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King SilverSonic Alto Near Mint with Gold in the Engraving – Early Series III 358843$ 9,000
This is the nicest King Series III SilverSonic alto that I have seen, and it’s also the earliest serial one that I’ve seen in person. If you’re into Kings, then you already know what this is, but if you’re not, then in my opinion, this is the second best version, and to many players, this is the best version. The Series II Super 20 is what Cannonball played on Kind of Blue and Somethin’ Else, before switching to one of these after the new ones came out (he went through several horns over the course of his career). The Series II has the ‘full pearls’ on side keys etc, and the Series III lacks the extra pearl key touches, but it gains much more modern feeling keywork in exchange, while keeping the full, rich King tone of the Series II. The ones like this, made shortly after the end of the Series II (which ends around 343k serial), have a little warmer tone than the later Series III horns, more like the Series II, in my opinion. That makes this something of a unicorn – excellent to near mint condition, original factory pads and setup still intact like a time capsule. Double socket solid silver neck in perfect shape. No dents or dings. No past repairs. Solid silver bell with the thick decorative gold in the engraving, which makes this extra rare. All in all, hard to beat. You’d need to get it overhauled. I’d be open to using one of my reserved spots with Matt Stohrer to get this overhauled for you, if you wanted to get Matt to do it for you. He overhauled my personal King alto, and it’s just fantastic. His work on these feels like the King factory just finished building the horn for you. If this suddenly disappears from the site, it’s because I decided to keep it. These altos are really hard to beat, and among the best ever made.
Only one available!
King SilverSonic Tenor Cleveland ‘Series III’ Double Socket Neck Good Pads Plays Great! 376648$ 4,950
This amazingly clean Series III King SilverSonic tenor is a great deal and a huge player! It’s entirely original lacquer on neck, body tube, keys, bow, and inside the bell, but the silver on the bell has been lightly polished and lacquered to keep it shiny. The engraved B and Bb key cups, for example, are obviously original, as is the body tube and the rest of the horn (easy to tell in person). The neck has a tiny amount of original lacquer intact near the octave pip. So it’s original except for the outside of the bell lacquer.
The pads are in good shape, and the horn roars on them! They are regular leather, with medium sized flat metal resonators, which is a great, authentic setup for a King. The tone is FAT, and sort of Dark-Bright, which sounds like an oxymoron but isn’t. The tone is big and fat and thick, but has tons of projection and edge, so it sounds dark and bright depending on how you think of it. That could be the definition of the “King thing” (those who play them, know).
Past repairs: the double socket has been resoldered on the neck, probably so the neck could be “fit” (made air tight) in the last overhaul. It’s nice and round in the inner socket, as it should be. There’s minimal evidence of any other repairs. No other resolders; no signs of other damage. It’s a remarkably clean example of a SilverSonic tenor, which is the horn everybody wants, whether they know it or not.
The Series III in the title refers to how this horn has the updated keywork. If you like modern ergonomics, then the Series III is the King for you. Warm and fat like the Series II, but easier to get around in and cheaper (and findable) in solid silver neck and bell like this one.
only one available! Fantastic price too!
King SilverSonic Tenor Solid Silver Neck and Bell 433140 Very Good Condition$ 4,950
This is a very early Eastlake King Super 20 SilverSonic tenor saxophone with solid silver neck and solid silver bell. It plays reasonably well on older pads and comes with the original case in good condition. Many players love the early Eastlakes for their huge, powerful tone and comfortable keywork. They’re also priced a lot lower than a typical Cleveland SilverSonic (despite the early Eastlakes being the exact same horn). If you want to get into a beautiful vintage professional King Silversonic tenor that doesn’t break the bank, this would be an excellent option.
Powell Silver Eagle SE10 Alto One of 18 Made – all options solid silver +Matt Stohrer Overhau
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.