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Conn New Wonder 1 C soprano 136795 Excellent Condition Original Silver Plate RARE$ 1,350
Price just reduced! This is an excellent deal on a beautiful Conn C soprano in original silver plate. This C soprano has good pads and plays well on them! You can’t find This is on consignment from a serious Conn collector who has excellent taste in saxophones! It almost looks new, the original silver plate is in such good shape. There are at least a few nice vintage Bb Conn sopranos out there, but a C soprano is at least 5x as rare. You don’t see these available often at all. And this one is about as nice as they come! You couldn’t buy a C soprano and get it overhauled for this price. Let alone with a working mouthpiece, which this one has. (It’s a stubby vintage mouthpiece, but the markings are worn off – not sure of the make.) C sopranos are hard to play in tune (as are Bb sopranos), but who cares? They’re tons of fun! And this sounds way richer and darker than any modern Bb soprano because it’s a Conn. It currently has no case, but we can work something out if you talk to me about options.
Only one available! Time to get a cool horn that’s fun to play, and stop transposing.
Keilwerth ToneKing Special Tenor Saxophone Original Silver Plate Rare Early Serial 42198$ 4,850
Just overhauled. Looks nearly new. This thing plays beautifully with more of a Selmer-like tone than later Keilwerths. Sort of half Keilwerth/Conn dark and rich, half Selmer SBA smoky and centered. Incredible. Earliest serial I’ve seen also! If you love Keilwerths, let me know if you’ve seen a ToneKing Special (Keilwerth’s first real top level horn) earlier than 42198. I haven’t. It’s the beginning of Keilwerth as a Big 4 saxophone maker! This just got a complete overhaul including new stainless steel springs to match the silver. It feels great – nice and snappy and dry under the fingers. Low register response is effortless. Everything is good as new.
King Soprano Saxophone Gold Plate Fresh Overhaul Amazing! 99847$ 3,250
Just freshly overhauled!! This got a full restoration, so it’s back to like new mechanical condition.This is the vintage soprano you should get!
This amazing gold plated King soprano saxophone will blow the walls down. It is in excellent condition, with nearly all the original gold plate intact. It has just received a full overhaul and restoration, which is not a small job on a 90 year old instrument. It is now back in like-new playing condition and ready to make music for many many years to come.
King sopranos are rare, and were only made in low pitch (regular concert pitch). They tune nicely, and have a big, warm, medium-focused tone that is less polite sounding than a Buescher, and really fills a room with ease. This example in gold plate and in such amazingly good condition is extremely rare. The great depression in 1929 spelled the end of most of the saxophone market, and marked the end of most makers building sopranos in any kind of quantities. So it’s not surprising that you don’t see a King soprano later than this serial. This is one of the very last ones made, and the latest serial I have seen. The later the better is my motto on vintage sopranos generally speaking, so getting a late one also in gold plate is really exceptional.
Only one available!
Powell Silver Eagle SE10 Alto One of 18 Made – all options solid silver +Matt Stohrer Overhau$ 12,000
For your viewing pleasure, this is one of the 18 Powell Silver Eagle saxophones made. Powell conceived of an ambitious project to bring back an American-made saxophone of the highest quality. Inspired by the Super 20 SilverSonic, the Silver Eagle reproduces the bore while adding solid silver soldered tone holes and modern keywork. Powell sadly ended their project after making only 18 saxophones, despite high demand, due to the high cost of production. This horn plays like a good super 20 but a little more evenly, and has been completely overhauled by Matt Stohrer. This is the ultimate collectible among modern saxophones, and it is also a burning player. Asking price is just what these cost new, plus a little extra since it got a $1500 overhaul on top of that! It’s not even inflated for the collectibility value, which is probably not smart of me, but there it is. If you want to discuss all the details of this project, I can put you in touch with the people who built it. These were most definitely a new saxophone bore and neck design, inspired by the best King Super 20 SilverSonic altos, both according to them and according to the folks who bought the tooling and mandrels when the project ended. The keywork is modified from tooling bought from B&S, which accounts for the pinky table that sticks out farther than it would on something like a Yamaha.
There is most certainly only one available. This one has all the possible factory options, which only a subset of Powell Silver Eagles had – including the solid silver tone holes and even cryo treatment. Of the 18 saxophones built, I know at least a couple of them were brass bell, and some others lacked other of these features. This is one of the ones with everything, which makes it even more collectible. Includes the original accessories, case, and paperwork.
Just for fun, here’s Matt Stohrer’s repairman’s overview from when he overhauled it.
Selmer Balanced Action Tenor Original Lacquer Rare Sunburst Engraving Including Overhaul 21445$ 13,500
SML Super 46 Tenor Rare! Original Silver Plate Overhauled Good Condition 5117$ 4,750