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***Selmer Super Sax SSS Tenor Saxophone 17xxx Original Lac Overhauled Modern Keywork! ‘Cigar Cutter’$ 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 Saxophone 1961 Relacquer 5-digit Serial 96k Great Condition!$ 5,450
This very clean refinished Selmer Mark VI 5-digit serial number alto saxophone is currently getting a full mechanical overhaul, and promises to be an amazing player! It already played well on the old pads, with a dark, powerful, projecting, focused tone that feels almost like a tenor saxophone. Great feel under the fingers as well, which will only be better after the complete rebuild. This horn has never been damaged at all, and is super clean, apart from the new coat of paint it got at some point. The price includes the overhaul, which makes this a fantastic deal on a horn that will then need nothing major done for many years. So many players have never played a sax that was actually right all the way through. This one will be.
If you reserve this soon, you can get your choice if resonator. Otherwise, I’ll use my favorite, which are slightly domed brass reusable high-end resonators like the 50’s Selmers originally came with before they went to plastic.
Only one available! Get it now! If you want to get it with a new BAM case, I’ll sell you one at a great discount as a package deal.
Buescher Aristocrat Alto Saxophone 335466 140$ 1,150
This basically pristine vintage saxophone from 1951 is the same as the Buescher Big B, just with less elaborate engraving.. These professional quality saxophones are known for their good intonation, sweet and mellow tone, and excellent build quality. This particular example is from the very beginning of the model run just after the end of the Big B model, and is in nearly mint condition. It still has its original pads (and Snap-on resonators), and even plays a bit on them, but you will want to get an overhaul.
These play very well when set up- just listen to Johnny Hodges play his Big B to get an idea of what you can sound like on this horn with an overhaul, 50 years of practicing, and a knee-buckling load of raw talent. Also, as an added bonus (“at no additional charge!”) this horn comes with a wooden clarinet in the case of unknown potential labeled “Revelle Master”.
Buescher Big B Alto Saxophone Original Lacquer Good Condition 324407$ 1,600
This is a 1949 Buescher “Big B” Aristocrat, so named for the ornate engraving of a, well, a Big B on the bell. This horn is in very good condition, and the typical wear around the fine engraving of the B on the bell is not present, which indicates that this horn has led a life mostly in a closet somewhere. There are no resolders or past dentwork to speak of, and it plays *way* better than it should on some very old pads, but you would want to get this repadded to play like it can, which is very, very good!
These horns are undervalued in my opinion. I mean, you can get this one in such great shape with all of its original Snap-on resonators and overhaul it for not a whole lot more than a new Yamaha student model in total- seems like a good buy to me! Johnny Hodges famously played one of these, and his tone is a very good example of the blend of sweetness and power these horns possess.
Buescher Big B Model 140 Alto Saxophone 329997 Original Lacquer Excellent Condition$ 1,700
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 & Cane Alto Saxophone Great Deal 359118$ 750
This is one of the very last “Top Hat & Cane” Buescher 400 alto saxophones made- the model run ended around serial number 360,000. The lacquer is not original, though it has not been overly buffed, and about half of the relacquer remains. The keys are nickel plated, which I imagine was not original, but it was very well done. The original Snap-On resonators and amber rollers are present, and the horn is in pretty good physical condition. It will need an overhaul, but it is a pretty solid sax with no major damage or dents, and the price is considerably less than most Top Hat & Cane altos.
Buescher Top Hat and Cane Alto Saxophone Super 400 Excellent Condition 317532$ 2,450
Beautiful original lacquer, original pads Buescher Super 400 alto ‘Top Hat & Cane’ model. This is the most deluxe saxophone that Buescher produced, with deluxe engraving, fast keywork, and Buescher’s signature top quality intonation. Don’t miss the little details that take these horns from good to great, like the silver “tone ring” under the bell lip, the underslung octave key, and the raised Buescher logo in the engraving. If you have been looking for an alto that has the sweet, dynamic, moderately-focused Buescher tone, and that looks beautiful, and is in uncommonly good original condition, look no further.
This alto has no resolders, no dents, and only light play wear on the original lacquer. It has the original case in good condition. The neck is in very good condition. Even on the original pads, this alto still plays surprisingly well. It has the snaps and spuds intact, as well as the gold plated Norton springs. Everything you look for in a top quality Buescher is here. Just get the pads replaced by the repair shop of your choice, and you will have an alto that sounds bigger, sweeter, and more complex than any of the modern alto options, that tunes excellently, and that looks gorgeous. These are built extremely well, and they stay in adjustment very well down the road. The Buescher Top Hat and Cane altos are the creme de la creme of Buescher altos, and they are quite hard to find in this sort of condition.
Only one available, and priced quite low to sell quickly. I also have the matching tenor, already overhauled, if you are interested in a matched set.
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 $1500 off the price because it has a new coat of lacquer. That’s a great deal.
Only one available!
Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone 306843 Original Lacquer Pre-War
Nice original lacquer freshly-overhauled pre-WWII Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone. These are the best of the vintage Conn tenors! The price includes the full, high-end OVERHAUL, which was just completed. An overhaul (people always ask) means that everything that can be changed gets done, and done correctly: all new pads, corks, and felts, professional setup, key fit checked and improved, neck fit checked and improved, full disassembly, cleaning, all new oil, lots of play testing. This horn turned out exceptionally well, and plays really easily and beautifully throughout the range. The tone is medium dark, wide, but with more focus than earlier Conns, and a bigger, wider sonic pallette than any modern saxophone. The palm keys stay full and consistent with the rest of the horn. The low register whispers out at a saturated pianissimo whether subtoning or not. Intonation is excellent, keywork is comfortable. If you’re coming from a modern horn, there’s a couple of weeks’ adjustment period, but then you are back up to full speed playing wise, in most people’s experience. A nice, orignial, overhauled 10M is pretty hard to find, and this one is one of the really good ones. It has only minor past repairs, like a resoldered octave key. Great condition, and plays like a new horn.
Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone Naked Lady Rolled Tone Holes Original Lacquer Good Pads 322571$ 3,450
Conn 26M VIII Connqueror Alto Saxophone 295759 Pre-War Original Lacquer Excellent Condition$ 3,650
This is a rare and beautiful Conn 26M “Connqueror” alto saxophone, from one of the last pre-war batches, with the “VIII” stamp on both the body and the neck. This saxophone sports what is arguably the finest craftsmanship of any model of saxophone ever made, with sterling silver key touches on the Eb/C cluster, the side F#, the side Bb-C-E keys, and the palm keys. The mechanism is complex but extremely well thought-out, and a meticulous and thoughtful repairer can overhaul these so that they last for a decade or more per overhaul with only minor adjustments to the perma-just feet over time- just as Conn intended. These saxophones are also beautiful, with a particularly elaborate version of the famous “naked lady” found on Conn 6M/10M saxophones on the bell.
This particular instrument is in extremely good condition with original finish. The engraving, which is very detailed and is particularly dense, is a good indicator of how much use these saxophones have seen, with the lacquer around the cuts tending to be the first to wear on the saxophone. The lacquer around the engraving on this saxophone is fully intact, which combined with only light evidence of playing wear elsewhere on the horn- such as small bit of lacquer wear near the thumbrest about the size of a pea, and some small scratches here and there- leads me to believe this saxophone was played for at least a few years by a meticulous and caring owner. The neck is in excellent condition, showing no evidence of past repair or pulldown.
The rollers are fully intact and in perfect condition, and the pearls and sterling silver touchpieces are largely unworn. The keys are tight and the horn plays well on what seems to be an older repad, though the it looks to have been played little and/or taken very good care of since the repad. The neck and body are both marked with the VIII stamp, which is viewed as the most desirable of the pre-war M series saxophones, although theories vary widely as to what exactly the VIII stamp means, the most popular of which being that the neck had a slightly different taper that intonates better. The microtuner on the is fully functional, leak-free, and smooth. The body shows so evidence of past damage or major repairs/resolders of any kind.
All in all, this is a beautiful and rare saxophone in uncommonly fine condition, with a unique mechanism and design that took extreme skill to manufacture- skill that only really existed for a short time, at Conn in the 1930s. They didn’t make many of these, and there probably won’t be anything like them ever made again.
Conn 6M VIII Alto Saxophone Pre-War Original Lacquer Excellent Condition 282496$ 2,100
Full description coming, but this is a beautiful Conn 6M VIII alto with great original lacquer. This is pre-war, original pads, needs a good overhaul, but besides that, man, this is the one you want.
Conn 6M VIII Alto Saxophone Pre-War Original Lacquer Very Good Condition Plays Well 294775$ 1,950
This pre-war (from the American perspective, meaning prior to the government order than restricted the manufacture of musical instruments along with anything else made out of brass) Conn 6M was built in 1941, and is the desirable “VIII” version, with the VIII stamp on both the body and neck.
It is in very good physical condition with original lacquer, no dents, and no major or minor past repairs or resolders, with the exception of a repaired dent on the bowguard, which is visible in the photos. It has what appears to be a recent repad, or perhaps an old repad that wasn’t played much after it was done, and Conn Res-o-pads were used. It plays well with a big voice, and although to my professionally-obligated-to-be-picky tastes it is not quite as astoundingly slick under the fingers at these feel when they have been overhauled as the best repairers can do, it is definitely playable as-is and will beat the pants off of most any challenger, especially modern imports that cost a lot more and give you a lot less than this fine example of vintage American saxophone craftsmanship.
Oddly, the lacquer on the neck is more worn than the rest of the horn- although physically the neck is in immaculate condition with no dents or past pulldowns. In the past when I have seen this the culprit is usually a homemade neck bag that was lacquer-unfriendly, or perhaps the owner had a habit during rests to hold the horn with the neck in his hand. Given the lack of wear elsewhere on the horn, I’d guess a neck bag was the culprit here, although I can’t be certain. But again, though the lacquer itself is mostly gone from the neck (and the neck alone), the neck tube is flawless and there are no signs of past repairs of any kind.
The microtuner is free and functional, and all of the original rollers and present and moving freely. The engraving is crisp and clear with no lacquer loss, and the pearls seems largely unworn. The keywork is tight and the body is straight. This is a very clean example of the most desirable vintage of the most desirable variant of the Conn 6M, and it can be yours for less than a new Yamaha YAS-26.
Conn Connstellation Alto Saxophone 28M Very Good Condition Original Lacquer 335771$ 2,350
You could be forgiven for thinking that because there are two original lacquer, very good condition Conn 28M “Connstellation” saxophones on my website at the moment that these are somewhat common, but I assure you that is not the case! I will copy and paste the general statements about the 28M from the other description, with the unique description of this particular instrument’s physical and playing condition at the bottom.
The Conn 28M will always have a special place in my heart. It represents the last time one of the great American saxophone manufacturing companies tried something wholly new, and although the horn never really found a market and not many were made, they are fantastic instruments that besides being unique and historically interesting, play *really* well.
These saxophones were redesigned, utilizing many ideas from Allen Loomis (Conn’s resident saxophone visionary) and Hugh Loney, with input from Santy Runyon, with the aim of creating a saxophone that had extremely slick keywork and a very balanced scale. The keywork, although familiar under the fingers with regard to placement and layout, is mechanically quite different from any other saxophone and has been built from the ground up with the goal of reducing mechanical friction. There are no pivot screws anywhere on this saxophone, instead the long rods have a very long hinge rod with the middle machined down so only the ends touch. The G# has a very unique torsion mechanism to provide a G# feel that is smooth throughout the range. The side keys are designed so that the angle and distance of travel is the same for each key. There are adjustment screws on the upper and lower stacks as well as the left hand pinky table. The bell keys are on the left side, and the pantsguard/bell keyguard is a large acrylic plate that was designed with the idea in mind of allowing the horn to vent properly regardless of playing position or clothing choice. The octave mechanism has three pips (octave vents), one on the neck and two on the body, which has the end result of a very clear middle D and no hiss on the A or G#, as well as excellent intonation. The keywork in general is very light, and the pearls are larger than usual for Conn and a little flatter. The overall feeling is of a very light horn, extremely slick, easy to play, excellent intonation, and very even throughout.
The one downfall of this design is the pantsguard, which is fairly brittle and often broken. Although nowadays there are excellent replacements available, this one has its original guard in decent condition. There is one repaired crack (visible in the photos) and the common small cracks radiating from some of the screw holes. I would anticipate, absent any further damage, that this keyguard will last and should not present any problems- although I will furnish you with contact information for obtaining a well made (and somewhat more durable) replacement should you ever need it. And believe it or not, I have experience shipping these so you can rest easy knowing I will remove it for shipping, wrap it separately, and it will arrive to you in good condition.
This instrument plays quite decently on what appears to be an older repad with plastic domed resonators, with a strong, moderately bright, cheerful voice. The clarity of the tone is notable, and it is a lot of fun to play with a unique look and feel and timbre that would lend itself easily to classical, big band, or small group jazz. The lacquer is original and in good condition with some playing wear and a few stand scratches near the low C#, with no evidence of past repairs or dents or resolders of any kind. It is also a unique and interesting piece of saxophone history, in very good condition, and whoever owns this instrument next will have a lot of fun being its steward for the next generation.
Conn Early 10M Tenor Fresh Overhaul Original Lacquer 269461 BIG Player$ 4,250
This is this kind of Conn 10M tenor saxophone that makes people ditch their Selmers and Yamahas. Keywork is comfortable, intonation is excellent, and the tone is to die for. Wide, dark, but still punchy and with a good amount of focus. Palm key tone is gorgeous and full, not a bit thin. Priced to sell quickly. Only one available.
Conn Pan-American Baritone Saxophone New Wonder II Style Recent Full Overhaul!$ 3,000
Well here’s something of a unicorn. A well overhauled vintage baritone in good shape without any gremlins hiding around the corner, and although it has the 12M body tube AND is keyed to high F, because it is a Pan-American (Conn’s second line brand) it is cheap, baritonely speaking. Plus, this horn is just so fun to play. The overhaul was done with black kangaroo skin pads and domed resonators, the key heights are correct (12Ms like fairly open key heights) and even the neck tenon receiver has been replaced with a very well done custom replacement- which is amazing and excellent because those neck receivers are a major pain point, almost always leaking or cracked and not easy to replace well and impossible to replace cheap.
Physically, the horn has seen a good bit of use and has the scratches and dings to prove it, but it has no major damage, the neck is in good shape, the keywork is tight, and its ready to play reliably for years out of the box. The lacquer looks to be original, though I find it harder to tell with Pan-Americans since they sprayed it over the engraving a lot of the time. At least it certainly doesn’t look to have been buffed to my eyes. The toneholes are straight, not rolled, but other than that this is basically a Conn 12M and it plays just like one- that is to say with an enormous, rich tone that makes playing a joy and listening a treat.
Curiously, at some point in the past, somebody installed adjustment screws on the bar for the C# and F# in the upper and lower stacks, like a modern Yamaha. It was well done, and would not have been cheap. Combined with the neck tenon receiver replacement and professional quality overhaul, the person who owned this before I did clearly cared a great deal about it and spent a lot of well-aimed money with a talented repairer making it an exceptional baritone- and they succeeded. This baritone is worth more than it will sell for, and the next owner is a very lucky person.
Couf Superba 1 Tenor Very Good Condition Original Lacquer Getting Overhauled!$ 3,850
Getting a full mechanical overhaul now!! This horn is going to have a HUGE, powerful tone, with effortless, fat low register, and crisp, fat upper register. It should be ready by the end of April if not sooner. These horns are just a joy to play when they are totally tight and snappy. This one will be no exception. It’s getting the fancy, TenorMadness hand-machined, slightly-domed, reusable metal resonators that work so well on these horns, and that look great also.
This is a very nice condition Couf (made by Keilwerth for Herb Couf) Superba I tenor, which is a great modern ergonomics horn with a lot of the big, fat tone of an old Conn. Some people also compare them tonally to a good Selmer SBA, and they do indeed share the big sound you can get on a great Selmer.
This particular sax sports a high F# key and phas lived a relatively cosseted life thus far. The only evidence of any repairs or damage past or present is a resolder on the low Eb keyguard foot, which is fairly common on these, and has no impact on playability. The original gold colored lacquer (which has a particularly beautiful lustre to it that can often be mistaken for gold plate) is in very good shape.
The Couf Superba I sports rolled toneholes and a really cool modern engraving pattern and was built in West Germany by Keilwerth to be imported by Herb Couf, a distinguished professional saxophonist who later was a Vice President of the W. T. Armstrong company. As told to me by those who knew him and also as evidenced by playing the saxophone he chose to put his name on, the man had good taste in saxophones. If you have been looking for an extremely well built modern ergonomics horn with a bigger sound than you find on most modern instruments, look no further- Couf has you covered.
Ishimori Wood Stone Alto Saxophone Brand New WSA-VL with F# Dark Lacquer$ 4,500
I have ONE (and only one for now) highly sought-after Ishimori Wood Stone alto saxophone available. The model is WSA-VL with high F#. It has dark, cognac colored lacquer and beautiful hand engraving, the among the most elaborate of any modern saxophone. Effortless player. Hard to emphasize how effortless. Completely effortless low register, low Bb pops out like any other note. Altissimo is easy. Tuning is great. The tone is sort of Selmer-ish but punchier. Easy to play delicately and softly with plenty of saturation and projection. Action is low, fast, and snappy. Great for jazz, concert, ballads– really anything. I’m impressed. $4500 brand new.
King Full Pearls SilverSonic Alto 303030 Fresh Matt Stohrer Overhaul Original Lacquer Charlie Parker Vintage!$ 14,500
Well, well, well, what have we here? One of my favorite saxophones of all time! This is an extremely rare early King SilverSonic alto with sterling silver bell and ‘full pearls’. I have only seen a few of these altos come up for sale in many years of watching the market fairly closely. There are probably fewer than 100 altos like this in existence, and there are fewer that still have their original lacquer. Charlie Parker famously played King SilverSonic Super 20 alto SN#295173, which sold for an ungodly sum at auction several years ago. This horn’s body serial is 303030, which is the same version as Parker’s, and the neck serial is 295182, which is only 9 serial numbers later than Parker’s, so same small batch of horns. Not sure why the neck serial is different, but maybe because this neck played best. This horn was one owner going way back several decades before I bought it.
It just got a full overhaul by the best saxophone repairman for Kings that I have experienced, Matt Stohrer. Matt is a friendly and unassuming guy who has a passion for learning and sharing as much as he can about saxophone repair. His attention to all the little, time-consuming details of repair that take a horn from good to great is pretty hard to beat. This horn certainly deserved the best, and it came out great. It feels super great under the fingers – dry and snappy, with light, easy action and great response. The tone is that classic, warm, punchy, projecting, brassy-when-pushed, King alto sound that Parker and Cannonball made, at least for me, the classic jazz alto tone. It sounds like that sound you have in your head that you just can’t quite get on a Selmer or any modern horn:-)
You get a nice original Silversonic King alto case, as well as a delxe black BAM France Trekking case, both included with the horn. The BAM for safe shipping, and the King just for fun. Hard to beat the Trekking for an all-around alto case, and it fits the King like a glove.
There’s certainly only one of these available. I’ve had this in my personal collection for years, and just decided to offer it up for sale for the first time. If it doesn’t sell, it goes right back in the collection. If you want an alto that looks gorgeous, has a high likelihood to keep going up in value, plays great, and is not so perfect that you’re afraid to play it, you couldn’t do better than this.
King SilverSonic Super 20 Alto Saxophone Original with Gold Leaf Fresh Overhaul! 346933$ 7,950
Getting overhauled early March 2019. Price includes overhaul! Email me at [email protected] to reserve it or pick your resonators. Superb example of a King SilverSonic alto with solid silver bell and neck, and gold plate in the engraving, with original gold lacquer over that! Cannonball Adderley tone all the way. These are just about the best altos ever.
King Super 20 Alto 328773 Original Lacquer Plays Great$ 3,950
King altos are the best altos ever. This one has some lacquer wear from use, but it is original lacquer. The saxophone is in great shape, and plays quite well on the current pads. No serious past repairs at all. It is such a great tone that you get from these full pearls Super 20’s. This is the ‘Series II’ which has the best combination of beauty, features, and key work of all of the Super 20 altos. You really can get the Cannonball Adderley vibe going on one of these (with lots of practice) better than almost anything else. Cannonball played almost exactly this serial alto on Kind of Blue. This plus a Meyer 5 plus a soft reed and lots of guts is what you need for what I consider to be the benchmark for good alto sound.
King Super 20 Alto Saxophone Full Pearls Series II Orig. Lacquer Exceptional Player! 339676$ 5,650
King Super 20 Tenor Original Lacquer Full Pearls Fresh Overhaul!$ 6,450
Do you love beauty? Do you love playing the saxophone? Wish that the two things went together more often? Well, you’ve come to the right place:-)
This, my friend, is one of the most beautiful saxophones ever produced – the King Super 20 with pearl side keys and palm keys, bell and bow key cups engraved, solid silver neck, three ring strap hook – just about as de-luxe as it gets.
But wait, there’s more! For a price lower than a new Keilwerth Shadow, or a new Selmer Reference etc, you get not only one of the best-built, most beautiful, best-sounding tenors ever made. You also get it with a fresh overhaul done by one of the most meticulous saxophone repairmen in the business – Carlo Cennamo of cennamowoodwinds.com . I have been hearing good things about Carlo’s work for a few years, but I finally got to see it earlier this year, and it is just top quality. Full mechanical rebuild including all key fitting to precise better-than-new tolerances; excellent pad work that feels dry and snappy under the fingers and makes the horn resonate its notes on its own as you close the pads; adjustment materials that make sense throughout; a carefully done neck fit for a good seal; nice, even spring tensions. This is a $1500++ overhaul and takes Carlo almost an entire work week to complete. So that’s a big deal.
The only past repair I see on this horn is a resoldered brace on the bell side that popped off on its own when the horn was disassembled. It was popped right back on and is in good shape now. This horn has obviously been babied since it was new. It has almost all of its original lacquer intact. For you King geeks out there, this is King’s ‘light’ colored lacquer advertised in its sales brochures. The dark lacquer ranges from caramel to chocolate colored and looks completely different. By the way, it now has the correct neck screw and Eb key guard screws. I need to update the photos.
This horn just sings, with a medium dark core tone that gets brighter and punchier as you push it. The solid silver neck gives you more upper partials and a bit more of a ringing focus to the sound. The whole horn comes alive as you play, and the response is particularly satisfying. If you have never played a saxophone that is actually right, then I hope that you will soon get to experience it. Low Bb is just another easy note to play, and you can play the entire low register easily at any volume, including pianissimo without losing ‘saturation’ in the sound. Basically, the horn just gets out of the way and lets you play what you want. It’s a beautiful thing.
This comes with a new BAM Classic tenor case, and you can swap that out for a different case if you want to discuss options. There’s only one available of this beautiful Super 20. Get it now!
King Super 20 Tenor Saxophone Full Pearls Original Lacquer Near Mint / Exc Cond! 328628
Martin Committee II Tenor Saxophone Very Good Condition Original Lacquer Orig Pads 139670$ 1,800
One of the best condition Committee II Tenors I have seen. These are very rare, and they play beautifully. Very hard to find like this with ORIGINAL lacquer! It has old pads. Add an overhaul, and it will be fantastic. (Talk to me if you want advice on that.)
The tuning, ergonomics, and build quality on these is really excellent. Tone is warm, powerful, classy, and medium dark. One of the best horns you can get per dollar spent.
Oscar Adler Curved Soprano Saxophone – Crazy Right Hand Bell Keys! 992$ 1,900
Highly Collectible Oscar Adler Markneukirchen-made curved soprano saxophone. This instrument has three ‘petal’ keys that allow you to play low C#, B and Bb with your right hand fingertips, which is pretty useful actually. I have never seen another instrument like this one in person or online. Excellent condition. I had two of the petal key touches expertly (and invisibly) restored where they had been shortened. Comes in a cool possibly-original red case with tons of storage. Pads are older of course, but it will play a bit on them, with a big, wide, dark spread tone.
Super cool piece of saxophone history here. This instrument may be from around 1909 or so, though I am admittedly not an expert on dating early Oscar Adler saxophones.
Selmer Balanced Action Tenor Saxophone from 1939 Original Lacquer American Engraved 27589$ 12,500
One of the best vintage Selmers to come through the shop this year, which is actually saying a lot. Maybe the best. This plays easily as well as my personal BA tenor, which was made the same year. This horn had some past repairs done as you can see: bell flare has a couple of dents that were removed, and the neck was pulled down. Some small dents were removed from the back of the body tube, and some lacquer is missing from where the bell/bow ring was soldered. The horn is now straight and feels new under the fingers. The bell flare is nice, the neck is correct, and the dents are removed from the back of the body. Even the lacquer burn on the bell ring is mostly gone and the brass aged to match the lacquer color.
The overhaul on this horn is top notch. You’re not going to find a better setup on a Balanced Action or Super Balanced Action tenor. It is light but snappy and ‘dry’ under the fingers. Response is instant. The horn resonates like crazy under the fingers. The tone is rich and velvety, medium dark, but with a brighter edge when pushed. Resonators are the nice hand-machined TenorMadness slightly domed brass reusable ones, that are incidentally also authentic for vintage Selmer.
I’m including a BAM Cabine tenor case with this to keep it safe in shipping and gigging. This is one of those horns you DON’T ever sell, and that you don’t want to put down. It’s the sort of saxophone you don’t let your saxophone-playing friends play, in order to protect them from a lifetime of envy. Not kidding.
Selmer Mark VI Alto Original Lacquer American Engraved Excellent Condition 233486$ 5,450
This very clean, American-assembled late Mark VI alto is a good example of why I think the late American-assembled VIs are a relative bargain. It is very nearly unplayed, sporting most of its original pads (I had a bit of repair work done on it to bring it up to playable) and it possesses an undeniably huge tone, probably the most strident and powerful of all the VI altos. The American-assembled Mark VI altos in the very late run have a large patch soldered to the inside of the bow at the factory to reduce the overall volume of of the interior of the bow, and they play better with noticeably less burble and resistance down low. It is a low-tech solution, but one that works very well and was therefore done at the factory to every American-assembled Mark VI alto after around serial number 210,000 or so.
This particular saxophone is in very good condition, with its original lacquer. There are a few small scratches here and there and some playing wear on the touchpieces of the side keys and palm keys, but 99% or more of the lacquer remains and it shows no evidence of past repairs or resolders. This is a nice, solid Mark VI alto in excellent condition that will blow the doors down if called upon to do so.
Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 160941 Beautiful Condition Original Lacquer Great Vintage!$ 6,950
Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone from 1967 Exceptional Player 144k$ 7,450
Best playing Selmer alto sax on the site right now. It has that extra special something that only the 140-145k altos have. Super projection, crisp but still warm tone, even scale with fuller palm keys than usual. GREAT, world-class alto saxophone. It’s worn original lacquer, and I like the strap hook mod to make the horn balance slightly better. If you want one of the better playing altos in the world, get this. It’s priced very low for what you get.
Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone Original Lacquer High F# 71815 the Best!$ 7,500
PENDING SALE This is a beautiful, original lacquer Selmer Mark VI alto from 1958, which is a great year for VI altos. It has the desirable ‘early medium bow’ which is also what I play. This is the only vintage of 5-digit alto that has the best bow length for tuning the low register. Not that that’s super essential in a VI alto – the ones immediately after this (long bow) also are great altos, and the earlier ones (short bow) are also fine. It only becomes an issue if you are playing classical sax, small tip opening, or exposed ensemble playing with a lot of low B and C etc. In those cases, this sax stands out as having better intonation, combined with the medium dark, focused, complex woody tone of the ’58-59 vintage of VI altos. My personal 84xxx plays just like this 71xxx. This horn has the high F# which is a nice plus for most alto players. It just got a thorough playing condition job done by Matt Stohrer, and it plays well on the current mix of pads. The tone is just beautiful, and response is nice too. It’s priced very well, compared to most other nice-looking, original lacquer VI altos from this vintage. If you want to own the best, this is it!
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 Soprano from 1971 Excellent Original Lacquer 189112$ 5,250
This is an extremely nice condition, original pads Selmer Mark VI soprano. It appears to have been played very little, and actually plays extremely well on its original pads, which to me is an indication that this horn has led a very sheltered life and harbors no surprises for its future owner. This horn is original lacquer, Euro-assembled with no engraving. The original case, protected by a case cover, is in excellent condition. The horn plays with the warm, centered and focused tone that VI sopranos are known for- with the certain alluring beauty that makes them hard to put down. If you’ve been looking for an original, unmolested Mark VI soprano to make your own, it would be hard to find one in better shape than this one, and the later serial makes it one of the less expensive ways to acquire one.
It includes the case in the photos, and if you want to add a nice BAM Signature soprano case, I can get you a great discount on one. Keeps the horn very safe in shipping and gigging.
Only one available!
Selmer Mark VI Soprano Original Lacquer Very Good Condition 197315$ 4,950
Wonderful example of a Selmer Mark VI soprano. This beauty has almost all of its original lacquer still remaining, as well as its original pads. Nobody has messed with this horn. It is still factory clean repair wise, with the nice, snappy factory setup still intact. If you’re going to be playing this seriously, you will want to get the pads replaced soon I would think. They are currently sealing surprisingly well, for it being 50 years old, and you can play it plenty well enough to tell that it has a rich, centered tone, medium between bright and dark, with a good amount of projection. With the right mouthpiece, the Mark VI is the ultimate smooth jazz soprano a la Kenny G. Kenny G gets both love and hate from the saxophone world, but there’s no question people far beyond the saxophone community love his sound, and he plays a Mark VI soprano just like this. There are no dents or dings, and there are no past repairs on this saxophone. It’s an amazing example, and well worth the price. The hard case is in good condition. Not original, and more protective than the original anyhow. You can upgrade to a BAM Signature (best modern soprano case) for not much extra. No mouthpiece comes with it, but we can discuss mouthpiece options if you don’t already have one that you love.
Only one available.
Selmer Mark VI Soprano Saxophone 253537$ 4,850
Beautiful original lacquer Selmer Mark VI soprano saxophone in excellent condition. The pads are a mix of older and newer, mostly older. But it plays nicely on them with a warm, resonant tone. This is a great VI soprano and sounds rich, and also tunes quite well. Original case is in good shape too. No dents or dings, no resolders. A bit of stand wear inside the bell flare is about all there is to say about this very nice Mark VI soprano!
Selmer Mark VI Soprano Saxophone 276162 Original Lacquer Excellent Condition$ 4,500
Selmer Mark VI Tenor 195260 Original Lacquer American-Engraved Plays Well$ 5,950
Selmer Mark VI Tenor 205xxx from 1972 Original$ 5,750
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 from 1957 Relacquer Needs Overhaul Great Potential$ 6,500
If you want a 1950’s Mark VI tenor tone that is dark, focused, and fat-sounding, this would be an excellent serial number range for that. This horn is on consignment, and it needs an overhaul. Basically, you’re getting it for half price of what nice original lacquer VI tenors of this vintage sell for. With a good overhaul, it should play nearly the same, based on past experience getting similar ones overhauled. The neck is in excellent condition, and there is no significant past damage. Just the ubiquitous resoldered low Eb key guard, and a few small dents removed from the back of the bow that are nearly invisible now. Very good player’s VI tenor. Just buy and get it restored, and you will never need to buy another tenor. Neck has the matching serial number. We can swap out the old case for a discounted BAM Classic or something, if you want a more usable modern case for it. If you want to make an offer, feel free. I can pass it along to the consignor. He wants to get this sold.
Only one available!
Selmer Mark VI Tenor Saxophone from 1970 American Engraved$ 6,450
This is a beautiful example of a Selmer Mark VI Tenor Saxophone from 1970. It is American engraved and assembled. The entire horn is original lacquer. Except for the neck, which has been relacquered, but still completely matches the horn in look and color. The neck evidently had a dent removed under the octave key, and the original owner wanted it to look as good as the horn, so had the dent removed and the neck resprayed. Anyway, it’s not a big deal playing wise, but I’m lowering the price of the horn by around $1500 to give someone a great deal on an original lacquer VI in excellent condition that is also cheaper than buying just a regular new Selmer tenor sax. Compared to a new Series II tenor, or a new Ref 54 or (gasp) Ref 36, you are saving hundreds to several thousands of dollars and getting a horn that is better made, plays better for almost any style but classical (nod to the Series II and III purists here) and will hold its value or go up in value rather than going down like a new Selmer would.
To keep the price low, I’m selling it with all of its original pads still intact. It actually still plays quite well on the original pads, and seals up with little ‘note like’ pad pops all the way down to Bb. It’s a joy to feel the high quality pad work that Selmer Elkhart did on its original factory setups.
All in all, this horn is in AMAZING physical condition. You very rarely find original lacquer horns that are 48 years old that look so great. It’s a great opportunity for someone to score a really eye-turning VI tenor for a discounted price.
Only one available.
Selmer Mark VII Alto Saxophone 244831 Excellent Original Lacquer American Engraving Near Perfect$ 3,950
The Selmer Mark VII, the last remaining relative bargain Selmer-wise, is a very well-built vintage Selmer with a slightly odd left hand pinky table, but it more than makes up for it with quality, value, and tone. Speaking of tone, the VII alto features the same big, powerful, and deep tone of a late VI alto, and I find them to be very similar (and I really like late VI altos, especially the American-assembled ones).
This particular instrument has recently been serviced, and plays very well on a mix of older (some original) and newer pads. It has not seen much use in its life based on how little wear it has, and the lacquer is original and in extremely good condition. There is no evidence of past repairs, dentwork, or resoldering, and the original case is still in very good condition as well. The ergonomics, although slightly different from a VI (and the following model, the Super Action 80) in the left hand pinky table and Eb/C spatulas, are easy to get used to, and some players with large hands even find it preferable over a VI. I possess hands of merely average size, but I don’t find it to be different enough that I really notice it at all in playing.
All in all, this is an excellent condition alto that plays very well and represents an uncommonly good value for a Selmer.
Selmer SBA Alto Saxophone 41881 Euro Very Clean Condition Chesterfield Case$ 3,900
This is a relacquered (or maybe it is original?) Selmer Super (Balanced) Action SBA Alto saxophone from 1950 in extremely good physical condition. The original owner’s family says it has never been refinished, and my repairman says it still has many of its original pads, though I think it must be a factory relacquer to look this good. (Pads could be factory from the refinish). With this particular version of Euro-engraved and lacquered Selmer, it can be hard to tell, because they were originally engraved first, then lightly buffed and lacquered, which is what a relacquer looks like at other vintages. Nevertheless, I’m selling it as a relacquer, due to the red rouge (buffing compound) in the little nooks and crannies of the horn, that I do not think is likely to be original. Although it does play, you will want to overhaul this saxophone to have it play as good as it looks. It comes in its original Chesterfield case with both zippers still smooth and fully functional (what a treat!), and it sports the Euro-style engraving, having been assembled in Paris and imported to Canada where it was originally sold.
This saxophone, though due for an overhaul, is in uncommonly clean physical condition. There are no dents or repaired dents, no evidence of any resolders, the pearls are largely unworn, and the neck has no evidence of past repairs or pulldowns. There are some scratches in the lacquer from the neck strap, and some wear from where it sat against the case, but the lacquer remains at 95% plus. There is some playing wear on the touchpieces for the palm keys and the octave key and thumbrest, but combined with the overall excellence of the physical condition I believe the owner of this saxophone was careful and meticulous, and loved this horn very much. If you’ve been thinking of springing for the lush, full tone of a Selmer SBA, don’t want to be afraid to play it, would like to get it overhauled to your specs, and would like to get a specimen that should hold its value over time, it would be hard to go wrong with this one. It’s a superb deal as well, on a sax that will play and sound warmer, and more beautiful than any modern pro saxophone, and that will also be more satisfying to own and will hold its value better. Only one available!
Selmer SBA Super Balanced Action Alto Saxophone Original Lacquer 1953 53069 Excellent!$ 7,950
This is as close to a new Selmer Super Balanced Action alto saxophone as you are going to find. This thing is amazing. it comes with all original pads, and the original metal Tonex resonators are all still present on the original pads from 1953. The excellent original Selmer factory setup feels great under the fingers. If you are going to play this seriously, you will probably want to get either all new pads (reuse the original resonators) or at least replace some pads. But it does still play surprisingly well on the current 66 year old pads. It has a sweet, warm voice with plenty of power. A bit more spread and warm than a typical 50’s Mark VI would be. Darker than any modern Selmer, but with a nice focused lyrical core to the tone. There’s that delicate thread in the center of the sound that you can grab onto with vintage Selmers that makes them especially pleasant to listen to.
There are no past repairs, no dents, no dings. No neck damage, bell flare and bow are perfect. The original neck has the matching serial number to the body. The only wear at all is some extremely light scratching on the back of the body tube.
Great intonation, great ergonomics, beauty, dark honey original lacquer. Gorgeous original Chesterfield case. You really can’t beat this alto if you want something that does it all. Super Balanced Action Alto saxophones are going up, and this is one of the best in the world.
Only one available.
Selmer Series III Alto Saxophone SOLID Sterling SILVER Near Mint Getting Overhauled!$ 9,500
Update: This sax is currently receiving a top shelf, full overhaul that will make it as perfect as can be. If you are not used to used saxophones, that means someone with a bunch of years of training in the craft of saxophone repair is going to be spending somewhere around 25-30 hours of skilled labor on this saxophone to make it totally fresh and new (better than new). It costs somewhere around $1000-1500 to have done. It will play so much better than any other Series III you might find for sale that you will be surprised that they are even the same model of saxophone. Not kidding.
If you play classical alto and you want to play the best, and set yourself apart tonally from the crowd, this is your dream alto. There really is nothing like it. I try to avoid overusing superlatives in saxophone descriptions, but this horn deserves them. The tone is dark and centered, and it has a haunting quality that is extra special among saxophones. This is the alto for a serious alto player who wants something that is built for saxophone study and performance. These are especially nice for classical playing. Doug O’Connor’s tone on one of these has left a lasting impression on me. Just gorgeous. I recently got to hear Doug play the Bach Chaconne on this alto, among other pieces, and I have to say, it was a high point for me in experiencing transcendent music on the saxophone.
There’s no damage, no wear, no past repairs. This horn has not been played much since new, and it’s in near mint condition. The neck is great. The whole horn tunes well with a classical setup. You can buy one of these new for $18329 online, or you can get this one OVERHAULED! for right around half price here. It’s a great investment if you are wanting the best.
Original case, fresh setup, and the original S80 mouthpiece is included also.
Selmer Super Balanced Action Tenor Saxophone SBA 1954 Original Lac Exceptional!$ 19,000
Update: Just overhauled by Matt Stohrer and new photos coming soon. Original resonators reused on the new pads, and it plays better than new.
This is as close to a new Selmer Super Balanced Action tenor saxophone as you are likely to find. This thing is amazing. it comes with all original pads, and the original metal Tonex resonators are all still present on the original pads from 1953. The excellent original Selmer factory setup feels great under the fingers. If you are going to play this seriously, you will probably want to get either all new pads (reuse the original resonators) or at least replace some pads. But it does still play surprisingly well on the current 66 year old pads. It has a sweet, warm voice with plenty of power. A bit more spread and warm than a typical 50’s Mark VI would be. Darker than any modern Selmer, but with a nice focused lyrical core to the tone. There’s that delicate thread in the center of the sound that you can grab onto with vintage Selmers that makes them especially pleasant to listen to.
There are no resolders, no dents, no dings. No neck damage, bell flare and bow are perfect. The original neck has the matching serial number to the body. The only past repair is a small dent removed on the bow, and a few really small dings removed from the back of the body tube that are hard to see. It looks very good now. I tried to make the removed dent look as bad as possible in the photos, but it looks quite a bit better in person. After watching the market pretty closely for the past ten years, I can say with confidence that this is one of the nicest SBA tenors that still exists. If you want to buy it and also get it overhauled by Matt Stohrer as part of a deal, I have an overhaul spot reserved with Matt. His work is among the best I have seen, and he is pretty serious about saxophone repair.
So that’s what you get. A super nice orignial lacquer SBA tenor with original pads from one of the most desirable years in excellent condition. This horn has great intonation and great ergonomics. It is maxed out on beauty with the dark honey original lacquer. It comes with the gorgeous original Chesterfield case. You really can’t beat this SBA tenor saxophone if you want something that does it all. Super Balanced Action tenor saxophones are going up, and this is one of the best in the world.
Only one available! If you want to buy a crazy matched set of 53xxx SBA alto and tenor, check out the matching alto here: https://www.getasax.com/product/selmer-super-balanced-action-alto-saxophone-sba-original-lacquer-1953-53069-excellent/
Tenor Madness Custom 500SL Tenor Saxophone – New Lacquered$ 4,295
Tenor Madness Custom 500SL Tenor Saxophone Cognac Lacquer High F# Effortless Player Newest Model L01110$ 4,340
Yamaha / Ishimori Woodstone 82ZWS 2 Custom Necks Alto Saxophone D76004
Yamaha YTS-475 Intermediate Tenor Saxophone Good Playing Condition Great Value! 298213$ 1,600
Great deal on one of the best intermediate tenor saxophones on the market. The Yamaha 475 is made in Japan and plays a lot like a YTS-62, but costs less. This tenor has been played a fair amount. The pads are sealing pretty well right now, but it is a mix of older and newer pads. The neck had a dent removed, and it was done well, so it looks good now. If you want a very well-built tenor, that feels good, tunes well, and is easy on the budget, this is it. Don’t waste your money on a new no-name sax. Those will be worth peanuts as soon as they are used. Yamaha horns are quality and hold their value really well. You can basically play it and enjoy it and sell it later for right around what you paid. Hard to beat.
Yamaha YTS-875 Tenor Saxophone Very Good Condition$ 3,250
Nice condition Yamaha Custom 875 Tenor Saxophone in very good shape. This horn is nice and clean and comes with the original case also in good condition. Great deal for a fully professional Yamaha tenor saxophone that will serve well for any level of playing from a serious beginner player through a full professional career. This horn has a medium dark, rich tone compared to other Yamaha saxophones. It tunes well, and it feels great under the fingers. Good purchase!
Only one available!
Yanagisawa A901B Black Lacquer Alto Saxophone Near Mint Condition Gorgeous$ 2,450
This is a beautiful, near mint condition Yanagisawa A901B professional alto saxophone in excellent condition. It has original black lacquer with engraving cut through the black into the brass, giving the horn a beautiful two tone look. This horn just got tuned up thoroughly by Matt Stohrer, and it plays extremely well. I like the 901 the best of the modern Yanagisawa saxophones. It has a freer vibrating body tube than the 991, and it has a big, medium bright, open tone that works great for a range of playing settings. You can darken it up with a classical style mouthpiece, or you can brighten it up easily for jazz. Intonation and ergonomics are excellent. This horn is super well-built. Yanagisawa has the best build quality of any modern saxophone, and it will really hold up well over time.
Only one available! This is a rare finish, and turns heads. I also have a fancy $1000 gold plated Yanagisawa neck I could throw in for $500, and a solid silver Yanagisawa alto neck I could include for $500 also.
Yanagisawa S6 Soprano Good Condition
Yanagisawa TWO-010 Tenor Saxophone Near Mint Condition Great Deal!$ 3,950
This is a nearly-new Yanagisawa WO-10, which is Yanagisawa’s current model that replaces the 991 series, taking the same “elite professional” spot in their lineup (the “basic professional” spot being held by the 901 previously and the W0-1 currently) and other than being priced like a used horn, it is basically new. It appears to have been played very little and comes with its original case showing it was bought as Kessler Music, where they sell new for $4900.
This one appears to be nearly flawless, with just a couple of light scuff marks here and there if I look closely, and it is missing its original mouthpiece that would have come with it. It plays very well, feeling to have a slightly bigger tone than the 991, and definitely feels lighter and a little more svelte under the fingers than the 991, although it still seems plenty robust. I’ve seen a few of these since the WO series came out, and besides the confusing branding of of mixing Os and 0s, I really like these horns. Since they are still fairly new, chances to grab one used are few and far between, so I’d be surprised if this one stuck around for too long. Grab it while you can and enjoy Yanagisawa’s newest professional tenor saxophone at a discount.