Keilwerth 1963 ‘The New King’ Bb Tenor, Black Nickel, #47k

1963 Keilwerth "The New King" Tenor

Black Nickel & Gold

Price: $3,999.00
  • Year:  1963
  • Make:  Julius Keilwerth
  • Model:  The New King
  • Status:  For Sale!
  • Finish:  Original, nickel & gold
  • Serial Number: 47,797

***#1) I am biased and love JK saxes and play on a black nickel + gold keys Couf. So you know I want to keep this older cousin! 

Here is a very early example of black nickel plating! Wow - it is the oldest serial number of such finish that I've got my hands on and I really want to keep this one.  It has rolled tone holes, the "JK" tube stamp, solid sheet guards, and the early era pearls (normal sized, not the huge JK ones we know know). Serial number #47k matches on the neck and body. No high F# on this model, but that's what front F is for! For such a pretty sax, it has a sneaky repair to be done during a rebuild because the body tube did take some misalignment, it was contained to effecting the top stack only; we have tools & patience for that.  There are a few small dings and pings but not much. There was some wear on the Eb guard that was hard to see in the photo; you can see some of the under silver plating (Actually I think it was a form of nickel, info TBD). A little black wear on the rear body tube.

TONE: Keilwerth tone: warmer, rounder, more spread, full of harmonics. See the Sound Files below.

PADS: It arrived with the current pad set up as tan pads with plastic domed resos and those have been updated from the metal resos that would have been original. REBUILD: We will rebuild it, align metal rods-tube-posts and put new pads and corks, along with a bath and some polishing love. Please help me choose the rebuild specs to your desires. Black pads?! Upgraded Resos? (That is what my Couf has: black pads $100, silver ResoTech resos $250)

CASE: Upgraded, New Protec ProPac XL case ($259.00). It is a molded hard case with storage and shoulder strap.

Sound Files on various JK models (& Couf):

Keilwerth tone: warmer, rounder, more spread, full of harmonics...

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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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    Tenors_3x-Buffet-Super-Dynaction(SDA)14k_JK-Buffet-Expression-98k_Couf-Superba-1-98k_on-Brilhart-BergLarsen105-2-SMS, woodgrain, Sound File-5-2017
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    Tenors_3x-Buffet-Super-Dynaction(SDA)14k_JK-Buffet-Expression-98k_Couf-Superba-1-98k_on-Brilhart-Tonalin-5-085, Sound File-5-2017
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