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King SilverSonic Alto 1962 Original Lacquer Recent Overhaul Excellent Condition 390503$ 5,000
King SilverSonic Alto 1962 Original Lacquer Recent Overhaul Excellent Condition 390796$ 5,000
King SilverSonic Tenor Cleveland ‘Series III’ Double Socket Neck Good Pads Plays Great! 376648$ 5,450
This amazingly clean Series III King SilverSonic tenor is a great deal! It is priced a little low because someone lightly polished the silver on the bell to keep it shiny, but did not touch the gold inside the bell, nor any other part of the instrument. So 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. The engraved B and Bb key cups, for example, are definitely original, as is the body tube. 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!
King SilverSonic Tenor Cleveland 433140 Very Good Condition$ 5,350
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.