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Conn New Wonder II Tenor Saxophone 1927 Overhauled Original Nickel Plate 203475$ 2,850
Super clean, overhauled example of a Conn New Wonder II Tenor saxophone ‘Chu Berry’ in original nickel plate. Nickel Conns don’t get as much attention these days, but they tend to be excellent players. I think this is partly because the finish is just so tough and durable, that the nickel examples are always original finish. I don’t make any finish/tone claims on the site, but I’ve noticed these to be consistently beasts in the playing department over the years.
This is a nice later style New Wonder II tenor with the updated palm key design, and it was overhauled by another dealer a couple of years ago. The overhaul is good, but maybe not amazing, so you should plan on spending at least a little on setup to get it feeling how you like. It’s on consignment, so I can’t spend money on it myself. However, it is priced low, and someone will get a great deal on a very clean Conn Chu Berry from the best serial range.
There are very few past repairs on this. I keep going over and over it, and I don’t see anything at all! Which is remarkable for an 84 year old instrument. Maybe the octave saddle on the neck is resoldered, but I think it may not be. The nickel is so durable that you can’t see a tidy solder repair at all. That’s nice if you are one of those people who wants to play a Conn but doesn’t want to be able to see any repairs. You can get things fixed on this as needed, without leaving a trace, if your repairman knows what he’s doing.
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Ishimori Wood Stone ‘New Vintage’ Tenor Saxophone Antique Finish Bare Brass Brand New!$ 4,750
One of the most lauded modern horns by people who like vintage horns. This is the Ishimori Wood Stone New Vintage tenor in Antique Finish (patinated bare brass) and the dark lacquer version is here: https://www.getasax.com/product/ishimori-woodstone-new-with-dark-lacquer-tenor-saxophone/ Ishimori has long been Japan’s premiere saxophone repair shop. This tenor is their attempt to bring their repair expertise to bear on saxophone design. This horn has a bore and design aesthetic reminiscent of a Selmer Super (Balanced) Action, even down to the engraving and keywork styling. But as a modern horn, it hasn’t seen decades of playing and repairs. It also comes with a good setup done by Ishimori pre-sale. This is the unlacquered version of the Ishimori Wood Stone New Vintage tenor, with beautiful Selmer SBA style hand engraving. These are popular saxophones, but I’ll try to keep one in stock if possible! Ishimori is Japan’s premiere saxophone repair shop, and Mr. Ishimori has been designing, building, and repairing saxophones for many decades.
These tenors not only sound great, but they 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 Mark VI’s, but more focused than earlier Selmers also. The neck and the engraving 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. The finish is a stable patina applied to the bare brass. While it will continue to change in appearance somewhat, it will basically look like this. You get the bare brass finish plus a great unique look to the horn that ages well – much nicer than the completely shiny unlacquered finish that Yamaha does. This looks really classy.
Ishimori New Vintage tenors play so effortlessly, they sell themselves. Every time one comes in the shop, it sells almost immediately. There’s one in stock at the moment! Get it now!
See below for our videos on the Ishimori New Vintage Tenor featuring some sound samples on a range of mouthpieces, and an unboxing video.
Selmer Radio Improved Tenor Original Silver Overhauled Excellent$ 9,500
Selmer Reference 54 Alto Saxophone Ken Beason Full Overhaul 564266$ 5,150
This is a great playing Selmer Reference 54 Alto overhauled not too long ago by Ken Beason. If you’ve read around on this site much, you’ll know that I think almost any modern Selmer needs a full repad, at the least, if it’s going to play up to its potential. This one got a complete overhaul of everything, which is the best case scenario. You can buy a new Ref 54 for way more money, and it won’t play this well either right out of the case, or especially a few months later after the factory pad job starts to fall apart on you in a hundred little ways. Harsh, I know, but that’s why used modern Selmers tend to sell so much lower than new ones. However, once you fix everything on one of these, they are EXCELLENT instruments. They’re built to play GREAT, but just need to be setup to play their best after the fact.
So that’s what you’re getting. Ken Beason is an experienced saxophone repairman and designer, with a great reputation. He makes his own large slightly domed resonators, which is what you get on this instrument. They’re a lot like vintage Selmer resonators, but they give you a bit more punch and volume out of the horn.
The Reference 54 is my favorite modern Selmer without any question. It’s the only alto Selmer currently makes that tunes easily with a Meyer or other typical jazz mouthpiece. The Series II’s and III’s can be quite frustrating in the mouthpiece department. The Ref 54 is billed as inspired by the Mark VI. It plays beautifully, with a lyrical French core like a good Mark VI, but with a tone that is its own thing. Warm, rich, and full. Tuning is excellent. Ergonomics are hard to beat on any saxophone. It’s well worth the money at this price. This example has some lacquer wear on the neck from use. If that bothers you, you can swap out the neck for a few hundred dollars, and it will look new again, and then sell the old neck for not much less! But it plays great with this neck and this setup, so I’m not messing with success.
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Selmer Super Action 80 Series II Alto Full High End Overhaul!! Excellent$ 3,950
SML Super 46 Tenor Rare! Original Silver Plate Overhauled Good Condition$ 4,750