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  • Ishimori Woodstone New Vintage Tenor VL with F# NEW Dark Lacquer Tenor Saxophone

    $ 4,700

    Only one available of these highly-desirable New Vintage tenor saxophones from Ishimori, Japan’s premiere saxophone repair shop. These tenors 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 later Mark VI’s, but more focused than earlier Selmers also. The neck and the engraving both 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. Lacquer is gorgeous, as is the hand engraving.

    Ishimori New Vintage tenors play so effortlessly, they sell themselves. Every time one comes in the shop, it sells almost immediately. I have one in stock coming next week. Get it now!

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    Selmer Balanced Action Alto Saxophone 24540 Original Lacquer Good Condition

    $ 4,250

    This Selmer Balanced Action Alto Saxophone has the worn look of an old Venetian palazzo on the grand canal. Beautiful in its wear, it has been played a lot, and is ideally for a player who will play it a lot more. The lacquer (what remains) is original, though some of the engraving is worn from lots of handling on some parts of the bell. I love the look of these authentically played in vintage Selmers. Because of the wear, and some resolders, like on the bell brace and some key guards, I priced it quite a bit lower than a typical Balanced Action alto goes for. It will only keep going up in value.

    I’ve said it a lot of different ways over the years, but the Balanced Action is a sweet spot for vintage Selmers, and for alto saxophones in general. It has the epoch-making keywork updates that shaped all later saxophones, and that feels natural and comfortable under the fingers. It tunes nicely on most mouthpieces (though bell keys can go sharp if you bite down too hard or have a classical setup), and above all, it has a beautiful tone. Warm, rich, medium dark, medium spread and lyrical. Fantastic!

  • Selmer Bundy Buescher Aristocrat Nice Student/Intermediate Alto

    $ 400
  • Selmer C* Long Shank Soloist Style Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece MPC548

    $ 275

    Vintage 1970’s Selmer Long Shank Soloist Style tenor saxophone mouthpiece in its original C* facing at .068″ or so. Complete your set with a 70’s Selmer Mark VI tenor, or Mark VII tenor, or get a solid, all-purpose tenor mouthpiece for wind band or ensemble playing. These also work pretty well for classical tenor repertoire. This has a different chamber and sound from the detestable modern S80 C* for tenor, which is my least favorite tenor mouthpiece. This is much better.

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    Selmer Centered-Tone Clarinet Great Condition! No cracks or repairs, big warm tone R5978

    $ 1,150

    Get your Benny Goodman on! Beautiful vintage Selmer Centered Tone Bb clarinet in excellent condition with no cracks or repairs. This instrument has been babied by one owner for several decades and comes to you on consignment. The pads and corks are in good condition, and it plays beautifully with a big, warm, wide, jazz-leaning tone. Nothing is as warm and beautiful as a Centered Tone. You can project over a band and you can bend notes around with ease. I’m not a great clarinet player, but even I sound pretty decent on one of these! Serial is R5978.

    Only one available!

  • Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 183200 Relacquer Great Deal!

    $ 3,650
  • Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 1955 58119 Price Includes Overhaul! Relacquered Great Deal

    $ 5,250

    This 5-digit Selmer Mark VI Alto from 1955 just got a complete overhaul! It’s an excellent player, and it represents a very good value in an alto. For way less than a Reference 54, you can get an actual ’55 Selmer Mark VI with a complete restoration just finished. These first year Mark VI altos play dark, with a lot of focus and warmth, and they are punchy when pushed. They project well with a higher baffle mouthpiece. Effortless response in the low register. They’re just fantastic, and they are better built than most modern altos including modern Selmer. Plus this comes with a better pad job than any new horn you can currently buy, and it will stay in adjustment well for many years with only the most routine of maintenance. You save thousands of dollars because this horn got a new coat of ‘paint’ at some point along the way. That makes a lot of sense to me. It comes in a nice BAM contoured alto case that is similar to the Selmer Flight Cases that come with the Ref 54. Fits the horn hand in glove.

    Only one available!

  • Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 1955 Original Lacquer Very Good Condition

  • Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 1967 150568 Original Lacquer Excellent Condition!

    $ 8,500
  • Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 1970 184973 Original Lacquer American Engraved Fresh Overhaul!

    $ 6,000

    This is a sweet deal on a freshly-overhauled original lacquer Selmer Mark VI alto saxophone from 1970 serial 184973. This was a one-owner alto before I got it, and the guy was a pro player in the NYC/NJ area. He took great care of it, and now that it’s freshly overhauled, it is all ready for its second life. If you read around on here, you’ll see that I really love the Mark VI altos from the late 60’s and early 70’s like this. They finally got everything right on the Mark VI alto at this serial, after making incremental changes to the bore, bow length, and neck from 1957-1967 or so. By ’67 the alto hits its stride, and the 1970 is basically the same horn. Because the market is not fully rational, you can get some of the best Selmer Mark VI altos for this sort of price, even with a full overhaul, where some of the earlier serial ones will cost much more. That makes this one a great deal.

    If you have the cash, I think you might as well buy the nicest alto you can, and enjoy playing it. Pro altos are easier to play than student and intermediate ones, and the Mark VI is among the easiest vintage saxophones to play and to own. It’s easy to get worked on, well-built, and stays in adjustment well over time. The keywork design set the standard for all modern saxophones and feels great under the fingers. The tone is gorgeous, and the intonation is good. It’s the one horn that does everything the best on average, which is why it is so popular.

    This particular alto has a tone that is medium between bright and dark, and is a nice, balaced player. Not brash and bold like a 220k VI, and not dark and laser-focused like a 60k VI. It’s flexible, dynamic, and easy to take where you want it to go tonally with the right setup. The intonation is good, and the pads feel nice and snappy under the fingers, as they should on a good overhaul. The neck is in good condition and the neck ‘fit’ is all perfectly sealing in the tenon, which is one of those small but important things to have done on a vintage horn to take it from good to great. Cosmetically, you can see this horn has been played, and has some honest wear throughout. After all, it was lovingly pro-owned for many years, but aside from that, it’s very nice. The only past repairs are a resoldered foot of the low C guard that popped loose as it does on so many VI’s, and a few small dents removed from the back of the bow, which is now dent-free. Neck is beautiful, bell flare is in great shape. Tone holes are all great of course.

    It’s a very good deal on a solid Selmer Mark VI alto. This would be, to me, much preferable to spending $6700 on a new Reference 54 alto, which, unfortunately, will probably need an overhaul on top of the purcahse price in order to play its best. This will go up in value, hold up better to prolonged use, and get you your money back should you ever want to sell it. It comes in the new BAM case in the photos.

    Only one available!

  • Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 1971 Original Lacquer and Pads Excellent! 192152

    $ 5,500
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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 1973 Original Lacquer Near Mint Fresh Overhaul! 208796

    $ 6,350

    Price now includes a fresh full overhaul! Great deal on a big sounding late VI alto that came with original pads and is now completely overhauled and in really clean shape. The late VI’s like this are among the best of the VI altos, because they tune great, they have an even scale, and they have lots of projection. If you want a VI that projects, has body to the sound, is mid-priced, and has a high end overhaul, this is it! It will be cheap and easy to maintain, because everything is dialed in perfectly and everything that can be fixed or replaced has been, so it’s totally fresh, clean, and feels like it’s new from the factory. This alto is in simply beautiful condition with no dents, no dings, and no past repairs at all.

    Only one available!

  • Selmer Mark VI Tenor 195260 Original Lacquer American-Engraved Plays Well

    $ 5,950
  • Selmer Mark VI Tenor 1962 Relacquer Recent Overhaul 100100 Great Deal

    $ 5,750
  • Selmer Mark VI Tenor 1964 Original Lacquer 118907 Frank Zappa Band

    $ 12,000
  • Selmer Mark VI Tenor Saxophone 1964 Original Lacquer Plays Great 119141

    $ 6,500

    Nice original lacquer Selmer Mark VI from a great vintage! This horn has an older overhaul and still plays on it, though the pads aren’t new. It’s on consignment, so it’s sold as is. The horn fell over at some point a long time ago, and has some dent work on the back of the body where it was repaired. The neck receiver also is resoldered. If you want a great deal on a player’s VI that is original lacquer, this would be a good one to consider. The tone is medium dark with quite a bit of power, and is actually kind of spread like a BA/SBA. The original neck has the matching serial, as you can see.

  • Selmer Mark VI Tenor Saxophone from 1970 American Engraved

    $ 6,450

    This is a beautiful example of a Selmer Mark VI Tenor Saxophone from 1970. It is American engraved and assembled. The entire horn is original lacquer. Except for the neck, which has been relacquered, but still completely matches the horn in look and color. The neck evidently had a dent removed under the octave key, and the original owner wanted it to look as good as the horn, so had the dent removed and the neck resprayed. Anyway, it’s not a big deal playing wise, but I’m lowering the price of the horn by around $1500 to give someone a great deal on an original lacquer VI in excellent condition that is also cheaper than buying just a regular new Selmer tenor sax. Compared to a new Series II tenor, or a new Ref 54 or (gasp) Ref 36, you are saving hundreds to several thousands of dollars and getting a horn that is better made, plays better for almost any style but classical (nod to the Series II and III purists here) and will hold its value or go up in value rather than going down like a new Selmer would.

    To keep the price low, I’m selling it with all of its original pads still intact. It actually still plays quite well on the original pads, and seals up with little ‘note like’ pad pops all the way down to Bb. It’s a joy to feel the high quality pad work that Selmer Elkhart did on its original factory setups.

    All in all, this horn is in AMAZING physical condition. You very rarely find original lacquer horns that are 48 years old that look so great. It’s a great opportunity for someone to score a really eye-turning VI tenor for a discounted price.

    Only one available.

     

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    Selmer Mark VI Tenor Saxophone Original Lacquer American Engraved Just Overhauled Plays Effortlessly 195xxx

    $ 6,350

    Full description coming soon! This is an effortless player! A nice, clean original lacquer American-engraved Selmer Mark VI tenor saxophone that also just got a complete overhaul. If you’re looking for a nice tenor to play and keep and just enjoy, this would be hard to beat!

  • Selmer Metal F Tenor Mouthpiece MPC323

    $ 299

    This is a Selmer Metal F tenor saxophone mouthpiece. Its tip measures at 0.086. This piece is in great shape.

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    Selmer Mouthpiece for Clarinet HS** D34

    $ 50

    Contact us to reserve this item. This is a Selmer Clarinet HS**. It has a .050 tip opening. There is a bit of wear on the bite plate and the piece needs a new cork.

  • Selmer New Large Bore Alto Saxophone 1930 11816 Old Pads Good Condition

    $ 1,700
  • Selmer Paris Bb Clarinet K8641 Good Condition

    $ 850
  • Selmer Paris Depose Clarinet

    $ 750
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    Selmer Paris Series 9* Bb Clarinet 60’s R13 / Series 10 Equivalent

    $ 850
  • Selmer Radio Improved Tenor Saxophone Original Silver Plate Excellent Condition Fresh Overhaul

    $ 9,500

    One of only 490 Selmer Radio Improved tenors that were made! And certainly one of the nicest surviving examples. The Radio Improved is a personal favorite vintage saxophone of mine. The tone is just very hard to beat. Wide and warm like a Conn, but with a delicate, focused ‘French’ Selmer core to it. The keywork has its own mojo, and you get used to it. It’s fast, but not as fast as a modern horn. If you can only play a Yamaha’s spatula keys, look elsewhere, or take a deep breath and dive down the rabbit hole of vintage saxophone tone!

    What you get: Beautiful silver plated Selmer Radio Improved tenor in excellent condition. The only significant cosmetic issue on this horn is the moved strap hook. I had the bare brass spot plated where the strap hook used to be attached. It was moved down for balance, so the horn hangs more comfortably on a neck strap and spares your right thumb some effort. All in all, not a bad move. The silver was pretty tarnished when I bought this Radio Improved, so it was a job to remove the tarnish by hand and get it back looking nice and shiny again. It has a a couple of key guards resoldered (Eb, F#), and the pinky keys have had the plating touched up where the silver had worn off.

    It just got a complete high end overhaul using Pisoni (italian leather) pads and reusable slightly domed metal resonators which I love on Selmers. It feels nice and ‘dry’ and snappy under the fingers, and plays with a beautiful, warm, medium dark tone. The response is quick and effortless in all registers. Low Bb is ‘just another note’ and even subtone is nice and saturated all the way down at pp.

    I think this horn is going to make someone really happy! If I didn’t already have my own Radio Improved, I’d be keeping this one! Includes a BAM Softpack (hard) case with nice, protective foam and backpack straps. These cases work well for RI tenors.

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    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!

  • Selmer Reference 54 Alto Saxophone Near Mint Condition Full Setup!

    $ 5,450

    Absolutely the best Reference 54 alto on the market right now. This horn is almost mint condition, plus I just dropped the equivalent of an overhaul into it so that you get to play it how it was meant to sound. As you know from reading around on this site, the Reference horns are great, IF you fix all the weird choices that Selmer makes in the factory setup. This horn just had that done, to my picky standards, and now it rocks.

    What was done? Full disassembly, remove every pad, add lots of shellac behind the pads so that they seal well and will seal well for a long time, clean, change the oil, adjust key heights, swap out many of the adjustment materials for better ones/correct ones, and do a full ‘neck fit’ which means laboriously making the neck/body joint seal perfectly all around. Once you fix all that stuff, these are just about the best modern do-it-all altos on the market. Warmer and richer than the Series II and III, and compatible with jazz mouthpieces (Series II and III seem not to like non-Selmer mouthpieces in many cases). Excellent keywork, comfortable ergonomics, fast response, free blowing feel, and great intonation. You could get a slightly cheaper, more worn Ref 54 on eBay or whatever, but then you’d need someone picky to go completely through it to get the full experience, which is expensive, and not even that likely to go right unless your repairman is willing to do all that stuff to a modern horn that already ‘plays ok’ as is. But it’s worth it! Check out the Reference 36 in the tenors section, which has also just been rebuilt, or the Series II alto just below that had a full overhaul and is also glorious.

    Plus this particular horn got a rich, dark lacquer that I have rarely seen on a modern Selmer. I don’t know whether it was a special order or what, but it’s really nice and dark, almost like a 50’s Mark VI.

    Only one available!

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    Selmer Reference 54 Tenor Saxophone Near Mint Beautiful! Full Setup

    $ 6,250
  • Selmer S80 C* Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece MPC544

    $ 110

    Tip opening measures 0.066. No baffle, straight sidewalls, small squared off chamber. OK dark tone with a hard reed.

  • Selmer S90 Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece D44

    $ 99

    This is a Selmer Alto S90. These mouthpieces are really similar to the S80’s, but they have a slightly larger square chamber. It has a tip opening of .068, straight side walls, and no baffle. There is a bit of dirt and grim on this piece but nothing that won’t be easy to remove.

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    Selmer Scroll Shank D Vintage Metal Soprano Saxophone Mouthpiece Soloist

    $ 400

    Made famous by John Coltrane, who played this mouthpiece on his classic soprano recordings like In a Sentimental Mood, and Favorite Things, the vintage Selmer Scroll Shank (Soloist) Soprano saxophone mouthpieces remain popular today. This is a beautiful example of a Scroll Shank D with silver plate and its original facing. It also includes the original ligature and cap. It plays easily and has that reedy, focused, projecting, medium bright tone that you think of with those classic recordings. The chamber is round and not very large, much like the hard rubber version of the Soloist soprano pieces. The metal seems to give you just a bit more brightness. The tip on this one measures a comfortable .051″ making it easy to play with a medium reed strength.

  • Selmer Series 9* Bb Clarinet R9396 Buffet Barrel

    $ 950
  • Selmer Series II Alto 403860 Great Playing Condition Low Price

    $ 2,950
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    Selmer Series II Alto 655634 Excellent Condition Original Lacquer Fresh Overhaul!

    $ 4,250
  • Selmer Series III Alto Great Playing Condition Great Deal

    $ 3,000
  • Selmer Series III Tenor Saxophone Excellent Condition 637603

    $ 3,950
  • Selmer Soloist C Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece MPC505

    $ 275

    This is a quintessential vintage Selmer Soloist with a classical-leaning tone. It has straight sidewalls, horseshoe chamber, subtle rollover baffle, and the tip opening measures 0.073″. It has a dark Selmer tone, with no edge at all despite mild rollover baffle. Round and warm and dark like a cello. If you want your Selmer to lean classical or wind band or small ensemble, this would be ideal. It also completes your set with a Selmer Mark VI tenor from the 1960’s.

  • Selmer Soloist Style C* Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece MPC485

    $ 125

    Selmer Soloist Long shank C* alto saxophone mouthpiece from the later 60’s or 70’s. Tip opening measures a correct 0.065″. This is a nice, balanced all-purpose alto mouthpiece. Maybe you’re buying it for saxophone lessons. Maybe for school concert band. Maybe because you just want a reliable step up alto piece for much less than the retail new price. Not really the best for jazz, but it works well for lots of concert settings. Or completes your set with a Selmer Mark VI from roughly 1965 or later.

  • Selmer Soloist Style C* Tenor Mouthpiece MPC 321

    $ 299

    This is a Selmer Soloist Style C* tenor saxophone mouthpiece. Its tip measures at 0.069. There is some light wear from age but nothing that will affect playability.

  • Selmer Soloist Style Long Shank C* Alto D21

    $ 999

    This is a Selmer Soloist Style Long Shank C*. These mouthpieces look identical to the Soloist but do not have soloist stamped onto the table. They also have less of a rollover baffle than the soloist. This piece has a .070 tip opening, no baffle, straight side walls, and a horse shoe chamber. This piece is in excellent condition.

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    Selmer Soloist Style Long Shank C* Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece E09

    $ 225

    This is a Selmer Soloist Style Long Shank C*. These mouthpieces are identical to the Soloist mouthpieces except that they do not have soloist stamped onto the table. They also have less of a rollover baffle than the soloists. It has a .068 tip opening, straight side walls, a slight rollover baffle, and a horse shoe chamber. There are some scratches and wear on the bite plate, but other than that it looks untouched.

  • Selmer Soloist Style Long Shank C* Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece E11

    $ 225

    This is a Selmer Soloist Style Long Shank C*. These mouthpieces look identical to the Soloists but they do not have soloist engraved on the table and are therefore called Soloist style. These mouthpieces also have less of a rollover baffle than the soloist. This piece has a .068 tip opening, a slight rollover baffle, a horse shoe chamber, and straight side walls. The piece has a few scratches and is a bit discolored, but no playability issues.

  • Selmer Super / Adolphe Sax Alto Saxophone 769 Ready for Pads

    $ 2,950
  • Selmer Super Action 80 Series II Alto Excellent Condition

    $ 3,650
  • Selmer Super Action 80 Series II Alto Full High End Overhaul!! Excellent

    $ 3,950
  • Selmer Super Action 80 Series II Alto Plays Great Just serviced

    $ 3,450
  • Selmer Super Action 80 Series II Alto Saxophone 517537 SA80-II Excellent Condition Great Price!

    $ 3,150

    Save thousands of dollars getting this beautiful condition used Selmer Series II alto. This instrument has very little wear, and comes to you in excellent condition. It just got several new pads and a thorough setup, so it is playing very well and effortlessly throughout. As I’m sure you know, the Series II is the standard, go-to alto saxophone for serious saxophone study. You never need to upgrade it, and you can take it to college for saxophone study and it will be in good company there with a lot of other Series II’s and III’s. The tone is balanced, warm, clear and round, with a lyrical core tone and very good intonation. The Series II likes to have a classical style or concert mouthpiece like a Selmer S80 C* or D, or a Selmer Concept etc. Lots of other mouthpieces work, but if you’re not sure what to get, then get one of those two.

    Saxophones don’t really wear out if you maintain them, so there’s really no reason not to save a few thousand dollars on a nice used example of one of the most popular professional alto saxophones. You can keep this for the rest of your life and play it. It will hold its value as long as you own it. These are only going to go up in price over time.

  • Selmer Super Action 80 Series II Alto Saxophone Excellent Condition 622689

    $ 3,350
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    Selmer Super Session HR Alto .073 (Meyer 5) Saxophone Mouthpiece MPC436

    $ 125

    This mouthpiece has straight sidewalls, a medium to small chamber and no baffle. It plays great, with a flexible tone and good projection, in contrast with a Selmer C*. Great all-around alto sax mouthpiece for a good price. The tip opening is 0.073 so the same as a Meyer 5 = very comfortable for most players.

  • Selmer Tenor Air Flow Short Shank Saxophone Mouthpiece G15

    $ 450

    Selmer Air Flow short shank tenor mouthpiece, precursor to the “Soloist” model and would have been the original mouthpiece supplied with a Selmer Super (Balanced) Action tenor saxophone. This mouthpiece is in good physical condition, featuring a small rollover baffle and medium circular squeeze throat chamber. Teeth marks on the beak have been expertly repaired, probably at the same time it was refaced, which appears to be recently. The facing, which is not original, measure .074. Refaced by Ted Klum, not signed, with a minimal amount of material removed as evidenced by the oval D marking on the table being nearly completely intact.

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    Selmer Vintage Metal E Tenor – Early “Jazz” model?

    $ 299

    This is a Selmer Short Shank Metal E. It has a .089 tip opening, a small/medium round chamber, fluted sides, and not much baffle. This piece will polish up nicely, and it plays very well. It comes with the ligature and cap. This is the early Selmer metal tenor piece that later became the “Jazz” model. These pieces have a dedicated following and do play quite well – much darker than you might expect, if you automatically think metal=bright.

  • Selmer Vintage S* Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece D46

    $ 350

    This is a Selmer S*. It has a .065 tip opening, no baffle, curved side rails, and a medium sized round chamber. This mouthpiece is in great condition.