Vintage Saxophone and Mouthpiece Availability

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For availability of vintage saxophones and mouthpieces in stock please see the above link: “Vintage Saxophones & Mouthpieces For Sale”.  That will show current offerings, sold and on hold offerings, as well as up and coming “in-shop” projects.  Please feel free to ask about future offerings.  Additionally there are many items that ARE NOT listed on the for sale page that are packed away, not operational yet, or just not fit into the schedule to list. Early inquiry is a good way to beat the crowd to get the special item you have been searching for.  Thanks!

Prime Original “Sanborn” model Selmer MK VI alto

This is an exceptionally nice example of the sweet spot MK VI alto, #148xxx.  These are the medium bow altos that are preferred by Sanborn and Kenny Garrett among many others, for their superior intonation, powerful volume and thick upper register.  The hype is real about these and this one particularly is a complete phenomenon.

The condition of this horn is just museum quality original lacquer. original pads and original setup that has barely been played and feels and looks just brand new.  This plays as is on the original pads.

This is an extremely rare find and not an every day horn.  It plays every bit as good as it should and even among 140k altos this is probably the best and most balanced sound and feeling out of all I have played.

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Selmer MK VI Alto 78xxx 1957 Original

This is a beautiful vintage Mark VI Alto, 78xxx 1957.  The dark lacquer finish is all original with appropriate wear from professional use, although it was well cared for.  It is US assembled and engraved.  There is one low C key guard foot solder that was not due to damage. The original plastic thumbrest was replaced with a pearl like an SBA, but an original could be reinstalled if desired.

This is a medium bow alto that is highly desire for intonation and response.  Original case included in functional condition with a small 1957 woodwind service card with 1957 calendar on the back and the original Selmer registration card.

The pads in this horn, if they can still be called pads, are VERY old and dirty so the horn barely plays at all at the moment and will require a serious cleaning and full overhaul.  But it is in excellent physical condition and the few notes I could get out of it revealed a magical tone.

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Otto Link Otto Link Early FL no/USA Shorty 6* .108 “Marinated”

Fully restored and optimized player.  This early FL Link is open to .108 with a rather large shelf baffle, nicely contoured rails and a very generous rich tone.  It plays with a high degree of clarity and ease.  This has a very traditional Early Link sound, not overly bright, and a really booming deep response. Originally stamped 6* the original tip size was already around .102, it was just big!

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Otto Link Custom Florida 10 Facing Magical Apex Player

Here is an otto Link Florida (no USA) Serial numbered early tenor saxophone mouthpiece that is just very unique and hard to find.  This particular piece came from the collection of an old pro player who did a bit of hack job on his pieces.  This one was not in playing condition when I received it and required a complete rebuild, including just everything possible.

This has the slightly odd serial number of (small font) A, 23. Although this small font “A” is definitely unusual, this is an original stamp.  The 10 facing would still likely have been a special order or special item at this time period.  This very early model of Florida originally had a really brazenly large baffle, for a Link, they tend to play very well.  I have rebuilt this to a final tip size of .117 and used a facing taken off a friend’s Link of a similar period that was .117 and played like a 6*.

In this case because of the similarity I believe I have very near produced a perfect clone.  This piece plays so unbelievably easy and effortless for the size.  It is also very bright for a Link and just a very satisfying vibe. It plays at one very full and big but also compact and controlled, which is just highly unusual and difficult to find in really any Link, but moreso this size.

Although it is hard to understand from this writing, most of my customers understand that what I write is quite accurate.  This piece really IS this unique and special; a highly unusual fully custom apex playing early FL Link 10, “marinated” it is appropriately signed, “Masterpiece Restoration”. $1800

 

 

 

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