King 1940 ‘Zephyr Special’ Eb Alto, #223k (Archived)

1940 King "Zephyr Special" Alto

Price: SOLD
  • Year:  1940
  • Make:  King
  • Model:  Zephyr Special
  • Status: SOLD!
  • Finish:  Original Lacquer, Silver Neck
  • Serial Number: 223,12x

(On Consignment - Plays Great!)

Collector Alert!: Original Sax, with "Zephyr Special" mouthpiece, case, and endplug.

Original lacquer finish at 95%, Full Pearls in great shape, triple neckstrap ring, and Silver Neck model! These are a transitional link between the Zephyr-Super 20 era (super 20s starting around #272K). Matching serial number 223k on the neck and body, I really like this model. These have many zephyr traits but also some traits that are unique to only the Special model.

This ser# is early in the production run and, thus, it has all 5 keys engraved with the [starburst] on this model (affecting the keys only). I've seen some with all 5 low keys, some with 4, some 3. It does have a few scratches shown in the photos. No known resolders to mention. You may notice the two different hues of lacquer (bell vs bow), and I have seen this before on Super 20s; I see this trait as fully original.

I love Kings; and these models surely hold their own for those with a good ear.

CASE: Original case in great condition. (missing one corner of leather cap)

PADS: Rebuild elsewhere with tan pads and plastic resos (vintage Selmer style).

Sound Files to enjoy:

Track 1: Actual Sax! "Blind test"...

Track 2: Sound File - ALTOs x4 "Blind": Random order: '51 Buescher 400 "Top Hat", '44 King "Zephyr Special", '37 Conn 6M-VIII, '70 Selmer Mark VI

  1. 1.
    ALTOs-BLIND-4x: Selmer Mark VI #199k, The Martin Alto #169k, Olds Super #1319, King Zephyr Special #223k
  2. 2.
    ALTOsBlind - VI-THC-ZephyrSpecial-Co

Item #: WWS-ConHC8231.7-98