SOLD - Metal table and chamber, composite body and tooth pad. -- semi-rounded(thick table) inner chamber into a Medium Chamber Throat. It arrived with tiny factory tip (0.024!)and damage. WWS had refaced the tip to: Tip measures 0.052". Don't forget the tighter shank on the neck cork like an early Buescher. Now has good seal and plays great! Currently no ligature yet. SOUND: Crisp, clean and focused. Item: WWS0E0.00.1271.6-C60
$2,499.00 - REDUCED - Buffet soprano (rare), in silver!(RARE), keyed to high F; also with SOLDERED ON TONEHOLES! (like a King or Martin) Once you geek-out on sax specifics, some players prefer and require soldered toneholes for the sound they seek.
Original case in good shape. Pads, the owner says, were invested in not long ago. There was a high level of PC work done prior to the sax arriving, consider the pads 'playing great on older pads' . It's worth mentioning that the lyre holder is removed (post solder evidence on the backside--good thing you don't want that anyway!) Notice the modern keywork!: Articulated G#+B, palm key design (not In-line)!
I must say that the uniqueness of this sax is the huge factor to this one. I was testing several mouthpieces (along with client--Doctorate in Sax) to see if this was perhaps a sax that he was searching for. Short Conclusion: After many mouthpieces, we conclude that the original mouthpiece (not present) must be crucial for the best optimum intonation. Overall it's a playable sax, where the biggest intonation issue was over the break (C2 to D2). The sax will need a vintage mouthpiece for best performance.
I have only seen one other similar sax for sale; it wasn't silver, nor was it labeled with the main parent company names as a flag-bearer.
$2,500-2800.00 (ON HOLD) - Serial #75k, Straight Bb soprano in rare, gold plate (worn), lots of silver showing. I might restore the gold. I will review this on arrival and consider the restoration plans. Original case. 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. 2500-2800 Depending on Gold repair options during rebuild Item #: WWS8.2E4.95.1121.6-0C
$2,200.00 - serial # 54,xxx original nickel in excellent condition, WWS premium rebuild ($1049) 2005 by the Sarge ($priceless)with black roo pads($70), and teflon and ultrasuede throughout. It has the inline palm keys too like the earlier design. It's not a Couf in design, but they are linked by lineage--Grover Washington Jr. sound. CASE: Original hard case. It Comes with original case in good shape AND a "Bari" brand mouthpiece($+70). You're talking $1200 at cost already into the sax!
SOLD - A nice condition Chu keyed to high F with serial # 196K and the traditional nailfile G#. Gold Plate looks good at 90% intact! These are good players and are a bit rarer in gold plate; Conn changed the length of the soprano during the Chu span and this one is 25.5" tall. The sax shows some wear with minor scratches and small dings, bell lip shows repairs as if it was bent before--looks pretty good overall; I did preliminary smoothing. These are great vintage sopranos and this one is a beauty too. They are top of the line, well respected, unique tone that will woe the crowd and solid investments that you get to play and enjoy over time! I will do a complete rebuild with our "Vintage Standard" set up, Prestini NS tan lambskin pads and flat metal reso's.
CASE: It has a brand NEW Protec case too! ($100+)