Category Archives: Altos

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.

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Other: ‘KSC – USA’ Eb Alto, #N60k

$675.00 - Here's a tricky sax/potential "diamond in the rough". I believe, due to some info from the past owner, that this could be a 1970s/early80s build that was a copy of a Selmer Mark VII. It is a heavy build and you'll see all the great things that we love for ergos.
TONE: The tone is not quick " vintage Selmer" as it is a little brighter. However, it is not the same extra bright tone of the modern saxes.
PADS: older, factory pads. PC work pending.
CASE: wood case. "good/ok" condition.
For this sax, we will include a basic tune-up and it will continue to play excellent. I see this as a great "step-up"/intermediate sax for someone on a budget... or a very nice pep band horn!

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Wolfe Tayne ‘Gold 4*’ Alto, Gold Plated – 0.072″ (Archived)

SOLD - Gold plated alto mouthpiece in excellent shape. The machining on the table (horizontal) indicates it's the 'older' version of the WT mouthpieces. I am not sure if they were using the same machining as Brilhart though (horizontal in the 1970s).
SOUND: They maintain easy playability with a centered tone that still has controllable power it in. One I had (a larger tip) was one of the most amazing alto mpcs I've seen in a while - the first customer to try it, bought it!
Comes with replacement, ligature (wrap) and cap (plastic).
Item: WWSL3W5.2W5.3311.7-C0-003

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Holton 1930 ‘Rudy Wiedoeft’ Eb Alto, Silver #39k

$1599.00/TBD - A collector's joy and diamond-in-the-rough alto! I am so tempted to keep this one for myself. It has trill keys, unique venting, neck tuning adjustment, and more! The Frank Holton Company operated in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, USA. The "RW" model is one of the more popular. This sax features:
--C1 venting
--G# trill
--Eb trill
--Eb3 trill
--Neck tuning adjuster
FINISH: Original silver plate, in excellent 90%+ condition
SOUND: Sweet, vintage, ... more to come here...
Current pad setup on arrival was a rivet, no reso. The tone was restricted. 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.***
Item #:WWS2.5S0.00.521.7-0

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Jupiter ‘Capital Edition, Model CES-760’ Eb Alto, #TF50,18x

$600.00 - Package deal - accessories in the case. I like these as a good "all round" starter sax (one of a few that meet this). Great Ergos, High F# key, silver neck, nice original hard case. Made in Taiwan, #TF50,18x Model CES-760. These models are newer to the market, my guess, since 2005 or so. This one looks like it was used for only 1-4 years.
PADS: in great original condition. I will likely be changing 1 pad, the other 3 potentials show "Medium" wear.
Cosmetic Rating: 9.0 -- Nice
Waiting for PC work
Item #:WWS2.8E9.95.6161.7-0

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

Reduced $2,149.00 - (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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Olds ‘Super’ Eb Alto, Silver #1,31x

$2,199.00 TBD - The rare OLDs Super... These are strongly linked to Martins - think: Committee 1 & 2 blended.
We have a special rebuild/restoration planned for this one. CHECK BACK FOR "AFTER" PHOTOS. We are planning to help the dings in the body, spot silver plate some of the wear and help it get new pads. The horn is owned by my apprentice, Sean, and he'll be putting new pads, corks, and oils throughout. This is a fun one that I'm happy to help with some of the improvements also; we will bring this one back to a respectable look, playability and you'll get to enjoy it for years to come.
CASE: A vintage wood case, from the HA Selmer bundy (JK) era.
REBUILD: WWS Standard: Prestini Tan pads, Resos at 60%+ (flat nickel with rivet), natural cork throughout, plus extra love for OLDS keywork. Ask me about special gold plating on the engraving or other ideas that we are considering.

2016 added research (to be continued): Prior to growing internet knowledge, Sarge used his collection and experience to help with the history and profiles on saxes. This horn needs an update to documentation: The CA company employed a former Martin employee. Thus the strong link in design from Martin. Was is made by Martin?-No; but you can clearly see the direct similarities.

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Jupiter ‘JAS-769’ Eb Alto, #H13k

$525.00 - I like these as a good "all round" starter sax (one of a few that meet this). Great Ergos, it has the high F# key, nice original hard case. Made in Taiwan, Gold lacquer, nickel keys.
Cosmetic Rating: 7.0 -- mostly great
There's a cosmetic issue on the bell that was the engraved school name (pictured). Aside from this alteration, the sax in excellent shape.
Item #:WWS2.7E7.50.511.7-C120

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