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Buescher Top Hat and Cane Alto Saxophone Super 400 Near Mint Superb 323836$ 3,150
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. $4500 brand new.
New Old Stock Yamaha Purple Logo Baritone Saxophone YBS-62 Mint Unbelievable!$ 9,000
This is an amazing chance to get a new old stock Purple Logo YBS-62 baritone saxophone. This sax was originally a display model that Yamaha brought to the USA for a trade show almost 40 years ago. Yamaha sold the instruments from the display, and they sat in someone’s closet for that entire time. This sax came in the plastic in the case, and I had to take it out to take photos. There are maybe a few of the lightest possible surface scratches not through the lacquer, but aside from that, it looks as new as it could be and be from the early 80’s. The tone is beautiful and warm, rich, and medium focused. Intonation is great. Works with just about any mouthpiece. This horn can play the full range from classical to funk no problem and be as reliable as a Lexus day after day, year after year. This is BY FAR the nicest example of a purple logo 62 baritone that I have seen, and the nicest one we are likely to see.
It has the case keys, the polishing cloth, mouthpiece and ligature, warranty booklet, and even a set of removable wheels that attach to the end of the case so that you can roll it if you want. First time I have seen that. If you want a beautiful baritone to play that is really special, this is it. And at this price, it’s about the same as buying a modern 62, so you don’t even pay a premium to get the new old stock. That’s pretty great.
Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone Original Gold Plate (Vanishingly Rare) Japanese Market Near Mint 156928$ 20,000
Possibly the nearest to new condition original gold plate Selmer Mark VI in the world. This might be a keeper for me, because it is also in the best serial range for altos to play well. My favorite VI altos have all been in the early medium bow range like this. Plus it’s an original Japanese market horn, which is rarely seen. One of a kind.
There is nothing rarer than original gold plate Mark VI’s like this. This is the first I have seen that was definitely original gold for sale. Rarer than Full Pearls Silversonic King saxophones, rarer than mint Super Balanced Action tenors. Pretty hard to beat.
Selmer Reference 36 Tenor Saxophone Mint + Overhauled! BAM / Selmer Case Great Deal 635957$ 6,750
Freshly overhauled and fantastic!
I think that the Reference 36 is the best sounding tenor saxophone that Selmer currently makes. The problem is, hardly anyone gets to experience this, because they come with a poor factory setup. To put it bluntly, new $9000+ Reference 36 tenors tend to need an overhaul even when they are brand new from the factory. They come with several factory setup problems that can only be really solved if you completely redo the overhaul. (They lack real, careful factory pad work, and the thin pads cannot be easily adjusted after the fact either.)
So I just dropped a full overhaul into this mint, nearly new condition tenor so that it will be head and shoulders better than any brand new Reference 36 tenor out there. The pads are now infintely better setup, will hold up way better over time, the neck fit is better, the feel is better, the tone is incredibly better. The result, after spending over $1000 overhauling a nearly new horn is *amazing*. I have been playing this horn for like two hours. Can’t put it down.
It makes the horn how it should have been in the first place, which is a truly superb tenor. Not exaggerating here. If you’ve been wanting the full experience – rich, full Selmer tone with pad work that makes the horn effortless to play – saturated pianissimo low register notes, fat high notes, perfect tuning – great pad feel – snappy and dry under the fingers – basically as good a tenor as you could buy new today, well, there’s just this one available in the world, as far as I know.
The description: Here is a mint condition Selmer Reference 36 tenor saxophone with its original BAM case. This horn is cosmetically looks just about perfect. Here is a great chance to own a nearly-new Selmer tenor at thousands off the new price that is better than new in every way.
Once overhauled, these horns have a warm, rich tone reminiscent of the Balanced Action, but they have a lot of their own thing too. Intonation is great, and that ‘lyrical’ focused Selmer core is there. Ergonomics are super great, as you might expect from a new Selmer. If you’ve been looking for a modern Selmer tenor, you would be hard pressed to find a better deal than this one.
Only one available!
Selmer SBA Super Balanced Action Alto Saxophone Original Lacquer 1953 53069 Excellent!$ 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 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/
Yamaha SILVER YSS-82ZRS Soprano Saxophone Mint Condition Stohrer Setup Excellent 3231$ 4,350
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 $400 below the new price. That’s a superb deal. This is basically a reissue of the wonderful and highly-desirable YSS-62RS soprano, and it sounds the same once it’s all setup with the right key heights and spring tensions. This will be collectible someday, as they always have a 6 month wait to buy one on special order and are sold in small numbers.
You can read about Matt’s full new horn setup on his website here (scroll to the bottom) http://www.stohrermusic.com/repair-services/
Yamaha YSS-475 Soprano Saxophone Near Mint Condition Made with YSS-62 Tooling$ 1,800
The YSS-475 is made with the tooling from the YSS-62 and plays just like a coveted Yamaha 62 purple logo soprano, but costs less. This makes it by far the best entry-priced soprano saxophone. It’s really a professional soprano for an intermediate price. Tunes great, sounds warm and pleasant, keywork is comfortable, and the price is low. What’s not to love?
This one has been played only a tiny bit since new, and it looks almost like a new instrument. It includes everything in the photos – nice original case, mouthpiece, and some other accessories. It comes with a fresh checkup to make sure the low-miles pads are sealing their best.
These always sell quickly. Get yours before it is gone.
Yamaha YSS-82ZR Soprano Saxophone MINT Hardly Played One Piece Bent Neck! 1793$ 3,600
Yanagisawa A9933 Alto Saxophone 316979 Mint Like New!$ 3,950
New Price 2/28/19!
This mint/near mint high-end Yanagisawa A9933 Solid silver alto still looks and even smells almost like a new saxophone. $3950 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 $1000 upgrade).
Yanagisawa is the Lexus of saxophones – precision crafted to the highest standards. Super reliable, sounds wonderful, and intrinsically satisfying to own. The 9933 is among the finest altos ever produced by any company, and it is going to hold its value over the long haul and probably be collectible someday. This is a great deal, and someone should jump on it!
Yanagisawa TWO-010 Tenor Saxophone Near Mint Condition Great Deal!$ 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.