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I am not keen to sell this horn. It took me years to find and it is wonderful, but it is sitting at the moment, probably should be played more. It is an original lac. European market fully engraved 1957 first year MK VI soprano #73xxx. I restored it with new pads and metal resonators and it is very nicely set up tight with all toneholes level and keys fitted, it’s a beautiful experience to play.
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Super rare and desired 1960 MK VI Low A baritone, 88xxx – magic numbers! This horn is original and amazing. Pro owned, pads still have some life but old. Being as baritones are this has normal bumps and bruises around the bow but but most of this will smooth out in the hands of a skilled technician as they are normal and non-critical. I have just cleaned up a bit of amateur solder on the low Eb guard feet (seen in last photos,) again non-critical issue but leaves some cosmetic evidence; it is nice and smooth and sturdy there and the patina will come in time.
Original serialed neck included in very good shape. original US engraving, this horn just has a wonderful feel in the hands. New arrival I’ve just played it, and I am not a great Bari player, but what would one expect from an 88k low a original US Bari? -amazingness of course! These are VERY hard to find.
Includes a very excellent SKB travel case with wheels, super convenient.
Excellent coveted Conn New Wonder Chu Berry gold plate tenor. This horn was owned by a pro and very well loved. Someone clearly held this by the bell a lot. The lady-face portrait engraving is clear but the plating is gone and the engraving a bit worn in the areas it was handled. Normal age and blemishes throughout, neck missing plating but looks to be in very very good physical shape. Frosted gold plate and the silver underneath is showing in many areas on the horn. These are phenomenal players with a cult following. New arrival so I’ve not played it yet but will edit description in future.
Beautiful original MK VI alto from 1957, original dark aged lacquer. This horn has been played and shows some mileage but still in very good shape. It is a new arrival I’ve just played it, sounds and feels excellent, pads still have life in them. Neck is undamaged, body has a few minor bumps and blemishes, solid players horn with much cool factor. Undoubtably the sound is amazing as these early ones are with all the subtlety and lyricism.
This horn is a wonderful piece of vintage precision craftsmanship. It only feels ‘vintage’ because its intonation is not rigid and therefore tonally stifled by modern computer engineering. Such as it is, the notes are far more flexible than modern engineered horns and the tone is much more complex and malleable. That said, this still has a precise feeling and it is extremely loud and powerful with particular mouthpieces. It has very much a shimmering silver-ish quality to the sound, plenty bright. It is no doubt a wonderful horn.
I set this up with large brass flat resos, and excellent pads, it rings like a bell. Everything is tight and optimal. It has very minimal lacquer wear, minor to invisible brass work- if you can even find it and just generally in amazing condition. Case is original and includes a clarinet and flute situation. Latches still mostly work.
Here is a rather hard to find mouthpiece for a particular player who likes to go big. This is a wonderful denim tabled original EB Link with a rather huge significant baffle adding a big shot of bright buzz and sizzle on a huge wide sound. The big baffle and the specific shape of it helps stop that big sound from getting lost or too diffuse which can happen with large tipped Links.
This piece is measuring over .125 on my tools which means it is probably .130. It’s been used, has some scratching and plating age but it’s overall in good shape. The biteplate has a little spot of wear but not something I would bother about. I noticed that the material above the table (inside the chamber) is quite thin which tells me that essentially this chamber is not so big. This is the secret to a great playing EB Link.
This is a custom Marin Spivack setup vintage piece that starts with the same blank used for the Dukoff/Zimberoff “House of note” Supersonic model. This blank was used by Zimberoff, Selmer, George Bundy, and several others names as well from probably the early 1950’s to the 1970’s. It is a very good blank very much akin to the Otto Link Slant signature Tone Edge of those time periods. It has a round chamber with scooped walls and yet not an extremely large chamber, which is why (if setup properly) they will have a similar power to a Slant Link or a straight sig FL Link.
This is the later version of the blank which features a slightly longer shank, as the early shorter ones tend to play a bit sharper and have to be pretty far out on the cork. This is the same inside (and mostly outside) but solves that issue.
This one was custom set up from the ground up to a tip size of .100 and a medium shelf baffle. it plays with a very fat and solid booming tone with just the right amount of edge for clarity. I would say it may be a bit brighter than most stock Florida Slant signature Links, but I would not consider this extremely bright either, a very nice balance with a lot of clarity and a solid tone one can lean into.
Excellent old Brilhart “hard rubber” model. Originally a very small tip as most were, I’ve opened this to ,098 with a bit of baffle. It blows fat, flexible and kind of bouncy with some shimmer on top, very much fun. Although these are often compared to slant Links, they have their own vibe. On the power/tone color scale I would say this is probably equal to a very good early Florida slant Link, maybe a touch brighter.
This Conn 10M is a wonderful player, wide, loud, flexible, nimble and complex sound. The finish is original, and in good condition, flaking in some spots but all honest wear. The pads are not new but they are functioning, could use updating when the right time comes along. Serial #277xxx, has original case. There are some dings and minor blemishes present but nothing serious, and all could be smoothed out pretty easily. This is every bit as good as these are said to be, and this is a very good model period.
This is a beautiful 24k Balanced Action alto in original lacquer and US engraving, a very rare find. This horn has an absolutely beautiful sound but will requires some attention to function at 100%. Pads will need help and some solder joints at the bell brace that are traditional weak-points for old Balanced Actions may warrant some review as well, although they are currently stable. The sound is unrivaled and the condition is very good and difficult to find.
Original case and mouthpiece included!