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Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone 1948 Original Lacquer Old Pads$ 2,750
Conn 26M VIII Connqueror Alto Saxophone Pre War Original Lacquer Very Good Condition$ 3,650
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!
Martin The Martin Alto 155469 Unbelievably Beautiful Dark Original Lacquer$ 2,350
This is just about the most beautiful Martin Committee III that I have seen. It is incredibly rare to find the dark early original lacquer examples in anything like this kind of condition. If you have always wanted one of these Committee III saxophones, you can’t beat this one. And the price is still a bargain compared to anything of nearly this kind of quality. Original pads, original case, the works. This is the real deal. Only one available. I might keep it for my little collection. It’s even nicer in person.
Selmer Mark VI Alto Near Mint Original Lacquer Original Pads 216700$ 5,500
Selmer Mark VI Tenor Original Lacquer 103142 Gorgeous! Matt Stohrer Overhaul – Power!$ 12,500
This is one of the most powerful VI tenors you are going to find. It plays just like a late 5-digit, of course, since it is exactly the same version of VI as a 95xxx, for example. The sound is dark and focused, but with a bright edge when pushed. And this horn wants to be pushed. It’s setup for a player who wants to get a lot of power and volume out of the horn, but still have it be free blowing and instantly responsive. Matt Stohrer just finished overhauling it the very end of August 2019, and it feels like a brand new saxophone – better than new. The spring tension is nice and snappy, but not too heavy, and the Pisoni pads are medium firm and very nice under the fingers. It has the high-end TenorMadness domed metal resonators that make the horn look great, and that are re-usable and based on the metal resonators that Selmer used in the early 50’s. They’re great. You’re not going to find a better overhaul, because Matt does all of the little details that take these horns from good to great. The adjustment materials are clean and logical, the action is the same across every key, and there are lots of other small things that add up to a great result. For example, he pays special attention to the neck/body connection and spends a long time getting the neck ‘fit’ even all the way around the neck tenon inside the receiver so that it fits smoothly on every side. You may not be aware of it, but this one thing can really transform the response and eliminates resistance or stuffiness that can easily come from a non-optimal neck fit even on horns like this that are in such great original condition.
Condition wise, this horn is about a 9.5/10, with 10 being near mint. The only past repairs are a couple of small dents removed. One sort of near the Bb keyguard on the bell, but it’s very hard to see, one on the back of the bow, again very hard to tell at all now, and a little line in the upper body tube which is actually just a scratch from the inside of the tube where someone got a stuck sax swab out and scratched the inside while removing it. Not at all a big deal, but makes a little line on the lacquer outside. So when you see the horn, it looks nearly perfect, and it has about 98% of the original lacquer remaining. Bell flare and neck are perfect and undamaged. There are no resolders or past repairs. No posts pushed in, body tube is straight. Original case is beautiful. This is one of the nicest VI’s out there at present.
Since it also comes with a totally great overhaul, there’s really nothing to worry about buying it. It’s fantastic. Only one available!
Selmer Mark VI Tenor Saxophone Original Lacquer Very Good Condition 164xxx Fresh Overhaul!$ 6,750