Angular arpeggios, bar honking, playing out, playing in...the tenor sax and its players have led the jazz world for more than 70 years. Any of the horns below could help you lead jazz in the next millenium.
This is a later "True Tone" tenor (1929) with a few Aristocrat key changes such as the pearled thumb touchpiece on the octave key, and the F#/G#/Bis regulating mechanism. Its silver plate is original, showing little wear, and has gold plate in the bell interior, G# key roller, and original snap-in resonators. Neck is original and in fine condition. Original case included. These tenors are awesome players, with good intonation and a dark, rich, smooth tone. Scheduled for new pads, reusing the original resonators.
Here is an Aristocrat from approximately 1939. It is no longer beautiful, but it has a solid body and neck, and will be a fine player with good intonation. Scheduled for a VintageSax pad job*.
Later 400 that still blows well, snap-in resonators, original lacquer in very good condition.
This Gold Plated "Chu" tenor from 1928 has all original gold plate and it is lovely! Body is straight, neck is perfect and pearls show no wear. Original Conn case is in A+ condition as well. This has been in my collection for years and I've recently hand polished it to see what was under years of dirt and tarnish. It has had the body to bell brace resoldered but the bell keys line up perfectly on the rolled tone holes and the job was well done. Scheduled for a VintageSax* repad.
This is a Conn new Wonder Tenor from late 1928! I'd call this tenor a workhorse. It's not going to win any beauty contests but it plays with a huge, beautiful tone. Its a joy to play because you can feel it vibrate in your hands as you play! You won't find a more powerful tenor! I've installed all new Blue Steel Springs and metal resonator pads. The body is straight, pearls are all original, rolled tone holes, gold plated bell and rollers are great too. There is plate wear on thumb rest and octave key areas but overall its probably at 75% original silver plate with gold interior bell. Write to me and I'll send you new large photos with pads installed.
Here is a wonderful 10M with 90%+ original lacquer from 1946. It has great pads with flat metal resonators and is very well preserved. Of course it has rolled tone holes and lady face engraving. Tone is sweet and powerful and response is easy. 10Ms this nice are tough to find!
An original, silver-plated "The Martin" tenor from 1951! Original neck is in great condition with matching serial number. At this moment it is disassembled and awaiting polishing, a little body work and a full rebuild with new springs and new pads. This is a rare model and will have a dark, punchy tone with a zip of brilliance!
Made in 1969, original lacquer, tight and fast key action, and original neck. Pads are in great condition with oversized Reso-tech brass resonators. This tenor speaks with a powerful voice and a nice balance of bright and dark.