This is an interesting 1960 MK VI tenor originally made for the French market; no engraving, light yellow French lacquer and that light blue enamel on the octave ‘S’. The serial number is 87xxx although the 7 is stamped at such an angle that is looks like a 1. I was confused as first but it has all the identifiers of an 87xxx as well.
The finish is original as is the neck with part of the serial scribed into the tenon as well. This horn has really lived, has plenty of scratches blemishes and some repairs but it is sturdy and solid. It’s just not very pretty which is exactly why it is a bargain for someone hunting for a player’s mid-late 80k tenor, which are usually very very expensive and hard to find. People love these specifically because of how they play. Of course some people are obsessed with the Brecker mystique but again, he played these because of how they play, apparently.
With a Berg Larsen-
And with a FL Link-
This one is a bit more focused than spread on the scale of how they might play. It is quite aggressive and punchy with an edgy bright thing that takes plenty of air and turns it into power. It feels fast and nimble. I am not a huge fan of the pads and resos but they are not especially old. I just think it could be set up better to reach its full potential. I’ve already gone through it and got it playing quite efficiently, but this would be a great project for someone to polish up. This will be quite an opportunity for the lucky 80k-seeker.
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.
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.
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.
This horn is just a beautiful old treasure. I am not exactly excited to sell this, but someone wanted to see the pics so here it is. It’s wonderful, kind of a later serial for full pearls. The pads and setup are very very old and it does not really play at the moment. The 2 notes I could get out sounded marvelous. There is no question this will be amazing once setup.
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.