The Yanagisawa A4 alto saxophone is considered Yanagisawa's first semi-professional instrument. They were built from 1966 to the mid-1970s. There is not too much information online about these saxes, but I have collected this and supplemented it with my own observations.
Unknown to most saxophonists, but SML in Paris made high-quality saxophones and they are still sought-after. The Gold Medal is their top model and a real competitor to the Selmer MK6. Here's some info I found online : At about s/n 202xx, Gold Medal saxes differed from the first batch in one important respect: they were ONLY available with straight tone holes. This model was available until SML stopped saxophone production in 1981 or so -- around serial number 27xxx. Around 26xxx, the engraving on these horns changed and no longer said "Gold Medal" on them.
Trade-in instrument: baritone saxophone Buescher 400, in excellent technical condition and overhauled with Toptone pads.
The Buescher 400 bari are known for their tremendous sound. This is definitely a bari with balls!
I never have seen anything like this, to be honest.... Here´s a unique Buescher C soprano from 1926, in a very rare version. Only a couple of these were made (one of them is at the Saxquest Museum). It has both the Detach-Bell and a range up to high F, and is probably a one-of-a-kind version. There are only 3 other known Buescher Detach-Bell C soprano´s and this is the only one with the high F key. The 3 others have a range to high Eb, so only 2 palm keys. This one is only 14 digits later than the one at the Saxquest museum, so most likely the same craftsman worked on both horns.
Still highly sought-after among jazz musicians : the Conn New Wonder series 2 (better known as the ChuBerry). These were built from mid-1924 and were the successor to the New Wonder series 1. Difference : the ChuBerry has the fingernail Gis key : the typical feature of this sax. Otherwise they are completely identical, although the ChuBerry is much more desirable..... These are fantastic saxes, obviously hand-built and very robust. They feature rolled tone holes and the famous microtuner on the neck. The full and warm tone is great for jazz, blues and ballads.
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