than a typical VI. They’re among the best altos you’ll find! The ‘long bow’ tuning on this one is totally fine, with no problem on low B etc. using a Meyer.

  • Selmer Mark VI Alto Original Lacquer American Engraved Very Good Condition 234127

    $ 4,950

    Beautiful original lacquer Selmer Mark VI Alto in very good condition. This alto also still plays quite well on its mostly original factory pad setup. It has a resoldered keyguard foot on low C on one side, and that’s the only repair. The neck is in great shape, and I don’t see any damage anywhere. Plan on a repad soon, but you’re looking at a beautiful original VI alto for Yamaha type of money. That’s a great deal!

  • Selmer Mark VI Alto Original Lacquer Recent Overhaul Great! 70876

    $ 7,850
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    Selmer New Large Bore Alto Saxophone 1930 11816 Old Pads Good Condition

  • Selmer New LargeBore Alto Original Lacquer Recent Overhaul 11770

    $ 2,350
  • Selmer Prelude Student Alto Very Good Condition

    $ 600
  • Selmer Radio Improved Alto Original Lacquer, Recent Overhaul 19276

    $ 4,950

    If you read around on here a bit, you’ll see that I love Selmers from the 1930’s and the Radio Improved in particular. This one has most of its original lacquer intact, and is in quite good condition. it is also in great playing condition with a recent overhaul done by Jack Finucane (from a couple of years or so ago before he stopped doing overhauls), and feels nice and snappy under the fingers. The pads look a little funny in photos – that’s because of some powder from Yamaha powder paper that is on the leather. But the pads themselves are in excellent condition and are nearly new. The resonators look like a Reso-Tech set made to match the vintage Selmer Tonex resos, but slightly oversized, and very slightly domed. They are a good match for the horn, and they almost look like vintage Selmer resonators. It didn’t get played much after overhaul, as the owner is in a military band and plays a modern horn most of the time for work. It’s on consignment now, and I think it’ll likely sell quickly.

    The tone of a Radio Improved alto is the reason to buy it. It’s like a Selmer blended with a Conn almost- delicate lyrical core that reminds me of an SBA, but with a wider, warmer, more spread feel like a Conn. The keywork is not modern. This is before the ‘Balanced Action’ keywork improvements, so you will have to get used to the left hand pinky keys if you haven’t played a vintage horn before. If you have, then it’s no problem. I barely notice keywork differences anymore after playing all the different styles out there. This one is more comfortable than most, and I like the direct action bell key mechanism.

    The original lacquer is in beautiful shape and looks great – deep honey gold. The only spot that isn’t original lacquer (and you’d have to really look closely to tell this) is at the neck receiver, where it looks like Jack had to resolder the neck receiver and then mix up some matching lacquer to over spray there. The only way to tell is that there’s just a little sign of overspray of the new lacquer on top of the original lacquer just below the receiver. That resolder often needs to be done on a 30’s Selmer to make the neck receiver strong again after 80+ years of use. (It was done on my personal RI, so I specially look for it). These horns are very uncommon, and this one is nicer than the great majority of RI’s out there. Only 1140 RI altos were made, and this is probably in the top 10% of those.

    Only one available!

     

  • Selmer Radio Improved Alto Relacquer Great Deal 18901

    $ 2,350
  • Selmer Reference 54 Alto Kookaburra Exc Cond Fresh Full Overhaul!

    $ 5,950

    This Selmer Reference 54 alto is completely overhauled, which sets it far apart from other used modern Selmers that you will find on the market. This is also the Kookaburra edition. I understand they made 340 of these for the US market. They do seem to sell a little higher than the average Reference 54. I love how these horns play once they get a good overhaul. The odd thing is, they can be in nearly new condition, as this one is, and yet still need an overhaul to play well. As you probably know, unless you’re just getting into nice saxophones, an overhaul is a big job, and means that everything is rebuilt and replaced that is disposable on the saxophone. It takes a few days worth of skilled labor and a few hundred dollars worth of materials, so it’s not cheap. The result is a saxophone that plays and feels better than new, as this one does. It’s a deal at this price. The Reference 54 is my favorite modern Selmer.

    Original case is included, also in excellent condition.

    Only one available!

  • Selmer Series II Alto 403860 Great Playing Condition Great Deal!

    $ 3,250

    This is a great deal Selmer Paris Series II alto with great pads. It has some lacquer wear, from being played a good amount. Unsurprisingly, that’s because it plays really well. Setup is great, response is great. The low register pops right out no problem. Intonation is great, as you expect with one of these, designed and built for classical saxophone literature.

    Compared to buying a new Selmer Series II, this is much better, because it is less than half the price, plus it has better pad work and setup. No past repairs that I see anywhere. And it’s all cleaned, oiled, and feeling dry and snappy under the fingers. If you want to get a great alto that you never have to upgrade, but your budget is on the lower side for a pro sax (relatively speaking), this is hard to beat.

    Only one available!

  • Selmer Super Action 80 Series II Alto Very Good Condition Plays Great! 497811

    $ 3,650
  • Selmer Super Sax Alto Saxophone Original Silver Plate American Engraved Amazing 17875

    $ 4,950
  • Selmer Super Sax Cigar Cutter Alto Original Gold Plate 15579

    $ 6,000
  • Selmer Super Sax Cigar Cutter Alto Original Lacquer Fresh Overhaul Exceptional! 16757

    $ 4,950

    Just overhauled. Photos are before the overhaul. It looks a bit nicer now, and plays ridiculously well. It’s like the warmth and lyrical core of a Selmer Balanced Action, but with the wideness and power of a Conn 6M added in. Keywork is the older style, of course, so you can’t be too fussy about that. We just did a GS NY demo video quick preview with this exact alto, so you can hear it in action on an extremely precise copy of my favorite Meyer Bros NY alto piece in this demo clip. You can tell Tyler is a tenor player from the way he really pushes the horn with tons of air, but it doesn’t back down!

  • Selmer Super Sax Cigar Cutter Alto Saxophone Original Gold Plate Fresh Overhaul! 17618

    $ 7,500

    Is this the best playing alto on the website right now? It might be!

    Original gold plated vintage Selmers are hard to find. Gold plated Super Sax Selmers are even harder! If you want a Selmer that has some of the the wideness and darker tone of a Conn, this is the horn for you! This beautiful example still has the ‘cigar cutting’ octave mechanism that goes away shortly after this serial number. The original gold is in great shape, with some wear from use. This horn just got a top quality overhaul done by J&H Winds in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Jimmy Jensen and Simon Harding’s shop there is doing a fantastic job on vintage saxophone restorations, and gets my full endorsement! This thing feels better than new under the fingers. It has Italian Pisoni pads that were specially ordered thicknesses to fit the deeper pad cups. And the resonators are Aaron Barnard’s reusable slightly domed brass ones that are my favorite on lots of types of vintage saxophone. This sax got the full treatment, and now it is SO fun to play. It is super alive – vibrates like crazy under the fingers. The intonation is quite good with my GS New York alto mouthpiece, so you are fine with either a large or a medium chamber on this alto. The tone is so velvety and rich – dark, smooth, complex, and WIDE. If you want to fill a room, this is the horn for you. The gold is also gorgeous. The only drawback is the ergonomics. It’s not modern. I actually like the direct action that closes the left hand bell keys– it’s nice and snappy and easy. The downside is just if you need to get around a lot of low notes really quickly, and you don’t have good pinky finger dexterity. To me the tone makes it totally worth it. And how many blazing passages in the extreme low register do you realistically play? Probably not that many. So this is the total package of rarity, beauty, top shelf overhaul, and tone.

    Only one available!

     

  • Yamaha YAS-23 Alto Saxophone Best Student Sax 265727A

    $ 800
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    Yamaha YAS-23 Student Alto Best First Saxophone

    $ 850

    Yamaha 23 alto just tuned up thoroughly and playing great!

  • Yamaha YAS-26 Alto Near Mint Condition Great! U72312

    $ 1,450

    This is a fantastic condition Yamaha YAS-26 alto saxophone, that is the top recommendation of most band directors for a first alto saxophone. At $2166, the new price can be a stretch for many band parents. This one saves you $700+ off the price, and the horn looks basically new and plays better than new, because my repairman just went completely over the horn made sure that it’s playing its absolute best. (It got way more attention than a typical YAS-26 you’d buy at Music and Arts or whatever.) Looks new as well, and I can also jump start your saxophone career with some free accessories, and advise you on a good mouthpiece and reed setup to get you going (this can help a LOT).

    Only one available! But if you aren’t the lucky family that gets this one, check the altos category for more YAS-23’s and YAS-26’s. I buy them and fix them up as a service to young saxophonists. I make virtually no money doing it, but every good saxophonist I know started on one of these. They really do put you on the right track as a young player. They’re also excellent altos for pros who double on alto or who want a dependable backup alto.

  • Yamaha YAS-62III Alto Saxophone Mint Condition

    $ 3,000

    The YAS-62III Alto saxophone from Yamaha is the go-to, top recommended first professional alto saxophone from most teachers and band directors I have talked to over the years. Again and again online, someone asks something like, “We want to get our daughter/son a good saxophone. Our budget is around $3000. What should we get?” The most common answer is basically always a Yamaha YAS-62III alto. Why? It just works. It’s a professional horn that is extremely reliable and made in Japan, with excellent build quality, great intonation, and a top quality factory setup. You can use virtually any mouthpiece on it, and it will still tune well. That lets you take the (admittedly rather vanilla) tone in myriad directions. Yamaha is a conservative company, and their crowd pleaser YAS-62III alto saxophone is meant to get the job done without over-determining the tone.  It’s clear, medium bright, and round. Not too loud and in your face, not very dark or too bright. Works for classical or jazz.

    It’s hard to keep these horns in stock, as Yamaha has been backordered on them for a long time. I have one available late September, 2022. These come with a new horn checkup before they go to you, meaning my (experienced/skilled/picky) repairman makes sure that the horn plays like it should. Often there are 2 or three little tweaks that take the horn from good to great, and that’s actually a big added value to you to have us do that before you get it. Most of the differerces between new horns of the same model at a store are due to the lack of a good new horn checkup.

  • Yanagisawa A991B Alto Black Lacquer Excellent Condition Rare

    $ 3,750

    Beautiful example of an original black-lacquered Yanagisawa ‘Elite’ Professional A991B Alto Saxophone. This premium alto plays great, and is ready to go, with good pads, and no damage or problems. I love how the black lacquer looks with the engraving cut through it into the brass. You might upgrade to a fully engraved, gold plated neck, if you want even more eye-turning bling on this horn. I have one of those available by special request.

  • Yanagisawa AWO-37 Alto New! Elite Professional Solid Silver with Deluxe Engraving

    $ 9,000
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    Yanagisawa AWO1 Professional Alto Saxophone New + Setup – Fantastic Deal! A901

    $ 3,150

    Currently backordered. Should be in stock soon, so email to reserve yours. Thanks!

    New in the plastic Yanagisawa AWO1 Alto saxophone. This is probably the best deal overall in a modern alto period. This horn just got checked out post shipping and is ready to play its very best right out of the case when you get it. It’s completely mint, with factory box and paperwork etc. You won’t find a better playing Yanagisawa AWO1 Alto Saxophone, nor will you find a better price. I have an extremely limited number of these that I can offer you at this sale price. Good luck to the few people who are able to jump on this amazing deal!

    If you’re wondering, the AWO1 is the brass version of Yanagisawa’s professional alto. This is the new name of what used to be the A901 model. It has a more open and vibrating feel than the heavier-built AWO10 (which is also a fantastic alto, but more expensive). My first good alto was one of these. If you want the best alto for the money, that would be the Yanagisawa AWO1. And when you go to re-sell it, you can get most to all of your money back, which is the opposite of most new saxophones.

    Any questions, feel free to ask!

  • Yanagisawa AWO10 Alto 397193 Excellent Condition Plays Great!

    $ 3,750

    Excellent to near mint Yanagisawa AWO10 Alto was only played for 4 months before the owner traded it in on a Selmer Mark VI alto. So you can get an ‘elite’ Yanagisawa AWO10 Alto Saxophone for a nice little discount. This horn looks nearly new, but only has a tiny bit of lacquer wear on the thumb rest. It got the GetASax new horn checkup when it sold new in May, and it still plays effortlessly, like new, and possibly a little better since the pads are just slightly broken in.

    Here’s my standard new horn description on the AWO10 as a supplement to the above:

    The AWO10 (formerly called A991) is Yanagisawa’s top of the line saxophone, made of solid brass, like most saxophones (as distinguished from their bronze and silver options that are significantly more expensive.)  This AWO10 just got checked out post shipping and is ready to play its very best right out of the case when you get it. It’s completely mint, with factory box and paperwork etc. You won’t find a better playing Yanagisawa AWO10, nor will you find a better price. I have an extremely limited number of these that I can offer you at this sale price. Good luck to the few people who are able to jump on this amazing deal!

    If you’re wondering, the AWO10 is the brass version of Yanagisawa’s top line professional alto. This is the new name of what used to be the A991 model. It has sturdier ‘ribbed construction’ and double arms on the bell keys, to distinguish it from its extremely similar but less expensive sibling, the AWO1 (A901). The Yanagisawa AWO10 also has the underslung neck octave key mechanism and fancy hand engraving. I love how the neck octave key looks and works. My first good alto was a Yanagisawa, and I never would have needed to upgrade from it. The tone is medium bright, clear, and round, with a crisp projection to it. With a classical mouthpiece, it darkens up beautifully while still shimmering. For jazz, it’s a natural lead alto with a brighter mouthpiece, like the GS New York or many others. The intonation is excellent. Keywork is super comfortable. The build quality that Yanagisawa offers is the best of any saxophone, and yet the price is lower than many of its competitors. That’s why Yanagisawa is SO popular among pro sax players, and why its saxophones are often back ordered with long waits. Here’s your chance to grab one at a SUPER price that is all setup and ready to go for many years making beautiful music dependably. It’s the Lexus of modern saxophones, and it just makes playing effortless.

    Any questions, feel free to ask!

  • Yanagisawa AWO10 Elite Professional Alto Saxophone Brand New Fantastic Deal! A991

    $ 4,000

    One in stock now Sept. 26th 2022

    Mint, unplayed, new in the plastic Yanagisawa AWO10 Alto saxophone. This is probably the best deal on this saxophone that you will find anywhere.  The AWO10 (formerly called A991) is Yanagisawa’s top of the line saxophone, made of solid brass, like most saxophones (as distinguished from their bronze and silver options that are significantly more expensive.)  This AWO10 just got checked out post shipping and is ready to play its very best right out of the case when you get it. It’s completely mint, with factory box and paperwork etc. You won’t find a better playing Yanagisawa AWO10, nor will you find a better price. I have an extremely limited number of these that I can offer you at this sale price. Good luck to the few people who are able to jump on this amazing deal!

    If you’re wondering, the AWO10 is the brass version of Yanagisawa’s top line professional alto. This is the new name of what used to be the A991 model. It has sturdier ‘ribbed construction’ and double arms on the bell keys, to distinguish it from its extremely similar but less expensive sibling, the AWO1 (A901). The Yanagisawa AWO10 also has the underslung neck octave key mechanism and fancy hand engraving. I love how the neck octave key looks and works. My first good alto was a Yanagisawa, and I never would have needed to upgrade from it. The tone is medium bright, clear, and round, with a crisp projection to it. With a classical mouthpiece, it darkens up beautifully while still shimmering. For jazz, it’s a natural lead alto with a brighter mouthpiece, like the GS New York or many others. The intonation is excellent. Keywork is super comfortable. The build quality that Yanagisawa offers is the best of any saxophone, and yet the price is lower than many of its competitors. That’s why Yanagisawa is SO popular among pro sax players, and why its saxophones are often back ordered with long waits. Here’s your chance to grab one at a SUPER price that is all setup and ready to go for many years making beautiful music dependably. It’s the Lexus of modern saxophones, and it just makes playing effortless.

    Any questions, feel free to ask!

  • Sold Out

    Yanagisawa AWO2 Solid Bronze Alto Saxophone Brand New + Setup! A902

    $ 3,750

    Two available as of May 2022

    Brand new, unplayed, in the plastic Yanagisawa AWO2 Alto saxophone. This is probably the best deal overall in a modern alto period. This horn just got checked out post shipping and is ready to play its very best right out of the case when you get it. It’s completely mint, with factory box and paperwork etc. You won’t find a better playing Yanagisawa AWO2, nor will you find a better price. I have an extremely limited number of these that I can offer you at this sale price. Good luck to the few people who are able to jump on this amazing deal!

    If you’re wondering, the WO2 is the bronze version of Yanagisawa’s professional alto. This is the new name of what used to be the A902 model. It has a more open and vibrating feel than the heavier-built AWO20 (which is also a fantastic alto, but more expensive). My first good alto was one of these. And the solid bronze adds more depth and complexity to the tone – kind of a thick heart to the core of the tone. It’s quite easy to hear once you get used to it and play the different Yanagisawa saxophones. The AWO2 (A902) and AWO20 (A992) are my favorites, closely followed by AWO1 (A901) and AWO10 (A991) (same horns but in brass instead of bronze).

    Any questions, feel free to ask!

  • Yanagisawa AWO20 Solid Bronze Alto Saxophone Brand New Fantastic Deal! A992

    $ 4,675

    One available now Sept 23, 2022

    Mint, unplayed, new in the plastic Yanagisawa AWO20 Alto saxophone. This is probably the best deal on this saxophone that you will find anywhere.  The AWO20 (formerly called A992) is the best horn that Yanagisawa makes in my opinion (I prefer it to the solid silver ones.) This AWO20 just got checked out post shipping and is ready to play its very best right out of the case when you get it. It’s completely mint, with factory box and paperwork etc. You won’t find a better playing Yanagisawa AWO2o, nor will you find a better price. I have an extremely limited number of these that I can offer you at this sale price. Good luck to the few people who are able to jump on this amazing deal!

    If you’re wondering, the WO20 is the bronze version of Yanagisawa’s top line professional alto. This is the new name of what used to be the A992 model. It has sturdier ‘ribbed construction’ and double arms on the bell keys, to distinguish it from its extremely similar but less expensive sibling, the AWO2 (A902). The Yanagisawa AWO20 also has the underslung neck octave key mechanism and fancy hand engraving. I love how the neck octave key looks and works. My first good alto was a Yanagisawa, and I never would have needed to upgrade from it. The solid bronze adds more depth and complexity to the tone compared to brass – kind of a thick heart to the core of the tone. It’s quite easy to hear once you get used to it and play the different Yanagisawa saxophones. The AWO2 (A902) and AWO20 (A992) are my favorites, closely followed by AWO1 (A901) and AWO10 (A991) (same horns but in brass instead of bronze, and a little less expensive).

    Any questions, feel free to ask!

  • Yanagisawa SilverSonic A9933 Alto Saxophone Fresh Setup Excellent Player! 260027

    $ 4,950

    Freshly back from a full setup and cleaning. This is a great playing Yanagisawa alto! You can get the silver neck and bell for around the price of a regular brass one by buying used. The pads are in great shape, the horn is clean. The only blemish I see is a line of lacquer missing inside the bell flare which I only noticed after a careful inspection. I guess the bell flare had a mild crease that was removed, or just some wear from using a neck bag.