Recent Posts by Chadd Berry

Selmer 1954 ‘Super Balanced Action’ Eb Alto, #52k

$5,099.00 - Another superb alto sax. So first and foremost the lacquer on this sax is worth discussing. According to my expert opinion and microscope inspection I will say this: "Original lacquer, with wear and redness underneath what looks like another layer of clear coat. It was tricky to formulate this opinion." This sax was babied by the owner since about 1965 and I know they never did any finish modifications under their ownership (second owner). Serial number on the neck and body match.
PADS: Currently in newer pads that play well. Original domed, metal resos were reinstalled (according to the owner).
CASE: A non-original hard case. In good condition. It does fit the sax, but the end plug makes the sax fit differently due to the top block for the end. There is plenty of room in the case for the sax to be safe.

Read More

Keilwerth 2001 ‘EX-90 Series II’ Bb Tenor, #113k

$1,849.00 - An intermediate sax with the big brother as the SX90(pro model). You'll love the pro build in quality and slick keys. As a fellow JK (couf) player, the main difference I noticed was the side Bb-C-E placement. It was very close to the body. Perhaps this is a design for smaller hands to not bump them.
SOUND: full of harmonics, like the JK sound is known for. "meaty, robust, round, full".
PADS: It has what seems like mostly original factory pads with nickel resos (domed with rivet center). they have a good pad life left and should be good, with normal, mild maintenance, for the about 2-7 years.
CASE: original case in good, working order; but note the wear and tear to the styrofoam backing in the interior.
This sax was given a recent tuneup on arrival here at WWS. You should be able to leave with this sax and enjoy it right away.

Read More

Conn 1921 ‘New Wonder I’ Bb Soprano, Curved, Silver #72,71x

$2,399.00 - Rebuilt by WWS a few years ago and has very low playing hours. #72k, Keyed to F!, Finish: Original Silver with gold wash bell. There are only a few curved sopranos we can recommend. This is one! Having the high-F key and it being in great shape overall make this one to pursue. No major damage to report except that I will resolder the bell guard foot. The sax is in great shape cosmetically.
CASE: Comes with a nice hard case in good shape.
Item #:WWS00.00.6271.7-C6-11CONS-ML

Read More

Martin 1948 ‘The Martin Tenor’ Bb Tenor, #166k

$4,599.00 - A beautiful "The Martin Tenor", with an early serial number (matching neck #), and many original features present: brown felt from the factory(under G# lever, F & A pearls, Eb lever), and of course the important tell: the rear sticker. There are some areas of the engraving that seem thinner than others, but due to all the other original factory parts, I still think this sax is factory original. That being said, this is one of the top-10 pretties "The Martin"s I've seen. The horn is in excellent condition and still plays very lusciously with the old setup (no resos, rivet only on some pads). there are only a few small dings to mention (photoed one on the bell lip), and some solder grit on the Eb key cup top, a few misc scratches, and wear on the octave key.
PACKAGE: It also comes with the Martin end cap, and an original Martin mouthpiece!
CASE: original martin case. The early era brown, wood case.
REBUILD: We are planning to offer this sax with a "Sarge Special" rebuild - Black Roo pads($100+), silver plated Resotech resos($200~), WWS Premium upgrade ($300), and full rebuild ($1000~). If you'd like to change these options/price we can discuss that. But we need to talk quickly to get this squared up.

Read More

Selmer 1985 ‘Super Action 80 Series I’ Eb Baritone, Low A #376k

$5,399.00 - Strong Selmer build, keyed up to F#, down to low A... Here's a real gem. Save your money from the Series II and strongly consider this Series I. Ser#376k dates it to 1985. In original lacquer and overall in good condition. This horn was loved and used all at the same time and has been in the closet for 10 years. There are a few bumps to mention: Eb guard had foot resoldered, and bell lip shows signs of straightening work, also some other common dents/dings from chairs and use.
PADS: Currently it is in the original pads (tan with metal resos). They do play well to Low A but I would recommend some near-immediate maintenance. (PC bill: $200+). They could be stretched longer and a full rebuild is optional, not required.
CASE: A hard case with the Buffet logo on it. It is in good condition.
REBUILD: Optional! - This listing is for "as is", but I would advise a new owner to plan to put in $200-400 of small repairs into it. Or you could hire WWS to rebuild it as part of the purchase. Depending on how the numbers work out, you basically end up with a -$200 savings off a regular rebuild price. please inquire.
Item #:WWSConJN4W3.0W1.00.6281.7-0

Read More

Rousseau ‘Jazz Model JDX #6’ Baritone – 0.103″ (Archived)

SOLD - A hard rubber mouthpiece that is a great addition to any player and especially those on a budget. I really admire the Rousseau company for making quality mouthpieces that don't break the bank. New pricing is $140-190.00 ... come quick!
Marketed Description via WWBW:
"The JDX series of jazz mouthpieces features a unique wedged baffle that allows the performer to balance a stable sound with maximum power, edge and projection"
Item: WWSL3W6.2W5.6281.7-003-0

Read More

Yamaha 1980s ‘YSS-62 “Purple Logo”‘ Bb Soprano, #10,8xx

$3599.00 - Highly sought after "purple logo" YSS-62 - Serial # 10,8xx, original lacquer in good, used, condition. Keyed to high F# also. It's in relatively clean condition with the pictures telling the story; I'll note the upper pip either has an acid bleed or a light resolder. This sax was owned by an adult player and played/loved well. It arrived to WWS with the many of the original factory pads in it. It does decent right now to test and get a vibe on its tone and ergos - I like it. (This is the older, deeper tone from the "purple logo" era.)
REBUILD: (Included) - TBD - It will get a WWS Standard Rebuild included and be a sweet soprano for your collection and enjoyment. You can order it and help choose the setup. However, left to my own methods, I would do a similar setup as the factory original.
CASE: Original hard case.
This is a Consignment instrument, however, is being sold as a normal WWS inventory which will include a rebuild to your personal specifications.
Item#: ConsignMKlein2S3.5S9-061.7-0

Read More

Grassi 1993 ‘Professional’ Eb Baritone, Low A #64k

Reduced $3,299.00 - A superb baritone that will blow the doors down! This Grassi has a tone that blows us away for its "crispness" & "bark". It reminds me of Keilwerth bark, but with slightly less spread in the harmonics. It may be the model: [Professional], not the "Professional 2000" intermediate level that would be engraved on the bell, due to the elongated C/Eb key touches (added modern comfort). I will be doing more research on these very soon. There are other great features also: Grassi's elaborate tune rings, bell engraving, F#-arm adjustment screws, ...note that there is no high F#. There is only one small dent to mention on the lower, front bow--*I can take this dent out; It will clean up nicely. There may be a few small pings on it too. She's not perfect, but she is very very pretty. Not many people have ever played a Grassi, even more so, there is not a ton of information on these. These were "Made in Italy" and do have a respectful following - as long as you are working with the professional model. This #64k is later in the factory run. CASE: Original Grassi Hard case. It is a little lighter-grade, (light, and a little flimsy) but overall it's in excellent condition. FINISH: Original Lacquer Body & Keys. SOUND: Powerful, presence, a little "bark", crisp. This is not ideal for quiet chamber work. (I really liked the tone with a Medium Chamber mouthpiece best -- see: similar to Yamaha 5C or Meyers, as an example.) PADS: Current pad setup is original and plays very well. It has tan pads and larger metal resonators - nickel; with a seamless, light dome; and no-rivet. I think you could fall in love with this sax as-is and enjoy it for several years without needing major pad work. I am happy to tune up the sax with some precision. There are minor things that I'd love to perfect. Any one who actually knows what these horns offer will agree with the common statement: "These horns are highly undervalued, and offer you more for the money than many others in the same price range". Item #:WWS2E4.6E3.35.222.17-F

Read More

Recent Comments by Chadd Berry

No comments by Chadd Berry yet.