1970 Selmer Mark VI Tenor (high F#) $6800

Whether or not you believe the Selmer Mark VI is the best saxophone model ever made (most of your favourite musicians do), it is certainly the most legendary and easily the most imitated one.  Virtually every new saxophone made since the end of the Mark VI run in the early 1970s has been a copy of this design.  Both mechanically and acoustically, these are superlative instruments.  There were many small changes made over the 20-odd years these beauties were produced, and the earlier ones do play differently than the later ones, but they are all fantastic horns.  I haven't met one yet that wasn't an excellent instrument after the necessary setup and repair work.

This particular horn is still wearing 90% of its original lacquer with wear at all of the usual spots.  The neck and body are clean and straight save for a couple small resolder jobs over the years (typical).  This particular VI also has the optional high F# key, which makes for a beautifully easy high G as well as a nice transition into F# from the palm keys.  Included is the original case and end plug, which gives a small idea of the care that has been taken with this one over the years.  This is a turn-key instrument that seals well and is mechanically tight - ready to go and won't need an overhaul or any major work for many years to come.  It plays big and crispy and feels perfect under the fingers. 

An instrument is a personal choice and everyone likes something a little different, but there is a very good reason these instruments have the reputation they do and have been the choice of so many artists throughout the years.  

Go on and make an appointment to come by and check this one out for yourself.

1929 Selmer "Large Bore/Super" Baritone Sax - $3300

This is an extremely rare and special baritone from an important moment in Selmer history.  This silver beauty shipped out of the Selmer factory for Frankfurt in December of 1929 at a time when Selmer was in transition between their first significant model, the "Modèle 26" and the more modern "Super Sax" that was about to be introduced.  These horns were nicknamed and marketed as "Large Bore" in the U.S.A. although there is no official Selmer name for this model.  This one has a really great voice and has better than 90% of its very heavy original silver plate finish intact.  It is in good playing condition (needs nothing) with a bunch of recent work done at the shop here.  

Couesnon "Monopole Conservatoire" Tenor Sax - $850

This is a rare French-made tenor from the late 1960s.  These are great sounding, undervalued instruments, mostly due to their relative obscurity I would guess.  This one is in good original condition (save for some lacquer missing on the neck), and even includes the original quality guarantee inside the case, promising you, the new owner, "French Perfection."  These are a steal for the prices they list at - rolled tone holes, well designed keywork, and huge round sound with a ton of character.  These are a steal for what they go for, and are well worth a look.  Padwork is older but still serviceable.

Make an appointment to come by and check it out.

Buescher "True Tone" Alto Saxophone - $750

A great classic Buescher alto from 1929 sporting a very old and very cool darkened lacquer finish.  Most folks think of these instruments as great classic jazz horns (and they are) but forget that they are also fine classical instruments.  Sigurd Rascher, one of the fathers of classical saxophone, insisted on playing Buescher True Tones and Aristocrats exclusively throughout his career.  What the keywork lacks in modern sophistication, the instrument more than makes up for in resonance and sound.  These really purr and vibrate in your hands when they are set up properly.  

This instrument is not currently playable and will need an overhaul to truly shine. Make an appointment to come by and discuss an overhaul to your specifications.  Lets bring this one back to life together!