Another Buescher New Aristocrat alto saxophone has been added to the collection. This one is very special: this sax with serial number 2671xx has the original lacquer and the rare neck with number '3'. This is almost identical to the sax played by Sigurd Rascher, the famous saxophone soloist. He played on a gold-plated one with serial number from the same range ... Extremely rare, and also in very good original condition. Gold-plated Norton springs, Snap-in pads, original protective cap, lyre and original case: all complete.
This original warranty card from 1927 was hidden in the case of an alto saxophone Conn New Wonder II (ChuBerry). These warranty cards are rare and most have disappeared over time. It is in very good condition and contains valuable information on instrument maintenance in the nine pages of the booklet; a must for every Conn enthusiast. I have scanned all pages: see attachment.
Another tenor saxophone Conn 10M Ladyface has arrived at MROsaxophones. It is getting more and more difficult to find a nice one, most of them are now well worn, overhauled several times and with the necessary dents and repair marks. However, this 10M is in excellent condition, with beautiful original lacquer and without damage! A real asset to the collection, take a quick look at the photos! Built in late 1948, with straight tone holes. After an extensive service in June 2020, it is completely ready for a second life.
The older Yanagisawa saxophones are real hidden gems. Handmade, in small series, and a formidable competitor of the Selmer MK6. Here is a tenor T4, released under the name 'Continental'. Built in May 1967, with original lacquer and normal signs of wear and tear. No damage or large dents, only the keyguard of the Fis key is missing. You have to play this T4! ..... What a fantastic sound! Check if the sax is still available!
For some time now I have been looking for reliable information on the differences between the various Buescher alto saxophones. I regularly have 1 type in my collection: currently I have both an Aristocrat Series 1 and two Aristocrat Big B alto saxes (1 has been here for revision for a long time).
Because two saxes are in very good (original) condition, I decided to put them both on the workbench and do a complete maintenance check. That gives me the ideal opportunity to accurately compare both saxes and take measurements.
Sometimes you come across a unique instrument ...... This is a Conn Transitional 10M, identical to the 'real' 10M saxophone that came out a little later. The only difference is the 10M identification near the serial number ..... This one seems like new! The first and only owner had it completely overhauled in 2015, and also had it relacquered professionally. The keywork was nickel-plated. The sax therefore looks the same as a 10M from the 60s, but was built in mid-1935 ...... The best thing of course is that this is a beast of a sax!
A vintage sax in mint and original condition deserves some extra attention ..... And certainly if it is a popular sax! This alto saxophone King Zephyr series III is the perfect example of this. What a beautiful and special sax! Built around May 1940 in the USA, the absolute top time of saxophone construction. A real time capsule. Photos say more than a thousand words, so take a look under 'Occasions' if this sax is still available.
A very special sax is this Conn alto saxophone, built in December 1923. It's almost identical to the ChuBerry, which was introduced a few months later. Difference: the finger nail Gis key on the ChuBerry ..... A very limited number of these saxes were delivered in the gold plated version. they are rare and sought after. Often they have a very beautiful and unique engraving: this one has the standard Conn engraving which is slightly larger and more extensive. This sax is in extremely good condition, without wear or damage! And most importantly: it plays like a dream! ......
This week MRO saxophones received a Yamaha YTS-62 purple logo for repair. That was a great opportunity to determine the differences between the YTS-62 and the YTS-32. A lot of information can be found on the various internet forums, and it is even claimed that the YTS-32 is a 'stripped-down' version of the YTS-62. Is this true? ...... Time to put both saxes on the workbench and inspect them accurately!
MROsaxofoons just finished the complete overhaul of this completely unknown handmade sax. It's an absolute beauty and it plays like a dream. There's hardly any info available on this brand, but I received some information by mail. Cantarini seems to be an early Chinese manufacturer, the horn dates to about 1965. Cantarini produces only a couple of these horns (alto and tenor), as well as trumpets and other instruments. All handmade and intended to compete with the major brands, such as Selmer. They costed about half of a Selmer sax, but with almost equal quality.