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Martin 1949 ‘The Martin Alto’ Eb Alto, #174,5xx

$3,100 TBD - (Silver Restoration under consideration on this sax) A sax with that "It Factor" in the tone: easy to play, outstanding response, and makes your head tilt in joy after a few notes. That's one of the main reasons we are considering the restoration.
FINISH: some correct color, clear engraving, but heavy lacquer runs. I'm left to input my expert opinion as: Original without heavy buffing with addition spot relacquering that was messy.
CASE: We'll find a nice one to pair with it, probably a Protec XL.

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Selmer ‘AS500’ Eb Alto, #AK04xxx, Like New

$700.00 - These are great for kids. The name brand, nickel plated keys (stronger), and easy ergos. I got this one and suspect it was a floor model or unsold inventory because it it "like new" condition. It would seem wrong to turn this beauty into a rental, so I hope had it off to your child who will keep it nice. Comes with original case, and a mouthpiece. I'll see if I can help with any other accessories too. From "The Selmer AS500 provides a great addition to the array of student through professional model saxophones available from Selmer. Beginning musicians and their teachers will notice the many design features that ensure a comfortable playing position for young hands. Features such as the adjustable right hand thumb rest and the linear design of the left and right hand key sections will help students get off to a great start. Young performers will value the high F# key that extends the range of the saxophone to facilitate performance of advanced literature. Parents will appreciate the durability of the nickel-plated key mechanism and the addition of a support guide to protect the vulnerable right-hand trill key hinge rods from damage. The innovative change of lowering the octave key pin flush with the top of the neck receiver will protect it from damage, especially when students forget to use the end plug. These are just a few of the special design features that establish the Selmer AS500 Eb Alto Saxophone as a noteworthy addition to the Selmer family of high quality instruments.
Nickel-plated keys, a high F# key, left- and right-hand section-adjusting screws, an engraved bell, clear lacquer finish over brass, rocking table key mechanism with articulated C# adjusting screw, an adjustable right-hand thumb rest," Item #:WWS4.9E9.50.381-7-0

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Conn 1925 ‘New Wonder II – “Chu Berry”‘ Eb Baritone, Lacquer #156,xxx

$3,299.00 - A great horn for a player, gigger, conn-lover...etc! In lacquer, it's potentially a one-time relacquer. I say this because 1) lacquer wasn't used until about 1934, and 2) the lack of engraving leads me to believe that the sax was potentially nickel or bare brass from the factory. HINT: Let's do a custom restoration and engraving! There's some bumps and dings in the body, bow and bell. I'll burnish these out with love the best I can. Also there are a few ring resolders, mixed-matched springs, and guard resolder marks too.
OPTIONS: I'm considering this sax for a Silver Restoration because the bell is bare -- We can add a beautiful, custom-floral engraving. The price would go up significantly, but so would the beauty and 'wow factor'.
CASE: used protec in good condition. Just add a little extra padding for a secure fit.
REBUILD: a WWS Standard Rebuild included in the price. I recommend huge resonators (upgrade possible) and pads to match your playing environment.
Item #WWS9E.0E0.37.381.7-0

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Conn 1934 ‘6M’ Eb Alto, Silver #262,xxx

$2,299.00 - (On Consignment - Plays Great) Don't let the tarnish fool you. This sax is in excellent condition and is from the era that demands great respect, and the boost in value with the silver finish. This is one of the earliest 6Ms (early 1930s!) with the #262k dating it to 1934. This was before the "stamp VIII" models so you'll see the older "Chu" neck tuner, and the swivel thumb hook. There is not much to report; the sax is complete in the quality that you can inspect. The only negative is the neck tenon screw was replaced, and the tarnish.
PADS: older, used 1/2 way. They will last a while with regular tuneups. Plastic resonators.
CASE: used protec wrap case in "ok-good" condition.
If you'd like to discuss a "anti-tarnish polishing service" option, let me know.
1) a cleaning to the external areas ($50)
2) a full disassembly, oil & clean all rods, and polish the body and keys (~$260 TBD)
Item #:WWS0W0.4101.7ConsignmentCR

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Selmer 1998 ‘Super Action 80 – Series III’ Bb Soprano, #572,xxx

$6,199.00 - (On Consignment: plays excellent) A like-new condition sax that is priced lower than all other "new" models! It was originally bought by a clarinet player: "The sax has about 10 hours of playing time on it, and has lived in the closet." He and I agree; it's time to find the next musician to love this instrument. There's not much to say about these saxes; they sell themselves. It comes with a Selmer C* rubber mouthpiece and two necks, curved and straight.
CASE: Original, in excellent condition. Black felt wrap-bag included.
PADS: Original, like-new, metal resonators. Item #:WWS0W0.451.7-DSConsignment

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Keilwerth 1992 ‘Buffet Expression’ Bb Tenor, #98k

$2,999.00 - A pro sax that is the precursor to the Julius Keilwerth SX90. Don't let the "Buffet" label fool you; this is a Keilwerth sax. complete with the C/Eb design, high F# layout, and don't forget the adjustable palm key heights too! Serial # 98,xxx, it was built in about 1992. The dating is less exact on this era, but all info points to 1991-93. In the history of companies, Buffet and Keilwerth came under one ownership. Rumors from a friend/player in Iceland: These being made in the Buffet factory for Keilwerth. This seems correct as the pearl design is not that of Keilwerth (large version), but more like Buffet. SOUND: These are supremely warm and meaty, although not as meaty as my Couf or older JKs. I must insert the rumor here: factory talk of blending the JK with Buffet to build a [JK classical tone]. It this is true, I concur with this attempt because the sound is a bit more focused and reserved than my other Keilwerths in the shop (and my personal horn). REBUILD: I'd like to sell this with a full rebuild, and set it up to your specifications because it is playing on the original pad setup and it beginning to show age beyond what will be enjoyable. Let's discuss what you'd like; otherwise, I can put the JK Standard setup on it: seamless-domed, nickel resonators, on tan pads. CASE: original case in good condition.

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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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