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

$3,899.00 - 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

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Grassi 1974 ‘Standard-Jade Series’ Eb Alto, #27k

$1,299.00 - A "diamond in the rough" alto! This little Grassi has a tone that blows us away in the shop. It reminds me a of the French tone that everyone is after. 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". This #27k is right on the cusp of the model change over into the Jade Roller series. I cannot say if this sax is a true transitional-era sax with the black rollers, or if they were changed out. But this one has a black G# touch. However, the octave thumbrest is that correct Jade coloring. There are 3-4 resolders, and dented C-post that I'll work on. The needle springs are working great. FINISH: Original Lacquer Body, Nickel Plated Keys. SOUND: Sweet, vintage, French-like. Current pad setup is a stock Selmer-style with plastic resos. It plays well enough to hear the sweet tone, but I think that you'd really fall in love with this sax with a fresh WWS Rebuild and pads chosen for your preferences. ***WWS Rebuild included at the listed price.*** 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 #:WWSE3.5E0.131.17-X

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Conn 1941 ’10M’ Bb Tenor, #295,xxx

$1,699.00 - Looking for a loud Conn 10M under $2000? Since I see a faint engraving, I must say "re-lacquer"; the previous owner was sold this sax as Original, but I doubt that it is. The wear on the bell could be from use, or old buffing. Wear and tear report: A few dents in the rear bow, rolled tone holes that do look like some were flattened, none appear to be filed through the 'roll', no missing set-screws(one was cut into the post to remove--upper octave button post), one replaced pivot screw(C#1), upper bell lip has slight bent (I can help). Overall, it's a complete 10M with a huge, loud sound.
SOUND: This one is particularly "crisp" in tone. I suspect this tone is due to the mostly bare-brass finish.
PADS: the setup is tan pads on smaller flat resos with rivet (similar to Conn originals). Some pads with rivet only. I would guess, depending on use, they are 10-25 years old. They will play as is, with mild tuneups along the way, for another 1-7 years(depending on use).
CASE: a very nice Hiscox case! ($280+).
I would recommend this sax get a full rebuild to be enjoyed fully, however, since it can play great for a while with some tuneups, I will sell it with two prices.

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Conn 1936 ’26M’ Eb Alto, #275,xxx (Archived)

SOLD! - An excellent, original lacquer example of a highly sought after sax. Serial #275k puts it right at 1936. This This horn was actually sold prior to arrival here because it was Scouted for a customer (a service that we offer). We located the sax from a client/collector in Mexico and helped the searching client in Texas, USA acquire it. During the matchmaking, I was the mid-point for inspection and verification. Here was my picky review upon getting the sax:
I just finished a few playing passages on the 26M. It is a sweet sweet tone. It is not huge in tone, but a mellow singer. (this on my Woodwind Co., large chamber mouthpiece tip at 0.075") VERY PICKY INSPECTION:
-minor dings to the neck
-evidence of dent work on the bow(by C# pad).
-neckstrap ring repairs 1) the base was resoldered.
-neckstrap ring repairs 2) the loop has added metal from wear.
-/+ repairs to dented thumbhook. excellent repairs of dents, and any resolders.
+very clean pearls
+good repair work on the last repad. It was loved by the owner (he did the work).
+ZERO missing set-screws. Awesome!
+upgraded replacement case. (wood)
+no evidence of past swedging work
+++ a beautiful horn.
Pads = a modern tan pad, with slight-domed resos and rivet (like a modern Selmer, Jupiter...)
It was very enjoyable to play!
Item #:WWSTS27.0SES0.231.7-C30

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Jupiter ‘JAS-869SG’ Eb Alto, #E02,xxx

$1,050.00 - I like these as a great intermediate sax. Great Ergos, high F# key, nice original hard case. Made in Taiwan, #E0225x Model JAS-869. Sterling silver neck! Currently in factory pads that come with slight-domed metal resonators. These have fast action and you'll love it over any student sax. They play a little louder with power and presence.
Cosmetic Rating: 8.5 -- Nice, minor tarnishing to note on the silver body. PC work pending. Item #:WWS6.0E9.2E9.12181.6-0

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Conn 1931 ‘New Wonder II/6M Transitional’ Eb Alto, Art Deco, Silver #246k

$2,699.00 - Amazing condition! Serial #246,xxx... shining example in original silver plating! +95% intact!, to be verified during rebuild when she is polished. No wear on the thumbrest! Small wear on the octave key and high F palm key. Small dent in the back bow that will come out excellent, and the only other thing to mention is the knock to the neck under the neck cork area - this will get my delicate touch to repair. The toneholes look great. This is an early transitional model, and true example at that with flat-Chu G#, neck tuner, even the Eb trill key like the Chu!... The sax is in great condition, and will need a full rebuild to enjoy! We will do that for the price included, AND remove all the tarnish. Case: Currently paired with what is likely the original, in rough, travel-able shape. Ask me about upgrading this.

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Conn 1926 ‘New Wonder II – “Chu Berry”‘ Bb Tenor, Gold Plate Portrait #186k

$6,500.00 - The gold plating looks to be about 70% intact and the photos will help see her beauty. No need to talk this resume up - I'm sure you know how special these are. Highly sought after 1) GOLD 2) PORTRAIT model 3) "Chu Berry" Tenor. Overall condition is "very good". The pearls are not heavily worn either. Wear on the gold is present on the touch points as you'd expect; plus the thumb hook and palm holding zone across the bell front. I see 2 solders (both F-3 palm posts), and some mild repairs to the neck, as well as neck finish. The neck looks like it got 're-gold plate'. Please ask me how you would like me to address the gold finish throughout, as I can do some spot plating on the thinner areas (NOTE: we would want to do several areas if you chose to do this.) CASE: Original hard in moderate condition, due to age etc. REBUILD: Needed. I recommend our Vintage Standard Rebuild unless you want something with more of an upgrade to blow the doors down. Item #:WWS2W5.0W7.1271.6-0

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Selmer 1969 ‘Mark VI’ Bb Tenor, #172,xxx

$6,720.00 - (On Consignment - Plays OK) A nice original lacquer Mark VI. Ser #172k. It is currently setup with older tan pads and larger noyak resos. Overall the sax is in excellent condition. There is dent in the front bow guard. With one modification to note: there was a very professional repair work done to the F-F# add on as a helper arm. (This is a great thing from a technician/player's perspective. This key always needs help to close.) Should you want it removed, it can be taken off easily with a very small repair scar. CASE: Red Reunion Blues bag in very good condition. Item#:WWSConsignmentWyard

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