Category Archives: Saxophones

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

Reduced $3,299.00 - 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. It may be the model: [Professional], not the "Professional 2000" intermediate level that would be engraved on the bell, due to the elongated C/Eb key touches (added modern comfort). I will be doing more research on these very soon. There are other great features also: Grassi's elaborate tune rings, bell engraving, F#-arm adjustment screws, ...note that there is no high F#. There is only one small 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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Olds ‘Super’ Bb Tenor, Silver #1,0xx

$3,499.00 - The rare OLDS Super tenor sax - in superb condition! These are strongly linked to Martins - think: Committee 1 & 2 blended. These are very well built saxes. There was a tone of love and craftsmanship in this era. This sax arrived in what I believe is likely the original pad setup from that era! - it is only a rivet in the pads, no resonators. The tone of it is thus muted and tubby. I should capture this for history's sake! At any rate, with a proper pad setup these will have a focused core tone and the small bore acts much like a Committee 1 & 2. The silver in very well intact, the neck has the matching serial number... CONS: There is solder evidence near the neck insert. My plan, address some of that on the body neck receiver, and silver plate any repairs (aka: make it awesome!). Otherwise, the sax is in excellent condition!
BEAUTY NOTE: I tried capture the luster of the pearls - I couldn't with a camera! These pearls glimmer with a green/turquoise hue that is so beautiful. I've also taken extra photos for documentation; and you'll notice that I have anti-tarnished/polished a few areas as a test. Enjoy!
CASE: A vintage wood case, with a white/yellow interior fuzz; likely the original also! It's only in "OK+" shape. A horn of this caliber should demand a new case, but I hate to separate the original parts.
REBUILD: Included in the price is a WWS Standard Rebuild: 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.
Item #:WWS1S0.2S0.00.661.7-0

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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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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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Conn 1942 ’10M’ Bb Tenor, #306,84x

$3,200.00 - A prime era 10m in original lacquer, S# 306,843. the thing is 30-m's and 10-m's are so different , i felt like i need to have both... the 30m is more of a jazz horn and the 10m works better for my rockin' R&B stuff. It has never seen any notable body damage, although some minor dents may have been rolled out before i got her. Rolled tone holes, Naked Lady engraving. The neck is slightly pulled down, i corrected that and eventually i will do a Conn Style Premium Rebuild, with Saxgourmet Kangaroo pads and flat metal resonators. The premium upgrade, with Teflon and Ultrasuede, will really do a lot to smooth out the action on her.
Chadd comments: This one is a real screamer. Setup with oversized flat metal resonators, and the Black Saxgourmet Roo pads. Just the real deal here, everything you'd expect from the fable of 10M's.
Originally, I got to sell this to a friend of Sarge's/mine. I had the rare opportunity to by her back and list her again through WWS; it's only fitting.
Item #:WWST2s5.0s0.5301.7-s06

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Buffet 1972 ‘Super Dynaction (SDA)’ Bb Tenor, #18,73x MINT

$6,900.00 - The nicest SDA for sale in the world. Mint Condition, Museum worthy! EXCELLENT Original Lacquer is about 98%(due to wear from the stock lacquer). Factually speaking, stories from the owners account for this horn getting a very very short stint playing and then kept in the closet ever since. By my account, the mild lacquer wear on touch points has led me to start connecting stories and other SDA data about the [strength/durability of the Buffet lacquer]. I am starting to piece together historically that these saxes began to gain cracks in the lacquer (beneath, perhaps, as the norm) over time -- from use and, now I see with this sax, simply over time.
COSMETICS: Excellent. very little makings anywhere.
PADS: Original Factory Setup!
CASE: Original Buffet case in excellent condition to match. Even the blue fuzz is pretty!
What a time capsule piece! - includes original Buffet C2 mouthpiece, ligature, and cap also!
Item#: WWSCON.GF3W2.0w0.-5.251.7-F72

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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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