This piece has tip size .078 was professionally refaced and is in beautiful condition. These are rarities these days and their response is worthy of their reputation.
I was very luck to be able to purchase this amazing instrument from the estate of Yusef Lateef, along with the paperwork of provenence. I have some friends in the repair biz who were also around Rayburn’s music (in Boston) years back and remembered Lateef bringing this horn around for service more than 30 years ago as well, so we know he kept it for a long time.
This project spanned about two years as some parts of it were slow and time consuming and I was also busy with a move and some family obligations during that time.
It was in a bit of disrepair when I got it, with some kind of odd insults and injuries, but structurally it was in very fine shape. Somehow, somewhere, the neck receiver had been sheared into three pieces two of which were broken clean off the horn. The strangest part is that this break, did not effect the body tube in any way, in any area. It was very straight with only some minor dings, very odd. I have yet to understand how that happened and never will I guess. The pads were old and crusty of course, it was not playing. Some screws were missing or mismatched and it was at least as far as proper saxophone service is concerned, just rather insulted.
In my imagination, I can see Yusef Lateef buying this horn in Europe while on tour and either it already had the broken neck receiver or that happened while in his possession. I can imagine him thinking “this is one of those special horns that ‘Trane was bugging Wayne Shorter to get” (see the interview with Shorter where he tells this story about Trane’s insistence on him getting just such an early SBA.) and him keeping it until he can find the right person who could handle the weird repair.
Maybe he knew what a great horn it was, generally I would trust the judgement of instrument quality to Yuself Lateef above almost anyone. I imagine he had to know what a special horn this was to keep it for so many years.
Anyhow with a lot of specific work and time I have finally restored this to very nice working order, it feels like a Ferrari now, set up with rather hard-ish pads and a set of original American-market Tone-X metal SBA resos from the 1950’s that I had here. It just blew my mind as I just played fresh one day after the overhaul, while ti is still settling in. It is very compact and aggressive in tone, barks, is very powerful and has an otherworldly biting bright ring to the sound that makes it sound like it is amplified. This is what the rare and great SBA’s do. I was a little rusty on the video but at least it was fresh and surprised me more than you who will watch it I believe.
Super rare Otto Link “double ring” original traditional. This has the short FL biteplate yet it is table stamped 4* (true Florida models were side-stamped). This piece is in very nice shape, I have not yet played it. Comes with original cap and ligature, slightly worn but present. The tip, side rail, and facing finish are all of the very early NY style, very thin and beautiful!
I have not cleaned this or done anything with it, just came out of the case of a 1961 Selmer tenor!
1951 is the year, “Super Action” (SBA) or “Super Balanced Action” baritone low Bb near perfect original US engraved masterpiece. This horn is 100% UNMOLESTED. It has a few TINY dings and scuffs, some honest wear, just a little and otherwise it is structurally perfect and nearly cosmetically untouched. It is SO rare to find one of these that has survived in this state.
According to Douglass Pipher this: “Selmer 44xxx is a US-Market baritone. It shipped in March 1951 as part of a batch of 30 Saxophones. (11 Altos, 13 Tenors and 6 Baritones)”
There simply were not many of these made and far far less of them still surviving in undamaged condition!
This has ALL original pads and resonators, never had an overhaul. The pearls are not worn, this had not been played much, but right now, it DOES PLAY, though should receive some attention. This has not been cleaned or anything, just exactly as revealed in the 1951 case, so there are a few insignificant water or strapping stains showing. The body, neck and upper brace all share the same 44xxx serial number (that has been obscured in the photos). This amazing jewel of Selmer model history and craftsmanship IS for sale but will not be shipped. Drop in, and fly this treasure out. This is for the top pro and/or collectors. Thanks for looking!
This is the prime period for both players and collectors. This one is a very very nice condition original with no serious damage and one tiny solder. These simply cannot be beat, and in rare excellent shape! (serial number obscured)
Rare excellent condition on this 105xxx MK VI tenor, original lacquer, original pads etc, feels lovely on the hands and easy on the eyes as well. These have the greatest punchy crisp projecting live sound! Has a few minor bumps, bell and bow are very very nice shape especially (serial number obscured). Thanks for looking!
This 76k tenor is all original, needs an overhaul etc but in very nice shape. These usually play aggressive and big! These were just quick photos, a bit dark but this horn is a real find.
This is of course the most desirable MK VI in the world based on model period. These always play great in my experience. This is in great condition, not cosmetically perfect, and had some minor brass work. The neck has never been damaged, and horn has no resolders. I have a few, and will keep at least one, could be this one or not. Enjoy the photos:
Here is an excellent 119xxx Selmer MK VI tenor. This horn was original lacquer but a bit ugly due to probably damp storage conditions, so I chemically stripped it, hand polished it and did an extensive restoration and overhaul with all the best attention. It is setup crisp and tight with thin and rather firm pads and metal resonators. It plays very fast and precise with a rather huge and loud sound that is both edgy and smoky as needed.
The horn has no damage of any kid, perfect and matching neck and pearls and engraving sharp as a new horn, this was probably only played a few times ever before I got it. It is like a brand new horn with no lacquer, and it is a wonderful player.
This King is my personal player. It has full pearls, original lacquer and a lot of it even still on the neck. It has a nice overhaul done by someone else, not sure whom, but it plays like a champ with an absolutely huge sound contrasted by a very nice compact compression that is a bit rare for Kings, which is why I kept this one for myself for a long time. I would say this horn is really on the bright side for Kings. It is tons of fun, very loud and has a lot of color, killer Jazz horn but easily handles RnB and electric volume.
This horn lacks nothing accept someone to play it. It’s been sitting here because for whatever reason, habit of mouth comfort I suppose, I tend towards the MK VI. This is not a horn I planned to sell, nor want to sell. I don’t NEED to sell it either but I simply don’t want to see it sitting as it is too damn good.