Category Archives: Altos

Archived Altos

Conn 1930 ‘New Wonder II – “Chu Berry”‘ Eb Alto, Gold #234k

REDUCED $2,599.00! - was $3,249.00 - Custom Rebuild with Brown Chocolate Kangaroo Pads, and Gold plated (over silver) custom over-oversized Resotech resos (Flat, with matte spun finish). ***THIS IS A LOUD ALTO SAX!*** Ser.# m234,xxx dates to 1930. Excellent condition "Chu" with nailfile G#, rolled tone holes, tuning neck, Goldwash bell, everything we love. Original gold plate and Satin gold highlights model, in very nice overall condition. Now, if you've never played a Chu, they are stunningly powerful altos...big fat sound top to bottom. Ergos are not that great, but I know a lot of players that play them in spite of the 20's design and would never switch to a Selmer. I will repad it, with a Conn-style, french standard repad. Pairing an original old Conn case to go with it.

Item #: WWS5.0S0.411.6-C16

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Olds 1940s ‘Super’ Eb Alto, Silver #1,31x (Archived)

SOLD - (WWS Rebuild + Sound File!) The rare OLDs Super... These are strongly linked to Martins - think: Committee 1 & 2 blended.
We had a special rebuild/restoration planned for this one. We were 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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King 1945 ‘Zephyr’ Eb Alto, #281k

SOLD - Deep, dark original lacquer finish at 90%, triple neckstrap ring. Matching serial number 281k on the neck and body. These Kings have nickel tubing too. There are some pings on the back bow, a ding in the neck (I think I can remove), and 2 small dents in the bell lip that I can work on also. Overall the sax is in good shape with no major damage to report. The engraving is very crisp so the lacquer coloration can be attributed to the variations that King had at this time (I've even seen original Super 20s with this look).
I love Kings; and these models surely hold their own for those with a good ear.

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Keilwerth 2005 ‘SX90R “Shadow”‘ Eb Alto, #126k (Archived)

SOLD - A rare "Shadow" example. stunning craftsmanship, and modern JK tone. The Keilwerth G# lifter mechanism, on the original, sexy black pads to match. Adult owned and played professionally. These are "...nickel silver black nickel-plated body with clear lacquer finish, silver-plated keys, black leather pads with metal resonators, and black mother-of-pearl key inlays."

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Conn 1932 ‘6M’ Eb Alto, Transitional #253,3xx (Archived)

SOLD - The lowest-priced, rolled-tone-hole Conn that I've ever listed!!! One of the sought after Conn 6M Serial #s 253k, with rolled tone holes, G# trill key and underslung octave. Some medium damage to mention happened to the lower bow and some major damage to mention is the top of the neck. This may or may not be worth the worry to fix. I'm open to discussing it.
PADS: It has a recent tuneup from unnamed, out of state shop... most all the pads look decent except 1-3. Tan Pads & plastic resos.
TONE: It will be rich like a 6M. Expect it on the darker side due to the Ser#.
CASE: Currently with a vintage Martin case that is a poor fit. I wonder if I have something better around the shop... 

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Selmer 1988 ‘USA – AS100’ Eb Alto, Silver Plate #824k (Archived)

SOLD - A entry-professional Selmer from the late 1980s - Model AS100(Omega). At #824k I will estimate its dating at 1988. Rare Silver plate in 97% condition. These are one of the best kept secrets in the sax world.--pro sax, "selmer", with all the ergos and tone you're after. Most people mistake the "USA" on the bell for the later student-line. Do not be fooled! She arrived with a few missing screws (I will replace with silver ones to match!) Future Rebuild: The specifics are yet to be decided. I would love to plan a Full Rebuild on this one with special pads and/or resonators. I'll shine up all the silver, and help her sing the doors down! Comes with a great Selmer hard case (like the Series I, II, III have) without the leather wrap, although the handles were repaired. Ask me about those.
Cosmetic Rating: 9.0
This sax will be a super cool sax!

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Selmer 1929 ‘Model 26’ Eb Alto, #10,6xx (Archived)

SOLD - An undervalued 1920s sax that plays awesome. This sax had work done here at WWS in 9/2017 where we did a Full Disassembly and new oils everywhere, as well as gave it a necessary tuneup. It has a modified Bb1 pinky lever from the previous owner -- to help with classical studies.
FINISH: Bare Brass. I do suspect that the sax was relacquered (or at least a light buffing) prior to its current finish.
ERGOS: Although from the early selmer era, the ergos are not as bad on alto as they feel on tenor. Only potential complaint may be the pearl G#. Otherwise, the previous owner used it for classical studies through school!
CASE: A tri-pack selmer case in excellent condition! Protected by the leather wrap, the wear and tear on on the handles and the wrap. the case is very well preserved. 
PADS: Sax has good pads, tons of life left with plastic resos.
TONE: a "crisp" vintage tone. This is not as smooth as the later Selmer that most people may know. More power than a Buescher, and a little less depth/spread/richness than a Conn 6M.

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