VintageSax: Alto Saxophones

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Johnny Hodges, Sigurd Rascher, Cannonball Adderley...Eric Dolphy...Arthur Blythe and Charles McPherson... Marcel Mule and Benny Carter. All of these artists have used the innate lyricism of the alto sax to make their statements. Which one of these will you choose to make yours?

Make Model Serial
Number
Finish Comments Price
Buescher True Tone 205xxx Goldplate Overlook the dirt and tarnish and you'll see a lovely, original, gold-plated True Tone from 1926! Key mechanism includes the alternate front F key and roller G# key. Original white pads are still in place, but it will clean up nicely and play with a warm, dark tone. Scheduled for new pads* and hand-polishing. Call or write Vintagesax
Buescher Straight Alto 208xxx Silverplate America was in the midst of a Saxophone Craze in the 1920s. Many novelty horns were produced to be used in Vaudeville. They were cool instruments, but often not the best of players. The Buescher straight alto should NOT be thought of as one of these novelty horns...it produces a dark, smooth sound like no other. It reminds me of an English horn tone as I play it. Intonation is good - better than the normal True Tone. This straight alto, from 1926, has new satin silver plate with a gold-plated bell interior. It also has new pads, with the original metal snap-in resonators. Its original case is included, and is still in good condition. Call or write Vintagesax
Buescher True Tone 233xxx Goldplate Original gold plate is 90%. Scheduled for new pads* and hand-polishing. Call or write Vintagesax
Buescher New Aristocrat 263xxx Silverplate This transitional alto is from 1931. Its original silver plate is excellent, as is the gold plate inside the bell. Body is straight, snap-in resonators are intact, and its "**" neck is perfect. Scheduled for hand polishing and a VintageSax pad job*. Call or write Vintagesax
Buescher New Aristocrat 264xxx Silverplate A "New Aristocrat" in original silver plate from 1932. Light gold wash in bell, snap-in resonators intact, and the neck is a "**". This lovely alto will polish up nicely, and is scheduled for a VintageSax pad job before sale*. Call or write Vintagesax
Buescher New Aristocrat 265xxx Lacquer Here is a bargain Buescher transitional alto! This 1933 alto has an old lacquer finish that is bare brass in places. Body is straight and the mechanism is tight. New pads with domed metal resonators in place. "01" neck is in great condition. $1500
Buescher New Aristocrat 266xxx Silverplate The "New Aristocrat" is a transitional model between the "True Tone" and the "Aristocrat" models. It has the sweet tone of the "True Tone" with the improved intonation and ergonomics of the "Aristocrats". This silver-plated "New Aristocrat" from 1933 has just been repadded. It has original resonators, and comes with its original "#3" neck. It has a beautiful, dark, rich tone that will sing with the best. Call or write Vintagesax
Buescher Aristocrat 272xxx Silverplate This is a lovely, all-original, silver-plated Aristocrat from 1935. Gold-plated bell interior, original pearls, rollers, case, "01" neck, and snap-in resonators. Intonation is excellent, and its tone is rich and dark. Scheduled for a VintageSax pad job*. Call or write Vintagesax
Buescher Aristocrat 304xxx Lacquer This Aristocrat dates to 1945. Its lacquer is worn, and she's no longer all that pretty, but her sweet, dark tone is beautiful. Engraving is the "Big B" style, and the neck is stamped "01". Scheduled for a VintageSax pad job* with original snap-in resonators. $1300
Buescher 400 322xxx Lacquer This is a 1949 Buescher 400 alto with the "top hat and cane" engraving. Lacquer is missing from the engraved area, but is present on most of the body and keys. The alto has its original gold Norton springs, all original pearls and rollers, neck, and Buescher tone ring. The pads are in good condition, and its original snap-in resonators are intact. Call or write Vintagesax
Buescher Aristocrat 325xxx Silverplate A silver-plated, "Big B" Aristocrat from 1949. The silver plate is original, and in good condition, with a gold-plated bell interior. Scheduled for a VintageSax pad job* with original snap-in resonators. Call or write Vintagesax
Buescher Aristocrat 334xxx Silverplate A beautiful, original silverplated alto from 1950. Definitely a special order horn from Buescher (plating was rarely done by this time). Gold plate inside the bell, Norton springs, and a straight, clean body. Scheduled for hand-polishing and a VintageSax pad job*. Call or write Vintagesax
Conn "Chu" 171xxx Goldplate Original satin gold plate! Has the crosshatched G# key. Is scheduled for new pads.* $1500
Conn "Chu" 180xxx Silverplate A silver "Chu" alto in good condition, with split bell keys, the crosshatched G# key, and rolled tone holes. Made in 1926. Call or write Vintagesax
Conn "Chu" 227xxx Goldplate A gold-plated alto from 1929! The engraving on this horn is special, a cabin scene by a lake with mountains in the background...looks like Utopia to me! I have disassembled this alto and it is awaiting new pads. Of course, it has rolled tone holes, the microtuner neck, and all of Conn's special qualities. Call or write Vintagesax
Conn Transitional 6M 245xxx Silverplate Early 6M made in 1931, silver-plated body with gold-plated bell interior, "Art Deco" engraving, and rolled tone holes. Scheduled for hand-polishing and a VintageSax pad job*. Call or write Vintagesax
Conn 6M 274xxx Silverplate Here is one of the very last transitional 6Ms from 1936, in original silver plate. The silver is lovely and 99% intact, and it has a beautiful, gold-plated bell interior. This alto has the swivel thumbrest, "ladyface" engraving, rolled tone holes, and a microtuner neck. It has new flat metal resonator pads, and plays easily with good projection and intonation. Call or write Vintagesax
Conn 6M 312xxx Nickelplate This 6M has the "VIII" stamping, and was made in 1945. Original nickel plate, rolled tone holes, fine-tuner neck, and "Lady Face" engraving. Body is clean and free of damage, finish has oxidized. This is going to be a great player! Scheduled for a VintageSax pad job.* Call or write Vintagesax
Elkhart Made by Martin 55xxx Goldplate Do you love unique engraving on gold-plated horns? Here is an Elkhart alto sax (made by Martin) in original gold plate, with exquisite engraving all the way up the back of the body tube. The bell features an artistic baby with his painting palette. This alto dates to the 1920s, and is in wonderful condition. It has never been damaged, and still has its original case. Gold plate is 99%! New pads with flat metal resonators help give this alto a sweet, clear, dark tone. Call or write Vintagesax
King Zephyr 196xxx Silverplate This Zephyr dates to the late 1930s. This alto is in excellent cosmetic condition, with 99% original silver plate. The "art deco" engraving and key mechanism make for a stunning appearance. It has the triple strap ring and double-sleeved neck as well. Scheduled for a hand polishing and a VintageSax pad job*. Call or write Vintagesax
King Zephyr 242xxx Silverplate This is an unusual, all original, silver-plated Zephyr with gold-plated keys. The body is free from dents, and the plate is very good. It has a 3-ring straphook, and the double-sleeve neck receiver. This alto is from the early 1940s, and has a quick action with a wonderful, punchy sound. Scheduled for a VintageSax pad job*. Call or write Vintagesax
Selmer "Model 28" 134xx Silverplate Made in late 1930 (just before the "Cigar Cutter"), this is really a Selmer Model 28. The plating is all original, and 95%+. Pads have nylon resonators, and are in good condition. Plays well with a sweet, warm tone. $1800
Selmer Mark VI 124xxx Lacquer The Holy Grail of Selmer altos! Its original lacquer is gorgeous! Made in 1965, this is the highly sought-after David Sanborn-era alto. Its tone is clear and powerful, with fast, easy response. American-style engraving, nylon resonator pads, and matching serial number is stamped on the neck. This is a museum piece, and a great player. Original Selmer Traypack case is in great condition as well. Call or write Vintagesax

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