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The Work Schedule 2015
On-going '14 side projects:
Conn Chu Tenor-Super Gigger Custom
WWS horn #211k gets Custom Rebuild with custom RED roo pads, maxed out Silver resotech resonators, Premium upgrades, keywork fabrication...etc
12-15-14 Silver Buescher Top Hat & Cane Alto: Customer horn #3xxK gets Vintage Buescher Rebuild with snap-in pads, natural cork throughout for a customer. Lindberg Done
12-15-14 Buescher Aristocrat, series 1 Tenor: SILVER RESTORATION
Customer horn gets Restoration Prep.
Havenfield In Progress
~ 2015 ~
1-4-14 The Martin Tenor: WWS horn #206K gets Standard Vintage Rebuild with 50% resos, natural cork throughout for a customer. Harris Done
1-20-15 Selmer Mark VI alto: WWS consignment sax #168k gets a rebuild for customer. Crosby Done
2-25-15 The Martin Baritone: WWS sax for customer #169k Balk Done
3-27-15 B&S Blue Label Tenor: WWS horn gets TLC for a customer. Chapman Done
4-1-15 Silver Bundy Special Baritone: custom help for a customer horn. shipping damages. (non rebuild) JOHNSON
4-12-15 Buescher Silver C-Soprano: customer sax #155k Crosby
4-19-15 King Zephyr Special Alto: WWS horn gets Rebuild with upgrades for a customer. Keen Done
5-9-15 Buescher Big B Alto: Customer horn Dize Done
6-1-15 Buescher Big B Alto: Customer horn Nordmann
6-13-15 H. Genet Tenor: WWS Horn for Customer Meyers Done
6-19-15 Martin Committee 1 alto: Customer horn #116K gets Standard Vintage Rebuild with 50% resos, natural cork throughout for a customer. Hodgson
7-20-15 Selmer Mark VI alto: Customer horn #147K gets Standard Vintage Rebuild with reused resos, natural cork throughout for a customer. Harned
7-29-15 Conn Chu Berry Tenor: Customer horn #236K gets Standard Vintage Rebuild with 50% resos, natural cork throughout for a customer. Parashes
8-22-15 Silver Restoration - Aristo 1 Tenor:
8-15-15 King Super 20 Alto: WWS horn #427K gets Standard Vintage Rebuild with 50% resos, natural cork throughout for a customer. Rarden
9-5-15 Conn Chu-tranny Tenor #166k: WWS horn #166K gets Standard Vintage Rebuild with 50%+ resos, natural cork throughout for a customer--no silver polishing. Donnelly
Local Repair help
10-15-15 SML Rev. D tenor: WWS horn #9K gets Custom Rebuild with gold resotech resos, premium upgrades for a customer. Uchiya
10-29-15 1919 Buescher Curved Soprano: WWS horn #61K Vintage Rebuild with flat metal resos, and natural cork for a customer. McInnis
Martin Typewriter alto: Customer
horn returns from plating to get assembled and put together! I can't wait! Hurwitz
11-15-15 SLOT OPEN
11-25-15 SLOT OPEN
2-22-15 Silver Restoration - Aristo 1 Tenor Return?:
If you wish to schedule a rebuild, or purchase one of the saxes (and it still needs to be rebuilt), send me a 50% deposit to hold your place in the work schedule. I work from a published schedule (see left margin) so that your sax will only be out of your possession a couple weeks, while i do the actual work, it does not have to just sit on the shop floor, until its turn comes up... you send it to arrive on schedule and we return it on schedule.
E-mail chadd with questions about our vintage saxes at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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If a horns says "just rebuilt", then it's ready to go, saxes that say "scheduled for a rebuild" are waiting for the work to be done, but it will be included in the posted price. If a sax says "ON TRIAL" someone is taking advantage of the "Three Day Trial" policy (See Info and Orders page).
Saxophone Comparison Chart
Some of the best vintage saxes of all time
(and SOUND FILES)
Here is a pic of some custom resonator work. The reso can be sized to your tonehole, or whatever you would like.
I can get you virtually any resonator ordered. Sarge's favorite was the Resotech solid silver reso.
We have a:
Pro plating system
It is our business to Rebuild your sax or sell ours as Fully Rebuilt Saxes. We never sell our stock "As-Is". We are Restorers.
If you wish to schedule a rebuild, or purchase one of our saxes and it still needs to be rebuilt, send us a 50% deposit and we will schedule its rebuild before any of our other worldwidesax.com inventory.
Everybody loves these new Kangaroo skin pads, aka Saxgourmet Pads and you can get them from Curt, at musicmedic.com you can request that any WWS stock be rebuilt with them, or just click this link and order some for yourself.
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Hard to find:
Here is a helpful outline of SML serial Numbers:
0001 – 3000 / 1934 to 1940
3000 – 5500 / 1940 to 1945
5500 – 8000 / 1945 to 1950
8000 – 12000 / 1950 to 1955
12000 – 16000 / 1955 to 1960
16000 – 19000 / 1960 to 1965
22000 – 24000 / 1970 to 1975
24000 – 26000 / 1975 to 1980
26000 – 27000 / 1980 to 1982
Here is a helpful outline of Keilwerth serial Numbers:
Keilwerth Serial Numbers:
Keilwerth made The New King and Tone King as their main brand names, from 1932 to 1969 or so, but there were always stencils, like Edgeware and later Couf. Here are few of the other names you may find on Keilwerth made horns. The New King and Tone King saxes were identical except for a high F# key on the tone king model, but keilwerth marketed the Tone King as the "deluxe" Pro model and the New King as the "standard" Pro model
Known Keilwerth Stencils:
Couf Superba 1 & 2
Jean Barre Artist (seen Alto)
Princeton (seen Alto)
Keilwerth copiers, such as Amati, Dörfler & Jörka (1949 to 1968, then purchased by Keilwerth) and B&S
Max Keilwerth and Richard Keilwerth (Graslitz) made saxes under the names:
Weltklang (baritones only)
Here is a handy chart for King ZEPHYR series:
and Zephyr Special
170xxx to 180xxx
s/n 180xxx to 237xxx
s/n 200xxx to 280xxx
s/n 237xxx to 305xxx
s/n 305xxx to 423xxx
s/n 423xxx to 540xxx
1945 was the beginning of King's Super 20 (s/n 272xxx)
Here is a handy chart for King SUPER 20 series:
1945-1949 "Series I":
#272xxx to 295xxx
Tranny "Series Ia":
#380xxx to 426xxx
moves to Eastlake
#426xxx to 540xxx
1975 "Series VI":
<1975? era debate 1975+?
#540xxx to 800xxx
Past Work Schedule 2010:
4-13-10 Gold Plated The Martin Soprano 64,xxx: Done
4-18-10 Silver The Martin Tenor 184K "USMC": Done
5-7-10 Buffet SDA Alto 18K: Done
5-14-10 Armstrong Low A Baritone: Done
5-25-10 Conn 10M: Done
5-28-10 Martin Committee 2 Alto: WWS Done
6-1-10 J. Keilwerth 1934 New King Alto: Nickle plated Done
6-11-10 The Martin Alto: Done
6-17-10 Silver Buescher Big B: Silver plated WWS horn gets a Standard Vintage Rebuild with flat metal resos for customer. Done
6-24-10 1948 Conn 6m Naked Lady: Done
7-2-10 Buescher 400 Tenor #505K: WWS horn gets a Standard Vintage Rebuild with Prestini rivetless dome metal resos. WWS Done
7-8-10 1928 Silver Conn Chu Alto: Customer horn gets a Standard Vintage Rebuild with flat metal resos. DONE
7-20-10 King Super 20 Alto #415K: WWS horn gets a Standard Vintage Rebuild with flat metal resos. WWS Done
7-28-10 Conn 6m: customer horn gets a Standard Vintage Rebuild with flat metal resos. Done
7-28-10 1945 The Martin Tenor: WWS horn 153K gets a Standard Vintage Rebuild with Seamless Domed resos. WWS Done
8-5-10 Buescher Aristo "156" Tenor #338K: Done
8-12-10 1953 SML Rev D #10K: Chadd horn gets a Vintage Standard Rebuild with Presini pads, some Premium upgrades, minor fabrication work, and some plating restorations. Done
8-13-10 1972 Selmer Mark VI alto #208K: WWS horn gets a Vintage Standard Rebuild with Presini pads and natural cork throughout. WWS Done
8-27-10 1940 Conn 26M alto: Customer horn gets a Premium Vintage Rebuild with White Roos & Seamless Flat resos. Done
9-7-10 1952 King Zephyr Alto: WWS horn 328K gets a Standard Vintage Rebuild. WWS Done
9-23-10 Buescher Big B Tenor #322K: WWS horn gets a Standard Buescher Rebuild with Buescher snap in pads and natural cork throughout for customer. Done
6-17-10 Silver Buescher Aristocrat #280k: Silver plated WWS horn gets a Standard Vintage Buescher snap-in Rebuild with original metal resos. WWS Done
10-15-10 1960s LeBlanc Rationale Tenor: WWS horn gets a Vintage Standard Rebuild with Presini pads. Sarge/WWS Done
10-22-10 1953 SML Rev D #10K: WWS horn gets a Vintage Standard Rebuild with Presini pads for customer. Done
10-26-10 1940 Martin Comm 2 alto: Chadd horn gets a Vintage Standard Rebuild with Presini pads, some Premium upgrades for customer. Done
11-4-10 Buescher Aristocrat Alto #345k: WWS horn gets a Standard Vintage Buescher snap-in Rebuild with original metal resos. WWS Done
11-4-10 Buescher Big B Aristocrat Tenor #317k: WWS horn gets a Standard Vintage Buescher snap-in Rebuild with original metal resos. WWS Done
11-18-10 Silver Conn Chu alto: Customer horn gets a Standard Vintage Rebuild with flat metal resos. Childs Done
12-2-10 Buescher Big B Aristocrat Alto: WWS horn gets a Standard Vintage Buescher snap-in Rebuild with original metal resos. WWS Done
12-14-10 The Martin Tenor #208k: WWS horn gets a Standard Vintage Rebuild with flat metal resos and rivet center. WWS Done
12-17-10 Nickel Conn Chu Tenor: WWS horn gets a Vintage French Standard Rebuild with plastic resos. WWS Done
Please e-mail or phone us for additional descriptions or JPEG's of
any of our current inventory, or if you don't see something you would like to have, let us
We have a long list of customers you can
e-mail for references. (see References Page)
Past Work 2011:
1-1-2011 H.Couf Superba 1 Tenor: Customer horn gets a Standard Vintage Rebuild with Pisoni rivetless dome metal resos. Thaut Done
1-4-11 1938 Buescher Aristocrat series 1 Tenor: WWS horn gets a Vintage Buescher Snap-in Rebuild with natural cork throughout. WWSDone
1-19-11 1940s Buescher Aristocrat Alto: Customer's alto neck gets pull-down repair and dents removed. Garcia Done
1-19-11 Conn "tranny" Chu alto: WWS horn gets a Vintage Rebuild with natural cork throughout and Sherry Huntly Engraving. WWS Done
1-28-11 Conn 6m alto: Customer horn gets a Vintage Rebuild with natural cork throughout. Harford Done
2-5-11 King Super 20 alto - pearls: WWS horn gets a Vintage Rebuild with premuim extras. WWS Done
2-22-11 King Super 20 tenor - pearls: Customer horn gets a Vintage Rebuild with oversized Noyak resos on Black Saxgourmet Roo pads. Atkinson Done
2-23-11 Buescher 400 Tenor 429K: WWS horn gets a Vintage Buescher Snap In rebuild. WWS Done
3-10-11 Conn Gold C-Soprano 98K: WWS horn gets a rebuild for customer with silver Resotechs to be gold plated & Premium Upgrade. Gast Done
4-7-11 King Super 20 tenor --full pearls: Sax gets a Vintage Rebuild with premium extras and seamless flat resos. Sarge Done
4-14-11 Conn Chu tranny tenor: Customer horn gets a Vintage Rebuild with oversized Resotech resos on Black Saxgourmet Roo pads and a Premium Upgrade and New stainless steel springs. Mattina Done
4-21-11 Buffet S-1 Tenor: Sax gets a Vintage Rebuild with premium extras and seamless flat resos. Sarge Done
5-10-11 Vintage YAS-62 purple label: Customer horn gets a French Standard rebuild with plastic dome resos. Tebo Done
5-13-11 Vintage Dolnet #24K: WWS horn gets a French Standard rebuild with Flat Metal resos. WWS Done
5-19-11 Selmer Mark VI alto: Customer horn gets a Silver Restoration with a French Standard rebuild with plastic dome resos and full Spring Replacement. Zax Done
6-3-11 Selmer Mark VI Tenor: Customer horn gets a French Standard rebuild with plastic dome resos and swedging. Layer Done
6-20-11 Silver Buescher TrueTone IV Alto: Customer horn gets a Vintage Standard rebuild with Buescher Snap In Pads. Tarvin Done
7-1-11 King Saxello customer horn gets a Vintage Standard Rebuild. Zax Done
7-15-11 Silver Conn curved Soprano: WWS horn gets a Vintage Standard Rebuild after chemical Lacquer stripping, for customer. Luchtan Done
7-29-11 Silver Conn 26M alto: WWS horn gets Rebuilt and some much needed TLC. WWS Done
8/7/11--8/13/11 TIME OFF
8-15-11 1935 Conn 10M tenor: WWS horn gets a Vintage Standard Rebuild for customer.
8-16-11 The Martin Tenor 1953: Customer horn gets Vintage Standard Rebuild. Neilo Done
8-29-11 King Zephyr alto: WWS (OS) horn gets a Vintage Standard Rebuild for customer. harrson/Keller Done
9-1-11 Maintenance & School Prep
9-10-11 Maintenance & School Prep
9-20-11 Martin Committee II alto: Customer horn gets Vintage Standard Rebuild.Siboliban Done
10-1-11 Martin Committee I alto: Customer horn gets Vintage Standard Rebuild + a new custom screw rod. Siboliban Done
10-18-11 Martin Committee III "The Martin alto": WWS horn gets Vintage Standard Rebuild for customer. Zink Done
11-1-11 H&A Selmer Bundy Baritone: WWS horn gets Vintage Standard Rebuild for customer with domed metal resos for customer. Snowhill Done
11-13-11 Mark VI alto: Silver Restoration Returns from Andersons. Customer horn gets a with a French Standard rebuild with Metal dome resos and full Spring Replacement with Rose Gold Plating Accents. Zax Done
12-6-11 Buescher Big B Baritone: WWS horn gets Vintage Standard Rebuild with metal-backed pads and natural cork throughout. Aaberg Done
12/22--31/11 TIME OFF
~ 2012 ~
1-3-11 Conn Gold Artist "Harp" alto: WWS horn gets Vintage Standard Rebuild for customer. Seward Done
1-17-12 Buescher Big B Tenor: Customer horn gets Vintage Standard Rebuild with metal-backed pads and natural cork throughout. Williamson Done
2-1-12 SML Rev D Alto:
Customer horn gets Vintage Standard Rebuild with prestini pads and natural cork throughout, + custom key fabrication. Heine Done
3-8-12 The Martin Tenor:
WWS horn gets Vintage Standard Rebuild with prestini pads and natural cork throughout for customer. Gillette Done
3-16-12 Buffet Super Dynaction Tenor: WWS horn gets Vintage Standard Rebuild with prestini pads and natural cork throughout for customer. Croasdale Done
3-28-12 Conn baritone?:
Customer horn gets Vintage Standard Rebuild with prestini pads and natural cork throughout for customer. Tarvin Canceled
3/29--4/16/12 TIME OFF
4-26-12 Martin Committee I Alto: Customer horn gets Vintage Standard Rebuild with prestini pads and natural cork throughout for customer. Lindberg Done
5-10-12 Buffet SDA Alto #18,7xx: WWS horn gets Premium Rebuild with Saxgourmet Black Roo pads with Noyak resonators for customer. Sheedy Done
5-31-12 Silver/nickel The Martin Alto: WWS horn gets vintage standard rebuild with new stainless steel springs, Rose-gold wash bell. Krause Done
6-21-12 Silver The Martin Tenor: WWS horn gets Vintage Standard rebuild for customer plus custom thumb hook, post repairs. Evans Done
6-27-12 The Martin Tenor, Official Music Man Model: WWS horn gets Premium Standard rebuild for customer with Saxgourmet Roo Pads. Tuncel Done
7-3-12 Selmer Super Balanced Action Tenor: gets Premium Standard rebuild for customer with tan pads and domed metal resos50%+. Maxwell Done
7-13-12 The Martin Tenor:
Customer horn gets a Premium Rebuild with prestini pads and seamless flat resos, and custom work. Leisenbach Done
7-27-12 B&S Blue Label alto: WWS horn gets Vintage Standard rebuild (premium) for customer and custom pearls installed. Incorvaia Done
8/2--8/5/12 TIME OFF
8-6-12 Buescher "The Aristocrat" alto: WWS horn gets a Vintage Buescher rebuild with original snap-on pads and natural cork throughout. In Progress
8-10-12 Selmer Balanced Action alto: Customer horn gets Vintage Standard rebuild for customer with stack swedging and screw replacements and minor fabrication. Suhling Done
8-22-12 Silver Conn Chu Alto: WWS horn gets Vintage Standard rebuild (premium) for customer, with neck octave key work and swedging throughout. Hayes Done
9/1--9/12/2012 School Prep
9-13-12 Conn 6M viii alto: WWS horn gets Vintage Standard rebuild for customer with natural cork throughout and case solving. O'Brien Done
9-28-12 Gold Plate SML Rev D Tenor: WWS horn gets The Sarge Special rebuild (Premium) for customer, with gold plated domed Resotech resonators on Black Saxgourmet Roo pads. Ester Done
10-12-12 Silver Selmer " Model 26" Tenor: Customer horn gets a Vintage Standard Rebuild with neck repair and oversized flat resonators with rivet. Verver Done
10-31-12 Selmer Mark VI alto: Customer horn gets a Vintage Standard Rebuild with Saxgourmet Roos with original resos. Premium? Spring Replacement?. Johnson Done
11/3--11/14/12 TIME OFF
11-16-12 Conn Virtuoso Deluxe C-Melody 8M: Customer horn gets a Vintage Standard Rebuild with White Roos for consignment sale. Emmons- Catalano Done
11-23-12 The Martin Alto: Customer horn gets a Vintage Standard Rebuild Natural cork throughout. Machin Done
12-6-12 Conn 10M Tenor: WWS horn gets Vintage Standard rebuild for customer with natural cork throughout. Ruud Done
12-17-12 Conn Artist Soprano in gold plate: Customer horn gets a Vintage Standard Rebuild Natural cork throughout and Saxgourmet Roo pads. Woodmancy Done
12/21--1/2/13 TIME OFF
The Work Schedule 2013:
1-7-13 Conn 10M, silver 1945 Tenor: WWS horn gets Vintage Standard rebuild for customer with natural cork throughout. Smith Done
1-10-13 Buescher 400 alto: WWS horn gets Vintage Buescher Rebuild with snap in pads and natural cork throughout. Done
1-18-13 SML Rev D Alto: Customer horn gets a Vintage Standard Rebuild with oversized flat resos, Natural cork throughout and acid bath. Pearson Done
1-29-13 The Martin Baritone: WWS horn gets Premium Rebuild for customer with vintage standard resos and tan pads. Bogle/Ryba Done
2-21-13 King Zephyr Tenor #308k: WWS horn gets Vintage Rebuild with seamless flat resos and Black Roo Pads! WWS Done
3-1-13 Buescher 400 TH&C alto: WWS horn #306k gets Vintage Buescher Rebuild with snap in pads and natural cork throughout. WWS Done
3-13-13 1960s Selmer Mark VI alto: Customer horn gets a Vintage Standard Rebuild with tan Prestini pads and plastic resonators. Adams Done
3-25-13 1952 Selmer Super Balanced Action Baritone Low A: Customer horn gets a Vintage Standard Rebuild with tan Prestini pads and metal resonators. Hanan Done
4/1--4/7/13 TIME OFF
4-29-13 Buescher 400 TH&C alto: WWS horn #306,44x gets Vintage Buescher Rebuild with snap in pads and natural cork throughout for customer. Lindberg Done
5-2-13 King Silversonic Tenor: Customer horn gets a Vintage Standard Rebuild with tan Prestini pads and metal resonators. Gifford Done
5-16-13 Martin Imperial Baritone: Customer horn gets a Vintage Standard Rebuild with tan Prestini pads and metal resonators; and new blue steel springs. Johnson Done
6-1-13 The Martin Alto: WWS horn #163k gets Vintage Standard Rebuild with tan pads, flat resonators and natural cork throughout. Done
6-18-13 Conn New Wonder Alto: Customer horn gets a Vintage Standard Rebuild with tan Prestini pads and flat metal resonators. Fisher Done
7-1-13 Silver Conn 6M VIII alto: WWS horn #314k gets new GOLD plate in bell and a Vintage Standard Rebuild with tan pads, flat resonators and natural cork throughout for customer. Balk Done
7-11-13 Selmer Balanced Action alto: Customer horn gets a Vintage Standard Rebuild with tan Prestini pads and plastic domed resonators. Backman Done
8-7-13 The Martin Tenor, Official Musicman Model:
WWS horn #214k gets a Vintage Standard Rebuild with Black Roo pads, seamless flat resonators +50%, and natural cork throughout for customer. McKeirnan Done
Two weeks School Prep
9-1-13 Selmer Balanced Action alto: Customer horn gets new springs Backman Done
9-2-13 Conn C-Soprano:
WWS horn #117k gets a Vintage Standard Rebuild with flat resonators +50%, and natural cork throughout for customer. Lindberg Done
10-3-13 Buescher Tipped Bell Bb Soprano: WWS horn #204k gets a Buescher Standard Rebuild with snap in pads, and natural cork throughout for customer. Zax Done
10-15-13 Conn Gold C-Melody: WWS horn gets a prepared for customer. Lindberg Done
10-29-13 The Martin Alto: WWS horn #163k gets Vintage Standard Rebuild with tan pads, flat resonators and natural cork throughout. Done
11-1-13 Selmer Mark VII alto: Customer horn gets a Vintage Standard Rebuild with plastic resos and natural cork throughout. Rachmiel Done
11-21-13 Selmer Mark VI Tenor 205k: Customer horn gets a Vintage Rebuild on Saxgourmet Roo Pads with seamless domed metal resos at 60%+ and natural cork throughout, also some neck repair. Coile Done
12-10-13 Conn Curved Soprano: WWS horn #57k gets Vintage Standard Rebuild tan pads, flat resonators and natural cork throughout for customer. Eberhard Done
TIME OFF - Xmas Break
1-16-14 Buescher TrueTone Baritone: customer horn #224k gets Vintage Buescher Rebuild with snap-in pads, natural cork throughout, acid bath and clean up work. Cantrael Done
2-4-14 Buescher Tenor: Customer horn #13k gets TLC and Buescher Standard Setups for customer. Balk Done
2-24-14 Buescher Big B alto: Customer horn gets a Buescher Standard Rebuild with Snap-in pads and natural cork throughout for customer. Strassmaier Done
3-1-14 Buescher "The Aristocrat" series 1 Tenor: WWS horn #278k gets Vintage Buescher Rebuild with snap-in pads, natural cork throughout for a customer. Gore Done
3-10-14 1952 Selmer Super Balanced Action Low-A Baritone: Consignment horn gets a Custom Rebuild with tan pads, resotech resos, natural cork throughout with some premium upgrades for customer. Vitale Done
3-24-14 Conn Chu Berry Alto: Customer horn gets a WWS Vintage Standard Rebuild with Prestini Pads and natural cork throughout. Miranda Done
On-going '14 side projects:
WWS horn #76k gets Vintage Rebuild with black roo pads, and some Premium upgrades.
4-14-14 Selmer Mark VI Tenor: Customer horn #183K gets a WWS Vintage Standard Rebuild with Prestini Pads and natural cork throughout, spring replacements. Vogelgesang
5-9-14 1980s Vito Low-A Baritone: Customer horn gets a WWS Rebuild with tan pads, large metal resos, natural cork throughout. ASD
5-29-14 "The Martin Tenor": WWS horn #158k gets Vintage Standard Rebuild, body metal cleaning, Tan pads and flat resos with natural cork throughout for a customer. McDonaldDone
6-5-14-Side schedule: Julius Keilwerth Tone King Tenor: previous WWS sax returns for cosmetic work and tune-ups. Silver spot plating and Goldwash bell. Balk DONE
6-10-14: "The Martin Tenor": WWS horn #187k gets Vintage Rebuild with black roo pads, custom resotech resonators, natural cork throughout and some premium upgrades for a customer. Axton In Progress
6-25-14: Selmer New Largebore, gold plated Tenor: WWS/customer horn #13k gets Vintage Rebuild with original metal resonators, natural cork throughout and some premium upgrades for a customer. Maxwell Done
7-2-14 Buescher Big B alto:
WWS horn #328,1xx gets Vintage Buescher Rebuild with snap-in pads, natural cork throughout for a customer. Bertrand Done
7-12-14 Selmer Mark VI Alto: WWS horn #101K gets Vintage Selmer Rebuild with original plastic resos, custom Premium upgrades, natural & tech cork throughout for a customer. Lindberg Done
7-22-14 Selmer Super Action 80 series II alto: 2004 customer horn gets Premium Rebuild with Saxgourmet Roo pads, tech cork, ultra suede etc... and silver Resotech resonators for a customer. Simonishvili Done
On-going '14 side projects:
Conn Chu Tenor-Super Gigger Custom
WWS horn #211k gets Custom Rebuild with custom RED roo pads, maxed out Silver resotech resonators, Premium upgrades, keywork fabrication...etc
Sept./ Oct./Nov. 2014
We are open for business M T - T F , 10-5:00 pst. Saturday, Sunday off
Welcome to our online presence.
This is our 13+ Year Online. We are a SAX ONLY repair shop, who restores and sells what we buy, to the public... and we also do custom rebuilds and restorations for customers, from all over the world. Sometimes you see the term "dealer" associated with retail shops, but a typical "dealer" does not repair horns, just buys and sells "as is". They may have started out as an antique store, or pawn/loan broker and found the mark up in finding and selling "as is", to their liking. Some dealers have a local shop, do tunes-ups, or student quality rebuilds for them and then marks 'em up and sells 'em. We try to do more then just mark up and profit, we make them better. We are not a big corporation, but rather a proprietor owned and operated "shop", run in an old fashioned personal and up-close manner.
If you wish to schedule a rebuild, or purchase one of our saxes (and it still needs to be rebuilt), send us a 50% deposit to hold your place in my work schedule. We work from a published schedule (see left margin) so that your sax will only be out of your possession a couple weeks, while we do the actual work, it does not have to just sit on the shop floor, until its turn comes up... you send it to arrive on schedule and we return it on schedule.
We have added this new page, at the request of our customers, for unsolicited customer comments. Along with their comments are their email addresses, in case you want to have further dialog with them. To send your comment to be listed here, email to this address: email@example.com I will also occasionally post email I have received from a happy customer, about their transaction. (this is about 10% of the nice mail that I get after a sale, thanks so much!)
Here is a list of the
countries we have happy customers in:
Espen, from Norway, just order his SECOND Buffet S1. Alto the first time, the second one here was a tenor and from Sarge's personal Collection. I know it will be in good hands.
Steve from Virgina, USA just ordered a tenor mouthpiece that was not a huge name but it was huge player with a super low price. I'm glad I could help him acquire it for his needs. I also asked him what he liked about the website when we were on the phone. Here was his follow-up. Thanks, Steve, Come again:
Larry from California, USA just received a Julius Keilwerth "The New King" after it gained a WWS Vintage Standard Rebuild. It is great to know that this sax has a new, loving home after once being in Sarge's Collection:
Bryan from Florida, USA just received his Conn Chu alto after a WWS Vintage Standard Rebuild. Emails like this bring me so much joy:
Vernon from Maryland, USA just bought a Silver Plated Guardala NY tenor WWS Sarge Special-premium rebuild:
Frank from Washington, USA had me rebuild his beautiful Selmer Mark VI alto with a WWS premium rebuild on saxgourmet roos...Frank exposed his secret to his beautiful deep lacquer color in his email!...:
Willi from Norway just bought a SML Rev D - perma Gold plate, tenor with WWS Sarge Special-premium rebuild:
It received Black Roo pads, Gold plated Resotec resonators and a full premium upgrade:
Frank from Western Washington, USA just brought his beautiful Selmer Mark VI alto (plus extra neck) to get a WWS premium rebuild:
December 5, 2012. Frank at: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Anthony from California, USA just bought a WWS 1951 The Martin Alto, with new springs and Rose Gold bell:
Mark from California, USA just bought a WWS 1972 Buffet Super Dynaction alto, with high F# and ordered a custom Premium rebuild as well:
June 13, 2012, email@example.com
Bill from Tennessee, USA just bought our King Zephyr tenor:
January 17, 2012, Bill Harrell [requestedsecret]@gmail.com
Hi Steve&Chadd, Received Zephyr late Tuesday afternoon in good condition. As luck would have it, I was tied up and not able to try it out very much for a couple of days (after all this planning!). Anyway, I liked the feel immediately and the setup seems good (I'm sure thanks to all your tweaking ). I tried it with a Brilhart mpc first and the scale seemed fine (big low end ) but when I tried a Berg it really came alive. Faster response, much less restriction and good projection ( cutting though volume ). Brighter than the SML for sure, but noticeably more comfortable table and balance and intonation seems good as well. I guess that means a yes for this trial and sale. Thanks for your consideration on the case and I hope to put it to good use getting to know this instrument better. As always, thanks for all your patience, time and deference to me though this process. Bill
Glen from New York just bought our Conn 26M alto that we brought back from the grave. What a story!(also on "Our Finest"):
September 2011, Glen at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert, from Australia, just bought a one of Sarge's special, personal horns: a Conn 10M with special upgrades to the thumb-rest and octave-rest, a Premium Rebuild and natural big sound:
August 16, 2011, Robert Gerner email@example.com
David, from Nebraska, USA, just bought a WWS rebuild Buescher for the family TrueTone alto & a Meyer mpc:
Brad from the U.S.A. just bought our Conn C-Soprano in gold plate for his Son:
Todd, from Florida, USA, just bought a WWS rebuilt Buescher Aristo 1 Tenor:
Scott, visiting from Japan, just bought a WWS rebuilt Selmer Mark VI 148K Tenor:
Amanda, from Kent, England, just purchased our freshly rebuilt Buescher Aristocrat series 3 Tenor:
Nov 22, 2009 02:50:17 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve E just received one of our mouthpieces, customized by Bob Carpenter:
Subject: Thanks! I'm impressed!
I just got the Geo M. Bundy 105 tenor piece last night. I'm going to play more today to be 100% sure about intonation etc., but it seems very close to what I'm looking for at a reasonable price so it is probably a keeper. I just had to let you know immediately, though, that I'm particularly impressed with your description of the sound of this piece. When you said it was a cross between a NY Meyer and HR Berg I couldn't quite wrap my brain around that, but it's true! It sounds EXACTLY as you say it does, and the rubber is of outstanding quality as is Bob's craftsmanship. Truth in advertising is a rare thing these days and is much appreciated. Because of that, you can bet if I have other vintage sax itches to scratch, your site will be one of the ones I visit first!
Erica, from Alaska, just purchased our freshly rebuilt The Martin Tenors:
Erica Worhatch [mailto:email@example.com]
Edmund, from NY, just purchased our Silver Chu Tenor, with some nice mods like a selmer thumbrest, the sax came out gorgeous:
John is another NYC player, he just picked up a nice old Conn soprano:
From: John R Beaty [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Saturday, July 21, 2007 9:58 AM
Subject: Thank You
The Conn you sent me is great, exactly what I have been looking for in a soprano. It has been a great experience buying an
instrument from you. Just a side question, do you know the history on the soprano? It is so old I am just curious.
Again thank you so much,
I just finished a selmer style rebuild on Bert's five digit tenor, here's his review:
Cc: Evens,Bert - TGS-TPP-1
Subject: Mark VI Rebuild (70xxx)
I just can't believe the way my horn plays after the rebuild you did on her! WOW!! My wife commented on how much better the tone was when I first got home, but I was having some trouble on the low end (D and below). After hours of playing, I can now tongue a low B flat with a SUB TONE! That may not seem like a big deal to the pros, but I have NEVER been able to do that!! I can also keep the green light on the tuner lit up throughout the full range with VERY little adjustment on my part. It just keeps getting better as I play more and everything settles in. What a pleasure it is to play now!!
Thank you SO much.
You probably don't need any more references, but I'll be glad to talk to anyone that will listen if you send them my way. (Please don't post my work e-mail. Use bvacation@comcast .net if you put this on your site.)
Daniel just bought one of our Martin Committee 2 tenors, he's in sax heaven:Sarge - I have played this Comm II all morning, and I am one very happy man! Good lord, after all these years of thinking I was an "alto man", I think I've found my place. My wife agrees. :). Needless to say, it's SOLD. BTW, the mouthpiece/reed combo I'm using just seems to fit with this horn. I'm using the Kessler OL7Pro, a Vandoren V16 2.5 reed, and a FL ultimate lig. I have never picked up a horn before and felt that I had found my "dream" set-up, before today. I think it helped that I've been playing the bari for the last month, in terms of having proper air support, etc from the get go. Anyhow, just had to share my enthusiasm for this horn with you. It's set up beautifully and I'm having a blast running through the fast passages in the old Omnibook. Thanks for your great work! Daniel 2-07 email@example.com
You can see this Buescher alto silver restoration alto at my finest works page:
Wow that's one good looking horn. My son was out of town when it arrived so he didn't get to start playing until yesterday. He can't believe the difference in the horn. He reports the sound volume is 2 x what he could get before the rebuild especially in the low end, he says it puts it to the back of the room with little effort. Music he struggled with before the rebuild he was able to pick up cold and nail. The action is smooth and quicker than anything he has ever played. The upper end of the horn can now be played very softly he said I can go up high and just lay notes in instead of having to power everything up top just to get it out of the horn. He said they jumped into "Eye of the tiger" yesterday in stage band at school and it was the first time the brass section realized there was a sax part in the piece. It continues to play better with each days use. Matt says he's picking up on the new playing quality's quickly and it's a great confidence builder up high or down low it goes were you want it too. Tone quality is much richer and he's enjoying the variety of tonal personalities the horn is now capable of producing. As parents it will be fun to watch Matt's playing skill increase now that the horn is capable of exceeding his expectations. It makes you wonder how many talented kids gave up on music just because of the cheep horn their un-knowing parents bought for them made any hard work on their part meaningless. Matt's director is dieing to try the horn out (he's a lifelong sax player) and I'd like to get his take on the horn but Matt hasn't allowed anyone else near it yet.
Any way thanks for a great restoration it plays as good as it looks and we are very satisfied with the incredible workmanship applied to this horn. The engraving is perfect I'm really glad we put it on, the lady that does that work for you is truly a gifted artist. The satin silver with the bright highlights and the gold bell is a really classy combination and I think as the silver ages a little it will only get better. The Black K. pads with silver reso's are very visually striking. Glad we replaced those springs I don't know how you got that action so smooth but it's like glass and so incredibly quick, the balance key to key is very satisfying. Thx again Scott Unruh [mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org]
John just got his 1940 Buescher small bell aristocrat and was quite pleased with our rebuild and the beautiful sound:
Martin lives in The Netherlands and he just purchased one of our nicest Silver Plated The Martin Tenors:
From: Martin Slok [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, November 09, 2006 9:56 AM
Subject: RE: Committee Silver Tenor sax
At last, I had received the sax yesterday evening, it’s a beauty! I did not be possible to play, because it was to late for my neighbours (the noise).
Now I play and it’s in one word AMAZING!
I don’t need the trail period, it’s sold.
I want to thank you for the great support and maybe we have another contact in the future
I just finished a Premium rebuild, on one of our Silver Conn New Wonder "Chu Berry " Tenors for Kurt in the UK:
I picked up the sax this morning. It looks lovely, vintage but not tatty, a nice patina. The action is weighted just right for my fingers, I play it faster than my own (which i am used to!) modern Yani A992 alto. After 2 1/2 hours of playing i'm starting to get my mouth around it and it's making a beautiful, deep mellow sound..........in short I LOVE IT.
Thank You, Kurt Anderssen [Kurt.Anderssen@ntlworld.com] 9-16-06
I recently finished a MK VI Silver Restoration for Teddy (check it out at the "Finest Works" page):Hey Sarge- You did a fantastic job and I don't mean just the way it looks, the horn has never played better and the sound is thicker and better than before the plating. Now that my injury is healing I can really enjoy the horn. I can hit all the notes easy and the pad job is top notch. The action is quiet, smooth and even. I am already thinking of buying back my old Conn 10M and having you do it also. Thanks, Teddy Yakush 8-3-06 Mike has been a customer for many years now and has one of the nicest collections of horns i've heard of:
Hey there, Steve. Just wanted to drop you a line and convey my thanks and respect to you for all the work you’ve done for me, including the latest pearl, the Conn art deco curved soprano. Aside from a number of horns I’ve purchased from you, you completed overhauls on at least 4 vintage saxes by different manufacturers, all of which are the most exceptional sounding horns I’ve ever heard, much less owned. You captured the unique voice of each horn through meticulous craftsmanship, diligence and an experienced sensitivity regarding how specific models evolved and how they are set up to play best, either by original specs or modified. Your many overhaul options to tailor this is impressive as clearly spelled out on your website, but moreover your explanations regarding why something is suitable or not, regardless of price, is even more satisfying. Throughout all of our transactions you have been friendly, professional, efficient and honest, the latter of which is something you don't find too often these days in the tech world. People will be impressed with your website, your stock, your collection - but real musicians will be drawn by your workmanship and care. I tell folks if you want a vintage sax, go to the guy who specializes only in vintage saxes. Go check out Worldwide Sax for quality horns. Thanks again.
Best regards, Mike Shutello 7-06
Randall loves his "new" Vintage Zephyr:
Matt has had a few saxes rebuilt here... he was very happy with his tenor premium rebuild:
GOT THE SAX!!!!
Hey Sarge, the sax came today my kid's still playing as i write, he he. this is absolutely stunning and it sounds as good
as it looks, thanks again sooooo much for the hookup. A big thanks again
Frank Coates 10-6-05
Hi Steve, Thank you so much for the amazing work you have done on my silver 6m conn. It's playing amazingly, I think it is by far and away the best saxophone I have ever played! The action is absolutely fantastic, I have no problems playing it after having played any of my other more modern horns. In fact I'm getting to quite like it! The sound is incredible, it's just what I wanted in a horn. The sound is extremely deep and rich with a wonderful warmth and brilliance, yet solid and easy to control. What more can I say! It's perfect and I think you have done an amazing job! My dream horn! If anyone ever needs any convincing that you will do the best job around, please feel free to give them my email and I'll tell them my experience. Thanks so much.
James Wylie firstname.lastname@example.org 9-29-05
the martin arrived safely yesterday. I fell immediately in love with the great bluesy sound and the smooth keywork setup. Ok, she will not win a beauty contest, but for me she is like a good old girlfriend. This sax is playing much better than me, so I have to go into the woodshed....
Thanks for these 2 wonderful tenors. Sven (who ordered a King Super 20, with a premium rebuild) and I recommend you strongly for your professional, honest and reliable work - that's what counts all the more in long-distance buying. We both are glad that there is someone out there feeling responsible to do a good job on these fine saxes from a period that created the music we love. And with your fine rebuilds we are able to get a part of this music, that's what makes us feel happy....
If we ever need a complete rebuild of a (maybe german) horn we'd like to feel free to contact you again.
Elmar and Sven
From: keith lawrence
Sent: Tuesday, May 24, 2005 5:29 AM
Subject: Re: King C Melody Project
From: "Brian Bogle" <email@example.com>
From: Duke Fu
Sent: Friday, March 25, 2005 1:56 AM
Subject: RE: 1942 Conn 10M "Naked Lady" Tenor
received the sax on Wednesday and I absolutely love it.
I’ve been playing it non-stop, except when pesky work gets in the
way, and you were right about the sound. Its
very versatile depending on what setup I use.
There is always certain fatness to the sound especially in the bottom
end. I have stuck to buying new saxes
because I was always told that the playing mechanism would be a hindrance.
Although there is a difference, I didn’t have problems playing even
the most difficult pieces. It’s
very fast. This beautiful sax has
found a new home. Thanks Steve
Steve, I wanted to write you a quick note and tell you that I've
----- Original Message -----
Subject: Alto MCP (Selmersoloist etc)
Merry Christmas to you. I finally got the mpc from my friend when he returned. (the selmer soloist c* /opened to E). You were correct, it seems to make the middle D easier to get right and it is very different from the late soloist model they do these days. I thank you for your excellent service and quality, both the horn and the mpc have been just like you promised. If the customs and VAT just weren´t so bad I think I would get me a tenor from you as well. Hope to be around your corner someday in future. Thanks again,
Jouni Havulinna, happy with SML…
"When my local repair man couldn't upgrade my 1972 King Super 20 tenor to contemporary playing standards, I took it to Steve. He added a modern left thumb button and replaced the right thumb hook with a Selmer-style adjustable hook. This made the horn playable on gigs for hours at a time without pain, and I would strongly recommend these changes for anyone playing a vintage King or Conn professionally (unless they are exceptionally collectible horns.) Steve also did a repad with black Prestini pads and crinkly metal resonators, which made an already strong horn even more powerful. All the custom work looks factory. -- Rick Campbell, Portland, Oregon"
Steve, The minute I started out to get a bite to eat, sure enough here comes the FEDEX truck. I couldn't be more pleased with the horn Steve. The time and energy you spent on the setup is evident from the first few minutes of playing. Great sound and easy blowing from the altissimo down to low B/Bb. It plays better than any Committee or Magna Bari I have ever played. The horn is in even better shape than the pics and description let on. I can't thank you enough for your expertise and fantastic service/products. Thank you for the care you took to prep and pack the horn for shipment as well. It arrived in perfect adjustment without any of the quirks that sometimes happen do to rough handling during shipping etc. You can definitely mark this puppy SOLD on the web site! Thanks again, and don't forget to let me know when the Martin Tenor is about ready. Take care and have a great weekend. Michael.
Steve, Received the saxophone today in Taiwan and it arrived without any damage. With regards to the finish and the work performed, I am elated, no word can describe the feeling once I removed the bubble wrap, and the horn is stunning, thank you. The horn is resurrected where the action is smooth with flawless tone. You get plenty of praise for the work you do but I will make if short and sweet - there is only one name under heaven thou shall call upon to be saved, and there is only one place under heaven thou shall get thy saxophone restored, World Wide Sax. Thank you very much for the great work, wish you the best and you ARE the BEST. Joe Hsu
received the sax yesterday. Thank you for such prompt shipping. The packaging
was the best I’ve ever seen. I appreciate the care you took to secure the
gave it a good workout last night. I must say that your work exceeded my
expectations. The action on this sax is silky smooth and even. I played it
against a chromatic tuner and intonation is spot on. I was a little surprised
that even the palm key notes didn’t tend to go a little sharp. The G# key is a
little sticky, but that’s to be expected. I put some gig dust on it and its
fine. I’m thrilled at how free blowing this sax is, especially at the bottom
end. Since I play Bueschers, I know enough to keep up air stream on low D and
not wimp out. I played back and forth between my older Aristocrat and this one.
While there are subtle differences, both horns have that lush gorgeous Buescher
tone. I’m going to enjoy this Big B immensely, thanks to your outstanding
service. My modern horn is a Yanagisawa, which I really like-no complaints, but
as I was playing the Bueschers last night, I kept thinking “why would anyone not
want to play these great vintage horns?” We hear all about ergonomic
advantages of newer horns, but these Aristocrats are very comfortable to play.
And who can argue about the tone? Thanks again for the great service. You are a
true professional. I look forward to working with you again.
I have to admit, you read remarks from customers and you think, it can't really be this great. But WOW, it is so quiet and responsive. Even on the low notes below 'C'. I'm using the same metal mouthpiece I had been and I can't believe this horn.
I can't say thank you enough. You've definitely got my business!!
Now I'm trying to talk my wife into an early birthday, father's day, x-mas present and send you that mark VI.
I'll be in touch soon...
Thank for EVERYTHING!
Dave firstname.lastname@example.org 3-13-04
Hi,I finally got the saxophone from my university office today. The saxophone is great; I especially love the dark tone this baby has. I feel really excited and ready to get a mouthpiece to match this great sax. Thank you very much. In the future, I am looking forward to get a soprano sax from you. One more time, thank you. Steve, email@example.com 1-5-04
Horn arrived today. It is beautiful and sounds terrific. I have played a lot of modern soprano saxophones and have never liked the tone. The Martin is just as advertised and so much fun to play. Amazing how a horn made in 1927 can sound so much better than a modern instrument. I have been very lucky to find a craftsman with your skills that is dedicated to rebuilding vintage saxophones.
Thanks so much for all your very dedicated and skillful work. The vintage horns I sent you were not always the easiest to get back into playing condition.
Best regards, jack 10-03
I want to let you know the MARTIN alto arrived here yesterday( Sunday morning) .
No damage in appearance was found with having been safely travelled to Japan.
I tried to play it and hear its sound ...... Higher keys are easy to blow but lowers not.
I think it takes more time for me to be familliar with this new comer sax.
The instrument looks beautiful for its age. I am satisfied with it.
Thanks for your polishing, repadding and rebuilding work for it.
It's nice to meet you again.
Cheers, Itaru 10-03
Hello steve ,
I'm in receipt of the conn .
It is a fantastic horn . It is a good match with my meyer bros.
It is the first time that i have an artist model in hand and i never seen a such engraving work , simply stunning!
The conn workers was truly artists and the chu model was
the best model at this time. And even today ... why they don't make horn like this today ?????
Could you supply a tenor???
Sax arrived on Thursday last. Beautiful work! My recommendation to anyone that wants professional craftsmanship with excellent service to boot. Will send you a note (no pun intended) a year from now to let you know how I'm doing. Will be taking lessons initially to accelerate the memory recall (what's left of it) from forty years ago.
All the best and thanks again for the encouragement.
It is all that I had expected, GORGEOUS, truly a fine instrument. My playing ability is really minimal at this time, but should move rapidly with lessons and practice. I can't imagine owning another Horn.
I'll be looking for an Alto for my daughter in the near future and hope to find something equally exquisite...There were some horns produced in the late '30s ( I think) possibly Martin that had some great "Art Deco"... Airplanes, city skylines etc. engraving on them that were reputed to be good instruments I think that one of these may suit the the situation... Any Ideas?
Thank you very much for the mouthpiece. It was a true
pleasure to do business with you. The mouthpiece plays
great! Now you can add Sweden to your list of countries
with satisfied customers. I will not hesitate doing
business with you again.
Thanks, and happy new year!
Hello Steve, I finally got the mouthpiece. German customs held her back because I had to pay some taxes. So I went to them yesterday when they informed me. Beautiful mouthpiece - quite different from the mp's I have. I have to look for strong reeds to adjust her to my saxes but I think that will work out fine. Thanks again for your service and I think we will stay in touch. You always have interesting saxophones + mp's to offer... so i might contact you some time again...
Many greetings from Berlin, Wibo Wierda. firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes, I got the Bass mpc which arrived on Friday. Sorry, I have been flat out gigging and teaching so I haven't been doing very much else at the moment.
Looks good. Later
Jerry Hendricks, Olympia, Washington: 7-02
I got it just before the weekend, so I had time to practise on it. I like it very much. I think it's better than the Selmer I play on untill now, but I have to get used to it and study on it.
I still want to find a Tonalin Baritone mouthpiece, but these are very hard to find.
Thank you for sending,
hello, thanks for everything, I am very, very, happy with the mouthpiece. It plays just like my 10* hard rubber link that I love so much, just a couple sizes smaller in the tip. I think I'll use this mouthpiece when I have a long gig, since the 10* requires so much effort. If you come across anything else like this, especially something larger than the .106mm opening, I would be very interested. Thanks again.
Jason Hassenstab. email@example.com 7-5-02
Hi Steve, How are things in WA.? Doing good here. I had my Chu Alto in
I just thought I'd let you know how thrilled I am with the bari. This is my first experience with anything better than a student horn, and I'm amazed at the difference. The horn seems to come alive in my hands, and it has tremendous power. At a rehearsal with my R&B band, the guitarist, keyboard player and drummer were all able to hear me without a mike.
Your premium rebuild is superb - key action is very fast and smooth, and the intonation is nearly flawless throughout the range.
So as you can probably tell, I'll be keeping the horn. Thanks again!
-- Matt Quinley firstname.lastname@example.org 4-02
all the best, Peter Gose
Steve: I'm very happy with all three of
my Martin saxes! Alto+Tenor Handcraft Silver-plated models, but the real
sleeper was the Martin
email@example.com (James W Brady
Last night I brought the Naked Lady bari
home and played her until late into the night. What a wonderful and
She jumped alive in my hands with absolutely
no hesitation, like she was waiting for me to pick her up all these years.
I had no idea that a vintage bari could play so easily. She handles
like a new pro alto, but so much bassier and with such character. The
lowest notes ring out with awesome tones and just a slight puff on
my part. Up the register and back down again the action works so
fluidly, she seems to want to play herself. I do not doubt that she
actually plays better now than the day that she left the Conn factory
over 50 years ago. Great work Steve!
The silver plate is excellent just like you
said, and polished beautifully and those black Prestini pads are very cool.
To top it all off, the Steelay 1926 pickle mouthpiece that you picked out is
exactly right for this vintage bari. The tonal qualities are delicious!
Holding this old gal by my side swells me
with pride. I look forward to spending many, many happy hours together
exploring her tones. Don't tell my wife ... but I have fallen in
Thanks very much!
Last night I brought the Naked Lady bari home and played her until late into the night. What a wonderful and extraordinary horn!
She jumped alive in my hands with absolutely no hesitation, like she was waiting for me to pick her up all these years. I had no idea that a vintage bari could play so easily. She handles like a new pro alto, but so much bassier and with such character. The lowest notes ring out with awesome tones and just a slight puff on my part. Up the register and back down again the action works so fluidly, she seems to want to play herself. I do not doubt that she actually plays better now than the day that she left the Conn factory over 50 years ago. Great work Steve!
The silver plate is excellent just like you said, and polished beautifully and those black Prestini pads are very cool. To top it all off, the Steelay 1926 pickle mouthpiece that you picked out is exactly right for this vintage bari. The tonal qualities are delicious!
Holding this old gal by my side swells me with pride. I look forward to spending many, many happy hours together exploring her tones. Don't tell my wife ... but I have fallen in love again
Thanks very much!
Dear Steve, 8/01
The C-Melody arrived yesterday and I absolutely love it. It's a keeper! I'll be happy to recommend your work to anyone, at any time.
One thing that's remarkable about a vintage saxophone, such as my 1919 Conn, is how it feels to the touch. It's difficult to put this in words. It has a completely different feeling than when one holds a new Selmer. In addition, there is a sense of respect about an instrument such as this -- that it has seen close to the entire history of jazz in it's 82 years -- that is missing from using a new horn. It's like being in the presence of a wise Elder.
I look forward to doing business with you again in the near future. As we discussed, please keep your eye out for a C Soprano.
Olney, Maryland firstname.lastname@example.org
After its tour of central & south England the BA arrived today safe and sound thanks to your excellent packing. I have just been road testing it and... wow . it is a fantastic horn with great tone colour and plays real easy & in tune. I just hitched it up and we connected straight away. It is BETTER than you described I think - the set up seems real good , the rods are straight and it is generally very tight.... the few repairs you noted are indeed hardly noticeable. The "joe henderson" played look it has is simply fantastic - it sure has character in both sound & looks. I guess you can tell I like it!! Well i have packed away my favourite Mk VI for now and am off out to gig tonight with my new BA .
Thanks for your great service- shame the UK postal service are not quite so good!
But the wait has indeed been well worth it in the end!
the selmer soloist has arrived today in very good conditions, it plays very good, thanx!
ps If you will have in the next future a HR Tenor Link Early Babbitt or an older one, please let me know!
all my best
Steve- Hope you got my last message. The bari is great. An incredible
Joe liked the aristo...
Its lunch time January 11th and it just arrived at my door. It's unreal sounds just what I wanted. Got held up at customs, they got me for GST 10% and a small customs fee, but no worries I can claim that back. This has been a long anticipated arrival, and one worth waiting for. Thanks very much for all your help. This was my first time at buying something off the net. I love the sax, it's going to be great for recording. I'll keep in touch via your site. See ya, A very happy Julie A.
The sound is Thick ,Dark, and Rich. It plays even throughout the range of the horn and the pitch is incredible.
Dear Mr. Stransky.
Mouthpieces arrive today safely.
Lyle became little bit better, and Link is excellent!
Thanks for took care of me.
Hope your Christmas was a good one!
Have a very Happy New Year!!!
I'm sorry that this horn didn't work out for me, but I think It should find a fine home.
I appreciate all your time and help. You have been great to deal with, and I would recommend your shop Highly.
From: "David" <email@example.com>
Steve-it looks as if Nico beat me to the feedback forum. I think his message was even better than what I had composed "Great dealer; very knowledgeable; would definitely do business again; super horn". Please let me know if you ever need a more direct recommendation. (and thank you for your positive feedback!)
I am going to check with our homeowners' insurance company--a copy of the auction is a good idea-they won't have to take my word for the worth.
Nico had opened the box and played the sax for his dad before I arrived Friday, so he showed it to me later on in the evening when I got home. Nico got out the case, opened it, and just gazed at the bari. Then said, when asked what he thought (after all that anticipation), very quietly, "It's great." It takes a lot to awe a teenager. I think he really, really likes it. The sound is wonderful-a beaurtiful voice.
Thank you once again for your patience--and for the personal feedback when we called. One of the factors that made us want to buy this saxophone was the strong, competent impression your website made over the months we have been "window shopping" online, starting long before he aspired to a Mark VI. (in fact, when Nico first saw the bari on eBay, he said with some dismay, "they've put my bari up for auction!"). It's not the same as looking at a sax with descriptions such as "sold as is, since I really don't know anything about saxophones and the little doohickey on the curved part is broken off, but I think all the parts are there-but it's a pretty shiny gold color, etc, etc...."
Thanks again--and have a great week.-Susan 8-27-00
Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2000
I received the saxophone
Steve - It actually got here yesterday. It looks great. I started
Mike Barks <firstname.lastname@example.org>
March 14th, 2000
Sincerely, Debbie Crotty
I received the alto saxophone some minutes ago: it's in excellent conditions
and I'm very happy for this purchase.
Thank you very much for your politeness, honesty and let me know if in
future You'll locate some collectable or very interesting saxophones...
From: Attilio Berni <email@example.com> 5-99
Today I received a beautiful Conn Sax that seems to have made the journey without any serious incidents. Many thanks for all your help.
I'm a veterinarian currently responsible for the Polo ponies of His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei although I originally arrived in Brunei just over 2 years ago to set up a small animal clinic. Initially we were going to do the horses through the clinic in town but my then employers couldn't agree on the terms so I ended up just doing the horses. My time here is almost up and we'll be moving on shortly. Not sure where to at this stage - I have been asked to attend an interview for a similar position with the Sultan of Oman and there's also a position going at the Singapore Turf Club. If the "exotics" don't work out then I guess we'll head back to our property in Australia. Figured it was a good way to see different parts of the world while the kids are still young (1 and 3) so that schooling is not a major problem. After 10 years in my own clinic I decided it was time for a break and hence the move to Brunei. Life as an "ex-pat" in another country sure is interesting but only for a short while. After a while the language and cultural differences become quite frustrating especially for Adriana who is stuck at home with a very limited amount of choice both in friends and activities.
Anyway many thanks for all your help. I'll keep in touch and let you know how the sax playing works out.