SOLD - S# is 328k which makes it circa 1952. This is in the prime of the Zephyrs era!--Big Super20 sound, half the price!...and SILVER It has the double socket neck, improved G# table, many features you would find on the 50's King Super 20. Original silver plating is 90% intact with a few small areas that have worn to brass. No major dings or dents in the horn, typical small dings and pings, which i will do my best to remove. the original low c keyguard was replaced, but i have a new company link making these! SO! i can find an exact replacement and silver-plate it to match--good as new. 🙂 Comes with original case in rough, vintage shape. Ask me about case options! It will get our "French Standard" rebuild, but substituted large flat metal reso's, for the selmer style plastic ones--so it will have a rebuild like it rolled out with in the 1950s.
SOUND: We did a side-by-side with my 1950 Zephyr in lacquer, this silver one rang clearer in the tone--clean, precise in response. perhaps that is a slightly boost in the Treble tones, if you must label it like that.
SOLD - From Sarge's Collection: This Tenor was identical to the "New King" model, but for one added key, a high F# Gizmo key... for this reason, JK decided to market the Tone King as the "Pro" model and the New King as the Standard. Serial # 37,xxx, it was built in about 1959, they only made Pro models during these years. These are supremely warm and smoky, jazzy horns, built solid like a tank, just heavy and beefy... and the sound was like that too. Keywork was great and ideas were stolen from almost every great pro horn to make this one. The neck tightening screw is like a Martin, the toneholes are rolled like a Conn, G#/Bb cluster is similar to a Selmer SBA... these can stand with any other horn from this era. Highly undervalued, should be worth 4000.00, i have seen nice examples like this one go for 2500.00... but hey, they are rare too, and you know what happens to rare tenors. I rebuilt it with Saxgourmet pads and Resotech slightly domed, Solid silver resonators.
Chadd comments: I'm scared to touch these ones with the plastic guard. But I like the look! It's like watching a machine in action! SOUND!!! This sax has HUGE Power! The Treble boost CUTS through! I need a Sound File to prove this!
SOLD - Here we go! I am biased toward loving Keilwerths... With the great JK WING-KEYGUARD (metal) and with Ser#25,9xx, JK dating dates it to the mid 50s, Overall the horn is good shape. It has had a few player upgrades and alterations (Selmer thumbrest!, pants guard replaced). It is a deep honey lacquer at 75%, that I cannot place as Original; however, the engraving looks great--not buffed away. It arrived with some pretty nice pads. I'll inspect the whole sax and my sure she's able to rock and blow the doors down. SOUND: JK is known for full body, and spread harmonics.
REPAIRS/Modifications: You can see a few repairs or modification to the sax. 1) the pants guard added(ask me about gold plating this to match the front guard), 2) the bell guard being the brighter gold (read on), 3) the octave thumb rest was moved to the side for better comfort while seated(I approve this move), 4) the thumbrest replaced into a Selmer hook. (I believe the original thumb hook, like a Martin size, is still in the case).
CASE: it comes in an early Protec model, which is a molded wrap, with a fake leather stitch over a hard case mold. Works well in good condition.
COOL STORY: It's a rare treat to have been taught by The Sarge (father of WWS). I studied his efforts so well that I can recognize his work. I was shocked on arrival because I could see it!!! This was worked on by Sarge! It received his Premium Rebuild with extra special green ultra suede and teflon linkages. It was too wild of a coincidence not to check in with the owner I got this from. He had to verify with another fellow prior. YEP. Sure enough, it was. I can almost remember Sarge talking about this sax and goldplating the bell guard!
Although I can date the rebuild to roughly 8-9years ago, the sax arrived playing great with an "A-" grade and the pads showing little use. Talk about how good Sarge's work was! How's your sax doing after 8 years? I will give the case a full tune up, and adjustment, and ensure she's at an A+ grade.