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The work that Chadd did superseded any original expectations that I had... I really liked the fact that Chadd had this intuition about him that seemed to know what I would really be looking for.

 

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"I called Chadd up on a December day thinking about buying a king tenor sax that he had in stock. I was primarily looking to fill a void after parting with my silver plated Selmer USA Model many years a go.  Well,  I did not buy the King. However, on the same day Chadd called me up, about an hour later, and said “hey I just found a lacquered USA model on eBay and how would you feel about recreating that horn.”  I really liked the idea and the fact that Chadd had this intuition about him that seemed to know what I would really be looking for. Needless to say he bought the horn for me to avoid shipping cost (super cool) and the project started. I wanted to horn stripped down to the bare brass, new ROO pads, cords etc. My initial though was that he would just acid bath the horn put it back together and send it out. NOT the case. The work that Chadd did superseded any original expectations that I had. I mean this horn came to me looking like something off the floor. Meticulous doesn’t even do the work justice. Pure Perfection would still even be short of the mark. Simply blown away by his work, his work ethic, and his willingness to be fully transparent through the whole process. I was sent updates, pictures, i was called when he had a new idea or thought on a process. Mind you that this restoration he did for me was the first of its kind.  Chadd’s enthusiasm about saxophones is infectious and beyond reproach. The horn, well it gets many compliments and questions. The sound and playability is simply what I remembered and more.  I would not hesitate to buy from Chadd again and he will be the only person that works on my horns from here on out. Rest assured that when you work with Chadd you will get top rate service from a top rate gentleman.  Thank’s for everything Chadd it was an amazing experience and you really did capture a piece of my teens and twenties by doing this project for me.

With warmest regard, J. ELLIOTT"

J. Elliott - 11/13/2021 - jelliott78@gmail.com

WWS Short Report: Unsaid by Mr. Elliott was that his childhood setup was stolen : bare brass (basic stripped), black pads & plastic resos, solid silver neck, and even the mouthpiece. This was a Restoration Reunion at it's finest. I was happy to help.

Many more photos will be in Major Restorations and Past Work.

  • Year:  1985-88
  • Make:  Selmer
  • Model: USA Omega 164/TS100
  • Finish:  Original, now Brass Restoration
  • Serial Number: 825,113

WWS Report: Mr. Elliott's sax project was special because it was a rare moment for me to help restore his former sax. Unsaid by him was that his childhood setup was stolen : bare brass (basic stripped), black pads & plastic resos, solid silver neck, and even the mouthpiece. This was a Restoration Reunion at it's finest. I was happy to help. Along the way, I learned that the former sax had the brass untreated and it tarnished heavily as brass would sax. Knowing that, I couldn't leave this sax in the patina look that was happening in the process. I took it on myself, with Mr. Elliott's permission, to try a top treatment to the brass as an experiment. Not just the matte swirl body and matte keys, but with a chemical treatment to the brass to lock in this beautiful look. The horn came out great and Mr E pursuing buying a solid silver neck to complete the Full Reunion here. Sax Voodoo talk, the original neck, repaired with minor denting and ripples was reported to have a fantastic sound rivaling the $900 solid silver neck. 

TONE: crisp, clear with some classic Selmer resonance. Best Selmer USA tenor that I've played to date! 

PADS: Saxgourmet Black Roo pads,

Project photos at a glance: Original ebay photos, stripping, finish work...

 

J. Elliott - Selmer USA - 164 Tenor, Matte Restoration - from Boise, Idaho, USA

Chadd, This is the best saxophone that I have ever owned. My ears, fingers and execution are really very closely connected now...

 

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"Hi Chadd,

At the risk of sounding crude, this is the best [bleeping] saxophone that I have ever owned. My ears, fingers and execution are really very closely connected now. Didn't want believe it before but a very good compatible piece of equipment makes a big difference in the facility of execution on the instrument. "

A huge thanks, GREG WIER

-GW Mouthpieces

Greg - 6/19/2020 - greg.wier@yahoo.com

Below is the description of the awesome sax that Greg purchased from Worldwide Sax. I have very very real thoughts to keep this sax as a second, flavorful option to my Couf Super ba 1 that you can hear in the sound files too. Sure enough, sounds like I'll be putting this sax in the "Things I Should Have Kept" pile...

 

  • Year:  1965
  • Make:  Julius Keilwerth
  • Model:  Tone King Special
  • Status:  SOLD
  • Finish:  Original Silver
  • Serial Number: 53, 309
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The Tone King Special is very very close to the same keywork used/purchased later by Herbert Couf for the Couf Superba 1. This is a rare example in silver plate. It's basically a Superba 1 in silver plate for a really great price!

It has rolled tone holes, the "JK" tube stamp, solid sheet guards, plastic pants guard, and the larger pearls (like Couf) that we see today on newer JKs. Serial number #53k matches on the neck and body. YES - high F# on this model. It has a good repair done to the new receiver area that looks more like a E3 post resolder. There are a few small dings and pings but not much.

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

PADS: It arrived with a mix of older pads (about 3 or 4 eras) with the oldest ones being lower down the tube, as expected (B/Bb). All are tan pads and most have plastic resonators.

Sound Files on this sax:

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

  • ACTUAL SAX ON TRACK 1 & 2:
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    TENORs-4xKeilwerths- The New King #47k, Tone King #55k, Tone King Special #53k, Couf Superba 1 #79k - MPC Berg108-2-SMS - Sound File 6-2020
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    TENORs-4x-SMLGoldMedal_Julius-Keilwerth-Tong-King-Special_BS-BlueLabel8378_Jupiter889-Meyer-6M-mouthpiece-Sound-File-5-2020

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Greg Wier - J.Keilwerth Tone King Special Tenor - from Saint Augustine, FL, USA

Thanks for all this joy. I feel like I finally have the Ferrari I’ve been wishing for since high school. .... Thanks again for the mid-life boost. More economical than a convertible.

 

 

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Hey Chadd,

My family and I arrived in China last night after smooth, uneventful travel.

The horn case fit easily in three different planes’ overhead compartments. Love the backpack straps.

I finally got to play this afternoon. I love the horn. It feels familiar and it sounds great. After a couple of hours, I didn’t want to call it a day, but being out of shape in addition to travel weariness meant I had to pack it up. I’m looking forward to playing again tomorrow. I tried the Levelaire, the mouthpiece you sent, and my Selmer C*. Both Brilharts have a lot of punch. The C* is smooth and sweet.

Some day I may ask you to rebuild my alto. It would be great if it played like this tenor.

Thanks for all this joy. I feel like I finally have the Ferrari I’ve been wishing for since high school.

Cheers!

Cody - 7/29/2019 - cody.e.gifford@gmail.com

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Here's the before photos of the sax that Cody purchased from Worldwide Sax:

It was a fun sax to restore and a special one because it was a Transitional Buffet sax with parts from both the Super Dynaction and the S1 models. The original posting can be viewed here.

Cody - Buffet S1 Tenor - from Clinton, AR, USA

Right from the git-go, the horn played wonderfully. Both necks responded well and I was very pleased with the setup feel.

I will be calling you with any and all future rebuilds or repairs.


 

Dear Jedi Knight of the Vintage Saxophone Revitalization Realm,

 

I am the one who should have remembered to ask for a toot on the Tonalin.  But, as you say, another reason to come back.

 

Right from the git-go, the horn played wonderfully. Both necks responded well and I was very pleased with the setup feel.  When I got hope, even though it was late, I put in a good hour playing everything from Klose exercises to standards with fills.  Since every day that ends in 'y' is a work day for us, I only got a chance to play maybe another hour on Saturday.  But, I ended up focusing on the original neck.  With your work the horn plays so well that I have forgiven myself for drilling it back in the early '70's (and, when you think about it, the Octavoice units were nearly the same vintage as the horn). Plus, it has a ringing sound in the upper register that I don't think was present even when it was brand new (but, back then I was playing a Meyers Bros., not a Berg).  I am putting that sound up to the new pads and your setup (with maybe some help from my more mature resonance chamber)

 

Sunday, I played some and then applied six coats of pure carnauba wax to it.  I started waxing my horns back when that 6 was new.  At that time I used Blue Coral Sealer, without any abrasive.  I think the wax has made a big difference in how the lacquer has held up.  I have neither abused nor babied that horn.  It took me through the Air Force as a section leader and lounge player, 25 years as a sideman playing everything from trust fund jobs to backing headliners, (and one daughter that wanted to switch from clarinet to alto).  After every gig I would leave the case open so the horn had a chance to dry out, I oiled the pads periodically, and waxed it regularly (I am not a fastidious applicator... I just try to get the spots I typically touch).  Anyway, when I started waxing it I began seeing all the detailed work you put into the job.  The corks and felts were marvelous, the friction tubes fit perfectly, none of the cups showed signs of overheating, no extra globs of shellac showed.  It is a fantastic job!

 

I will be calling you with any and all future rebuilds or repairs.

 

Until the next time,

Frank

December 5, 2012


Frank from Washington, USA had me rebuild his beautiful Selmer Mark VI alto with a  WWS premium rebuild on saxgourmet roos...Frank exposed his secret to his beautiful deep lacquer color in his email!

 

Frank's horn on the Sound File 11-2012:

Altos file:  Selmer Mark VI, The Martin Alto, Buescher "The Aristocrat" series 1

It wasn't more than 5 months before Frank brought his beautiful Martin Imperial Baritone in for a full rebuild as well. 

Frank J. - Mark VI Rebuild - Western WA USAfrank24401@msn.com

 

Thank you very much for the nice job, the foolproof packing, and the informative service. Other than a few minor nicks, it looks like it probably did 50 years ago.


Chadd,

It was delivered Friday evening.  I had left town for the weekend, but I've finally had a chance to unpack it and give it a whirl.  You did great work restoring it.  Other than a few minor nicks, it looks like it probably did 50 years ago.  And I'm pretty sure plays just as well.  If you need any testimonials on your site, let me know.

I'm not exactly used to it yet, but it seems like a little more play will do the trick.  I've tried it with my 3 mouthpieces, and I'd say the Selmer 5** is probably the best for it.  As for intonation, it's a bit different from my Yani, of course.  But it has a nice tone, overall, I think.  It will be interesting to see what my teacher has to say about it tomorrow, since he has a much more exacting ear than mine (damn it).  Thank you very much for the nice job, the foolproof packing, and the informative service.

-Anthony

June 25, 2012


Anthony from California, USA just bought a WWS 1951 The Martin Alto, with new springs and Rose Gold bell.

Anthony - The Martin Alto - California USAanthonymk04@yahoo.com

 

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