SOLD - Here is a true SML build with the stenciled name branding. This specific detail will save you about $2000, but your sound will be identical to your SML craving ears. Serial #19xxx dates it to about the 1966-67 and the Gold Medal 1 era. Translation: Huge, fat, SML tone during some of their best years. Original Lacquer finish at 97%. Negatives: a few dings and pings that I'll burnish out; two on the neck, about 3 on the back bow, and the pants guard will bend back to 'straight'. I have no doubts that these will clean up nicely and only show a bit of past work. The neck tenon was resoldered. I can help clean it up, but it was done pretty well. CASE: original hard case in good working order, has seen owner-mods with screws. Don't forget all the SML features like "Articulated G# on/off lever" too. This one has yet to be rebuilt but it completely deserves "The Sarge Special Rebuild"--Premium with larger resos (Resotech! $250). Once it's set up, I guarantee you will turn heads and slay a few Selmers (PS-I love SMLs and am very tempted to keep this sax in my personal stash)
$1,999.00 - This is a nice 400 model made about a year after the Selmer takeover ser. # 429,xxx. The finish is original and to me, looks very handsome. It has the same body, neck with underslung octave mechanism and keywork as the famous older brother the "Top Hat" model, but with nickel plated keys. Buescher still made great 400's through the sixties, this one was made appx. 1967. It has a warm centered tone, but can be pushed hard with a metal mouthpiece. The Lacquer is original and about 85%, but the neck and the inside of the bell are nearly worn to bare brass.
These are some of the most undervalued horns on the vintage market.
Ready to Go! (ask me about my available cases to pair with it)
$5,800.00 - (On Hold) #308k!, engraved pants guard!, with tear-drop G#. It arrived in the original case, but I'm not sure you'll want that for daily uses(collecting perhaps). let's talk about how to set this one up with the pads and resos to woo your neighbors!
... please talk me out of putting it in MY collection.
$SOLD- This is one of Yamaha's Intermediate, yet very high quality, saxes. Compare this with the older
Cosmetic condition rating: 9.5 *********
PC work pending
$SOLD - Here's the newest student model from Yamaha, used and overall in great shape. serial #xxxxx, newer construction, gold lacquer body and nickel keys (good for kids). It arrived with a few dents that I will burnish out. no high F# but a great tone! These have very comfortable, modern keywork and should not hinder any student getting started. Comes with hard case and mouthpiece.
Cosmetic condition rating: 8.5
PC work complete!
$849.00 - Cosmetic condition rating: 8.5 ***
PC work ...pending
$899.00 - Here's a used, newer model of Vito. It is a Taiwanese made era. Serial #AK31,508,051, newer construction, rose gold lacquer, nickel keys (good for kids), Real pearls!, with high F#! These have very comfortable, modern keywork and should not hinder any student getting started. Comes with black Vito case and mouthpiece.
Cosmetic condition rating: 9.0 ***
PC work ...pending
$SOLD- Vito is the little brother to Yamaha. Here's a used, not-thrashed models, recent in the last 15yrs-ish, serial #010xxx, newer construction, gold lacquer, nickel key (good for kids), Real pearls!, no high F# but a great tone! These have very comfortable, modern keywork and should not hinder any student getting started. Comes with blue Vito case and mouthpiece.
Cosmetic condition rating: 7.5
PC work complete!