Buescher Vintage Horns

Meant to be versatile, unlike their Alto counterparts, Buescher Tenors have a reputation as a great Jazz and Classical horn . As-is repair specials can be bought as-is or repaired to any level after purchase.  

Top Hat & Cane

 

Conn Vintage Horns

Meant to be versatile, Conn saxophones have gotten a reputation as a solid Jazz & Rock horn. Even many modern groups find that the Conn 10M or transitionals work well in their genre. Conversely, these horns can also rock out in a Big-band setting. As-is repair specials can be bought as-is or repaired to any level after purchase.  

10M

 

H-Couf Vintage Horns

Before Keilwerths were being imported into the United States, they were brought here by Herb Couf as H-Coufs. Having that classic dark tone Keilwerth is known for, H-Coufs are the Darkest of the Vintage horns followed by Buescher, Martin and Conn. As-is repair specials can be bought as-is or repaired to any level after purchase.  

Superba I

 

King Vintage Horns

King horns have a reputation in the Rock community. Groups like Earth Wind & Fire, Blood Sweat & Tears and more come to mind when you hear the King tone. As-is repair specials can be bought as-is or repaired to any level after purchase.  

Super 20

 

Martin Vintage Horns

Martin has a reputation of being one of the darker jazz horns. As-is repair specials can be bought as-is or repaired to any level after purchase.  

The Martin

 

Selmer Vintage Horns

There's nothing quite like a Vintage Selmer Saxophone. Known as the Holy Grail of vintage horns, Selmers command the greatest value in the vintage market. Due to their popularity during their initial production runs, Selmer became the standard of the high-end saxophone industry. Ergonomically, Mark VIs have now been copied by almost every new manufacturer since. As Martin, Buescher, King and Conn folded, newer manufacturers didn't bother to copy anything else but Selmer. This is partially why Vintage Selmers command such high prices. People who try other vintage horns are used to newer student & intermediate models that copied the ergonomics of the Mark VI. Therefore, those who buy anything but a Mark VI will need time to get used to other vintage horns. Apart from ergonomics, Vintage Selmers also command a high value because the newer ones aren't quite the same. Even the Reference 36 & 54 models that were meant to replicate the Balanced Action and Mark VI models respectively don't play anything like the originals. Somewhere along the way, Selmer lost the recipe for these horns. Some believe that the types of materials used in the production of the Mark VI attributed to their uniqueness. One perhaps tall tale is that Selmer used spent artillery shell casings from WWII to build the VIs. A more likely reason is that the machine tooling at the factory wore down over time and that made the horns unique over their seriation. Perhaps a combination of the tooling and experience of the factory workers attributed to the inability of Selmer to replicate their older horns. Whatever the reason may be, these intrinsic qualities are why professional players want Vintage Selmers. Additionally, Selmers are worth varying amounts of money depending on when they were made. In France, a manufacturer is not allowed to raise their prices unless they can prove that they have improved their product. Over the two decades the Mark VIs were produced, many little alterations were made to justify each increase in price. These alterations over 20 years makes each Mark VI unique depending on its agenda worth varying amounts.   

Mark VI