Keilwerth 1958 ‘Tone King’ Bb Tenor, w/ F#, Silver #32k (Archived)

1958 Silver Keilwerth "Tone King" Tenor

From Chadd's Collection:

Price: SOLD
  • Year:  1958
  • Make:  Keilwerth
  • Model: Tone King
  • Status:  SOLD
  • Finish: Original Silver Plate
  • Serial Number: 32,467

Rare. Stunning condition. Deluxe JK. A silver plate, professional Julius Keilwerth with high F# key, and G# trill, and the plastic guard in tact. Yes, the neck ser# matches. Unfortunately, the lyre screw went missing and you can see a few missing chunks of silver. If this is for the collector in you, I might even throw in a JK slimline mouthpiece to the sale of my baby. She is not perfect, as you can see the dreaded sax-stand scratches on the bell. It's got that JK tone, full of harmonics and volume with a good mouthpiece.
***BIAS NOTE: I play on a COUF(JK) Superba 1 with my 0.110" Rubber Berg Larsen.

PADS: She was rebuild elsewhere with black roo pads and plastic resos. (The pads are far too new/nice for me to be unhappy with the setup that was chosen, so I will leave them. JK would have had domed-metal resos originally.)

CASE: Original "JK" emblem, green case in excellent condition. It's super cool to see these with the case, but they are hard to trust for safety of the plastic guard.

Sarge had one of these in lacquer in his collection. I enjoyed it so much that I had to get one for myself. Here's what Sarge said about his:

Sarge's words: 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 # [32,xxx], it was built in about [1958], 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 [a lot more than the market credits them].

Sound Files on Keilwerths to enjoy:
     (very similar sax featured in Track 1, Sax 2:)
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    TENORs-4x_Conn Chu New Wonder II #243k, Keilwerth Tone King #37k-Plastic wF#, The Martin Tenor #166k, Conn 10M #H42k, on an early Berg 105 boat tail, Sound File 10-2017

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