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Sopranos & Sopraninos

The soprano saxophone brings back memories of Sidney Bechet, John Coltrane, and Steve Lacy. Perhaps from my stock below you can find the one you will star on! And, if you want to go even higher, try out one of my sopraninos (mingled with the sopranos below)...

  • All sopranos are keyed to high F, unless otherwise noted.
  • Horns marked with an asterisk (*) are scheduled for a standard VintageSax pad job. This means the sax will be completely disassembled, cleaned, polished, have necessary dentwork completed, and have any play in the mechanism eliminated. New pads will be floated in, and all corks and felts replaced; typically, I use Ultrasuede on the bar keys and teflon on the sliding surfaces.
  • Please click on the links at the various instruments to see pictures! To enlarge photos, double-click on the photo, and then click on the orange square with arrows.

Available Models

Buescher C Soprano

This 1908 C Soprano is in very good original condition!  Silver plate is 90% with wear on touch pieces.  Pearls are excellent.   Pads are newer with nylon resonators.  Keyed to high E flat with soldered tone holes.   It comes with an older B flat model case.

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Serial: 79,95x
Price$1400
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Buescher Curved Soprano

A curved soprano from 1922, keyed to high Eb. Its silver plating is 99%, with a beautiful gold-plated bell interior. Its body is clean and straight, and it still has its original white pads! Scheduled for hand-polishing and a VintageSax pad job*.

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Serial: 111xxx
Price$1700
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Buescher Curved Soprano

The silver plate is 95%+ on this curved soprano, and it has goldplate within the bell. It came from the factory in 1924, and is in wonderful condition. Its neck is perfect, its body is undamaged, and its original case is included. Keyed to high F, this soprano sings with a sweet, focused tone, with good intonation. It is scheduled for a VintageSax repad.*

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Serial: 151xxx
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Buescher Sopranino

This 1924 Eb sopranino has its original silver plate, and even most of its original white pads. It will polish up nicely, and receive new pads before sale. It is keyed to high Eb, as was the standard with all vintage American 'ninos. No sax ensemble is complete without a sopranino!

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Serial: 156xxx
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Buescher  C Soprano

This lovely C Soprano is as beautiful today as the day it came from the factory.   Made in 1924, the original plate, rollers and pearls are all in Mint Condition.   It has new pads with nylon resonators and plays easily from low B flat up to high E flat.   The original case and mouthpiece are also in exceptional condition.

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Serial: 159,78x
Price$1600
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Buescher Straight

This 1926 Buescher straight soprano has original silverplate with gold plated interior bell. It is a later model with the longer palm keys and roller on the G# key. It has some plating wear around the thumb area but the rest of the horn is very good. I've cleaned off tarnish on the bell area so you can see how nice it will look.  Original pearls and rollers are in good condition.  Most snap in resonators are intact. Will be repadded and hand polished before shipping to a new home.

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Serial: 21769x
Price$1900
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Buescher Straight

Here is later (1927) True Tone with 99% silverplate and a light gold bell interior.   I've cleaned off some tarnish to show the excellent plate condition. It has the longer palm keys and G# roller key.  It also has all original pads with snap-in resonators intact.  I will repad and keep the resonators before sale.  This later soprano will be a fine player with solid intonation.  Scheduled for hand polishing and VintageSax pad work.

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Serial: 224,17x
Price $2000
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Conn Curved

This early 1920s soprano is in amazing original condition! Silver plate is very good, toneholes are rolled, the neck has never been damaged, and the original case is still around the horn. The G# has the crosshatched texture, and the palm keys are all separate. Please excuse the tarnish, this little guy will polish up and be beautiful! Scheduled for a VintageSax pad job.*

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Serial: 61xxx
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Conn Curved

A sweet, curved soprano from 1923. It is keyed to high F, and has the overlapping palm keys, rolled tone holes, and its original case. Silver plate is about 95%, with a gold-plated bell interior. Never damaged...body and neck are in excellent condition. Scheduled for a VintageSax pad job.*

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Serial: 113xxx
PriceON SALE $2000
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Conn Sopranino

A nickel-plated Eb sopranino. The nickel plate has oxidized and is no longer bright and shiny. It was recently disassembled and cleaned, and is now ready for new pads.

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Serial: 147xxx
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Conn Sopranino

This Eb 'nino came from the Conn factory in 1925. It has its original, satin silverplate finish, with gold-plated bell interior, and is keyed to high Eb. Pads are new with flat metal resonators. Original mouthpiece can be included if needed. Rolled tone holes, thumb ring, and all original pearls and rollers.

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Serial: 14723x
PriceSOLD
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Conn Straight

This 1926 Conn soprano has rolled tone holes, crosshatched G# key, and thumbring. Body is straight, and silver plate will polish up nicely. This soprano has a nice, warm, vintage sound with good intonation. Scheduled for a VintageSax pad job.*

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Serial: 169xxx
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Conn Straight

This is a mint condition soprano from 1926! Its silver plate is 100%, and the gold wash in the bell is lovely. This horn has hardly been played. Its case is like new, and still has its original key! No damage, just a beautiful, like-new soprano. It has been sprayed with clear lacquer to protect the finish, so the photos look a little splotchy. I will remove this old lacquer, hand polish the silver plate, and repad. Scheduled for a VintageSax pad job.*

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Serial: 173xxx
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Conn Straight

A lovely 1927 Conn with rolled tone holes, crosshatched G# and 99% original silver plate with light gold bell.   This soprano has good pitch and solid centered tonal core.   It has like new metal resonator pads and a new replacement case.  A trap ring has been added cleanly.  Ready to go!

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Serial: 196,12x
Price$1900
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King Saxello

This is the famous Saxello in Bb from the mid-1920s! The silverplate is perfect, and the gold bell is lovely. New pads with flat metal resonators have just been installed. Its case is original, and it even comes with the stand! Great for a collector or player.

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Serial: 72xxx
Price$3500
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Martin Straight

A sweet rare Martin Handcraft from late 1928!   Silverplate is 95%+ with lovely gold wash bell.   Pearls and Rollers are all original.  Martins from this era play wonderfully.   Pads will be replaced before sale.  Original Martin case is in very good condition.

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Serial: 90,63x
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