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King Zephyr Special Tenor Excellent Condition Original Lacquer 223190 Beautiful!

As you may know if you read around on this site, I love King saxophones. Zephyr Specials and earlier Super 20’s are my favorites above all. I love the keywork, with its ‘light flutelike action’ (as King advertized it). I think it feels great to play! The tone is a special combination of medium dark, tons of power, a wide sound with a solid core, and an amazing amount of resonance in the body tube under your fingers when you push it even a little bit. And there just isn’t a more beautiful saxophone. It’s nearly impossible to take a bad photo of a Zephyr Special – the dark chocolate lacquer, the stunning key cup engraving, the key guards, the strap hook, pearls everywhere, and of course the solid silver, double-socket neck. The neck on this one even still has some original pink lacquer on it in a few places, which you seldom see. The serial numbers match on neck and body, and the only past repairs are some small dents removed from the back of the bow/body tube area that are now gone and done just right.

If you get this horn overhauled by someone like Matt Stohrer, who plays a ZS himself, you will be playing one of THE BEST tenors ever. It’s just so much fun. And in the scheme of things, as musical instruments go, this is like the price of a student cello, or an average Les Paul, or a new Taiwanese horn plus $1500. It’s kind of nuts that you can get a horn of this quality for this price.

Only one available!


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Weight 25 lbs
Dimensions 34 × 14 × 9 in


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