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Tenors

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.

  • 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.

Available Models

Buescher True Tone

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.

FinishSilverplate
Serial: 245xxx
PriceSOLD
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Buescher Aristocrat

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*.

FinishLacquer
Serial: 290xxx
PriceSOLD
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Buescher 400

Later 400 that still blows well, snap-in resonators, original lacquer in very good condition.

FinishLacquer
Serial: 684xxx
Price$1400
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Conn "Chu"

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.

FinishGold Plate
Serial: 216xxx
PriceSOLD
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Conn "Chu"

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.

FinishSilver Plate
Serial: 223,00x
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Conn "Chu"

This is a rare Portrait-engraved Conn New Wonder tenor in burnished gold plate!  This tenor has ornate hand engraving of an Egret wading in a lake and came from Conn's Elkhart factory in 1929!  Conn called this the Artist's Special Model or Symbol 00 in their catalogs.  Gold Plated "Chus"  are very difficult to find and I'm proud to offer this one.  Body is straight and true, tone holes are rolled, neck is original and in fine condition.   Flat metal resonator pads are not new but in excellent shape.

FinishGold Plate
Serial: 228,88x
PriceSOLD
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Martin "Committee"

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!

FinishSilverplate
Serial: 176xxx
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Selmer "Mark VI"

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.

FinishLacquer
Serial: 183xxx
PriceSOLD
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