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Archived Inventory

Jupiter ‘JTS-889SG’ Bb Tenor, #E20,xxx (Archived)

SOLD - A great sax in great condition! I like these as a great intermediate sax. Great Ergos, high F# key, nice original hard case. Made in Taiwan, #E0225x Model JTS-889.  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: 9.0 -- Nice, minor tarnishing to note on the silver body.
CASE: Yes, the original hard case in "ok/good" condition. (There was a slight scent on arrival; it isn't something worthy of discarding the case so I will treat it with my deodorizers.)
All Student/Intermediate saxes come with, at least, a mouthpiece... and usually anything that came in the case with that sax.

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

SOLD - 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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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

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Grassi 1993 ‘Professional 2000’ Eb Baritone, Low A #64k

SOLD - 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. "Professional 2000" engraved under the serial #, elongated C/Eb key touches (added modern comfort). There are other great features also: Grassi's elaborate tube rings, bell engraving, F#-arm adjustment screws, ...note that there is no high F#. There were ding dings/one 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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Yanagisawa 1972 ‘[Vito Stencil] 6 Series/B6’ Eb Baritone, Low A, Bare Brass #1,272,9xx(Archived)

SOLD - Early era professional Yanagisawa/Yani baritone known as the "6 Series". This is the earliest years of the 'stencil' lines (a "stenciled" name engraved on the the bell - built by Yani; and it says "Japan" under the serial number). You can see the Yani logo on the neck brace and the clothes guard. This sax arrived as a trade in, after it had received an estimated $1,200.00 repad + the new case. I will inspect it and make some adjustments as needed. The sax was ADULT OWNED and played semi-professionally by a 30+ year sax player.
FINISH: It was stripped from the original finish to bare brass; it has tarnished to a nice, golden color.
CASE: Comes with near new Protec case. ($300)
PADS: The pads are in great shape; tan pads with plastic resonators.

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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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Yanagisawa ‘Metal #6’ Tenor, silver – 0.088″ (Archived)

SOLD - These are well-loved and respected mouthpieces. This one is marked down from the $200+ pricing for the silver wear. Also, there is a clear tooth pad guard installed. SOUND: They maintain easy playability with a centered tone that still has controllable power it in.
Comes with replacement, brass ligature. These don't stay in stock for too long.
Item: WWSL3W5.0W0.3311.7-C0-005

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Berg Larsen ‘100-3-M’ Tenor, 2000s Bronze (Gold Series), (RAC) – 0.107″ (Archived)

SOLD - Bob's Collection: Marked [100-3-M], this mouthpiece was enhanced to play better by mouthpiece guru Bob Carpenter. Even some of the great Bergs don't leave the factory playing very well. The "3" baffle does limit the treble (darkest setting), and you'll notice that it still contains the medium-core tone of a Berg. With the original Berg box, ligature and cap.
The description from the Berg Larsen website:
"Produced using the latest casting techniques, bronze is widely used throughout the music industry for its resonate qualities.
These highly polished mouthpieces are particularly resistant to tarnishing and are extremely hardwearing.
The insert is made from grained ebonite. Usually "SLIM" comes with chamber 0 or 1 and "NEW" with chamber 2 or 3. BUT they can be made according to your preferences."***This particular 0.107" Berg listing is the standard "New" width with the #3 chamber. (That means that it is a [cliff] baffle instead of the bullet chamber). Item: BC2W0.0W0.5201.7-BC

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