This is a highly-desirable Ishimori New Vintage tenor saxophone in beautiful dark lacquer with Selmer SBA style hand engraving. These are popular saxophones, but I’ll try to keep one in stock if possible! Ishimori is Japan’s premiere saxophone repair shop, and Mr. Ishimori has been designing, building, and repairing saxophones for many decades. You can find the unlacquered ‘Antique Finish’ version here.
These tenors not only sound great, but they stand out from the crowd with their excellent new horn setup done in the Ishimori workshop. The Ishimori New Vintage tenors hold up extremely well over time, and every detail of construction and assembly is optimized for ease of play. The tone on this Ishimori tenor is meant to remind you of a vintage Selmer – to my ear, it plays like a late SBA – not as loud and wide open as some Mark VI’s, but more focused than earlier Selmers also. The neck and the engraving are meant to evoke the Selmer Super Balanced Action, so I suspect that the neck is an SBA bore. The tuning is excellent. This body tube is designed to have the high F# tone hole present, so it tunes well with the high F#, and that’s also just a convenient feature. Lacquer is gorgeous, as is the hand engraving.
Ishimori New Vintage tenors play so effortlessly, they sell themselves. Every time one comes in the shop, it sells almost immediately. There’s one in stock at the moment! Get it now!
See below for our videos on the Ishimori New Vintage Tenor featuring some sound samples on a range of mouthpieces, and an unboxing video.
Clive Astle –
I’ve owned my Ishimori Woodstone Vintage Lacquer Tenor with F# for almost a year now. I mainly play Ballads. I love the dark sound of this sax. It pairs really well with GetaSax GS Slant mouthpiece. The tone is very versatile as the dark starting point allows you to brighten the sound with mouthpiece and reed choice. My favorite bright mouthpiece is the Ishimori Metal mouthpiece with Ishimori reeds.
This Sax is effortless to play. Bell notes speak immediately from whisper quiet both subtone and fulltone. Similarly palm notes speak from whisper quiet levels. Intonation is better than both my Yanagisawa TWO1 and my Yamaha 62iii. I can concentrate on the music, the ideas I want to express as everything about playing becomes effortless.
The lacquer and engraving are gorgeous! I am still admiring it every time I play.
There is only one sax that can compete with this one and that is the Ishimori Unlacquered which is the most beautiful unlacquered sax available!
I live a long way from GetAsax. Yet the Sax arrived to me perfectly setup. Setup from the factory was very good. GetAsax did just a couple of very minor tweaks to reach perfection. The Sax was really well-packed for transport.