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  • Conn 10M Tenor Rolled Tone Holes Original Silver Plate Very Good Condition Fresh Overhaul! 310735

    $ 4,950

    This is a fantastic, freshly overhauled Conn 10M Tenor in original silver plate finish. It has a beautiful gold was bell as well. It has a little bit of ID engraving on it, which accounts for about a $1000 discount in the price that you get it for. The overhaul was done through GetASax with Pisoni italian leather pads and reusable slightly domed brass TenorMadness resonators, which are the best resonators around IMO for a Conn like this. It’s an effortless player and just feels wonderful to play. It’s a steal at this price, and outplays anything else you can buy in this price range, vintage or modern. Whoever gets it is one lucky player. Here’s Tyler playing a few notes on it just for fun.

     

  • Conn 8M C Melody Unbelievable Condition Fresh Overhaul Original Silver Naked Lady 274636

    $ 6,000

    This is a wonderful and extremely rare example of a very late serial Conn 8M C Melody saxophone with the ‘Artist’ / ‘Naked Lady’ engraving pattern on the bell. It’s gorgeous original silver plate finish with gold wash in the bell. It just got a full top-shelf overhaul with Italian leather Pisoni pads and nice sent of screw in reusable flat metal (brass) resonators. If you want a really good C melody for less money, look for a late New Wonder II Conn – around 200k serial if you can find one. This particular late serial version is ultra-rare — I’ve only seen 7 of them ever. This is the latest one I’ve ever sold. The cool thing about the later Conn C melody saxophones is that the tone opens up and gets really big and projecting like a tenor. If you use a GS RESO C Melody mouthpiece on this horn, you can get a tone that you just can’t get on any other type of saxophone. It’s in C but it’s fat and full and open like a tenor, but it concert pitch. Nothing else sounds like this. I had Tyler do a demo with one of my Conn C melodys and the GS RESO, so that you can get a basic idea of what it can sound like. Tyler had never played a C melody before, so I think he did pretty well for his first time!

  • Conn New Wonder II Sopranino Original Silver, Overhauled 153973

    $ 4,950

    This is a rare and beautiful example of a Conn New Wonder II SopraNINO Saxophone in original silver plate. It has a recent overhaul done at Saxquest, and it’s ready to play, right out of the case. They used black kangaroo leather pads and noyek/hollywood waffle style resonators. Black felts complete the look.

    The great thing about Conn sopranos and sopraninos is that they are warmer, darker, and rounder tonally than what you might think of as a typical sopranino or soprano tone. More like an alto and less like an oboe than modern instruments tend to sound, if that makes any sense. These horns tune well with the right mouthpiece. This one doesn’t come with an original Conn piece, but we can discuss options if you don’t have one already.

    It would be hard to find a Conn sopranino in better condition than this. It’s the nicest one I’ve had in years. They’re hard to find in any condition, but original silver and no evidence of past repairs like this is very special.

    Only one available!

  • Ishimori Wood Stone New Vintage Tenor Saxophone WST-AF with F# Antique Finish NEW

    $ 4,700

    September 2022 Inventory: One just came in stock now!!

    One of the most lauded modern horns by people who like vintage horns. This is the Ishimori Wood Stone New Vintage tenor in Antique Finish (patinated bare brass) and the dark lacquer version is here: https://www.getasax.com/product/ishimori-woodstone-new-with-dark-lacquer-tenor-saxophone/ Ishimori has long been Japan’s premiere saxophone repair shop. This tenor is their attempt to bring their repair expertise to bear on saxophone design. This horn has a bore and design aesthetic reminiscent of a Selmer Super (Balanced) Action, even down to the engraving and keywork styling. But as a modern horn, it hasn’t seen decades of playing and repairs. It also comes with a good setup done by Ishimori pre-sale. This is the unlacquered version of the Ishimori Wood Stone New Vintage tenor, with beautiful Selmer SBA style hand engraving. These are popular saxophones, but I’ll try to keep one in stock if possible! Ishimori is Japan’s premiere saxophone repair shop, and Mr. Ishimori has been designing, building, and repairing saxophones for many decades.

    These tenors not only sound great, but they stand out from the crowd with their excellent new horn setup done in the Ishimori workshop. The Ishimori New Vintage tenors hold up extremely well over time, and every detail of construction and assembly is optimized for ease of play. The tone on this Ishimori tenor is meant to remind you of a vintage Selmer – to my ear, it plays like a late SBA – not as loud and wide open as some Mark VI’s, but more focused than earlier Selmers also. The neck and the engraving are meant to evoke the Selmer Super Balanced Action, so I suspect that the neck is an SBA bore. The tuning is excellent. This body tube is designed to have the high F# tone hole present, so it tunes well with the high F#, and that’s also just a convenient feature. The finish is a stable patina applied to the bare brass. While it will continue to change in appearance somewhat, it will basically look like this. You get the bare brass finish plus a great unique look to the horn that ages well – much nicer than the completely shiny unlacquered finish that Yamaha does. This looks really classy.

    Ishimori New Vintage tenors play so effortlessly, they sell themselves. Every time one comes in the shop, it sells almost immediately. There’s one in stock at the moment! Get it now!

    See below for our videos on the Ishimori New Vintage Tenor featuring some sound samples on a range of mouthpieces, and an unboxing video.

     

     

  • Ishimori Wood Stone New Vintage Tenor Saxophone WST-VL with F# Dark Lacquer NEW

    $ 4,700

    Two available! (Finally)

    See below for some sound samples and an unboxing video.

    This is a highly-desirable Ishimori Wood Stone New Vintage tenor saxophone. This one is in beautiful Dark Lacquer (Vintage Lacquer, they call it, or VL for short). You can find the unlacquered ‘Antique Finish’ version here.  Ishimori New Vintage Tenors are usually back ordered, but I will try my best to keep at least one in stock. Ishimori is Japan’s premiere saxophone repair shop, and Mr. Ishimori has been designing, building, and repairing saxophones for decades.

    These tenors not only sound great, but they stand out from the crowd with their excellent new horn setup done in the Ishimori workshop. The Ishimori New Vintage tenors hold up extremely well over time, and every detail of construction and assembly is optimized for ease of play. The tone on this Ishimori tenor is meant to remind you of a vintage Selmer – to my ear, it plays like a late SBA – not as loud and wide open as some Mark VI’s, but more focused than earlier Selmers also. The neck and the engraving are meant to evoke the Selmer Super Balanced Action, so I suspect that the neck is an SBA bore. The tuning is excellent. This body tube is designed to have the high F# tone hole present, so it tunes well with the high F#, and that’s also just a convenient feature. Lacquer is gorgeous, as is the hand engraving.

    Ishimori New Vintage tenors play so effortlessly, they sell themselves. Every time one comes in the shop, it sells almost immediately. I have one in stock coming next week. Get it now!

    See below for some sound samples on a range of mouthpieces, and an unboxing video.

  • Keilwerth SX-90 Black Nickel Tenor Near Mint Early Version Good Pads 103682

    $ 4,850

    This is the nicest early Keilwerth tenor I’ve seen, and it also has pads that are almost new, and has no damage or past repairs at all. This is the desirable early version that is what Grover Washington Jr. also played. These tenors are GREAT for smooth jazz, because they have a big, fat upper register that sounds really good with a bright mouthpiece. The whole horn seems like it’s asking to be a solo instrument or cut through a band.

    Pair it with something projecting like a Guardala, Berg, Dukoff, or any of the modern pieces that are made for projection, and you’ll have an instant pro sound. Or play a vintage jazz piece on it and it sounds almost like a Conn but with comfortable, modern ergnomics. The black nickel ones are by far the most popular, and always go fast.

    This one is pretty much unbeatable.

    Only one available!

  • King SilverSonic Alto Original Lacquer Mint Freshly Overhauled 448357

    $ 6,500
  • Sold Out

    King Super 20 Alto Series III Original Lacquer Very Good Condition 376523

    $ 4,950

    On hold Oct 2022. 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.

  • King Super 20 Tenor 1947 Full Pearls Original Lacquer Good Pads 290165

    $ 5,850

    This is a beautiful original lacquer King Super 20 tenor saxophone from 1947. It has the light ‘coca-cola’ lacquer that these almost always have in the 290k range. The pads are in excellent condition and almost new. These late 40’s Kings are wonderful players. Big, dark, spread, powerful tone with lots of projection. The neck has the matching serial to the body. It’s kind of amazing to me that you can still buy an original King Super 20 tenor with a good overhaul and full pearls, solid silver neck, and full pearls on all the side and palm keys for this kind of a price. Heavily marketed Taiwanese horns are priced in the same range.

  • Powell Silver Eagle SE10 Alto One of 18 Made – all options solid silver +Matt Stohrer Overhau

    $ 12,000

    For your viewing pleasure, this is one of the 18 Powell Silver Eagle saxophones made. Powell conceived of an ambitious project to bring back an American-made saxophone of the highest quality. Inspired by the Super 20 SilverSonic, the Silver Eagle reproduces the bore while adding solid silver soldered tone holes and modern keywork. Powell sadly ended their project after making only 18 saxophones, despite high demand, due to the high cost of production. This horn plays like a good super 20 but a little more evenly, and has been completely overhauled by Matt Stohrer. This is the ultimate collectible among modern saxophones, and it is also a burning player. Asking price is just what these cost new, plus a little extra since it got a $1500 overhaul on top of that! It’s not even inflated for the collectibility value, which is probably not smart of me, but there it is. If you want to discuss all the details of this project, I can put you in touch with the people who built it. These were most definitely a new saxophone bore and neck design, inspired by the best King Super 20 SilverSonic altos, both according to them and according to the folks who bought the tooling and mandrels when the project ended. The keywork is modified from tooling bought from B&S, which accounts for the pinky table that sticks out farther than it would on something like a Yamaha.

    There is most certainly only one available. This one has all the possible factory options, which only a subset of Powell Silver Eagles had – including the solid silver tone holes and even cryo treatment. Of the 18 saxophones built, I know at least a couple of them were brass bell, and some others lacked other of these features. This is one of the ones with everything, which makes it even more collectible. Includes the original accessories, case, and paperwork.

    Just for fun, here’s Matt Stohrer’s repairman’s overview from when he overhauled it.

  • Selmer Balanced Action Tenor 24461 Relacquered Freshly Overhauled Great Price

    $ 6,450
  • Selmer Mark VI Alto 1967 Original Silver High F# Fresh Overhaul – Exceptional! 151239

    $ 7,500

    This silver 1967 Selmer Mark VI Alto is one of the better VI altos I’ve played. It’s probably the most in tune one I’ve ever played. Kind of amazing. It’s free blowing, not very resistant at all. Low notes just pop out effortlessly. High F# and altissimo are easy and in tune. The tone is powerful, medium between bright and dark, with a fat core to it and a lot of punch when pushed. It kind of vibrates under the fingers at FF like it really likes to project. I would play this as my main alto, even though I’m used to playing Kings on alto instead. This Selmer Mark VI creates the sound so easily that you can get more volume with the same amount of air, and it has a kind of projection that you rarely see in these. But there’s a fat, focused core to the tone that I really like. I’m using a GS New York, which is a fairly projecting mouthpiece, and it just sounds great.

    I should mention – it has a factory narrow sliver of metal going across the neck octave pip that completely erases the hissing high A and makes it play with the same even timbre as G and B, and without going sharp as well. It looks like it’s all one piece and silver plated like the pip, with no sign of work. Horn was all original pads when I got it, and barely played. It’s kind of amazing. I was having to unlearn my normal lipping down of high A2 that I have to do on VI altos most of the time

    Only one available!

  • Selmer Mark VI Baritone 166k Original Lacquer Low A Fresh Full Overhaul Great Player

    $ 8,250

    This one-owner Selmer Mark VI baritone saxophone has its original lacquer and goes to low A. It’s American-engraved and assembled (the more desirable version), and the original neck is also in great shape. This Selmer Mark VI baritone was pro-owned, and it played in lots of blues and funk bands all around North Carolina in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s before being put away for a few decades. I got it from the original owner, and got it completely restored with a full mechanical and cosmetic overhaul. We ultrasonically cleaned it, changed everything that can be changed, and did a full overhaul of everything, so that it feels and plays like a new instrument now. You would be hard-pressed to find a more fun Selmer Mark VI low A bari sax to play. It just responds easily, tunes easily, feels great under the fingers, and has that funky, played in look that looks legit on stage. Whether you want this for an occasional bari option, for recording, for a band, or as your new main horn, you won’t go wrong with this Mark VI bari.

    Only one available!

  • Selmer Mark VI Tenor 1956 Relacquer Great Deal Incl Overhaul! 65412

    $ 8,500

    If you want a 5-digit VI tenor that plays great and is overhauled to the top level, this is it. This is a great deal for this 5 digit Mark VI tenor from 1956. It’s American-engraved with original neck with matching serial number. There are no dents or dings, and the older pads were still sealing when I got it, but it was going to be time to overhaul it soon, so it just got a full mechanical overhaul with all new everything (leaving the lacquer of course) and with slightly domed reusable metal resonators like Selmer used back in the day.

    Condition wise, it’s worth mentioning that it was definitely buffed when it was relacquered – the bell engraving is still visible for sure, but it was originally very deeply cut at this serial range, and the palm key tone holes are shorter than they were originally because of buffing. It still tunes fine up top, since we can easily set the key heights on the palm keys individually, but it’s worth mentioning.

    With the overhaul, this an an absolutely effortless player, with a dark, powerful, focused, projecting tone that is loud and fat sounding. These 60k VI’s are always really popular with people who have played a lot of Selmer tenors, because they really have a special, dark, powerful tone that is what made the Mark VI so popular in the 50’s.

    If you’re looking for a VI tenor from basically the best serial range, with a great tone, great ergonomics, good intonation, and that costs a lot less than most VI’s, and is mechanically top shape, then that’s what this is.

    Only one available!

  • Selmer Mark VI Tenor 1973 Original Lacquer Fresh Overhaul High F# 218292

    $ 5,750

    This is a beautiful, original lacquer Selmer Mark VI tenor saxophone from 1973. It is euro lacquered and engraved, and it has the optional high F# key. This Mark VI Tenor also got a fresh overhaul shortly before it was consigned with GetASax. The overhaul was done with black kangaroo leather pads and waffle shaped ‘noyek’ or ‘hollywood’ resonators. The overhaul is good, with all pads checked and seated and sealing well. The neck fit is good, and response is easy. The tone is medium bright and fairly complex, with effortless low register and easy altissimo. You won’t need to do anything to this horn when you get it. Just pop on a mouthpiece and play. And if you’re used to having a high F#, this is an easy transition from a modern Yamaha or something, since it also has it. The keywork on a Selmer Mark VI feels modern, and is, of course, the keywork layout that all modern horns are based on. So it’s easy to play, tunes well, responds well, and is original lacquer and freshly overhauled. What’s not to like? The price is also quite attractive, so you can get an original, overhauled Mark VI for around the same price as a (less exciting) new Yamaha 82z, and for way less than a new Selmer Ref 36 or something. Plus, the Mark VI will hold its value well or appreciate while you own it, where a new horn would lose a lot of value as soon as it becomes used.

    The case with this Selmer is not so great, so we can discuss swapping you into a BAM case of some kind, for better protection in shipping. I’m happy to hook you up with one of your choice at an excellent price, or I can ship this safely with this case using my special double-boxing setup. Either way you’ll be good. We should have a video with hifi sound clip of this tenor within a few days, so check back if you want to see Tyler play it before you pull the trigger.

    Only one available!

  • Selmer Mark VI Tenor Original Excellent condition Fresh Overhaul 227376

    $ 7,500
  • Selmer Reference 36 Tenor Near Mint Amazing Plus Fresh Overhaul! 689809

    $ 7,250

    If you’ve never played a properly overhauled Selmer Reference 36, then you really have probably never played one. They are fantastic instruments, once all the factory pad work is removed and replaced with a good high-end overhaul. We used Pisoni Italian leather pads and reusable slightly domed brass resonators, which is the best combination I know for these. Now this horn is just amazing and effortless to play. If you want a Selmer with some body, instant response, super easy low register, and modern keywork, this is it! Based on the Supreme altos I’ve gotten in, Selmer has done nothing to improve its factory setup, so the new Selmers still need a lot of work when you get them new. This is a chance to get a near mint example of a Ref 36 that has already had everything fixed permanently and that just plays how it should.

  • 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 SBA Alto Original Lacquer Recent High End Overhaul Gorgeous 51347

    $ 7,500

    Amazing original lacquer Selmer SBA alto with a recent high-end overhaul. It plays great! This is about as nice an example as you are likely to find. It has a medium dark, smoky tone that fills a room with ease. The core is lyrical and delicate, making this a great do-it-all alto for either classical or jazz. Just switch your mouthpiece out! The scale is nice and even. Intonation is quite good as well. No resolders, no dents, no dings. It’s one of the most beautiful ones around.

    It comes with a nearly new BAM Classic alto case that fits it perfectly, and that is protective for shipping.

    Only one available!

  • Selmer SBA Tenor Original Silver Plate Excellent Condition Overhauled 35k

    $ 16,500

    This is a gorgeous Chris Potter/ Joshua Redman serial Selmer SBA Tenor in original silver plate. Nearly all of the original silver plate is still intact. This amazing Super Balanced Action tenor just got a full overhaul in Paris followed by a thorough, full day setup here to get it just how I like. It plays its absolute best now, and is effortless in all registers. As with all of these, the low C-Bb are a bit sharp, so you lip them down a little. I am used to this from playing my RI’s and BA’s and it’s no big deal.  This SBA feels like a brand new saxophone under the fingers, and it looks even more beautiful in person than in the pictures. I’m selling this in a brand new BAM Cabine tenor case in silver, which really sets off the look of the horn, and represents about a $400+ added value included in the price. You’d be hard pressed to find a nicer, cleaner, better playing example of an early SBA. It will also go up in value while you own it. I wouldn’t be surprised if it went up quite a bit, because this is definitely one of the best examples of this type of SBA tenor in existence.

    Only one available!

  • 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!