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    Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone 1940 Pre War Excellent Condition Orig Overhauled!

    $ 4,650

    Fresh overhaul just finished late October! New photos coming soon. This is one sweet original 10M from the best vintage. Arguably the best sounding tenors ever. The overhaul came out wonderfully, and this thing feels like a new horn under the fingers.

  • Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone 1950 Relacquer Old Pads Great Deal

    $ 1,250
  • Conn 10M Transitional Tenor Saxophone 1933 Fresh Overhaul Excellent Player

    $ 3,950

    This is a hard to find example of a very late ‘transitional’ Conn New Wonder II / 10M tenor saxophone. It has features of each model – mostly 10M keywork at this point, except for the bell keys still being split between left and right. Original lacquer!

    Just back from a near-overhaul extremely comprehensive setup. It had new pads when I got it in, but a bad overhaul, so we re-overhauled it but reused the pads, which were fine.  We disassembled, cleaned throughout, oiled, took out all the pads, and reseated them with extra adhesive, and replaced many of the tiny adjustment screws that Conns come with. This tenor also got the neck ‘fit’ to the tenon, which makes a big difference, and it got new rollers too, to match the originals. Now, it plays effortlessly, and feels and looks great. The pads are all sealing super well and should be setup for the long haul – unlikely to need more than minor adjustments for a long time! That’s great, because most people have never, I think, actually experienced a vintage saxophone like this when it was totally ‘right’. When it is, you see why these horns have such lasting value and popularity. They’re really just about the best sounding tenors ever. And it’s LOUD too, but without breaking up. The loudest Selmer is only about half as loud as a good Conn like this. And the body tube vibrates in your hands when you push it. It’s just the best.

    You get it for less than these often go for, simply because it has been played a lot and has some keyguard resolders and general lacquer wear. It’s all fixed up though, and should play great for a long time with just minor regular maintenance.

    Those Connoisseurs and Conngnoscenti (sorry, couldn’t resist) out there who know how great the late transitional tenors are can advise you on this one. It has the wideness and ‘wildness’ of a New Wonder II, but a little more focus, a little more slotted intonation, and the faster keywork of a 10M. If you want more focus, and even more slotted in intonation, then get a later 10M. If you want something a bit darker, and more spread, get an earlier NWII. If you want a little of both, get this! These tenors are only going up in value, so it’s also a solid buy as an instrument that will hold its value well when you go to sell it later.

    Only one available!

  • Conn New Wonder II Tenor Original Gold Plate Recent Overhaul 1929 228150

    $ 3,750

    This is a desirable late example of a Conn New Wonder II Tenor Saxophone ‘Chu Berry’ in original gold plate! Gold plated Conns are the hardest to find of all the finishes, and they are the favorites of many players and collectors all over the world. The 11 Karat ‘coin gold’ used on Conns like this is a harder alloy, lighter in color, and is a durable finish that looks gorgeous and takes a long time to tarnish. This horn has some lacquer over the gold to protect it in some places. It would shine up and look more even with the lacquer removed, but it’s on consignment, and I’m not authorized to get that done at the moment. You could have it done for $200 by a repairman and the horn would go up a couple of notches in cosmetic condition. It has been played a lot, as you can see – wear on the touch points, some key guards and posts resoldered from popping off over time. This happens on 80 year old instruments, and its no big deal. There’s nothing major to report repair wise, except that the neck on this horn is from a New Wonder 1 Im’m told. Conn necks aren’t numbered or marked, so it’s not like you can really tell, but the gold is a slightly different look in person. The neck plays great! The NW1 necks sometimes feel a little wider and wilder to play than the NWII’s, and this horn has that wide, room-filling quality to it for sure.

    This gold NWII tenor had a complete high end overhaul in the last couple of years, and it plays great on it! It resonates throughout the whole body tube, and it feels ‘dry’ and snappy under the fingers, like a Conn should when overhauled properly. An overhaul like that costs a lot of money, and you’re getting it nearly for free at this price, so this should be an excellent deal for someone! I mean, for the price of a new ‘name brand’ Chinese horn at Sam Ash, you can get one of the best tenors ever WITH a top shelf overhaul, in actual gold plate.

    Only one available!

  • Conn New Wonder II Tenor Saxophone 1927 Overhauled Original Nickel Plate 203475

    $ 2,750

    Super clean, overhauled example of a Conn New Wonder II Tenor saxophone ‘Chu Berry’ in original nickel plate. Nickel Conns don’t get as much attention these days, but they tend to be excellent players. I think this is partly because the finish is just so tough and durable, that the nickel examples are always original finish. I don’t make any finish/tone claims on the site, but I’ve noticed these to be consistently beasts in the playing department over the years.

    This is a nice later style New Wonder II tenor with the updated palm key design, and it was overhauled by another dealer a couple of years ago. The overhaul is good, but maybe not amazing, so you should plan on spending at least a little on setup to get it feeling how you like. It’s on consignment, so I can’t spend money on it myself. However, it is priced low, and someone will get a great deal on a very clean Conn Chu Berry from the best serial range.

    There are very few past repairs on this. I keep going over and over it, and I don’t see anything at all! Which is remarkable for an 84 year old instrument. Maybe the octave saddle on the neck is resoldered, but I think it may not be. The nickel is so durable that you can’t see a tidy solder repair at all. That’s nice if you are one of those people who wants to play a Conn but doesn’t want to be able to see any repairs. You can get things fixed on this as needed, without leaving a trace, if your repairman knows what he’s doing.

    Only one available!

  • Couf Superba 1 Tenor Saxophone Recent Overhaul 91368 Big Player Original

    $ 3,350
  • King Super 20 Tenor Saxophone Full Pearls Original Lacquer Overhauled 298321

    $ 7,500

    This is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL example of a King Super 20 Tenor saxophone from 1948. It has all the features that you look for in the best Kings: solid silver, double socket neck; engraving all over; and ‘full’ pearls, meaning pearl key touches on the side keys, G# and the palm keys. I don’t think a better saxophone all-around has ever been produced. That’s why I play Kings myself. Plus this one has a recent top shelf overhaul done in California that feels just great. You want a King to be setup and overhauled by someone who knows Kings, for a player who plays Kings. And that’s what you’re getting here! I actually sold this exact horn a few years ago to a long time customer who is a great tenor player, It was entirely original factory pads when I got it. Untouched and near mint. It is now even better – still amazing cosmetically, but playing its best as well!

    There are no resolders or past repairs on this Super 20, and it has beautiful original lacquer. Tonally, the 1948 Super 20 is a medium bright, powerful, projecting saxophone. It’s relatively darker than the later Super 20’s. They get very bright in the late 50’s and early 60’s. But this one is still quite powerful and focused, while sounding a bit darker and fatter than the later ones. The palm key and altissimo tone stays fat and full on a Super 20, which is one of the best things about it. Selmer tend to thin out in the upper register, but Kings stay quite strong. The low register just pops right out no problem. You can play a saturated ppp low Bb without any trouble.

    You would be hard pressed to find a better example of a King Super 20 for sale anywhere right now! I have a few other serial numbers and versions coming up for sale, but none as nice as this. Whoever grabs it will have a really first rate tenor!

  • Martin Comm III The Martin Tenor Fresh Overhaul Nice Relacquer

    $ 2,450
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    Martin The Martin Tenor Committee III Original Silver Overhauled 176774

    $ 3,750
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    Selmer Radio Improved Tenor Original Silver Overhauled Excellent

  • Selmer Radio Improved Tenor Original Silver Overhauled Excellent

    $ 9,500
  • SML Gold Medal 1 Tenor 18835 High End Overhaul Plays Great!

    $ 3,450
    This SML Gold Medal 1 tenor is in on consignment! It has a big, powerful, dark tone! It plays effortlessly. It just got a complete overhaul done by Aaron Barnard, who is one of the best repairmen in the USA. ( barnardrepair.com )
    It has nice reusable slightly domed brass resonators. Feels great under the fingers.
    If you’ve played an SML before, this is a classic example – sort of like a Selmer and Conn hybrid. Focused, lyrical core like a Selmer, but big, wide, fat sound like a Conn. Neck angle higher than average for tenor. Plays easy altissimo.
    In terms of condition – the lacquer obviously has quite a bit of wear from use. The neck is in nice shape with no past damage evident. Rolled tone holes look great. There are no dents or dings, but there has been dent work in the bow area, back of the bow, and bow guard. Crease removed from bell flare approx 3 o’clock to 6 o’clock if you’re looking with the horn upright.  Looks like the low C and Eb keyguards have one foot resoldered each. Maybe a little dent work in the upper body tube, like around the D palm key foot and maybe near the neck receiver, but if so, it was done really well. I’m just going from the way the lacquer looks there. The tube is nice and smooth. There are no dents or dings at all! Nice job on the overhaul and restoration on this one, as I mentioned. Just the overhaul on this is about a $1600+ value, so it’s like you’re getting the horn sub $2k plus the work. Not a bad deal at all! SML’s are really hard to beat in the quality per dollar department. And they are only getting more popular as people find out about their unique tone and combination of premium features.
    Only one available!
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    SML Gold Medal 1 Tenor Saxophone Recent Overhaul Excellent! 19077

    $ 3,950

    Beautiful original lacquer SML Gold Medal 1 Tenor Saxophone for sale! The Gold Medal 1 is the most desirable SML tenor saxophone, and this is an excellent example of it! The pads are recently replaced, and I just got it thoroughly setup so that it feels really good under the fingers and plays its best! You would be hard pressed to find a cleaner, more original and beautiful example! These usually sell for this price WITHOUT an overhaul, so this is an excellent deal as well.

    Nothing sounds or feels like an SML to play. The tone is dark and wide like Conn but with a dash of vintage Selmer mixed in. It is more focused than a Conn, but similarly dark and very powerful. These sound amazing with a brighter mouthpiece setup, like an Early Babbitt link or a Berg, but with a darker piece like a Reso or Slant, they are also lush and warm.

    Only one available!

     

     

  • SML Super 46 Tenor Rare! Original Silver Plate Overhauled Good Condition

    $ 4,750
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    Yamaha YTS-62 Professional Tenor Saxophone Very Good Condition 45358

    $ 2,650