Here it is, for some lucky person. It took me three years to find another nice early Couf Superba 1 like my personal tenor (also 68xxx) and the one that I sold to a good friend who played every horn in the shop and picked his 68xxx Superba 1. They play surprisingly much like an SBA tenor but with more lush palm key tone (stays fat where the selmer thins out up top). People complain about stuffy middle D on these sometimes. I don’t mind it at all, but if you want every note to sound exactly the same, that’s a drawback to consider. It has the classic bow dent that didn’t come out all the way in the overhaul, and a dent in the bell flare was removed. Besides that, it’s very clean.
This has a fresh overhaul with metal resonators, and feels and plays great! It feels good under the fingers – much more pleasant and snappy than most people are used to – which is the sign of good pad work. For that reason, everything is sealing very well, and the horn responds great. The overhaul was nice and thorough including a good neck fit (which is important). Original lacquer, original neck with matching serial number.
Although this was made by Keilwerth for Herb Couf, Couf was a saxophone connoisseur, and this horn needs to be seen as a collaboration. It feels and plays more like a vintage Selmer blended with a Keilwerth. It has a big bold tone, but a delicate lyrical core. There is no limit to the volume that this horn will put out, but it plays really nicely at quite volumes. It’s just lots of fun, and a great buy at this price. Especially considering the $1000 overhaul is already completed. These early examples are hard to find. There’s only one available.