$649.00 - Here is a sleeper sax! - I love Martins and most knowledgeable people do too. This sax has the richness in the tone that Martins are known for. It's a lighter horn too! This makes it great for a student, or especially marching band or pep band (that's why I scouted this one). Cosmetic Rating: 7.3 -- some vintage wear and tear. CASE: Yes. TBD - I have to pair it with one. All Student/Intermediate saxes come with, at least, a mouthpiece... and usually anything that came in the case with that sax.
$7,599.00 - A One-Owner horn that was bought IN Paris while on military travels - selected and "a special order one", according to grandpa. This horn was played to the respectful level; aka: often & with love. It was loved enough to be preserved through a relacquer as well (antique value aside). There is no need to talk about this sax's sound quality. It plays with a smoky tone as expected, with the warmth and clarity of an SBA. The finish is an 90% relacquer; most of the wear is on the neck. Serial #47,32x dates it to the beginning of the 1951 year.
PADS: They are are a mix of three eras: alright, old, and older. You are welcome to discuss tune-up work with WWS or opting for a complete rebuild.
CASE: a square Protec case in good condition.
REDUCED $3,099.00 - A matte restoration sax: Overall, this sax is in good condition with high mileage as a player and unknown history. Here's one of the most in demand Conn Tenors with the Art Deco engraving. The silver is deceiving to the eye because it could fool many people; I noticed some very hidden marks that lead me to conclude that the silver was re-plated later. I have not verified whether or not this was silver to begin with. I am willing to discuss with you more about that under a more detailed inspection. (During the rebuild, I expect to find more clues.) Two resolders to mention, Eb trill guard and the low C guard. The only complicated fix for me to handle is the E-rod-brace (this is in the center of the E3 span). I'm happy to discuss options with you. I'll fix this sax up with a vintage rebuild and make it sing for the above price. ERGOS: Late-era Chu with the tilted E3 lever on the side (a plus!). Most people will find these "old" and "awkward", however, you'll find many Conn lovers who would never trade their Chu for a Selmer (tone preferences). SOUND: Expect a huge, robust Conn tone with the early "smoke" of a true vintage sax. CASE: Original, old, wood Case in good usable shape.
REDUCED $1,299.00 - Another great step-up alto, ser#007xxx, Original Lacquer at 97%. They are clean sounding, comfortable playing saxes, with great intonation. Few saxes can be 'intermediate' and get so much praise.
PADS: Pads play great and show more age and use (goes with the finish = pretty sax)
CASE: comes with original hard case in nice shape.
Cosmetic rating: 9.6
PC work Complete
SOLD - Built for the player, this modified 10M is from the prime era, with newer pads, brass resos, in silver plate, S# 311k, rolled toneholes, with a few modifications:
-neckstrap ring lowered(be happy);
-the Eb trill key & tonehole have been expertly removed and patched;
-the upgrade to a Selmer metal thumbrest (valued at $100) however, the original hook is also in the case;
-a few metal-wear patches at the thumb hook and octave rest.
The sax has some medium wear throughout the sax--miscellaneous dings, dents, silver wear--to tell you that this sax was loved and played. It may be an indicator of why it was set up to do so for previous owner(s?). The pearls also feel/show some of the heavy playing time.
$3,799.00 - A very early era, professional Yanagisawa/Yani baritone known as the "6 Series". This is one of the earliest years that received the full "[Yani logo]" on the the bell - built by Yani, claimed by Yani. Of course is also says "Japan" under the serial number and has the logo on the neck neck brace and the clothes guard.
REDUCED $999.00 - An affordable 10M - Yeah Buddy! Don't knock on the 60s era 10M too harshly. It still sounds like a 10M, but the snobs will overlook this horn. Trust me, it's good but obviously is no match against a 10M from 1935-42($3000-4500 duh). Previously rebuilt at WWS by the master, Sarge; this sax was owned by a friend who had a stable of saxes to rotate between. Thus, the pads didn't get worn out much considering the rebuild was from a few years ago. We took the sax back in on trade and it still played effortlessly down through the sax.
SOUND: This one is [that 10M tone but with the '60s reputation]. (I'm trying to say that it still sounds like a Conn 10M, but it's not the $3,000+ crisp/resonant-tone that comes from the 1930s/40s... This one is 25+ years later!)
PADS: the setup is a WWS Rebuild (Sarge did in 2008 or so) tan pads on 50% flat resos with rivet (similar to Conn originals). The pads have a ton of life left on them; expect little to no problems over the next 1-5 years.
CASE: a very nice square case (looks like a Selmer).
$2,799.00 - Serial #51k, Straight Bb soprano in rare gold plate (heavy tarnish but beautiful underneath!). It looks like it will be in excellent condition.
The first inspection says that it is in great shape with denting to the bell (from setting on the sax stands too hard). I will work on the bell lip - the good news is that the metal is thick and strong.
CASE: It arrived without a case, however, we can discuss acquiring a nice one included in the price.
Martin sopranos are some of Sarge's and my favorites! They are well-built in strong metal. Intonation is easy to enjoy and I'll test a few mouthpieces when possible.