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  • King Soprano Saxophone Gold Plate Fresh Overhaul Amazing! 99847

    $ 3,600

    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!

  • LeBayle Ebonite Studio S7 Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece MPC421 Meyer 5 Good player!

    $ 225

    Fred LeBayle is basically out of business these days, after tanking his reputation in a big way. This is a rare chance to get a really good one from when he was doing his best work. Nicely made example of a LeBayle Studio alto mouthpiece in an S7 facing, measuring .075″ which means that it plays more like a Meyer 5 tip. This piece has a high baffle for a crisp, projecting alto sound like you’d want in the studio for commercial music or smooth jazz etc. The larger bullet chamber gives you some warmth and complexity, but it’s mostly crisp bright power that I hear.

  • 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 Alto Saxophone 21532 1935 Beautiful!

    $ 3,650

    Beautiful example of a very early Selmer Balanced Action alto. The engraving is especially nice on this alto, as is the dark lacquer color. It’s hard to say whether the lacquer is original or not, but I’m pricing it as if it is not. This has the rare individual adjuster screws on the lower stack keys, which you only see on the earliest BA’s. The Balanced Action is beloved for its warm, spread tone that has a sweet lyrical core. And for its modern keywork (all modern horns copy the Balanced Action design). This alto has old pads, but is otherwise quite nice. Get it restored and singing again, and you will have a really satisfying alto to play and to own. There’s no better looking or sounding Selmer in my opinion.

  • Selmer Reference 36 “Flamingo” Tenor Saxophone RARE Near Mint Full Setup

    $ 7,250

    Apparently, this is one of the rarest modern Selmers. Only 40 were sold in North America! This one just got about $500 worth of work on it – basically an overhaul but re-using the hardly-used factory pads. This was bought and kept by a collector. This tenor now plays absolutely beautifully! We took it completely apart, cleaned, oiled, put shellac behind all the pads (the right amount!) and floated them to seal perfectly. Also treated and conditioned the leather, replaced all adjustment materials, corrected the action, and did a full neck fit, lapping the neck tenon in properly, which is crucial to getting the full intended playing experience. This is also the only modern Selmer without a high F# by design. So there really is nothing out there like this horn. It’s darker and more spread than a Ref 54, more like a BA or SBA, but with really good intonation and comfortable ergonomics. It has beauty, tone, rarity, playability, and a very good overhaul all in one package. Only one available!

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    SML Rev B Tenor Rare! Relacquered Old Pads Great Deal Tons of Potential!

    $ 1,000
  • SML Super 46 Tenor Rare! Original Silver Plate Overhauled Good Condition

    $ 4,750
  • Yamaha YAS-82ZULPW Rare Unlacquered “Hand Selected by Phil Woods” with Signed Paperwork

    $ 5,900