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Conn 10M ‘Naked Lady’ Bb Tenor Saxophone $3,885
(344,xxx – 1951)

The 10Ms, aka as ‘The Naked Lady’ models, were introduced  in 1934 as Conn’s answer to the Selmer invasion of America, and they saxually defended our shores admirably through war & peace over the next 30 or so years. You see various dates & number breaks for Conn’s switch to straight tone holes in the ‘M’  series, but it’s generally acknowledged that the break occurred in mid 1947 (somewhere between 324xxx and 327xxx). It’s also generally accepted that the early straight tone hole ‘M’ horns were of excellent quality, with no detectable difference in their performance compared to the rolled tone hole Conns. Conn quality did, however, start to fall off as you move forward in time from the end of rolled tone holes, so if you acquire a straight tone hole model, the closer to the cut off point, the better. This instrument was built by Conn within a short time of that critical point.

The instrument is in perfect mechanical & playing condition. We repadded this instrument about 3 years ago using OEM Conn Res-O-Pads. Play-wise, it is essentially just like it came from Elkhart when new. The horn has been played sparingly since repad/set up, and of course Bear will personally go over it to assure the set up and playing condition is perfection before it is shipped to you.

The original Conn lacquer finish is brilliant & near blemish free. In terms of remaining lacquer percentages we are talking 98%, or more. There are a couple light scratches on the neck, a bit of stand marking on the bow, and some rub marks where a few small dings were rubbed out of the bow area. Otherwise, this is a near-perfect jewel. Please examine all of our photos at the link below the image to the right to see for yourself.

We’ve included many detailed photos that depict just how remarkably preserved an instrument this is. Please be sure to check them all out. Offered in a new Gator lightweight case. No mouthpiece is included. The one shown is for display purposes only.

If you want to play one of the greatest American tenors, in astounding original, collectible condition, without shelling out Mark VI prices: This is your horn.

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Conn 10M ‘Naked Lady’ Bb Tenor Saxophone $3,485
Pre War Masterpiece
Rolled Tone Holes, G# Trill, Fork Eb

(291,xxx – 1940)

If you’ve been looking for the big dawg tenor of your dreams your search is over. This is a classic 98%+ original finish pre war Conn 10M. Those of you who know the breed don’t need any more information, I’m sure. For the ‘newbies’, the 10M has great mechanics and an iron-fist-in-velvet-glove sort of sound that is all at once superbly easy blowing, tender when you want it be, and as powerful as any tenor ever made when you put the whip to its hiney.

There is some minor finish pitting & light stand marks, but no dents or dings worth mentioning. There is no evidence of any damage repair. Pads are replacement domed plastic reso type with maybe 50% life remaining. The horn plays beautifully with these pads, but if you want the real thing we will put on a new set of Conn Res-O-Pads for an additional $300 before we send the big dawg to eat at your house. If you take that option there will be a short shipping delay for the work, but you will save over half our usual charge for a tenor repad job.

 Comes in the original case in very good condition — clean sturdy & odor free. No mouthpiece (mouthpieces shown in our pix are for display purposes only). If you’ve got an old Dukoff ‘B.D.’ laying around and you know how to drive one of these greyhounds you can be soundin’ like ‘The Prez’ (Lester, not Clinton!) in no time.

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 the skinny on neked ladies …

Some confusion stems from the fact that Conn did a lot of custom engraving work up until the depression. Most of it was on fancy burnished gold plated horns, and the most popular subjects were women & animals, each of which were often presented scantily clad – if not totally naked. The ‘M’ series that was introduced in 1934 has a standard engraving pattern common to all the finishes Conn offered, which was a departure from the hierarchy of engraving patterns that had adorned the ascending finish types/price points on Conn saxophones up to that time. The standard ‘M’ lady is presented as an upper torso that arguably shows more than a modicum of cleavage. It’s nothing to get excited about unless you find line drawings prurient. She got a makeover at least once – in the late 40s, about the time Conn went to straight tone holes.

C. G. Conn Ltd. “Chu Berry” Bb Tenor Saxophone $1,985
(186xxx s/n traces to 1926)

This is the REAL DEAL — raucous & blustery or silky smooth on command — the horn that made the 1920s Conns the standard that the world’s great tenor saxophones would forever have to meet. Huge bottom end, mellow and smooth upper register, these great horns will rock your soul or sweetly sing your baby (regardless of age) to sleep. This instrument is especially a joy to play because it has been set up as a pro player’s horn — and in fact has been played for several years by the pro who recently acquired our great Selmer ‘Super’ tenor. We understand that this horn was set up by Joe Sax in NYC about 3 years ago. It has very good premium pads with some of the biggest oversized flat metal resonators you will ever see. The sax can really cut through with its vibrant edge that you can actually feel in the key work. Talk about feedback — it literally purrs for its master!

Pro touches include a custom adjustable Barone thumb rest and marine epoxy build ups to gain leverage on critical keytouches and to make them easily reachable for lightning action. If you ever thought 1920s Conn keywork was suspect you really need to hold and play this tenor. It seems to weigh a ton, which is one of the factors in the fabulous sound of all the 1920s Conns. 

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The great old lacquer finish is probably 85 to 90%, and has that deep gold patina that we all relish in our seasoned vintage saxophones. Of course the lacquer coat was applied sometime after the horn was built because in 1926 Conn did not yet lacquer saxophones. All of them, including the polished brass horns, were left bare metal. This is a very clean instrument with no detectable damage history and no dings or dents. The little lacquer wear is mostly from natural pitting. This has probably been a pro horn a long time, and it has been babied over the years. Since it came out of NYC, who knows what famous jazz players might have touched it in the past — perhaps even old Chu himself. Offered in good used case, no mouthpiece. If you want an incredible tenor to play, this one is a serious bargain.

Leon ‘Chu’ Berry…………………………………

hear Chu’s 1937 opening solo on
“Chu Berry Jam”

more about Chu……………………………………………….

custom made saxophone necks
impeccable old world design & craftsmanship

Let us help you select & order a solid copper, sterling silver or even gold saxophone neck to improve your saxophone’s resonance, projection, intonation & sound quality. We can even help you order a Gloger neck to replace that hard-to-find lost or damaged original neck for SATB, C-Melody, or even bass saxophones.

shown: Gloger-Handkraft solid sterling silver double socket, reverse tenon Conn Conqueror 26M neck in the 30M style (also called the ‘New York’ style Conqueror alto neck) compared to the Conn original design

Conn Transitional ‘Art Deco’ Bb Tenor Saxophone (247,xxx) $3,485
sold !
From 1931, a super rare Conn Transitional tenor in perfect satin silver plate, replete with art deco engraving. There were only 20,000 of all flavors in the transitional run, most of which were altos. The tenors are regarded by many as the best playing of all the Conn tenors, which is high praise indeed. This great Conn tenor is a classic collectible for the ages. After the depression hit Conn made very few silver plated saxophones. Most of these horns had either very little decorative engraving or a version of the later naked lady that was on the 10M. The Conn art deco period was very short lived, so there are only a handful of these saxes in existence, especially in tenors.

The plating on this instrument has been touched up to eliminate wear marks, so its appearance is virtually perfect. The price includes new Conn Res-O-Pads to be installed before shipment. If the buyer wishes to accept the sax with the current plain rivet pads that are on it we will credit the price $335 to reflect that. The horn is mechanically excellent and plays beautifully. Comes in good replacement case, no mouthpiece.

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Martin ‘Handcraft’ C-Melody Saxophone  (71xxx, c.1926) $935
Here’s an exceptional quality Martin C-Melody carcass for one of our hobbyist or collector friends to restore. Satin silver plating and gold bell wash are as near perfect as you will find, and there are no dings or dents presently detectable through the tarnish. Though some slight finish flaws often show up after polishing these instruments, in our judgment there can be nothing of any significance hidden here. This is the sort of carcass that makes for a very easy restoration — what we call a ‘screwdriver & spring hook job’. There is little corrosion, and no bent or damaged keys, nor any evidence of solders or other significant repairs. Even the wire keyguard cages are straight and free of wear (exception: very slight bow in the top rail of the low C guard, easily lifted, please see pix). This is an ideal project horn if you’ve been hankering to work on your ‘resto chops’.

We are offering this horn in AS-IS condition for obvious reasons, but be confident that the scope of work required for a spectacular restoration is limited to a good cleaning, polish, new pads and careful setup (replacing corks, felts, springs as needed, plus regulation). The nice even layer of tarnish will come off easily by hand treatments, and is actually serving as a barrier to protect the plating underneath. Original case (very good) and mouthpiece (could almost pass for new), with silver plated ligature & cap, are included. The only original item missing is the body end cap, and we have made up a plug that works to properly hold the sax in the case & protect the octave pin. Here’s a chance to ‘steal’ one of Bear’s personal ‘finds’ that he had intended as a fabulous silver showpiece for his saxophone collection.


This instrument is also available as a turnkey restoration for $1,935. 
Prime Restorable Carcass !

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We know the instrument has never been buffed or otherwise spoiled because it still wears the original white kid pads. These ancient pads mean that the sax is totally original, and surprisingly, they are in good enough shape to still play a little. That fact, combined with the relatively clean case interior and limited corrosion, indicate the horn has been stored in good conditions for a very long time. It probably was bought in the 1920s by a home entertainer, played very little, then put away for most of its almost 80 years. The old beast has a rather strong, robust sound, still, so there is ample reason to believe it will be both exceedingly beautiful AND a monster player when restored. We’re making this marvelous instrument available from our resto bin because we know there will be no time in the foreseeable future to work it into our shop schedule — and this great old sax begs to be admired and played again … soon … 

‘The Martin’ Bb Tenor Saxophone $1,885
153,xxx – late 1945 (after the war!)

Very clean, 85% original honeyed lacquer example of this classic American tenor saxophone. ‘The Martins’ are known for smooth action and a big, fat, mellow sound. The silky feel of these vintage Martin saxophones is largely due to extra long & slender needle springs. This one fits the Martin mold admirably in its play & response characteristics, but perhaps with a bit more projection supplied by a set of ‘crinkle cut’ Noyek resonators. I suppose we could say this venerable old fellow still has some snap in his step. After these pix we went through the horn & cleaned it thoroughly, then replaced any pads that were at all questionable. The result is an instrument with pads that taken as a whole have 75% remaining life. Bear reassembled the horn personally, and did his magic on the regulation & set up. We believe this one will pass muster for either a pro player’s primary tenor, or as an  advanced set up application for your promising young saxophonist. Please look over all the pix at your leisure.

Offered in a good used case that’s clean & odor free inside. No mouthpiece is included. The one shown is for display purposes only. Let our factory authorized ‘Santa’s Helpers’ provide the support you need to make this Christmas a very special one for the sax player you love to please …

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Conn Burnished Gold Plated Bb Tenor Saxophone $2,335
sold !
‘Big Bore’ Artist Model
(119,xxx – 1923)

Here’s a top of the line burnished gold tenor with extensive decorative patterns created by the Conn master engravers. This instrument is from what is widely known as the ‘Pre Chu’ period,  built  just before the true Chu horns were introduced. Big bores have a slightly larger bell & bow than the earlier Conn RTH tenors. These horns are highly prized for their huge, but mellow sound. This eye popping beauty is in very good cosmetic & playing condition, plus is bargain priced. The reason: We’ve had it in our spec resto stack for some time, and due to the continuous volume of customer restorations that you all have been sending our way we have faced the realization that we simply won’t be able to process this extraordinary instrument on speculation. After all, customer saxophones  always come first. That’s the way things have to work.

Please look the full array of pix over carefully so you’re familiar with the plating wear (approx 15%), clean solder repair at top high E post & the few other small blemishes. Let me assure you that there is nothing at all objectionable about the looks of this instrument in person, and furthermore, nothing that a qualified resto shop cannot make look as new again. If you don’t know a qualified resto shop that you can trust to do the work for you CS will be pleased to quote (additional) cost & completion time on a project of agreed scope. Once you have purchased this instrument, as our customer you can have us place it in our next available resto schedule slot.

On the other hand, if you’d like a bargain in a fabulous classic Conn tenor that looks good as is, has the top Conn pedigree, and plays beautifully, this instrument is ready to go now. The horn was traded to us by an active player who had kept it as a backup tenor. The instrument is clean & well maintained. The existing pads are of mixed types (mostly Selmer plastic resos), but individually have a minimum of about 70% remaining life. None of these existing pads will need replacing any time soon. Includes good replacement case, no mouthpiece. The mouthpieces shown in our photos are so you can see how the instruments look complete and ready to play.

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Conn Transitional Satin Gold Bb Tenor Saxophone

249,xxx s/n traces to early 1932
Presenting a truly remarkable Conn Transitional tenor in 90%+ satin gold plate. There can be only a few of these in existence, given the low total Conn transitional production & the general rarity of gold plated saxophones built in the USA after the onset of our Great Depression. Be sure to look over all the pix, and please be sure to note the extremely intricate & unique original Conn art deco engraving pattern. There are more comments about the Conn transitional tenors several listings down in our discussion of a similarly rare & unusual satin silver example, so I’ll not repeat any of that here.

This tenor wears real Conn Res-O-Pads in excellent condition & is in perfect playing condition. I have personally taken several months going through it to eliminate all the cosmetic flaws that are possible and practical to address, and to assure that it absolutely wails — the latter of which was not hard at all considering the horn’s impeccable pedigree. There are a few very small ding impressions left that would have sacrificed the satin texture to completely remove, and there are stand marks at the top of the bow and (very slight) up on either side of the bell. There is some wear on key cups and touches where some silver is showing through, but probably not even the 10% mentioned above. Any brownish spots you note in the pix are because the sax was lacquered (not by CS) at the time of its last overhaul. The finish does not show signs of buffing, so I assume the lacquer coat was to help prevent tarnish. We stripped & polished the neck, which you can see turned out beautifully. If the buyer wishes the entire horn to be stripped of the lacquer we will do so prior to shipment, however there will be a delay if you elect that option. Comes with a good replacement case, no mouthpiece.

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a request of all the ‘old hands’ and true vintage Conn experts in our audience:

Please share any information you might have on the history of this very rare and unusual tenor saxophone. I would love to trace it’s roots if at all possible since the general specs and look of the horn strongly suggest that it was once a working instrument — one that may well have been belonged by a famous touring player. That suspicion is strongly supported by the fact that the sax came to us out of a large Northeast U.S. metro area, and was in a ‘KariStand’ case. These very unusual cases allow the sax to be loaded & unloaded while still on a sturdy stand that fits perfectly into slots inside the case. This sort of rugged porting device was used by the touring professional of the big band era. Of course it’s a trey pack design, built to withstand train wrecks and earthquakes. Please do consult with us if you are familiar with this instrument. We will find a suitable way to reward you for any useful information.

B&S Bb Tenor Saxophone
54xx (est. built 1975)

Beautiful German built instrument of the highest quality. For great modern saxes it’s a toss up among Selmer, Keilwerth, Yanagisawa, and you guessed it — B&S. These people made the fine early Dave Guardala saxes, which should tell a saxophile all they need to know. This one is super slick bright silver plate that’s very near perfect. Be sure to see all the pix to get the best feel for the beauty & quality of this marvelous modern tenor saxophone.

The instrument has a slick feel & incredible, full vintage sound. Note the bell profile in the photo spread. This sax may not have a bell lip as wide as a 400 ‘Top Hat’ or SML ‘Gold Medal’, but it has a huge bore, designed for the superb rich & deep, classic tenor sound we all (speaking for us congenital tenor players) relish. One of the design facets that I appreciate most about these B&S saxophones — and a primary reason for their silky action — is that they are fitted with oversized rods inside the hollowed key ferrules. If you know what riding in a luxury car equipped with oversized, premium tires is like, you can draw the analogy to just how smooth and fluid is the feel of playing a B&S saxophone. I could rave on about features of these fine instruments — heavy sheet & stock brass parts, super thick, finely finished silver plate, perfectly blended ergonomic & cosmetic attributes — but to sum it up, B&S did as good a job imaginable of keeping the features that make a Mark VI Selmer such an immortal classic, while taking a wide range of the possible improvements to the higher level.

All the B&S saxophones are quite rare & hard to find. When you do encounter one be sure to play it so you can understand why we value them so highly here at CS — where we can play a virtually perfect example of any instrument from the world’s great saxophone litany anytime we want to dig into our stacks. This is an instrument well suited to a pro or very serious developing player, but of course old duffers like me will enjoy it, too. Plays perfectly, Nice original case, no mouthpiece.

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This instrument came to us with its original, oversized flat metal resonator pads. Because the color of these premium European goatskin pads is impossible to match — more of a buff saddle tint than the reddish-brown we are accustomed to here in the states — we have made the adjustments necessary to put this saxophone into top playing condition while working around replacing pads whenever possible. To assure you of our confidence in our work on this saxophone, if the buyer would like this instrument repadded at anytime within one year of purchase, we will do so, preserving the original resonators (your option), for a reduced rate of US$360, plus return shipping. That is significantly less than our normal quote for a quality vintage tenor repad where we have to remove & reinstall resonators. Whether you would need this additional service is of course dependent on your particular use & maintenance patterns. As information, we have taken out some dents, the worst of which was a slightly flattened bow bottom. You may notice some evidence of this work up close, but you have to be looking from the bottom up to see it [English Translation: Only you & I will know unless you tell].

Buescher ‘True Tone’ Bb Tenor Saxophone (204,xxx) $2,485
From about 1927, an exceptional silver plated example with unusual & lovely ‘rose gold’ bell wash. This is the late or ‘revised’ True Tone model that has full modern keywork including a front F key and improved octave mechanism. The  pearl button G# of the earlier models is replaced with a very functional & attractive rectangular left pinky cluster topped by an easily reached & sturdy, crescent shaped G# touch. This is the same keywork that Buescher used on it’s stencil models (adapted for left bell tone holes) for over 50 years after the True Tone was superseded by the Aristocrat line (early 1930s). 

We have lovingly restored this exceptional example, applying a thorough cleaning, gentle hand polish and brand new OEM Snap-In Pads. The action is tight & precise. The sound is lush & fat. The response is feathery from top to bottom. The finish is as close to perfect as you are likely to find on a 1920s silver tenor, thanks largely to a (documented) Buescher factory overhaul back in the early 1950s. Comes in excellent 1950s tan leather Buescher replacement case that was provided by the factory with the overhaul. We believe the sax was stored away shortly after the overhaul because it was virtually perfect aside from tarnish & dry rotted pads when we acquired it. Today, this is a fine collectible example, approaching museum quality. Sorry, no mouthpiece included.

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Most players who pick up one of these late True Tone tenors for the first time are impressed by the smooth action, easy response, and by a sound that is much ‘bigger’ than the generally prevailing Buescher reputation. We have placed a number of these tenors over the years, including a couple with Rock ‘n Roll/R&B players who’ve found that with an aggressive mouthpiece these gnarly dudes really wail. The Dukoff Super Power Chamber models seem especially suited to bringing out the beast in these otherwise fashionable old gentlemen. With a legit ‘piece they moan like a cello down low and sing sweetly up top. These very versatile instruments are suited to a wide range of taste in musical performance …

C-Melody Saxophone Mouthpieces

We recently revised our Cmel mouthpiece considerations to reflect progress that has been made in a modern, stock C-Melody mouthpiece. The Cmel mouthpiece currently offered by Beechler is both affordable and uses standard tenor reeds. The Beechler mouthpiece is perfect for smooth jazz, praise & worship, and general legit music applications. Where your musical performance application requires projection to a greater extent we still recommend the Selmer metal Jazz tenor mouthpieces in a moderate tip opening (personally, I find the Selmer ‘D’ tip ideal for rock/R&B Cmel work). The  price include postage within the lower 48.

Beechler has run out of blanks for their Cmel mouthpieces…these are no longer available new!
Our Beechler hard rubber Cmel mouthpiece is priced at $100 and does not include a ligature or cap. We recommend the Rovner R2 fabric ligature for use with this mouthpiece. The Rovner line may be purchased from a variety of web merchants or from your local music store. If you play tenor you probably have this ligature, anyway. Smaller metal tenor ligatures will work on this mouthpiece, too.

C. G. Conn C-Melody Saxophones …  $2,285
… from our turnkey restoration program …

CyberSax makes a specialty of restoring these instruments & we strive to keep them in the shop schedule. They are always the straight neck models with rolled tone holes, usually in satin silver plate. Each one comes with a good vintage case & a Beechler modern C-Melody mouthpiece (please see our Cmel mouthpiece display below). You will be able to play modern music on your restored CyberSax Cmel right out of the shipping carton, with no problems finding reeds and without the ‘stuffy’ sound of vintage Cmel ‘pieces. All our Cmel sax carcasses are in very good to excellent physical condition before we start the resto process, which includes tear down, thorough cleaning, hand polish to the silver plating, new Conn Res-O-Pads, and Bear’s personal setup to assure each one plays perfectly. When we’re through they look great and play beautifully. See the sample pix (right) of one we recently finished & shipped to its new happy home. You can reserve your C-Melody with a deposit, for shipment as soon as our shop schedule permits … we can also restore your own Cmel carcass on a turnkey basis & it will come back home looking & playing just like one of ours — mouthpiece and all …

[note: we occasionally have C-Sopranos to offer -- call or email Bear for availability & price]

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Why buy a turnkey restoration program saxophone?

Quite simply, we take all the procurement and carcass risk. If you’re at all proficient at math you know that it’s possible to buy a Cmel carcass cheap enough that sending in your horn could potentially save you a few shekels – provided you don’t buy a pig-in-the-poke. If you buy our turnkey Cmel you get a vetted carcass, and CS assumes all the risk for the unexpected things that can crop up during a restoration — things like stuck and broken parts, cleaning up messy prior damage repairs and solders, straightening bent necks and bodies (or other hidden damage), dent removal, spot plating wear spots, replenishing faded or missing bell washes, etc.. If we own the carcass then fixing these things is to our account, all in a days work at the resto bench. But if YOU own the horn and are paying us to restore it for you, these things can be expensive adders to our base resto charge that can blow those few saved shekels away in a hurry.

If you can imagine it, it can show up in an eighty year old saxophone (proving once again that Mr. Murphy was right). Much of these issues aren’t discernible either from miniscule eBay pix, or by asking questions of the ‘non-expert’ eBay ‘pickers’ that comb the land for anything they can ‘flip’ for a profit. Now I truly appreciate the spot in our saxual food chain filled by the many entrepreneurs that proliferate eBay and the web, but dealing with them cannot provide you the assurances as to what you are paying for — AND the ability to deliver it as promised — that doing business with a reputable worldwide web saxophone dealer does. You have to pay to get those assurances, and by standing behind our promises, web dealers like CS earn the reasonable retail premiums you pay us. If you don’t think we earn the few extra bucks we make on a turnkey resto, you need but take a look into our parts-horn bin for all the old horns there that wouldn’t make the grade for our turnkey program. If they’re junk we junk ‘em. We don’t try to fix ‘em up to pass off on some unsuspecting client. Our clients are like gold to us, and we strive to treat you all accordingly.

Now I just wanna’ ask a couple questions here to see how well I’ve gotten over to you all these points I am trying to make: If after forty years of buying and selling saxophones (and having seen about all there is to see in the way of what CAN happen when you buy one off the web), I still get stuck with a clunker here and there, don’t you just gotta’ ask yourself, what are YOUR chances that your one shot is a clean hit? Don’t forget, by the way, that finding and buying a good carcass is only half the battle. You still gotta’ get it shipped to where you want it — damage free. Believe me, friends, we have a detailed picture essay on “packing saxes for safe shipment” on our web site for a darned good reason. There is no plumbing the depths of laziness, idiocy and general incompetence that goes into packing your web purchases for their blessed journey. I’ve had the UPS guy walk up carrying a sax case by the handle, one that some idiot simply pasted a label onto and dropped off at the counter (we can debate who was dumber, the shipper or the counter clerk that took the horn like that). I’ve also seen sax cases in a box with little or no packing at all (and even saxes without cases), simply rolling around inside an empty box like clothes in the dryer (to my mind this is a much WORSE trip than the bare case example).

Trust me, there’s everything in between those two extremes that one can imagine — like using the contents of one’s trash can as packing material (it was handy). When it comes to shipping saxophones, it’s Mr. Murphy’s purview once again. And sending out a link to our picture essay on how to pack a sax doesn’t always take, either (hence the above reference to laziness as a shipping risk). Keep in mind that improper packing is NOT an insurable shipping risk — not that you want the hassle of a shipping claim, anyway — so what gets broken on the way here, you pay ole Bear to fix that, too. It’s your job to sort the responsibility & cost out between the seller and their shipper. With our program horns you know that they are already safely here at our shop, and ole Bear has already hassled out any shipping damage issues for you. If it’s broke, Bear fix … and that’s all you need to know. So here’s the other question I wanted to ask:

Feelin’ lucky?

If not, our CS turnkey resto program was designed with YOU in mind …

other saxophones currently available under the CS turnkey restoration program
(please email or call for quotes on time and cost)
Conn Bass Saxophone 
(satin silver plate)
Conn Transitional Alto
(plain brass)
Conn Transitional Alto
(satin silver)sold
Conn Transitional Tenor Sax
(plain brass)
Conn C-Melody sold
(silver/gold keys & custom relief engraving)
Buescher True Tone Tenor
(early design — satin gold)
Buescher True Tone Tenor
(late design — satin silver)
Buescher Aristocrat Tenor
(clean pre war horn)
Martin Comm I ‘skyline’ Alto
(suitable for bare brass resto)
King Super 20 Silver
Sonic Alto Sax sold
Buescher/Selmer NY curved Bb soprano
(satin silver)
King Super 20 Silver Sonic
Tenor Saxophone sold
King Straight Bb Sop
(silver w/gold keys)
SML stencil ‘Rev. C’ alto
(faux gold plate)
Conn RTH 12M
(satin silver)sold
Conn C-Melody 
(satin silver plate)
Conn F Mezzo-Soprano
Original Sell Through!
(satin silver plate)
Conn F Mezzo-Soprano
Original Sell Through!
(brass-lacquer finish) sold
Conn RTH 26M
(original brass lacquer finish)
Buescher Top Hat Tenorsold
(brass lacquer)
Martin ‘cityscape’ Comm. I Tenor
(brass lacquer)sold
King Curved Soprano
(satin silver)
Martin stencil Altos w/left bell holes
(several finishes & designs)
Buescher stencil Altos w/left bell holes
(several finishes)
Buescher True Tone Cmel w/front F
(satin silver)sold
Conn RTH/oppposed bell hole Altos
(several finishes)
Buescher Top Hat Tenor
(suitable for bare brass resto)
Conn Straight Bb Sop
(several finishes)
Martin Straight Bb Sop
(satin silver)
Conn RTH 12M barissold
(two (2) 259k & 314K)
Buescher True Tone Cmel
(satin silver)
Buescher curved Bb soprano
(satin silver)
Martin ‘Typewriter’ Alto
(satin silver)sold
Buescher True Tone Cmel
(satin gold)
Conn RTH/opposed bell hole Tenors
(several finishes)
Buescher True Tone Alto
(satin gold)
Conn RTH 6M
(suitable for bare brass resto)
King Zephyr Tenor
(pre war)
Conn C-Melody
(burnished gold artist model)
This is a partial list taken from our substantial accumulation of vintage sax carcasses that we are currently making available for our turnkey restoration program. If you don’t see what you want in the above chart you are welcome to inquire. Please do not ask to purchase these prime carcasses ‘as-is’. We are offering them only as turnkey restorations. The product you receive will be as close to new in terms of cosmetics as is humanly possible, and will play better than when the horn was new. Prices fairly reflect both the quality of our restorations and the relative rarity of each particular saxophone model. Those of you who know about vintage saxes understand how truly unusual it is to see most of these instruments offered for sale under any terms. Plain brass models may only be available as bare brass restorations. We do no buffing or relacquering here at CS, though we do work with salvageable, existing brass-lacquer finishes to match spot lacquer finish repairs as faithfully to the original finish (in it’s current state) as possible. Individual instruments and a CS resto schedule slot for their turnkey restoration can be reserved with a substantial, non-refundable deposit. We’re totally serious about vintage saxophones here at CS, and before we commit one of these fine and rare vintage saxophones we want to know that you are serious, too. You will not see these particular  instruments offered anywhere else on our web site.

Bare Brass Restorations please email or call for quote
The pre war King Zephyr pictured (sorry, this horn is not available) is a beautiful example of a bare brass horn that we recently stripped of all the old, ugly lacquer & gave it a nice, gentle hand polish. The sax now has a fabulous ‘old gold’ look, that slowly over time will develop into a striking, aged brass patina.

Our bare brass restoration process eliminates the real issue with refinishing a saxophone: the destructive buffing that’s needed to make the brass shine brightly before the new lacquer finish is applied. Until the early 1930s no saxophones had lacquer finishes, so for almost a century all the saxophones came from the builder just like the results of our bare brass restorations. Some of the early bare brass instruments are renowned for their extremely rich & free vibrating tone nuances. It’s from the same source — no restrictive lacquer coating — as the great sounds so many pros get from their ugly old horns where all the lacquer has worn off naturally over the years. Our strip & polish treatment leaves saxophones it in that same wonderful harmonic state as the pre lacquer saxophones & those old jazzers’ horns — but we have chemically removed all the ugly mess & given your sax an even sheen by our tedious, detailed hand polish process.

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After polishing, we fit each sax with all new premium pads, plus new corks & felts, and replace springs as needed. I personally set each sax up to play flawlessly – and they do, or they just don’t leave here. One of the pluses in working with bare brass instruments is that dings, damage & solder repairs can be made virtually invisible because of our freedom to work in a finish free environment. This is THE answer for a really nasty old sax of great pedigree that you want to play regularly, plus have it it look clean & even again.

With the correct-for-design pads we use on our restos (Res-O-Pads on Conn, Snap-In on Buescher, plastic or metal button on Selmer, moderate-sized, flat metal reso on others), you have the flexibility to play any style of music by merely changing mpc/reed/lig combinations & your oral inputs. You will find these saxes will do raunchy Rock ‘n Roll or cello-like lullabies, all at the player’s whim (you just have to know how to ask). Of course if your heart is set on pads & resos of a more exotic bend we will accommodate you (at additional cost), but CS cannot be responsible for the way the sax sounds or responds as a result, and to some extent we may not be able to set the action & intonation to our usual exacting standards where pad thickness & reso size interfere with an instrument’s design tolerances. Please keep in mind that we are neither fast nor cheap on our resto projects here at CS. We are, however, your dependable source for top quality restoration work on your very valuable & most cherished vintage saxophones.  You can’t hurry quality – so we don’t even try … :-) also specializes in fine silver & gold plated saxophone restorations

King Zephyr Bb Tenor Saxophone $2,285
(186,xxx – 1937-8) 

“One of the classic pre WWII art deco masterpieces in astounding original condition … ” 

This is the fabled pre war Zephyr, with crisp mechanics and a huge, sophisticated sound that only the finest King tenors can produce. The tone is balanced, even ‘centered’, much as the fans of the vaunted Selmers like to say. King tenors are considered by many to be the best sounding saxophones ever produced, with keywork & action that are strictly first rate. You will note from the pix some distinctive King design touches, such as the double socket neck with the substantial, but attractive, brace to prevent pull down. The ‘eyebrow’ keyguards are both well conceived (functional) and add a unique cosmetic touch … speaking of which — the three ring strap hook is a gas — a classic touch for the ages. All considered, this is one cool horn. So if you want to play one of the classic American tenors, in overall outstanding collectible condition, this is your next horn.

Please look over all the detailed pix to get an idea of just how nice & clean this horn is. The original lacquer is in the 92-94% range, with wear concentrated at the touch points and inside the bell.  The color has aged to a delicious bronzey gold, and even the neck is in very nice shape. The beautiful dark blue velvet inside of the case screams ‘closet horn’ from this baby. There are maybe four or five dings of the tiniest kind around the inner bow, and one you may be able to see under the right hand thumb rest. We will push these out & polish up the inner bell if the buyer wishes, but personally, I’d leave it alone. Lacquer stretch on these old finishes (from pushing out old dings) often looks worse than a few minuscule dings do themselves.

The sax is wearing all new premium kid pads with moderate sized flat metal resonators — fresh corks & felts, too. Though the basic repad work was not done here at CS, it is well done. The horn played as well as any we see when it arrived, but rest assured it has received my personal attention to details to make it play its absolute best. This tenor positively roars now — typically King … just reaches right up, grabs you around the neck and plants a huge, messy kiss all over your very surprised lips … :-)

We’ve included many more detailed photos than normal; including extreme close ups that depict just how remarkably preserved an instrument this is. Please be sure to check them all out. Offered in a beautiful original King ‘faux gator’ case that rates 9+ of 10.  No mouthpiece is included. The one shown is for display purposes only.

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Buescher 400 ‘Top Hat & Cane’ Bb Tenor Saxophone $3,385
sold !
(306,xxx – c.1945)

In 1945 Buescher celebrated the end of WWII by introducing an innovative tenor saxophone design destined to become an American saxophone legend. Each defining detail of these marvelous instruments is amazing enough taken alone, but when combined, produce a tenor sax of truly awesome proportions. It is on first look beautiful. In the hands, the action is quick, smooth & effortless. Finally, the promise of look & feel is fulfilled beyond belief by the silky, seemingly bottomless tone these saxes produce. This is the smooth, powerful tenor sound that defined the big band era — and this is the saxophone that set the standard for that sound. If you’re of the boomer generation (moi) it is entirely possible you were conceived to the marvelous music of this very instrument. No wonder the current generation is enthralled by the revitalized music of the golden post war years. During one of the happiest periods in American history, the music of the Buescher 400 helped make it so.

Defining features include snap in pads, gold Norton screw in springs, the ‘back’ located bell tone holes (another way to accomplish the leverage that makes the ‘balanced action’ spatula design so smooth), solid nickel-silver bell reinforcing ring (adds resonance), solid nickel-silver thumb rest, strap hook & long rod runs, underslung octave mechanism, and the oddly cocked high E key. A tech’s first urge is to straighten that high E key back into line with the other side keys, but after playing these saxes you realize the intentional odd look of the design helps avoid unintentionally opening the high E & side C keys simultaneously. We have come to recognize nickel plated keywork as a sign of inferior saxes recently, yet many innovative saxes have used solid nickel or nickel-silver alloy on keywork for added strength & rigidity over brass. The King Super 20, the Martin ‘skyline’ models & many fine French saxes such as SML have all used nickel-silver in their keywork.

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This is an all original, one owner horn with 97% dark gold lacquer. It has all the snaps for the snap in pads, and the pads on the horn have about 75% remaining life. The neck is really nice – always wrapped – but it does have one lacquer stretch spot where we pressed out a little ding. The rest of the horn had maybe 6 small dents & dings, which we have removed. The worst one was on the bell lip, down inside about two inches. It looked like stand damage, and that’s confirmed by a few scratches consistent with one of those 1950s folding metal stands. There’s a very good original case with the horn. We aren’t offering it with a mouthpiece, even though the pix show one on it. That’s just to make the horn complete for the pic layout. As you can see, the engraving is breathtaking, and so is the way this one plays. It’ll go really sweet – or blast & rock – and it feels and responds like a dream. In our opinion, the action on these early 400 horns is right up there with the most legendary horns on the planet – Super 20, Mark VI, and all the modern marvels like Yanagisawa, Keilwerth or B&S. This is a classic for the ages, and you won’t find one in a thousand in this kind of condition — not that you could find a thousand of these if you tried. The only one its equal I’ve ever seen is my personal TH&C tenor – and this one will play competitively with my horn. So, here’s a horn for everyone who has envied the TH & C tenor I’m shown playing in pix on our web site — especially those of you who’ve tried to get me to part with my TH&C over the years …

Conn ‘Chu Berry’ Bb Tenor Saxophone     . . . rare 11M ‘High Pitch’ horn . . . $4,285
Who would want to play a high pitch tenor? With the old & primitively designed ones that’s a legitimate question — but this is a full fledged modern tenor that just happens to have been built a little differently. The latter Chu tenors have the thickest, richest sound imaginable, and this one seems especially blessed! These late HP saxes can be manipulated to play with modern instruments, and in some cases, it is amazingly to the player’s advantage.  With a long shank mouthpiece one can tune the sax to B natural, which allows some simplifying transposition opportunities. Guitar players love the keys of E & A, yes? This leaves Bb tuned tenor players in some rather difficult keys. Now admittedly most of us have learned to cope, but think for a moment about the possibilities of playing your tenor in F & Bb, as opposed to Gb & B …
Is anyone listening yet?

Built in late 1929, this 234,xxx tenor has to be one of the last Conn ‘High Pitch’ saxes. Expect excellent original satin silver body with bright gold plated keywork. This is perhaps the most striking of the numerous finish options offered by Conn in the opulent 1920′s. Details seem to literally pop out in the contrast between bright gold & matte silver surfaces. Lovely as is, but could be polished out to be a breathtaking display piece. This beautiful sax is in fine playing condition. It is offered in a sturdy & clean original case, no mouthpiece.

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