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King Super 20 Alto Saxophone 290xxx Original Overhauled!

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    Tonally, this is just a gorgeous alto to play. It has that “King thing” – a lively, projecting, soulful kind of core tone that is natural for jazz and lends itself to a wide range of settings. It is medium dark tonally – Super 20s are robust and brightly lyrical generally, but this is more lush and thick than some of the later ones. It recently had a a full overhaul by the best repairman in Germany, Max Frei, for 1200€ ($1475), and it is about as mechanically perfect now as it could possibly be. This is a turn-key purchase for a super example of a Super 20. This horn is going to make someone really happy!

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      I have been spending the last couple of years getting to know King saxophones well. Kings have a bit of a learning curve because there are so many different versions of the Super 20, and each version has its particular features. This is one of the best versions of the Super 20 in my opinion, and comes from 1947-8. It has original lacquer, a solid silver, double socket neck, and full pearls (pearl side keys and G#).

      Tonally, this is just a gorgeous alto to play. It has that “King thing” – a lively, projecting, soulful kind of core tone that is natural for jazz and lends itself to a wide range of settings. It is medium dark tonally – Super 20s are robust and brightly lyrical generally, but this is more lush and thick than some of the later ones. It recently had a a full overhaul by the best repairman in Germany, Max Frei, for 1200€ ($1475), and it is about as mechanically perfect now as it could possibly be. This means that you get 100% of the horn’s potential, and everything should be dialed in now for the next 5-10 years at least with only minimal tune ups, which is a big deal and a big plus.

      This horn has its original case, which is old and not good for shipping, but I’m fine also incuding it. I would recommend (and be willing to subsidize) that you get a modern case to protect this very special horn. I just got a Hiscox alto case, and I have BAM and protec cases around as well.

      This is a turn-key purchase for a super example of a Super 20. This horn is going to make someone really happy!

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