These older YAS-23s were made in Japan to a very high standard (unlike the current crop of Yamaha student models.) These earlier Japanese Yamahas have developed a reputation as "sleepers" as they play fantastically well and are extremely durable, reliable, and hold their value on the used market extraordinarily well. This makes them a great choice for a high quality student instrument, as well as a second "road" horn for a professional. Just inspected and adjusted, this one comes with a Yamaha mouthpiece, a Hercules sax stand, and a folding music stand, rounding out a nice starter kit for the new owner.
A beautiful silver tenor from the best era of 10M (in my opinion of course!). These late rolled-tone-hole horns have everything in vibe (!) and build quality that the 1930s models have, but with a more modern mechanism. This horn has more than 85% of its silver plate still intact and in great condition - just needs a good polish to bring the shine back, if you so desire. This horn is fresh off of the bench here where it got a neck fit and a full adjustment throughout. Currently needs nothing and it's playing beautifully big, warm, and balanced, come by and check it out, this one won't be here long.
Most famously used by Gerry Mulligan and Harry Carney, but also played by modern-day baritone legends like Gary Smulyan and Joe Temperley (of Lincoln Centre fame, rest in peace), Conn 12M baritones have a reputation for a massive sonic footprint, and this beast of a horn lives up to that reputation and then some. These are also just about the lightest baritone saxes around, which is nice as it makes it much more possible to use it with a neck strap, rather than a cumbersome harness. Made in 1952, just a few years after Conn stopped rolling their tone holes, but well before the decline in quality and outsourcing of manufacturing that happened in the late 50's, this player's horn is a fantastic bargain for someone looking for the biggest sound possible out of a saxophone, it just absolutely roars.
Condition-wise it has more than a couple bumps around the bow area as most well-loved baritones do, but we can easily take care of that in-house upon purchase if you so desire. Virtually none of the original lacquer remains, and we have modified the left thumbrest by replacing the original with a nice large modern-feeling brass one, and relocating the entire thumb position upwards for better ergonomics and player comfort. The neckstrap ring has also been relocated to make the instrument hang just right around the neck and significantly improve the overall feel of the keywork (ask us about doing this on your vintage sax, it's a very straightforward thing to accomplish and makes an immense difference in the feel and comfort of an instrument of any size). The instrument is sporting an older overhaul on plastic domed resonators, and the pads still look and seal great.
Comes in a brand-new Protec case which fits it well. A really great deal on what is easily the world's most legendary vintage baritone sax. This one is not going to last much longer, better make an appointment to come try it out!
A very cleaning very cool silver C Melody made by Buescher in the mid 1920's. Check out our post here for a close look (practical as well as historical) at a very similar horn that we got the opportunity to overhaul here. This one has a good pad job from another shop and plays and looks great with virtually all of the original silver plate. Also comes with the original and very cool fitted case. These have the classic vintage Buescher sound (warm and centred) in a very interesting voice that sits right between the alto and the tenor.
Buffet Super Dynaction saxophones were made in Paris quite close to where the legendary Selmer factory was, and were intended as direct competition to the Mark VI instruments. For whatever reason they never quite received the same status, but they are definitely worthy competition, and now represent a fantastic value in a classic top-professional instrument that oozes tone and character. These instruments have great, fast keywork, and a beautiful dark, singing sound.
This tenor was made in 1963 and is in stunning condition, still playing well on older pads. There is a little lacquer missing in a few spots but the instrument is generally in fantastic original shape. This one also comes in its original faux-gator case - very retro-cool!
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Buffet Super Dynaction saxophones were made in Paris near the legendary Selmer factory, and were intended as direct competition to the Mark VI instruments. For whatever reason they never quite received the same status, but they are definitely worthy competition, and now represent a fantastic value in a classic top-professional instrument that oozes tone and character. These instruments have great, fast keywork, and a beautiful dark, singing sound.
This 1961 alto is in great condition, playing well on older pads. It has a nice comfortable modified front-f key and has a custom neck emblem added. There is a little lacquer missing as a result these 2 solder jobs but the instrument is in otherwise near-mint condition. Also in stock here is one of the original hard rubber mouthpieces that came with these instruments, also in great shape (for sale separately) - they do seem to play really well together.
This horn has sold we do have another one about to be listed - Make an appointment to come by and check it out!
This is a holy grail instrument right here. A rare horn from 1935, late in the time period where Conn was developing their legendary "Naked Lady" saxophones (so named for the bell engraving). This one has virtually all of the features of these later horns, and a few 'transitional' features which make it very rare, such as the double socket neck tenon combined with the over-slung octave key (called the "New York" neck). In other words, some of the horns from this transitional era were treated like prototypes, with designers trying out ideas on commercially available horns, which may or may not have been adopted in the final design. Another interesting thing about this instrument is that the serial number has an additional "A" stamped at the end of it, which is not typical. No information has survived to indicate what this might mean but I have heard 2 plausible theories. One of which says the "A" was used to designate prototype instruments with a specific set of features, and the other says that the "A" was stamped on particularly great playing saxophones at the factory, to designate them for use by endorsed Conn artists (no pun intended).
Condition-wise, this one is wearing about 60% of its original lacquer, and the body is straight with only minor dents and dings. It has a very old set of original Conn Reso-Pads installed, and still plays quite well on these. A world class jazz alto - these were widely considered the absolute best in their day, and will out-tone and out-volume virtually any horn made since as well.
Selmer professional bass clarinets from the 1950's and 60's are well known for their sound and very high standard of craftsmanship. This one from 1954 is no exception, and it is made of some of the prettiest pieces of Grenadilla I have ever seen. Keyed to low E, this instrument packs up small in a compact case and is nice and light around the neck when playing standing. This one has had some past dent repair on the neck but everything looks nice and straight now. Currently sealing reasonably well on older pads - ask about bundling the purchase with a full overhaul and polish to really bring out the best this beastie has to offer!
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Perfect as a big step-up from a student instrument, this is a beautiful upper-intermediate level alto sax in as-new condition. Beautiful rose-brass body and lacquered keywork make this one stand out in looks as well as sound. These saxophones are very well respected by teachers and players alike - it has a full, round sound and excellent sturdy keywork. Don't confuse this instrument with the Chinese made "La Voix II" instruments currently on the market, these original La Voix horns are made in Taiwan to a much higher quality standard. This horn has been inspected and will be set up with a new neck cork to play great and offers fantastic value at this price. Comes with a very high quality French-made BAM case and a Selmer professional mouthpiece.
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A pretty rare and unique horn that plays like nothing out there. Has that beautiful dark core that all old Selmers have, very similar response and tone to a Balanced Action, maybe even more resonant. Keywork is very light and fast and feels great - much more refined than Conns / Kings / Martins etc. from this era. Recently overhauled and currently set up, playing great, and needing nothing - you have to try this one if you are in the market for a pro tenor with character that is only going to keep going up in value.
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Huge sounding silver plated "Chu" alto from 1925, freshly overhauled and set up to roar. Original silver plate is worn at the touch spots (it's 90 years old!) but it still shines up nicely, along with the classic gold-wash bell. Of course this only shows that it plays too well to have been left in the case!