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King Super 20 Alto Full Pearls Original Lacquer Gorgeous$ 5,750
King Super 20 Tenor Full Pearls Very Good Condition Good Pads 308996$ 6,500
This is the Super 20 that most people want. This is the version with the more modern LH pinky (spatula) keys, but that still has ‘full pearls’ on all the key touches, double socket, solid-silver neck, and engraved bell keys. It has had a recent repad, and I just got it freshly checked out and setup, so it’s playing quite well. There aren’t many original lacquer Super 20’s from this most desirable serial range in the world. Far fewer than people realize! There are about 10x as many 5-digit Mark VI’s as there are full pearls Super 20’s.
King Super 20 Tenor Saxophone Full Pearls Original Lacquer Old Pads Great Horn 319719$ 6,500
King Super 20 Tenor Saxophone Series III Silver Neck Overhauled$ 4,750
King Super 20 Tenor Saxophone Very Good Condition Incl Overhaul! 299686$ 6,750
This beautiful original lacquer King Super 20 tenor is in the process of getting a complete overhaul right now. That’s all new everything that can be changed, leaving the lacquer, of course. It’s going to feel fresh, snappy and better-than-new mechanically. This serial range is what Charlie Parker and Charlie Ventura played, and it has a deep, powerful tone. Slightly darker than the later 50’s Super 20’s but with the same projection. I think these are a real sweet spot for saxophone tone and this one is in great shape. It’s been played some, because it plays really well. But no major damage. I’ll update the description with details once it’s back from overhaul in a week or two.
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.