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Conn 30M Connqueror Tenor Gold-Plated Fully Engraved$ 4,750
Crazy fully-engraved GOLD plated Conn 30M tenor artist-owned. Only one available! Includes a primo Hiscox case also.
Conn Art Deco Transitional Burnished Gold Plate 6M New Wonder II Alto Saxophone$ 3,950
Price just lowered!!
This is one of those super-rare Conn alto saxophones from when Conn was at the height of it’s manufacturing expertise. Conn had the most advanced saxophone manufacturing facility in the world, and it set the standard for quality for all other manufacturers. This alto would have been a special, top-of-the-line model. It has the most elaborate thick burnished finish that is also by far the most time consuming to apply. (Ever burnished anything by hand?) This is original (real, actual) gold plate. (People often think this can’t be real gold, but hey, welcome to the 1930’s where both gold and labor were cheap, and American craftspeople were the best in the world! And there’s the most desirable engraving pattern here also, or at least one of them. For just about a year and a half, Conn did this deluxe ‘art-deco’ geometrical engraving style on its nicer instruments. There’s a lot to see here – it’s a masterpiece of hand engraving that is no longer done at this level by any manufacturer today.
Conns from the early 1930’s are my absolute favorite There was a short burst of gold plate examples mixed in with other horns between 238k-252k, and they are the best of the best in my book.
Conn C Soprano Original GOLD Plate Rare! New Wonder 1 143xxx with C Mpc 117193$ 2,950
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 $3500 to do.
So this horn is something very special. Not just as a piece of art, or a piece of exceptional craftsmanship, but as a musical instrument as well. William Morris, the influential artist, famously encouraged us to “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, and believe to be beautiful.” This alto sax just wails as a player, and definitely fits both requirements nearly as well as a saxophone could. The engraving features (probably) Apollo, god of music, with his harp, and an extremely ornate C.G. Conn logo and decoration.
This alto has very good pads, and plays extremely easily on the current, high-quality overhaul. It feels nice and snappy under the fingers, and the pad work is very good, flat and ‘dry’ feeling, which is a sign of high-quality work with rolled tone holes. The tone is pure 1920’s jazz power: wide, smooth, warm, and dark, but very projecting. This horn vibrates under your fingers even at moderate volumes, and is super fun and responsive to play. Low register is easy. Intonation is good, though you can easily bend notes around also. The keywork is vintage, so it will feel weird if you’re coming from a Yamaha, at least at first. But the tone and beauty you get in exchange makes it well worth it.
Only one available!
King Original Gold Plate Soprano Saxophone Beautiful Engraving 56362$ 1,500
Incredible engraving on this original GOLD plated King Soprano saxophone! These horns have a beautiful, warm, spread tone. The intonation is flexible. You can bend notes like crazy, so you have to have a good ear, but it plays just fine in tune if you play it in tune. This is from a collection and has old pads. But just the gold plate is worth the entire price of the horn. It’s a super deal. You could easily find this priced double somewhere else.
King SilverSonic Tenor Saxophone 402584$ 6,000
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.
Martin Handcraft Alto Saxophone 125113 Burnished Gold Special Engraving!$ 3,199
Priced to sell!
This is an alto that has it all: Rarity, condition, playability, beauty. It’s the total package. Martin altos from this era play with a uniquely beautiful mix of warmth, power, and sweetness. This is a lyrical alto that has plenty of power and bite when you need it.
It is in incredibly great condition with minimal past repairs. It has a recent, full overhaul and feels great under the fingers. It is very rare indeed to see one of these with thick, burnished gold plate as the finish. That’s the rarest finish, and I have only seen around five of these ever. The overhaul was done very well also, and the light action is easy to handle under the fingers.
The price is fantastic for something overhauled AND burnished gold plate! Really hard to beat. It also includes the Hiscox case!
Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone Original Gold Plate (Vanishingly Rare) Japanese Market Near Mint 156928
Possibly the nearest to new condition original gold plate Selmer Mark VI in the world. Email serious inquiries to [email protected] This might be a keeper for me, because it is also in the best serial range for altos to play well. Plus it’s an original Japanese market horn, which is rarely seen. One of a kind.
Selmer ORIGINAL Gold Plate Tenor Sax 16164B Coleman Hawkins Al Cohn Sal Nistico$ 14,999
This tenor is an exceptionally rare original gold-plated Selmer Super Sax in very good physical condition. Sporting ornate engraving down to the bottom of the bow in a burnished background, the body of the sax is a matte gold plate finish while the keys and interior of the bell are burnished. Factory gold-plated Selmers are not common, and this is one the few original gold-plated Selmer tenors from this early Super Sax era ever made, and likely one of the nicest still surviving, if there are indeed others still out there. The keywork is tight and shows very little wear- although this horn shows signs of being used, it was well cared-for and well loved.
This horn has recently been given a thorough check-up and plays well. I am a big fan of these Super saxes, and this instrument is a good example of why. It plays with what is arguably the biggest voice of any Selmer, and is one of the few instruments that can give a good Conn of the same period a run for its money in richness. But the velvety Selmer tone is there along with the fatness, making for a uniquely broad and ballsy-sounding Selmer with a lot more power than most horns. The keywork is quite nice and although of an older style ergonomically, those that play these do not find them difficult or an impediment to technical facility.
The serial number is also interesting: although infrequently seen, the B at the end of the serial (sometimes it would actually say “bis”) is Selmer’s way of denoting that they struck the same serial twice on two different instruments! So this is Selmer #16164… B. All in all, a uniquely beautiful and rare instrument with the bonus of a historical quirk.
The last 7 photos are of some of the tenor greats playing similar horns to this.
Yanagisawa A9933 Alto Saxophone 316979 Mint Like New!$ 4,250
This mint/near mint high-end Yanagisawa A9933 Solid silver alto still looks and even smells almost like a new saxophone. $4250 gets you the horn with the original solid silver neck. This thing plays amazingly well. If you want to add the second gold-plated, fully-engraved neck, add $500 (normally a $1000 neck).