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Buescher Big B Tenor Saxophone 293523 Original Lacquer Fresh Full Overhaul Excellent!$ 3,500
This is an original lacquer Buescher Aristocrat Big B tenor with the desirable small bell. It’s one of the most beautiful vintage Bueschers, with extensive engraving and gorgeously translucent, dark nitrocellulose lacquer. They don’t make them like this anymore.
This tenor just got a full mechanical overhaul, and I mean the works! When I got it, it had new pads, but the pad work was not that good, so now it has a really great overhaul and plays excellently. The keywork is in great condition – nice and tight. The missing lacquer on the back of the bow doesn’t show when you play, and is from a small dent that was removed a bit to vigorously at some point. That is now fixed, and the rest of the horn is quite nice. Neck is in good condition also. There are no dents or dings. It is hard to find this desirable version of the vintage Buescher tenor in good shape, and this one is better than all but a few. It has the snaps and spuds intact, but has correct style ‘real’ pad work that works around the spuds. (If you watch Matt Stohrer’s video on Buescher overhauls, you’ll see what I mean. This is extra work, but worth it to do right the first time.)
Playing wise, it’s tons of fun. It has a centered, warm tone with excellent response and intonation. It would be pretty hard to sound bad on this tenor. It has that classic American straight-ahead projection that fills a room whether you are amplified or not. And it’s just pleasant to listent to. So many of the modern options I hear people playing are different flavors of bland and rather hollow-sounding. This tenor is rich and full of color. Bueschers like this tune well with a wide range of mouthpieces, and they can do anything from classical to jazz to R&B.
Only one available.
Buescher Top Hat and Cane Tenor Saxophone Fresh Overhaul Factory Relacquer 300849$ 3,300
This highly-desirable Buescher Top Hat and Cane tenor is in excellent condition, AND it just got a complete restoration, which means an overhaul of everything that can be done. That’s like a $1000-1500 value added right there.
This looks like original lacquer, but is actually a factory relacquer job done with basically no buffing or changes to the brass of the horn. Probably just a chemical strip, hand polish, and re-spray. It looks really good, and plays great too!
The Top Hat and Cane is easily the most desirable of the Bueschers, and it is one of the most beautiful vintage saxophones also, with the raised metal Buescher logo, the castle engraving, and all of the little design touches that set it apart. I personally love the silver ‘tone ring’ underneath the bell flare. A lot of work to add; not very visible, but they did it anyway. And there are details like that all over the horn.
This is a great all-purpose tenor. It is warm and full sounding – nice fat upper register, responsive low register. Intonation is very easy. And it works with a wide range of mouthpieces. A lot of those beach band 60’s tenor solos are on Bueschers like this, but you can just as easily play jazz or classical repertoire on them. You’re saving about $1500 off the price because it has a new coat of lacquer. That’s a great deal.
Only one available!
Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone Original Silver Plate Rolled Tone Holes Fresh Overhaul 311372
Beautiful original silver plate Conn 10M Tenor saxophone in excellent condition with a fresh high-end overhaul. This is an excellent deal! Includes the pictured BAM case as well.
Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone Pre-War 1935 Relacquered Fresh Overhaul Plays Easily$ 2,850
This is a fully restored Conn Pre-war 10M Tenor saxophone that looks like a new horn. If aesthetics are important to you, and you also want a saxophone that is already restored, this would be a great purchase! And you save money since it has a new coat of lacquer, compared to if the original lacquer were still there. This beautiful 10M is from the second year that the 10M was made, and it is in very good condition. It was refinished and completely overhauled by Wichita Band, who sold it only a few months ago on eBay for $3850. I’m pricing it lower, because I think $3850 is a bit high for it. So you can get a great deal, on a horn that has an expensive restoration already completed. The pads are reso-pads like Conns originally came with, so it has a vintage soft feel under the fingers. The horn plays really easily, with a big, warm tone like you would expect with a 10M.
Just for fun, here’s Dexter Gordon putting a 10M from the same era through its paces. (The mouthpiece is a Hollywood Dukoff, which I also have for sale, if you are looking.) The sound mixing guy who recorded Dex always had to dial him back a lot. There really is no limit to the volume on a Conn 30M tenor.
Conn 4M Curved Soprano RARE Late Example 244750 Matt Stohrer Overhaul Exceptional!$ 6,950
If you want the best, the most beautiful, the rarest, and the highest quality overhaul all in one soprano, then this is the one for you. You can get a ‘normal’ conn curved soprano for a lot less, but it will not be like this. This Conn curved soprano is for the connoisseur, the collector, and the discerning player.
The general rules for buying these, in my view, is to get the latest curved soprano that you can find. I only know of a few individual instruments with later serial numbers than this. You could probably count the total number that were made after this one in the single digits. This is only the second one that I have seen in person, and it is by far the nicest one I have seen. Like every Conn curved soprano it had a couple of key guard feet resoldered, and that is it for past repairs. They look good, and are not at all glaring. The neck is particularly nice. The bell flare and body tube are undamaged.
It just got a complete overhaul and gentle hand polish and cleaning done by Matt Stohrer, Conn enthusiast and my personal favorite repairman for Conn overhauls. Matt’s work needs no introduction, but you can find his website here, and his youtube channel here, complete with several Conn-specific repariman’s overview videos. I got the silver plate touched up in a couple of places where it was starting to show some wear, and I got the gold wash in the bell redone also, though there was still some gold in there to start with. The resonators are the nice, reusable, high-end TenorMadness set, flattened for an authentic look. They look great. An overhaul is a big job, and that’s now done, so this horn is back to factory fresh or better playing condition. Better, because Matt’s pad work feels better than the reso-pad job found on these originally. It’s tight, snappy, and positive under the fingers. Pad heights are just right, and all the little details that distinguish a really good overhaul from a mediocre one are present and correct on this horn.
Playing wise, this soprano is a monster. It’s warm, round, broad, and room-filling, even at low volumes. When pushed, it is almost too loud. It wants to project over a band. The tone is completely different from modern sopranos. Much more warm and medium-dark, almost like a larger saxophone voice squeezed into the small soprano body. The intonation is quite good, and this works well with a wider range of mouthpieces than many sopranos. I used my Bilger Morgan, and it sounds great. But a modern Yanagisawa HR or even a vintage Buescher will all work, so there’s a good range. This is easily one of my favorite vintage sopranos that I have ever played. If you are looking for a new dimension to add to your playing, a curved soprano like this is interesting and stimulating. A whole fresh world to explore. It also looks great on stage, and catches eyes if you’re a full time performer.
This beautiful instrument comes in its original case, also in good condition.
Just for fun, here’s a clip Dave Koz playing his silver Conn curved soprano with postmodern jukebox. Also, be sure to check out Keenan McKenzie’s curved Conn soprano playing in a 30’s swing setting. So great, and tons of fun!
Conn 6M Metro Alto Near Mint Condition Fresh Overhaul Amazing 275392$ 3,575
If you want the very best, this is the one to get. Nicest 6M Metro (predecessor to the VIII stamp) that I have had for sale and overhauled in a long time. Maybe ever. Pre-war, gorgeous original lacquer, Metro neck. Fresh high-end overhaul that feels great under the fingers. Nothing sounds like a 6M. You get the swivel thumb hook too, that only comes on the earlier Artist altos like this. Maximum projection, power, and warmth, while maintaining just the right amount of focus. This is an exceptional alto, and whoever gets it will be very lucky!
Only one available!
Conn 6M VIII Alto Saxophone 1937 Pre-War Original Lacquer Excellent Condition 282496$ 3,250
This is a beautiful Conn 6M VIII alto with great original lacquer. It comes with a full high end overhaul. If you are relatively new to vintage saxophones, almost all saxophones older than 1990 or so that have been played with any frequency are in need of a labor-intensive process of restoration called an ‘overhaul.’ This does not touch the finish, but it completely replaces everything that needs to be replaced to put the saxophone back to factory fresh mechanical and playing condition. If you do it right, (which is a big if) then the horn can even be better than new mechanically and playing wise. That’s what this horn is getting right now. It costs about $1000+ to have done right, because it involves at least 25-30 hours of skilled labor.
This Conn 6M VII is really the one you want. It is in excellent condition, original lacquer, no resolders, no serious past repairs at all (a few small dings removed). As soon as it comes back from overhaul in a week or two, it is going to be AMAZING! Conns are very consistent from horn to horn once you fix everything mechanically. This one will be no exception. Even on original pads when I got it from a collector, it played really big. It is medium-focused, and very free blowing. Intonation is excellent. Keywork is fast. It comes with a BAM Classic alto case or similar, (we can discuss) to keep it safe when you are not playing it (which won’t be that much of the time, based on how these play!)
Only one available!
Conn 94M DJH Modified Tenor Saxophone Keilwerth Made Excellent Pro Tenor!$ 2,750
Getting a complete high end overhaul right now! This is in the hard-to-beat-for-the-price category for sure. Made by Keilwerth for Conn, this is like a Couf Superba 1 with straight tone holes and Conn 10M engraving. As you may know already, the Superba 1 is one of my favorite tenors. I’m not surprised that when Conn wanted to add a new professional instrument to its line, it went with the Keilwerth. It is the most like a Conn of any modern horn, and it is well made, tunes well, feels great undet the fingers. It really checks all the boxes of what you might want in a tenor.
This particular example has original lacquer and no resolders. It is getting overhauled right now, which is a big job – 30+ hours of highly-skilled labor goes into a good overhaul, and that means the horn will play its very best with all new everything, for a long time into the future. It’s a joy to play a horn like this with a fresh overhaul. Just the work costs around $1100-1500 to do everything, which means you are getting an excellent value. The horn itself is less than half the price! Buy it now to reserve it. It should be ready in the next 2-3 weeks (so June 2019).
Conn New Wonder 1 Alto Original Burnished Gold Plate Portrait 84738$ 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 $3500 to do.
So this horn is something very special. Not just as a piece of art, or a piece of exceptional craftsmanship, but as a musical instrument as well. William Morris, the influential artist, famously encouraged us to “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, and believe to be beautiful.” This alto sax just wails as a player, and definitely fits both requirements nearly as well as a saxophone could. The engraving features (probably) Apollo, god of music, with his harp, and an extremely ornate C.G. Conn logo and decoration.
This alto has very good pads, and plays extremely easily on the current, high-quality overhaul. It feels nice and snappy under the fingers, and the pad work is very good, flat and ‘dry’ feeling, which is a sign of high-quality work with rolled tone holes. The tone is pure 1920’s jazz power: wide, smooth, warm, and dark, but very projecting. This horn vibrates under your fingers even at moderate volumes, and is super fun and responsive to play. Low register is easy. Intonation is good, though you can easily bend notes around also. The keywork is vintage, so it will feel weird if you’re coming from a Yamaha, at least at first. But the tone and beauty you get in exchange makes it well worth it.
Only one available!
Conn New Wonder 1 Tenor Chu Berry Exceptionally Fine Player Fresh Overhaul BAM Case$ 3,150
Do you want the biggest, darkest, most spread and room-filling vintage Conn tone possible? Do you want a gorgeous vintage Conn with original silver plate that looks almost new? Do you want it with a freshly-done high end ($1k+) overhaul, with high-end metal resonators? Do you want a premium $350 BAM tenor case included that fits the horn beautifully and will keep it in top adjustment?
Well, look no further. That’s what this is. Any you should buy it. Right now. You won’t be sorry. I didn’t call it an exceptionally fine player for nothing.
Conn New Wonder II Curved Soprano 220xxx Late Example! Original Silver High F Fresh Overhaul!$ 4,250
Conn NWII Transitional Tenor 238k 1930 with MODERN keywork by Palo Tung UNIQUE!$ 5,150
This is a really unique and cool vintage Conn tenor with modern keywork! Palo Tung of Just Saxes spent a ton of time on this Conn conversion.
It is essentially three saxophones put together into one. The Conn transitional tenor is the horn, which is just about my favorite vintage of all time for Conn tone, with a bigger, wider tone than the 10M, but with more focus and somewhat easier tuning than the NWII. Take that horn, and then add the main stack keywork from a Keilwerth, and the palm and pinky keys from a Just Saxes ‘Crescent’ modern tenor, and put all that together into one horn and that is what you have here. The keywork feels pretty good under the fingers – not super slick, but it falls easily under the fingers and the palm and pinky keys are particularly comfortable. The key is functionality. If you have always wanted to play a Conn, but you just can’t deal with the NWII style keywork, then this is one of the few options that you have. I’m told Palo has only made two or three of these ever, and the amount of work involved is, of course, enormous. The price on this horn is far lower than you would normally pay, and it should sell quickly. I have seen other Conn conversions selling $11-14k, but this one is being sold second hand, so you can save a ton on the labor compared to paying to have it done yourself. If you want to pair this with a new BAM case, I can find one that fits it well, and give you a good deal. That would be a good idea for shipping and for gigging.
There is most certainly only one available!!
Couf Superba 1 Alto Original Lacquer Fresh High-End Overhaul Plays Great
The H. Couf Superba 1 is one of my favorite vintage saxophones. They remain one of the best options for a great sounding alto sax with modern keywork and a rich, interesting tone. Darker and fatter sounding than a Yamaha, with rich, wide upper register, and a full, projecting low register, this alto will do it all. If you are looking for a great all-purpose alto, or even for an ideal smooth jazz or commercial sounding alto, the Couf Superba 1 fits the bill. I just sold one of these to a smooth jazz player who loves the fat sound that stays warm when brightened up with a bright mouthpiece. And he loves the comfort of the keywork. These are among the only saxophones that sound this full and rich and also have modern keywork. (Modern saxophones have, as a rule, moved towards a clearer, rounder, more contained sound, and can’t deal with as much air as a Superba 1 can take.)
This alto came with its original pads still intact, and it is getting a full mechanical overhaul right now, which means it will be back to like new, or better-than-new condition mechanically, and playing wise. If you’re not used to used saxophone lingo, that means that a highly-skilled woodwind repairman is going to be spending about 30 hours of labor on this horn going over every detail, and replacing everything that can be replaced, (all new pads, corks, felts, mechanical work, setup, play testing, neck fit, full disassembly, cleaning, fresh oil etc.) so that it’s totally rebuilt and ready for its next many years of playing. That’s a big added value for you, because you don’t have to worry about the horn needing more than minor occasional maintenance to play its best for many years to come. It also means that it will play effortlessly, and saturatedly at low volumes, in the low register. Low Bb is just another note, even if you want to play it at pp.
I have no trouble selling a Couf Superba 1 alto as soon as anyone plays one with the fresh overhaul. It’s really hard to beat, regardless of price. And at this price, it is really hard to beat.
Only one available!
Grafton Alto Saxophone Excellent Original Condition Restored and Playable 10591$ 4,750
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.
Ishimori Woodstone New Vintage Tenor VL with F# NEW Dark Lacquer Tenor Saxophone$ 4,750
Only one available of these highly-desirable New Vintage tenor saxophones from Ishimori, Japan’s premiere saxophone repair shop. These tenors stand out from the crowd with their excellent new horn setup done in the Ishimori workshop. The Ishimori New Vintage tenors hold up extremely well over time, and every detail of construction and assembly is optimized for ease of play. The tone on this Ishimori tenor is meant to remind you of a vintage Selmer – to my ear, it plays like a late SBA – not as loud and wide open as some later Mark VI’s, but more focused than earlier Selmers also. The neck and the engraving both are meant to evoke the Selmer Super Balanced Action, so I suspect that the neck is an SBA bore. The tuning is excellent. This body tube is designed to have the high F# tone hole present, so it tunes well with the high F#, and that’s also just a convenient feature. Lacquer is gorgeous, as is the hand engraving.
Ishimori New Vintage tenors play so effortlessly, they sell themselves. Every time one comes in the shop, it sells almost immediately. I have one in stock coming next week. Get it now!
King SilverSonic Super 20 Tenor Saxophone Original Lacquer Fresh Overhaul! 418944$ 6,000
King SilverSonic Tenor Saxophone Exceptionally Fine Player Overhauled 402584$ 5,750
Here is a freshly overhauled King Super 20 SilverSonic (solid sterling neck and bell with gold inlay engraving) in excellent shape with a *monstrous* sound. The overhaul is extremely clean and well done, and sports high-end reusable Tenor Madness resonators. The action is quick and light and smooth and feels absolutely fantastic under the fingers. Even the left hand pinky table, which can be challenging for some repairers to get right, is light and snappy as it was designed to be. Seriously, hand this horn to the guy next to you on the bandstand just to let him feel it for a sec if you want to ruin his day.
Physically, this sax is in great condition as well. The lacquer is original and has signs of honest wear, but there are no signs of any major or even minor damage or resolders, past or present. The body is straight and the keys are all tight with no lost motion. Owner’s name lightly engraved on bottom of bell. Could be removed if you wanted to, but it is not noticeable. SilverSonics like this with the gold in the engraving on the silver bell are few and far between, and this one is bona fide Great.
It is hard to find a Super 20 SilverSonic tenor in good physical shape, and even harder to get one overhauled this well. Buy this horn and you’ve got it all right out of the box- no worries, no mystery, no gremlins awaiting you down the line. Just a great American-made sax that is ready to make bandmates jealous, project all the way to the back of the room, and look great doing it.
King Soprano Saxophone Gold Plate Fresh Overhaul Amazing! 99847$ 3,600
Getting completely overhauled now. (Photos are before overhaul.) This amazing gold plated King soprano saxophone will blow the walls down. It is in excellent condition, with nearly all the original gold plate intact. It has just received a full overhaul and restoration, which is not a small job on a 90 year old instrument. It is now back in like-new playing condition and ready to make music for many many years to come.
King sopranos are rare, and were only made in low pitch (regular concert pitch). They tune nicely, and have a big, warm, medium-focused tone that is less polite sounding than a Buescher, and really fills a room with ease. This example in gold plate and in such amazingly good condition is extremely rare. The great depression in 1929 spelled the end of most of the saxophone market, and marked the end of most makers building sopranos in any kind of quantities. So it’s not surprising that you don’t see a King soprano later than this serial. This is one of the very last ones made, and the latest serial I have seen. The later the better is my motto on vintage sopranos generally speaking, so getting a late one also in gold plate is really exceptional.
Only one available!
King Super 20 Tenor 298061 Series 1a Full Pearls Original Lacquer (mostly gone) Recent Overhaul$ 5,350
This is a 1948 King Super 20 tenor saxophone with ‘full pearls’ on the side keys, G#, octave key, and palm keys, as well as on the rest of the key touches. The pearls, solid silver neck, double socket neck tenon, and fancier engraving mark this out as being the deluxe version of the Super 20 that sells for more and that is highly coveted by players for its beauty and unbeatable tone. This tenor is original lacquer, meaning that it hasn’t been refinished, but the original lacquer was chemically removed from the body tube, and still remains on the keys giving the horn a cool two tone look. It came to me from a pro player on consignment, and it plays well, like you might expect for a horn that had been recently restored. It was overhauled by Ivan Lukyanets in Encino, CA, who has a great reputation among pro players in the LA area. It feels nice and snappy under the fingers, and the black kangaroo skin pads are sealing well. They have flat, medium sized metal resonators that work well on a King and are similar to factory spec for this era.
This tenor is very clean condition mechanically. I don’t see any past dent work or any resolders or other past repairs at all. The original solid sterling silver neck is also in excellent condition, and has not been damaged or pulled down. It has the matching serial number, as you can see.
The main reason to get a King Super 20 tenor saxophone is the tone. These late 40’s Super 20 tenors are big and bold and projecting while still being medium dark and very saturated and punchy. If you put on a brighter mouthpiece, like the classic Berg Larsen / King Super 20 pairing, then you get a killing sort of dark/fat/bright/projecting sound that you can’t get on any other saxophone. It’s the reason why there is such a thriving community of King Super 20 players even 70 years after horns like this one were manufactured. It’s my favorite tenor as well, out of everything that I have played.
If you’re looking for a very good professional tenor to play and enjoy that won’t back down no matter what you throw at it, that will cut through a band with ease, even without amplification, and that has the beauty of the pearls, engraving, and silver neck, then by all means, get this one. I try to keep a good selection of King Super 20 tenors around, so check them out, and email me with any questions. If you want to pair it with a new case, I can get you a great deal on a BAM that will fit it well. Just for fun, here’s a clip of Charlie Ventura playing his ’48 King Super 20 tenor. And I suspect, but cannot prove, that Sonny Rollins played Saxophone Colossus on a Super 20 much like this!
Only one available!
Martin The Martin Alto Original Saxophone 179447$ 1,750
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.
Martin The Martin Alto Saxophone Committee III 160564 Relacquered Fresh Overhaul!$ 1,100
Recent complete overhaul done on this The Martin Alto. The lacquer is obviously mottled and not so pretty, but nothing sounds as good for the money as the Committee III. These horns were built to last, and came with 50 year warranty when new!!!
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 $1500 overhaul on top of that! It’s not even inflated for the collectibility value, which is probably not smart of me, but there it is. If you want to discuss all the details of this project, I can put you in touch with the people who built it. These were most definitely a new saxophone bore and neck design, inspired by the best King Super 20 SilverSonic altos, both according to them and according to the folks who bought the tooling and mandrels when the project ended. The keywork is modified from tooling bought from B&S, which accounts for the pinky table that sticks out farther than it would on something like a Yamaha.
There is most certainly only one available. This one has all the possible factory options, which only a subset of Powell Silver Eagles had – including the solid silver tone holes and even cryo treatment. Of the 18 saxophones built, I know at least a couple of them were brass bell, and some others lacked other of these features. This is one of the ones with everything, which makes it even more collectible. Includes the original accessories, case, and paperwork.
Just for fun, here’s Matt Stohrer’s repairman’s overview from when he overhauled it.
Selmer Balanced Action Alto 1945 Fresh Overhauled Original Silver Plate Excellent Condition$ 5,650
Get your Paul Desmond tone going with this beautiful, freshly-overhauled, original silver plate Selmer Balanced Action alto saxophone from 1945. This is the sort of alto Desmond played on Take Five, among many other recordings, and it is the sweetest sounding Selmer alto ever made in my opinion. The ‘Balanced Action’ in the name refers to Selmers revolutionary new keywork design that came on this instrument. It probably doesn’t seem revolutionary to you, since every saxophone made today is made in imitation of Selmer’s ‘balanced action’ design!
The upshot is that you get an alto with a beautiful, warm, lyrical vintage tone, but with keywork that feels quite modern under the fingers. That’s what makes the Balanced Action model such a sweet spot for vintage Selmers. The earlier Selmers are great, but the keywork feels more antequated to many alto players, who, as a general rule, seem less interested in vintage tone unless the keywork also feels more familiar. Tenor players are in general more dedicated to tone, and will work with vintage keywork if it gets them the sound the want.
Anyway, it would be hard to find a nicer example of a Selmer Balanced action alto saxophone than this one. It has nearly all of its original silver plate intact, and it has no dents or dings, and no resolders. The bell flare, bow, neck, and body tube are clean and undamaged. The neck is particularly nice. This sax also comes with a recent overhaul done by Jack Finucane, and it feels good under the fingers, with everything nice and snappy and sealing well. You won’t have to put money into this one to get it playing well, and it won’t need more than regular maintenance to play well for a nice long time.
It even includes the BAM case in the photos, so this is really a great deal at this price. Whoever gets this horn is going to be pretty lucky I think. It’s warm and lyrical, medium spread, but with a nice, solid core tone. You can take the sound in lots of directions, from classical (Selmer’s main design idea at the time) to jazz, smooth jazz, west coast, rock, or really whatever. It’s flexible enough to work with a variety of mouthpieces and still tune well. This is a great alternative to buying some boring new horn for several reasons: better overhaul, better tone, much better resale value, better build quality, more beautiful. But mostly for the tone.
Only one available.
Selmer Balanced Action Alto Saxophone Fresh Overhaul! Original Silver Plate Great Tone$ 5,150
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 along the back of 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. The spring tension is on the lighter side, like with most Balanced Actions. If you want stiffer spring tension, we could discuss replacing the springs, but right now, it has a light flute-like feel like these originally had.
Tonally, If you want an alto that people are going to want to listen to, this is the one. It plays extremely well, with a warm, powerful voice that is effortlessly lyrical and makes you not want to put it down. It has high-end reusable domed brass resonators and sounds very good on them. Keywork is 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 +$100. These British market Balanced’s are my favorite finish on vintage Selmers, and they are few and far between.
There’s only one available!
Selmer Cigar Cutter Super Sax Tenor Saxophone 17xxx Original Overhauled Modern Keywork!$ 7,500
See the full description below for more info. Here’s a 1933 Selmer Super Sax tenor with a recent overhaul, original finish, and several modifications/modernizations: a larger right hand thumbrest, a later-style geared octave mechanism with Mark VI style righward-tilting thumb key, and Balanced Action style left hand pinky table. These modifications significantly modernize the feel of this horn, and ergonomically it feels about a generation younger than it actually is.
The modifications themselves were done quite competently, and fit and blend in well with the horn, not being noticeable upon casual inspection unless you know where to look. The saxophone itself is in good physical condition, with moderate lacquer wear and no major past damage that I can see.
These types of modifications are not easy to do, are quite expensive, and are not often done, so it could be a good long while before you see another Super Sax with a modernized left hand pinky table. If you’ve been interested by the big Selmer tone of the Super Sax models but are used to modern ergonomics, this could be the horn for you.
Selmer Mark VI Alto 1970 184973 Original Lacquer American Engraved Fresh Overhaul!$ 6,000
This is a sweet deal on a freshly-overhauled original lacquer Selmer Mark VI alto saxophone from 1970 serial 184973. This was a one-owner alto before I got it, and the guy was a pro player in the NYC/NJ area. He took great care of it, and now that it’s freshly overhauled, it is all ready for its second life. If you read around on here, you’ll see that I really love the Mark VI altos from the late 60’s and early 70’s like this. They finally got everything right on the Mark VI alto at this serial, after making incremental changes to the bore, bow length, and neck from 1957-1967 or so. By ’67 the alto hits its stride, and the 1970 is basically the same horn. Because the market is not fully rational, you can get some of the best Selmer Mark VI altos for this sort of price, even with a full overhaul, where some of the earlier serial ones will cost much more. That makes this one a great deal.
If you have the cash, I think you might as well buy the nicest alto you can, and enjoy playing it. Pro altos are easier to play than student and intermediate ones, and the Mark VI is among the easiest vintage saxophones to play and to own. It’s easy to get worked on, well-built, and stays in adjustment well over time. The keywork design set the standard for all modern saxophones and feels great under the fingers. The tone is gorgeous, and the intonation is good. It’s the one horn that does everything the best on average, which is why it is so popular.
This particular alto has a tone that is medium between bright and dark, and is a nice, balaced player. Not brash and bold like a 220k VI, and not dark and laser-focused like a 60k VI. It’s flexible, dynamic, and easy to take where you want it to go tonally with the right setup. The intonation is good, and the pads feel nice and snappy under the fingers, as they should on a good overhaul. The neck is in good condition and the neck ‘fit’ is all perfectly sealing in the tenon, which is one of those small but important things to have done on a vintage horn to take it from good to great. Cosmetically, you can see this horn has been played, and has some honest wear throughout. After all, it was lovingly pro-owned for many years, but aside from that, it’s very nice. The only past repairs are a resoldered foot of the low C guard that popped loose as it does on so many VI’s, and a few small dents removed from the back of the bow, which is now dent-free. Neck is beautiful, bell flare is in great shape. Tone holes are all great of course.
It’s a very good deal on a solid Selmer Mark VI alto. This would be, to me, much preferable to spending $6700 on a new Reference 54 alto, which, unfortunately, will probably need an overhaul on top of the purcahse price in order to play its best. This will go up in value, hold up better to prolonged use, and get you your money back should you ever want to sell it. It comes in the new BAM case in the photos.
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Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 160941 Beautiful Original Lacquer Matt Stohrer Overhaul!$ 7,500
Just overhauled by Matt Stohrer, this is one exceptionally fine Selmer Mark VI alto. It feels better than new, and it plays so effortlessly, with a warm, complex, medium bright tone that is rich and singing. If you’ve been looking for one alto that does everything well, this is it. It gets my highly-coveted ‘exceptionally fine player’ designation. That means is the best of its kind that you can get in a saxophone in my opinion.
The 160k range is excellent for the VI altos specifically, because you get a rich tone and well balanced intonation. If you want one of those life-long, world-class VI altos that also has the world’s best overhaul (that I have seen at least), then get this one. Matt’s work on a VI looks like it came fresh from the factory, and feels like a million bucks. Effortless to play, and dependable to maintain. It has all the little touches that take a horn from good to great.
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 VI Tenor from 1973 Saxophone Original Lacquer Overhauled Great!$ 6,350
Just overhauled. This horn plays REALLY well. Super nice under the fingers, great response. Plays, feels, and responds better than most 5 digit tenors out there. If you want the loud, powerful late VI tenor sound, this is hard to beat.
This is a mechanically very clean original lacquer Selmer Mark VI Tenor saxophone with American engraving. This horn has some speckling in the lacquer, as you can see, but if you look at what counts, this Mark VI tenor is in excellent condition. There’s no damage, no resolders, neck is in great condition. It JUST got a complete overhaul / restoration done, and it’s back to factory fresh mechanical and pad condition. (An overhaul takes around 25 hours of skilled work, and represents a big added value to any saxophone.) That means all new pads, corks, felts, setup, mechanical work, neck fit – whatever it needs in order to play like a new horn.
The later VI tenors are excellent players. Better tone and feel for the dollar than almost any other saxophone that you can buy period. And this one is mechanically very nice, which is what you want. If you have been wanting a solid pro tenor that is easy to play and sounds excellent, but is in the mid-range of price for a pro tenor, that’s this. Plus, rather than depreciate like a new horn, this Mark VI tenor will go up in value, and will be easy to re-sell at any point later. Buy it and get playing!
Selmer Mark VI Tenor Saxophone Original Lacquer Very Good Condition 164xxx Fresh Overhaul!$ 6,750
Selmer Radio Improved Alto Original Lacquer Excellent Condition Getting Overhauled Now$ 4,250
Original lacquer Selmer Radio Improved alto saxophone! This is a rare beauty among vintage Selmers, with a sweetness and beauty all its own. The keywork is comfortable as well, which is why Jimmy Dorsey wanted to keep this style of keywork even after Selmer changed to the ‘Balanced Action’ design shortly after. These are just beautiful players – warm, spread, lyrical, and sweet – most of what you want in a top quality vintage alto. Plus this one is in beautiful original lacquer with minimal past repairs and comes with a fresh, full overhaul! Radio Improved Selmers are very popular these days, and getting more popular all the time, as alto players catch on to the unique tone that you can get on one. This is a great purchase that you will enjoy playing for many years with minimal upkeep, and that will go up in value while you own it. There are not many nicer Radio Improved alto saxophones out there!
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Selmer Series III Alto Saxophone SOLID Sterling SILVER Near Mint w/ Full Overhaul$ 10,000
Just freshly overhauled!! This alto has the distinction of being the best playing classical alto saxophone that I have played. Ever.
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 $18329 online, or you can get this one OVERHAULED! for right around half price here. It’s a great investment if you are wanting the best.
Original case, fresh overhaul, and the original S80 mouthpiece is included also.
Tenor Madness Custom 500SL Tenor Saxophone Cognac Lacquer High F# Effortless Player Newest Model L01110$ 4,500
This is the best TM Custom tenor that I have played so far. It is brand new, plus it got a new horn setup on top of that. This is the new light body tube version of the 500SL model, and it is a truly effortless player. The intonation is excellent throughout. This bore is designed to have the F# tone hole present, so the tuning is excellent and altissimo is easy including the handy high F# key. The low notes are nice and saturated even at pp, and the horn will shake in your hands if you push it to ff. The palm key tone stays more full and rich than on most Taiwanese tenors that I have played (like P Mauriat etc.). The neck on this tenor is modeled on an early Mark VI tenor neck, and you do in fact get a Selmer-ish tone on it. I am impressed that you can get a horn this good for this price that has been thoroughly setup in the USA by TenorMadness pre-sale.
The hand engraving is inspired by 50’s Selmer engraving, and it is of course gorgeous. The lacquer color is as well. This is one of the best looking tenors on the market today for sure. It comes in a contoured case that should be good for shipping and gigging.
If you’re looking for an easy, turn-key purchase for a high-quality modern horn that is darker and more complex than some other new horns on the market, and that is really dependably easy to play, this would be a great choice. Really no matter what style of music you play, this horn gets the job done.
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Yamaha SILVER YSS-82ZRS Soprano Saxophone Near Mint Condition Stohrer Setup Excellent 3231$ 4,450
Best modern soprano available: Lightest, most resonant, most in tune, most comfortable to play, best long term investment. It’s a modern classic. Yamaha YSS-82ZRS one piece, bent neck soprano in mint condition. This INCLUDES (for free) a whole-day (normally $350), crazy new horn setup by Matt Stohrer, who is one of the best saxophone repairmen around. Plus it’s priced $400 below the new price. That’s a superb deal. This is basically a reissue of the YSS-62RS soprano, and it sounds the same or better (being nearly brand new) once it’s all setup with the right key heights and spring tensions like this one is. This will be collectible someday, as they always have a 6 month wait to buy one on special order and are sold in small numbers.
You can read about Matt’s full new horn setup on his website here (scroll to the bottom) http://www.stohrermusic.com/repair-services/
Yamaha YAS-62 Alto Purple Logo 1980’s Near Mint Overhauled! 11173$ 3,250
The ‘purple logo’ Yamaha YAS-62 alto saxophone from the 1980’s is one of my favorite all-around alto saxophones made. It has a surprisingly ‘fat’ sound – meaning it doesn’t thin out or get nasal even if you push it to the limit, as Dave Koz has been doing with his 62 (same vintage as this but in silver plate) for around 35 years. Not that you have to go for that aggressive sort of tone, but you can hear how, even with a metal, high baffle mouthpiece that is as bright as you can get on alto, the tone still has warmth and depth to it.
This particular 62 alto sax is nearly as nice an example as I have seen. It just received a full, high-end overhaul, and it plays like CRAZY! It’s super responsive, warm, flexible, and tunes great. By ‘overhaul’, I mean that a skilled saxophone repairman spent about 30 hours working on this, cleaning, adjusting, refitting all keys, and changing everything that can be changed or refreshed to make it as close to new as possible again. It needs to be done every couple of decades to most saxophones, even if they are in as near to new condition as this one is. Condition wise, it’s near mint/ excellent with a little spot of tarnish near the low Eb key, and a tiny scratch on the back of the body tube near the strap hook, and that’s really about it versus being a new horn!
You would be hard pressed to find a better alto saxophone with modern keywork in this price range. This alto plays at 100% of its potential, has all-new everything, and will not need signficant work for many years. I love these purple logo 62’s, so I will try to keep them in stock.
This is the best one I have had for quite some time.
Yamaha YAS-62 II Alto Saxophone Excellent Condition Professional Great Deal!$ 2,450
If you want a Yamaha 62 that has all new pads and feels like a million bucks, this is it. It really plays great, with super-flat, snappy pad seats. This horn got a full repad, which means all new pads, but it didn’t need a mechanical overhaul (keywork didn’t need restored), and it didn’t need all new corks and felts, though it has many new corks and felts. That’s simply to keep the cost down and get you a horn that is totally ready to go and will not need significant work for many years, besides just occasional check ups. The Yamaha YAS-62 is a great value, because it’s a professional alto, but sells for less money, and is easily good enough to last you all the way through college or for as long as you want to play it. You never need to upgrade. And you save a lot of money versus buying new, and the saxophone also retains all or most of its resale value. Especially with the kind of pad work this one has. Just play it, and it sells itself.
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Yamaha YAS-875S Alto Saxophone Original Silver Plate M1 + G1 Necks Overhauled! Excellent$ 3,450
This beautiful Yamaha Custom alto saxophone just got a complete high-end overhaul. It looks beautiful, and it feels and plays better than new. These 875’s are wonderful players. My first pro tenor was the 875S like this, and I quickly bought the matching alto and played them for years. This one is professionally setup better than you get on a new one, with faster action, and everything mechanically tight and ready to go for the next many years. The silver is nearly 100% present, so it looks close to new. The only past repair is a resoldered octave key touch on the body, where it must have popped off at some point. Interestingly, this alto comes with both the original silver M1 neck, AND a special silver plated G1 neck! You could complete the set and order a new silver V1 neck from me if you want to.
This is a great modern alto with a dark, complex tone and lots of interest to it. It works great for jazz and commercial music with a high baffle mouthpiece, because the darker tone stays fatter with the bright mouthpiece, and no other Yamaha has a darker more round classical tone than the original YAS-875. The EX is a wonderful saxophone, but it is brighter and clearer than the 875, so many folks who have come through the shop have preferred the fullness of the original Custom 875.
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Yamaha YTS-52 32 Tenor Saxophone Near Mint Orig Pads Excellent Value$ 2,350
Hard to beat a vintage 80’s ‘purple logo’ Yamaha tenor for combination of beautiful tone and excellent build quality. You could spend a LOT more and not get a better tenor saxophone.
This one is only $1650 if you want it with original pads, or you can get it with a fresh overhaul also, discounted, so you only pay $2350 overhauled as another option.
This is the YTS-32/52 model, which is a half step below the YTS-62 purple logo that is one of my favorite modern tenors out of everything. The 52 is the same as the 62 in neck, bore, and keywork design. It sounds just the same. Only difference is the 62 has more engraving and has some reinforcing ribs under some of the key posts. Not a big difference.
So if you want a really great tenor for a low price, that is well made, sounds great, has easy intonation and ergonomics, and that will hold up well over time, then look no further. This one checks all the boxes.
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Yamaha YTS-82Z Tenor Fully Engraved Amazing! Full Repad by Matt Stohrer$ 5,950
WOW! This is one special Yamaha tenor. As soon as I saw it for sale, I had to have it. I have been a fan of Jaice Dumars’ engraving work for years, but I have never been able to cajole him into engraving anything for me (he has another full-time job). When I saw this rare chance to buy a horn he had worked on, it was a no-brainer. Dumars’ engraving combines what he has learned from vintage King, Conn and other engraving, and combines that with his own style and creative flair. The way that the rather uninspiring Yamaha ‘fat starfish’ (sorry, now you can’t un-see that) engraving is incorporated into a coherent larger work is particularly impressive. Also note on the neck, how it’s the unengraved space that makes the pattern!
OK so take a great horn – the 82z Custom by Yamaha, and add to that Dumars engraving, but then add to that a full repad by Matt Stohrer, and that’s what you’re getting here. If you don’t know Matt Stohrer, he does some of the best pad work anywhere, in my opinion. He is always booked up for repairs, sometimes for as much as a couple of years’ time. His pad work is super clean, thorough, and precise. The horn feels great under the fingers and responds right away with a warm, free blowing tone. The intonation is of course great (this is a Yamaha, after all.). It’s the kind of tenor that you just don’t want to put down. And all for less than the price of one of the custom atelier Yamahas new, which is kind of nuts.
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Yanagisawa A880 Alto Saxophone Fresh Overhaul! Great Deal 113836$ 2,500
The Yanagisawa A880 is one of my favorite modern altos. It combines Yanagisawa’s superior build quality, ergonomics and intonation, with a tone that is warmer, more complex and wide than later Yanagisawas. It plays beautifully and feels great, with fully modern keywork. It’s an excellent choice for a top quality modern professional alto in good playing condition that is priced quite reasonably.
This horn has a fresh full overhaul done very nicely, and it feels like a new saxophone under the fingers. It has all new pads, corks, and felts, and it is mechanically tight and really great overall. That’s about a $1k job to overhaul a modern alto like this and do it right, so that’s a big added value for you. It means the horn will not need any significant work besides occasional checkups for many years! The only real past repair on this is the bow guard that was unsoldered to remove a dent at some point. It was done well, and it looks very good. Neck is in great shape, bell flare and body tube are undamaged. And under the fingers, it feels dry and snappy and fast.
The 880 is such a great horn. I have one of these myself in my little collection of my favorite altos of all time. The reason it stands out is that it has some of the warmth and complexity of a vintage saxophone, while handling like a Lexus and tuning super easily.
I’m also including the nice contoured case with this one. It has backpack straps and is nice and light for carrying.
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Yanagisawa S901 Soprano Excellent Condition Great Player$ 2,650
One of the best sopranos on the market, fully professional quality. This beautiful Yanagisawa S901 soprano is in excellent condition, barely used, and comes to you in top playing condition, for a discount price. What’s not to love? You can’t beat Yanagisawa for build quality, intonation, and feel. And coming in at this kind of price, it beats even intermediate sopranos of other brands. As you probably know the S901 is the professional soprano that is one piece, where the S991 is the more expensive two neck version. The one piece version like this feels a bit lighter and has a nice resonant vibration to it when you play louder volumes. I love the tone of these as well, and they tune with most mouthpieces.
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