$1,799.00 FOR SALE/RENT - Here's another early TT model ser.#96k, in excellent 93% silver plate, light Goldwash bell (faded). Keyed to high Eb, thus no Front F key, no spit value either on this era, these old saxes are known for their woody tone. It's a buescher thing. If you want true vintage 20's (or earlier) tone, you have to get a buescher or conn. This sax did not have snap in pads. This frees up the new owner to customize the resos to your liking without being concerned about damaging the original body. CURRENT PADS: are newer with plastic resos. The neck looks ok too. Some resolders on the neck joints are present, the most silver wear is on the upper U-joint. Good, hard case.
SOLD - #295k, Original finish! RESPECTFUL "Player's horn" modifications! Rotated Body tube for offset reach (comfort), ...The original case is still very cool, but perhaps will not be able to be saved due to age and odor. I am glad to discuss options here with the new owner.
$1989.00 - General Description: a great Bb Bari, with good ergos, some past damage wounds, missing pants guard. A Great sax to PLAY without worry on collector issues)
A vintage 1958-60 original lacquer body with lacquer keys and the solid sheet keyguards and plastic pants guard(missing) (keilwerth indicators). Ser. #35K dates it to about 1959. Some dings/dents; I'll replace a few lost screws to the bell guards, also had bell-to-body brace dented in (we have fixed many of these, so the sax will recover, however some scars may remain). It has fresh tan pads with Seamless domed, metal Pisoni resonators.
SOUND: mid core bark and evenness; not completely resonant like a Buescher/Martin, but not as timid either.
CASE: It arrived in an old case in fair/poor shape; I expect to be looking into a New case. ($190-250, may affect price)
$1899.00 - This is a nice 400 model made about a year after the Selmer takeover ser. # 420,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. I plan burnish out a few dents and to do a complete Buescher style rebuild. 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)
Sound File (actual sax!): Tenor MOUTHPIECEs Custom Series:
Blues Blaster112 - Florida113 - FatBoy113
Mouthpieces Sound File: Selmer "Jazz E", WWS custom 6, Level Air 7, Tonalin 5*
Item #: WSS00.00.111.1-S11
SOLD - Here's the warmth and power combined! This is a very good player! 325xxx... no snaps (negative to a collector--does not hurt the playing) but great pads with plastic resos, Original finish (some might argue this by looking at the engraving. It is my opinion that the bell was worn with hands and re-buffed--see how the edges are still deeply cut; this verifies more original). CASE: TBD--I'll find a nice upgrade to go with it. This one will get fully tuned up to play even better, smoother, oiled and you're going to make your band-mates jealous!
$2,500-2800.00 - 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 - (Special Consignment - Plays only ok) Ser #215k, ORIGINAL FINISH at 99.5%, with mostly original pads! -- a ONE-OWNER HORN. Need I say more? The original case is even plush inside. (typical, one selmer zipper lost it's pull-tab, it operates just fine though.)