Category Archives: Altos

Yanagisawa ‘Metal #7’ Alto, Silver – 0.091″

$169.00 - These are well-loved and respected mouthpieces. This one is marked down from the $200+ pricing for the silver wear. 
SOUND: They maintain easy playability with a centered tone that still has controllable power it in.
Comes with replacement, ligature. 
These don't stay in stock for too long!
Item: WWST5W0.0W0.11151.7-C0

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Buffet 1967 ‘Super Dynaction (SDA)’ Eb Alto, #13,3xx

$2,099.00 - Original Lacquer at about 70%, this SDA was used by a true musician on USO tours. Buffet Super Dynaction saxes are French in design and smooth in action, and also heavy in build - built like tanks! 
REBUILD: This sax will need/get a full rebuild, bath, and "acid+ treatment" - included! - to remove the small areas of green growth. It will come alive. I would recommend a WWS Standard Vintage Rebuild with tan pads and flat resos, but you are welcome to upgrade any component to your liking.
CASE: It has a saxpac molded case that needs thrown out; expect me to purchase and new Protec ($150-200) to pair this sax with.

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Conn 1932 ‘6M’ Eb Alto, Silver #251k

$2,799.00 - (Lacquer over silver) Naked Lady Transitional era: Serial #251,xxx. These have a cult following as the first of the Naked Lady run. The body is in great overall shape. It has Rolled Tone Holes and the fine tuning neck adjuster. Other than the evidence of messy pad glue, there are no past repairs or damage to mention. What a beauty! It has the very rare, satin/shiny 'gold' finish at 60%...and lots of silver under-plating is visible. The neck is mostly silver only now.

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Keilwerth 1964 ‘[Tone King] – Selmer MAJOR’ Bb Alto, #51k

$1,499.00 - A pro sax that is hidden by the other popular name on the bell. But the key guard design, and the plastic pants guard, serial stamping, and keywork will label it as a full-blooded Julius Keilwerth sax. All JK Stencils has the high-quality metal from JK. And to my knowledge, there is no bad-JK-stencil. The original finish is in good shape overall; the photos show the wear. This is the TONE KING model design, and the early era with Rolled Tone Holes.
SOUND: These are still in the "vintage" category for tone, but actually these JKs carry more brightness and treble that I want to expect or admit. They are not like their Tenor brothers who are meaty and dark.) The altos have 'spunk' in the tone; 'kick' you might say.
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 pretty worn condition. I haven't given up saving it for use; but I am leaving the option to upgrade the case to a new one (the price would jump up also, at cost). Protec XL model recommended.
WWS2.7E0.0E0.8151.7-0

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Selmer ‘”Soloist E”‘ Alto, 1950s Short Scroll Shank – 0.079″

$999.00 ON HOLD - Very rare, desirable "Soloist E" + single screw ligature!!! Made of excellent hard rubber, these mouthpieces have the horseshoe chamber and offer a clean, warm, vintage tone that can do many genres - that's probably helped the demand go up.
The tip measures 0.079" (+) and is a bit on the [larger] side for most alto players. Good for legit, concert band, or orchestra work, or subtle, vintage jazz, lead alto or solo work! I bought this from a friend who had it with her Super Balance Action (SBA) alto that she was the second owner of; it's likely that she may have had this as the original mouthpiece that was paired with her 1950s SBA.
LIGATURE and CAP: vintage single-screw ligature ($+100) and cap. I don't really plan to split these up.
Item: WWS2.0W0.0W0.7181.7-C30

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

$1,580/3,499 - Restoration Options - 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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