King Super 20 375xxx Exc. Original Player with HT Overhaul

King Super 20, I think this is right around 1960.  I consider this personally to be the apex of King saxophone production.  While it may no longer be the full pearls period, not as glamorous, I think these horns are the most flexible, open and resonant players.  Some people prefer the single socket neck (tail end of Cleveland and early Eastlake) and they do have a bit more undiluted power, for the complexity of tone vs the resonance these late double socket necks after the full pearls period are my personal favorites.

This horn I did a big restoration on.  It is original finish and in very very good condition, though not perfect.  It has one inobtrusive resoldered post and some truly invisible minor brass work.  Some of the key cups are a bit marred. The horn is very straight. The neck has never been pulled down and it is fitted to perfection.  The action is very light and extremely fast. The pads are a moderately firm setup fitted with nickel plated brass resotech flats.  I set this horn up for myself and have played it to great enjoyment myself.  This is an absolute kicker of a horn, very loud, very complex and very free blowing, can’t lose.

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Otto Link Florida Soprano Slant Signature .063

This is a fairly early (no USA) slant signature Otto Link with the large chamber.  It was stamped 5* with a bit of a thick tip finish,  I was inspired to open it to .063 with a traditional Link facing and a good rail contour.  This plays very big, and wide with a warm darker tone that also has a very fast and concise response. It has a unique singing quality that I think only these have.  I felt that this piece did well with intonation as well, for whatever reason.  It’s a very pretty sound.

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Selmer MK VI 143xxx original very nice condition

This is a fantastic 143k ‘Sanborn’ model period MK VI alto with the “Mark VI” stamp on the side of the body.  These are/were said to be specially good, but I’ve found most of the 140k altos to be great anyhow so I am not so clear on that part.  This horn is in very nice original (USA lacquer and engraving) condition with only one reattached low Eb Key guard foot, that is a very common situation with vintage Selmers.

The pads appear to be quite recent and seated nicely with a verifiable popping at the closing of the keys.  The resonators appear to be nice quality domed nickel plated brass which is a bonus.  The neck is in nearly perfect condition and is model period correct and without a serial number as the 140k’s were made.

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Selmer MK VI Alto 107xxx Excellent in all Aspects

Selmer MK VI alto here that is just exceptional in both condition as well as function.  The lacquer finish is original and is a wonderful bright gold the same as they were made without much darkening.  Physically the horn is in just great condition with no damage or repair that I could find. The original matching  neck has never been pulled and is in very nice shape along with bell rim and bow cap.  You may observe some lacquer wear on one side of the neck but that is just wear, the neck has been structurally unaltered. The lacquer does show some ‘water spots’ dark coloration here and there where we can see it’s age but these are not solders nor evidence of damage.  One area of the bell does show some lacquer breakdown.

This horn is a concise and fast player with a fine balanced projection featuring both nimble aggressiveness as well as complexity of tonal character.  It is a ‘vintage’ tone yet not weighed down by sluggish heaviness of the air stream.  I personally prefer this alto among many but I don’t play enough alto to keep it to myself.  I’ve listed it here mainly because people were asking and it deserves use, it’s very very good.  Years past I struggled with intonation on long bow altos but for whatever reason this, for me, tunes up beautifully.

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