Well, these are the Iconic large chamber classic jazz mouthpieces. Everyone from Benny Golson, Charlie Rouse, John Coltrane made their signature tones on these. They cover many album covers from the 1940’s to the 1960’s and beyond with good reason. This one is a 5* and shows plating wear but structurally in great condition with original ligature and somewhat crushed cap. This has a buzzy woody and big-low-end sound.
Here we have a VERY clean example of any early Babbitt otto Link 6* metal piece. This has the signature step baffle and slightly smaller chamber (than the FLorida and later Links) giving some extra airspeed and brightness. This piece is a very nice player in excellent condition.
This is a very clean original example of an early Florida production Otto Link 6 Tenor piece. It obviously has a lot of plating, facing never altered, pretty big baffle etc. This is what the blue-note’rs played on and this is what people still go for for tone. It has plenty of metal on the tip should anyone want to customize or open it, currently measures at around .092 on my tools.
This a shockingly great sounding 1955 first model MK VI tenor. These very early M VI tenors have a wonderful depth and complexity of tone along with a very organic SBA-like voice. This horn was owned by a professional player and has been well used. it has some bumps and bruises; the bell flare repairs and some resolders. None of these insults is particularly serious but they do leave their cosmetic history.
The instrument itself has a phenomenal sound, the low end is vast, deep and resonant. The middle speaks with clarity and presence and the high and altissimo literally jump out of this horn with a thickness that puts my 87xxx tenor in second class.
The intonation is wonderful as far as my mouthpieces are concerned. I had a horn that was similar to this in the past which was a 64xxx European, but this still has a sound closer to the 56xxx mint horn I had years ago. All round, it is not a museum piece but it is structurally sound and unbelievable for tone and complexity.
This horn is playing but at the moment needs some pad adjustment (which I may do). In the long tern it will need either an overhaul or at least some more significant regulation work as it is a bit sloppy and not really set up as it should be, yet it IS playing and sounds great.
This 113xxx Selmer MK VI near mint original. This horn has almost all of its original lacquer on the body but the previous owner’s wife mistakenly used some cleaner on the neck to remove tarnish or something. We can see the lacquer was just wiped of the end of the neck, it has never been bent or pulled down. This horn has barely ever been played. I believe most if not all the pads are original and the pearls are like new.
This horn even on the original pads plays quite nicely and the sound is very crisp and projecting and somewhat compact and focused and really kind of a bouncy bright feeling.
This a MK VI tenor from 1963 in excellent structural condition with some normal lacquer wear. It is not the prettiest but it certainly original finish. It has had only very minor resolder and some very minor dings/dents. It’s been sitting a long time and is in need of an overhaul. If I get to this somewhere down the line I know it is going to be a great player, or if a new owner picks this up before they can handle that job. The last 105xxx original I overhauled turned out to the one of the best horns I have every played and it went to a top tier NYC pro player.
This will be every bit as good, though not winning any beauty contests. Enquire within if interested thanks.
This is a stunningly beautiful and well preserved early Keilwerth SX90R from the mid 1990’s. This of course in black anodized nickel and gold keys, rolled tone holes and metal resonators. This horn is is quite excellent condition, no dents, not bent. very nice pads and excellent playing condition. It is close to brand new horn with the exception of a few scratches near the strap area. It has its original case with keys as well.
The sound is very loud and big with the specific Keilwerth tonal color, very colorful and has plenty of bright without being shrill. I cannot say it is dark, but it is also not specifically bright, probably its core feels brighter than an old Selmer, but again it is not a shrill or thin sounding horn at all, quite a large sound. The action is excellent and very comfortable. It may need a new neck cork if your mouthpiece has a large diameter, someone’s left a bit of tape on there.
I have been told this is the early model that is very sought after with the large bell, as preferred by people such as Kirk Whalum and others. This is THAT specific model, having a serial number of 104xxx. it is extremely FUN to play and ready for anything. It is very addictive.
This just came in here and required immediate photographing. An original intact Selmer Balanced Action is a very very rare creature. This particular horn has had no significant damage or alteration, has original pads and is basically a used version of exactly as it came from Selmer in the 1940’s.
This has as well, the original Selmer case, the first version of the trey-pack design, with original keys and “Balanced Action” tag as well. The original “table B” mouthpiece is also in mint condition.
The horn obviously has some wear and some more on the left side, but there are really very few original examples to be found anywhere at this point, especially with American engraving pattern and lacquer. I have not played it yet, requires some key adjustments and it will surely be a moldy experience with this old pads but I am curious. It will need a full restoration but It is sure to be great.
What a feast for the eyes!
This is a very nice 1951 Buffet Clarinet received and sold as is. Apparently this serial number falls right in at the vague beginnings of the R13. I do not know if this is one though.
Beautiful old case as well. I don’t see any cracks etc but not being a great clarinet expert, I mainly see lovely old craftsmanship. Buffet mouthpiece included as well! This has been sitting a long time, will likely need some attention, but by the looks of it, also well worth it.
This is an excellent vintage Otto Link FLorida double ring 6* tenor piece that recently came in on trade. It needed some cleaning up and optimization and it came out beautifully at .096 (on my tools). This piece plays very fat with a rich and complex tone with a very clean and clear feeling to the scale and notes. It has just a bit of brilliant sizzle on top of the tone.
The photos show the detail of finish and it plays kind of how it looks. The video below demonstrates it on a 1960 MK VI tenor. This is 100% vintage jazz tenor vibe.