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MODERN FLUTES 

ARTLEY “WILKINS MODEL” all sterling silver flute (silver keys also) has plateau keys, offset G, C foot, all new pads and corks, plays very well at A = 440 pitch. Serial number 22098x (1968). Extruded tone-holes, new case. Designed by Chicago Symphony Orchestra principal flutist Fred Wilkins, the instruments were marketed as an alternate to the flutes of W.S. Haynes and Vern Powell. Still considered excellent instruments by many musicians, the Wilkins Artleys were manufactured to high standards with superb workmanship and playing characteristics. This one’s recommended for a “best buy” price of $1395. Sold

SUPERB BRANNEN COOPER 14K RED GOLD FLUTE, SILVER KEYS, BROEGGER MECHANIK 14K LIP, The flute was constructed with inline G, and soldered tone-holes. Head, body and foot are all 14K red gold; keywork is solid silver. B foot with Gizmo for high C, in-line G, split E mechanism. Embouchure measures 10.2 X 11.7 mm. The leather-covered case is original and very good; the flute plays very well. It’s an excellent flute that shows superb workmanship and tone-color. SOLD

William S. Haynes #10,914 (1929). Built in Boston two years after the departure of Verne Q Powell, this flute is an exceptionally fine example. The solid silver tube measures .018 inches (body and head). It's a "Golden Age" solid silver instrument that was constructed with offset G and extruded tone-holes. Embouchure is slightly square and measures 10.2 x 12.0 mm. Sounding length is 602 mm and the flute has all new pads and corks. It's a fine extruded tone-hole Haynes, with Plateau keys and C foot. The flute appears to have been played very little during its long life, was built with the tiny gold marker points to the head and body (to insure proper alignment) and now has a new case with it. The original tuning rod unscrews to become a screwdriver and the original tenon-caps are also solid silver. This is an exceptionally fine example that's come to us in pristine condition. It gets our highest recommendation. Sold

William S. Haynes #23,118 (1953), hand-made, best model "Golden Age / pre Eastman Winds" flute. The solid silver tube measures .014 inches (body and head). The flute was constructed with inline G, and soldered tone-holes. Sounding length is 635 mm (A = 440) and the flute now has new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Embouchure measures 10.2 x 12.2 mm. It's a fine "fully hand-made" Haynes with French (open) keys and B foot. The leather-covered case is very good and the flute plays very well. It's an excellent Haynes that shows superb workmanship and tone-color. New price from Haynes is now $11,400. This one's a best buy at Sold

William S. Haynes #23,299 (1953), hand-made, best model "Golden Age / pre Eastman Winds" flute. The Solid silver tube measures .014 inches (body and head). The flute was constructed with inline G, and soldered tone-holes. Sounding length is 635 mm (A = 440) and the flute now has new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Embouchure measures 10.3 x 12.1 mm. it's a fine "fully hand-made" Haynes with French (open) keys and B foot. The leather-covered case is very good and the flute plays very well. It's an excellent Haynes that shows superb workmanship and tone-color. New price from Haynes is now $11,400. This one's a best buy at $5250. Sold

William S. Haynes #25,917 (1956), hand-made, best model "Golden Age / pre Eastman Winds" flute. The solid silver tube measures .014 inches (body and head). The flute was constructed with inline G, and soldered tone-holes. sounding length is 635 mm (A=440) and the flute now has new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Embouchure measures 10.2 X 12.2 mm. It's a fine "fully hand-made" Haynes with French (open) keys and B foot. The leather-covered case is very good and the flute plays very well. It's an excellent Haynes that shows superb workmanship and tone-color. New price from Haynes is now $11,400. This one's a best buy at $5250. (Also available with C foot for $4750 or with both foot sections for $5750).

William S. Haynes #29,51X (1960). The solid silver tube measures .016 inches (body and head). It’s a “pre Eastman Winds” Haynes flute that was constructed with offset G and extruded tone-holes. Embouchure is slightly square and measures 10.2 X 12.1 mm. Sounding length is 601 mm (A = 440) and the flute has new pads and corks. It’s a fine extruded tone-hole Haynes, with Plateau keys and C foot. With new case. Acquired by us from the widower of the original owner whose name is engraved on the head section. We’ll leave the owner’s name or burnish it off, as the new owner prefers. Very good plateau flute, better than a new one, in our opinion. sold.

William S. Haynes #36,599 (1968), hand-made, best model “Golden Age / pre Eastman Winds” flute. The solid silver tube measures .014 inches (body and head). The flute was constructed with inline G, and soldered tone-holes. Sounding length is 635 mm (A=440) and the flute now has new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Embouchure measures 10.2 x 12.2mm. It’s a fine “fully hand-made” Haynes with French (open) keys and B foot. The leather-covered case is very good and the flute plays very well. It’s an excellent Haynes that shows superb workmanship and tone-color. New price from Haynes is now $11,400. $5250. Sold

William S. Haynes #44,635 (1978), hand-made, best model "Golden Age / pre Eastman Winds" flute. The solid silver tube measures .014 inches (body and head). The flute was constructed with inline G, and soldered tone-holes. Sounding length is 636 mm (A = 440) and th flute now has all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Embouchure measures 10.2 X 12.1 mm. It's a fine "fully hand-made" Haynes with French (open) keys and B foot. The original leather-covered case is very good and the flute plays very well. It's an excellent Haynes that shows superb workmanship and tone-color. New price from Haynes ,is now $12,500. This one's a best buy at $5250.

Verne Q. Powell number 5464 (1976), hande-made, best model "Golden Age Powell" flute. The solid silver tube of the body and foot measures .016 inches (body and foot). The flute was constructed with inline G, and soldered tone-holes, additional roller on the D-sharp touch. Sounding length is 635mm. (A = 442 from the Powell web site). The head section is, we believe, from an earlier Powell. The silver tube of the head section is .014 thick and the embouchure measures 10.3 X 12.2 mm. In 1976, Powell produced a mere 279 instruments, including both the so-called "Commercial Model" with flat pad-cups and extruded tone-holes and others of the more-costly "fully hand-made" models featuring pointed pad cups, extended key-arms and soldered tone-holes. This is a particularly fine and original Powell that was made only a few years before the current owner, Steven Wasser, bought the firm. Powell still produces a fine flute of this same description (retail price is now $13,170), but it's not, in our opinion, the same instrument as is our example. $7250.

Some flute shops do quite a bit of “consignment” selling and that means many of their flutes are sold “as-is, needing repairs”. Our policy is, has been for more than four decades, to offer to our clients ONLY flutes that have been cleaned, dings burnished out, keywork swedged tight and with all new pads and corks. And with our two-year service guarantee, as well.

ALTO AND BASS FLUTES 

MODERN FLUTE HEAD SECTIONS 

Michael Allen, London, all silver, .014 “ circa 2005. $950.

Brannen Brothers, Boston, all silver, .014“, circa 2005. $950.

Dana Sheridan hand-cut, Boston/Cologne. All silver. 014”. New. $1350.

Dana Sheridan hand-cut, Boston/Cologne. Silver, 14K riser. New. $1575.

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ANTIQUE FLUTES, and/or non Boehm keywork. 

Superb conical flute, before 1830, ebony with ivory mountes, stamped on each joint “Baumann / a Paris”. Five silver keys, hallmarked and stamped with maker’s initials. The flute plays well (head all the way in) at 435 pitch, the embouchure measures 9.6 X 11.1 mm, is original and slightly oval. Sounding length is 541 mm, total length 613 mm. No cracks, tuning barrel, superb player. $6850
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Very good rosewood flute from Buffet-Crampon (Paris), circa 1880. Five solid silver keys, no tuning head, with silver mounts to the tenons and sockets. Embouchure measures 9.4 X 11.1 mm. Very good condition, with original leather-covered case, complete with locking mechanism and key, plus original cork-grease pot. Sounding length is 545 and the flute plays very well at A = 440, with the head pushed all the way in. Good example, superb workmanship, quite original. $1690.

Fine rosewood flute from Buffet-Crampon (Paris). Serial number 37xM (made in 1899) stamped on middle joint. Five nickel-silver keys, tuning head, with nickel- silver mounts to the tenons and sockets. Embouchure measures 10.4 X 12.3 mm, is original and unaltered. Very good condition, without cracks or damage of any kind. Sounding length is 544 mm and the flute plays very well at A = 440, with the head pushed all the way in. Good example, superb workmanship, totally original. $1350.

Fine boxwood Clementi one-key flute., please email for more info.

Gautrot aine 5- key flute., please email for more info.

Fine French flute from the workshop of Clair Godfroy aine, made in 1885. Five silver-plated keys, very good original condition, no tuning head, no cracks, no damage. Nickel-silver mounts to the tenons and sockets. Embouchure measures 9.7 X 10.3, is original and un-altered. Sounding length (D foot) is 544 mm. “Fourth stamp” engraving (see Langwill), but without “S.G.D.G.”, which puts it before 1855. Plays well at 435 pitch, with the head pushed all the way in. This is an unusually fine example, the original mahogany box is stamped “Clair Godfroy aine Brevete s.g.d.g, Rue Montmartre 55, a Paris”, and “12 Octobre, 1885. The flute plays very well. $2965.
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Fine French flute from the workshop of Clair Godfroy aine, before 1840. Six silver keys (each key bearing the French hallmark for solid silver plus stamped with maker’s mark) the flute in very good original condition, no tuning head. Silver mounts to the tenons and sockets. Embouchure measures 9.3 X 11.3 mm, is original. Sounding length (C foot) is 540 mm, total length is 618mm. The flute bears Godfroy’s “fourth stamp” engraving (see Langwill). Each joint is stamped “Clair / Godfroy / a Paris”, the head also stamped with serial number 6002. The middle joint is also stamped “CG” between the first and second tone-holes. The wood is very dark, either ebony or dark grenadilla. No cracks to the wood except for an older surface check to the socket of the foot, repaired years ago and now invisible. With the head section pushed all the way in, it’s possible to play the flute at 440 pitch, but it’s certain it was built to be used (with head pulled a couple of millimeters) at 435 pitch. Tula Ginnini’s book “The Great Flute Makers of France” depicts four similar instruments on page 88. Plate 45 shows an identical flute which she dates to about 1832. The same plate illustrates a similar flute bearing serial number 5458 which was made, she writes, in about 1836. Based on her estimates of age, we believe our flute was built before 1840. Very good player from France’s premier flute maker of the pre-Boehm years. $3450.

Superb French flute from the workshop of Clair Godfroy aine, before 1835. Eight silver keys, pristine original condition, tuning head. Silver mounts to the tenons and sockets. Each key with maker’s stamp plus French hallmark for solid silver. Embouchure measures 9.8 X 11.3, is original. Sounding length (B foot) is 587 mm. “Fourth stamp” engraving (see Langwill), serial number 4250 stamped on the tuning barrel. No cracks or damage, acquired by us with original pads and corks. Plays well at 435 / 438 pitch, with the head pushed all the way in. $5250.

Good boxwood flute from Goulding and Company (1786 – 1834 ) stamped “Goulding & Co. / London” on the head and “Goulding & Co. “ on the other three joints. One square and flat brass key. Embouchure measures 8.6 X 9.4 mm and has not been enlarged or altered. The wood and ivory are in good condition, without cracks or damage of any kind. Sounding length is 525 mm. The flute plays well at A = 435. $2450.

Good boxwood flute made about 1800 – 1810 by James Wood stamped “Goulding/ Wood & Co. / Pall Mall / London” on the head and “Goulding / Wood & Co. “ on the other three joints. One square and flat brass key. Embouchure measures 8.4 X 9.5 mm and has not been enlarged or altered. The wood and ivory are in good condition, without cracks or damage of any kind. One original center joint with sounding length 535 mm, a second modern center with sounding length 556. The flute plays well at A = 433 / 435 or at A = 415. $2850.

Good boxwood and ivory conical flute by Martin Freres, maker’s mark stamped on each joint. Five brass keys mounted on posts and crescent plates. The flute plays well at A= 430 pitch, the embouchure measures 9.1 X 10.0 mm, is original and slightly oval. Sounding length is 541 mm. One older crack to the tuning barrel, but no other damage to the wood or to the ivory. $1650.

Boxwood flute by a member of the Metzler family, stamped “Metzler / London” on all four joints. One square and flat brass key. Embouchure measures 9.4 X 10..4 mm and has not been enlarged or altered. The wood and ivory are in good condition, but with an ancient crack to the top of the head joint. Sounding length is 526 mm. The flute plays well at A = 435. $1250.

A good French rosewood flute, circa 1850 – 1860 by Denis Noblet. Five nickel-silver keys, each joint stamped “D. Noblet / aine”. With the tuning barrel pushed all the way in, it plays well at A = 435 pitch. Embouchure measures 9.4 X 11.2 mm, somewhat oval in shape. It’s a rare early Noblet flute at a “best buy” price. $1200.

Modern boxwood 1 key flute by Roessler. please email for more info.

Fine and rare ebony flute with five nickel-silver keys, each joint engraved “Thibouville / Buffet / Paris “ . Keys are flat and round, mounted on modern key posts, each key fitted with flat steel springs. Mounts (tenon rings) are also nickel-silver. Lower two tenons have nickel-silver caps and each socket is nickel lined. The flute was made with tuning barrel and has not been cut or altered in any way. Total length is 634 mm and the sounding length is 548 mm. Embouchure is original, measures 9.8 X 11.5 mm. The flute plays very well at slightly below A = 440. New pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Made between 1857 and 1864, according to Langwill. $1075.

Very Good Antique French Flute by Martin Thibouville. It's a fine French flute from about 1850 - 1870 from the workshop of Martin Thibouville. It's come to us in very good original condition, with no cracks, no damage. Five nickel-alloy keys, all new pads and corks. Plays very well at A = 440 pitch with the head pushed in all the way. Probably was designed to be used at A = 435, with the head pulled a couple of mm. Total length is 616 mm. Sounding length (center of embouchure to end of foot) is 541 mm. Original metal caps to each of the three tenons. Head is engraved "Mttn / Thibouville aine / A PARIS", inside oval cartouche. Lower and upper joints and the foot all wear the same engraving. Embouchure measures 9.4 X 11.2, totally original. Perfect for original instrument ensembles, trio-sonata groups, Irish or Cuban music. Rather nice example, clean and pristine. Our two year service warranty goes with this good instrument and yes, we recommend this one without reservation! Condition of the flute is all-original, pristine and immaculate, with no cracks, no damage ever. $1350. Sold
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Superb boxwood flute from the French workshop of Jean Baptiste Tabard, made in Lyon before 1848. Ivory mounts to the boxwood, five well-made silver keys, tuning barrel. Embouchure is original and measures 8.9 X 10.3 mm. Small crack to the head socket. Sounding length is 536 mm. Plays very well at A = 442 pitch, with head section pulled 2 mm. Very fine original example, showing high quality workmanship. $2150.
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unnamed French 5-key flute in the key of D. Please email for info.

unnamed boxwood flute, key of Eb, 4 brass keys. Please email for info.

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VINTAGE AND COLLECTOR FLUTES WITH BOEHM KEYWORK  

H. BETTONEY Flute, all sterling silver, Boehm plateau keywork to low C, made in Boston about 1930. Like a "commercial" Haynes, only showing simpler keywork. New pads & corks, plays well at 440. Serial #A464l. $1500.
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AUGUSTE BONNEVILLE (Paris), #1521, made about 1895-1900. Vintage French flute with all parts silver-plated over nickel alloy. Original plate to the body is good. The body is engraved with the maker’s name and with serial number, but the head is not. The embouchure plate measures 10.2 X 11.8 mm and is stamped with the maker’s initials. French keywork to low C, in-line G, new pads and corks. Sounding length is 601 mm, Case is original and good. It’s an early and good silver-plated Bonneville that plays well, in fine restored condition. SOLD.

AUGUSTE BONNEVILLE (Paris) #4423 (about 1900). Solid silver construction, very clean with no dents or damage. All parts are original and un-altered, with original case. Seamed construction to the head, body and foot and with each section and each key hallmarked with the French stamp for sterling silver. New pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Condition is nearly perfect on this fine vintage Paris instrument. Embouchure measures 10.1 X 12.2 mm; sounding length is 602 mm. Bonneville flutes are often in our collection, but this is an especially fine example. SOLD

Rare solid silver flute from Buffet-Crampon (Paris), number 107X. Assuming Buffet used the same serial numbers for flutes as they did for clarinets, this fine instrument would date from 1928. We believe this particular instrument is earlier, however. We note "seamed construction" to the head body and foot tube and that says "before 1900". Head is stamped “Buffet / Crampon & Cie / Paris / made in / France / LP”. Body stamp reads “made in / France / LP / Buffet / Crampon & Cie / 1074”. Foot stamp reads “Buffet / Crampon & Cie / made in / France LP”. Keywork is typical “plateau”, with offset G and range to low C. Tone-holes are soldered and all pad washers are original. Original sounding length is 604 and the head appears to have been shortened by four mm. Embouchure measures 10.3 X 11.8 mm, is quite square. French hallmarks for solid silver plus maker’s marks are stamped on all key pieces, on the center and foot sections. We measure the tube thickness at .012 inches. It’s a rare French flute that plays very well indeed. $3500.
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AN ORIGINAL ANTIQUE FLUTE FROM THE BUFFET-CRAMPON WORKSHOPS, MADE IN PARIS IN 1901. It’s a superb French flute from the Buffet’s Paris workshops with solid silver Boehm-system keywork. The head joint is of dark rosewood and is stamped “Buffet / Crampon et. Cie / a Paris “ inside their logo. Total length of the head is 136 mm and the embouchure measures 10.5 X 12.5 mm, slightly oval. The lip side of the embouchure wears an original solid silver plate. The body wears the same stamp as does the head, plus Buffet’s serial number P181L. Total length of the flute, fully assembled, is 679 mm. Sounding length, center of embouchure to the end of the foot, is 608 mm. The Fifth edition of the Grove Dictionary has a good report on 19th. century pitch. From this and other sources, we know that French flute makers built flutes at all sorts of different pitches. In 1859, the French government recommended the so-called Diapason Normale at A = 435. But in that same year, many Parisian orchestras, including the Opera, were using A = 448. From Lenski and Ventzke’s excellent 1992 volume Das goldene Zeitalter der Floete, we read that the 1876 “Vorgeschlagene Standardstimmung Bruessel” or “the recommended standard pitch in Brussels” was A = 432. And so it is with our superb Buffet flute. An A = 440 cylindrical Boehm-system flute with C foot has a sounding length of 600 or 601 mm. Our flute is 7 or 8 mm longer and that means you cannot use it in an ensemble that tunes at 440, especially not at 442. And even a group using the old pre-1900 French normal pitch of 435 with find this flute a bit low in pitch. That doesn’t mean our flute is a beautiful door-stop, though. A musician performing with an original instrument ensemble doing mid 1900 century pieces and tuning to 430 or 432 will find this flute absolutely perfect. Yes, we recognize that our flute was NOT built in 1850, but the tone-color and pitch are more attuned to the mid 19th. century than to modern performance. The wood on the instrument is in good condition, with the normal small expansion crack to the head socket. That crack has been repaired in our shop and is now stable and almost invisible. The flute has recently had all pads and corks replaced in our shop in Wichita. Over the past decades, our small company has sold more than two-hundred vintage French flutes. We have a reputation for high quality repair and restoration work on instruments of this type. $4500.
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GEORGES LEBLANC Flute (Paris and La Couture), made in France about 1935. The head, body and all keys are of silver plated nickel-silver alloy. Tone-holes are soldered and the French keywork is to low B. The G key is half offset. The tube measures .015 inches and the original embouchure measures 10.5 X 11.5 mm. The head section is engraved “G. LeBlanc, Paris” with LeBlanc’s ornate logo. The same engraving is found on the body of the flute and number 2081 is stamped on the rib for the C key. The foot is not engraved, has “D” stamped on the rib, between the C and B tone-hole. The total sounding length is 634 mm (A = 440 - 441) and the flute shows high quality workmanship throughout. The original leather case is stamped “G. LeBlanc” with Paris address. Aside from a small worn spot to the silver plate by the right hand thumb area, the instrument is pristine. It wears new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita.
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DJALMA JULLIOT (La Couture), made in France in 1920. The head, body, foot and all keys are of silver plated nickel-silver alloy. Tone-holes are soldered and the French keywork is to low C. The G is half offset. Tube measures .015 inches and the slightly square original embouchure measures exactly 10.0 X 12.0 mm. The head, body and foot are all engraved “1920, Djalma Julliot, La Couture-Boussey (Eure), Brevete, S.G.D.G.”. Total sounding length is 600 mm and the flute plays well at A = 440 pitch. The head has not been cut shorter or altered and the instrument has not been “re-tuned”. $2150.

LeBRET (Paris), made about 1930, after the LeBret workshops were sold to Malerne. Soldered tone-holes, silver plated body, head, foot and all keywork. Everything is very original, no wear to the silver plate and a small square embouchure that measures 10 x 12 mm. This is a good vintage French flute, fully restored and playable, but not for everybody. $1650.

ANTIQUE FLUTES FROM THE “STRADIVARIUS OF FLUTE MAKERS”

LOUIS LOT (Paris) serial number 2640, solid silver. Sounding length is 603 mm; embouchure is original, measures 9.9 X 11.7 mm. C/B-natural trill. Teardrop D# key, flat on the lower side. Silver hallmarks + maker's marks on the tube (lower ring of the foot) and also on the head-receiver of the body. No hallmarks to the head or the lip plate. Four adjusting screws. Acquired by us with all original pads. No wear to the keywork, the hinge-tube of the D# key still very tight. Original case is very good.

LOUIS LOT (Paris) serial number 2708, solid silver. Sounding length is 603 mm: embouchure is original, measures 9.8 X 11.8 mm. C/B-flat trill. Teardrop D# key, flat on the lower side. Silver hallmarks + maker's marks on the tube (lower ring of the foot) and also on the head-receiver of the body. No hallmarks to the head or the lip plate. Four adjusting screws. Acquired by us with all original pads. No wear to the keywork, the hinge-tube of the D# key still very tight. Original case is very good.Sold

LOUIS LOT (Paris) serial number 4566, solid silver. Sounding length is 599 mm; embouchure is original, measures 10.0 X 12.0 mm. C/B-flat trill. Teardrop D# key. Silver hallmarks + maker's mark on the tube of the head and on the lip plate, also on the lower ring of the foot and on the head-receiver of the body. Two adjusting screws. Acquired by us (about 2002) with all original pads. Minimal wear to the keywork, the hinge-tube of the D# key still tight. Original case is very good.

LOUIS LOT (Paris), #250x, made in 1878. All solid silver, seamed construction. Sounding length is 603 mm, the embouchure is original and 10.0 x 11.7 mm. The head has not been cut shorter, the embouchure has not been enlarged. All pad spuds and washers are original, the case is original and close to being perfect. Never “re-tuned”, now with new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Seamed tube construction. Superb and clean 1878 Lot silver flute showing NO wear to the keywork. Tube thickness is .014 inch. There are no repair patches nor thin spots to the tube. Keywork actually shows no wear at all, with very sharp key-arms and pad-cups. The flute appears to have been played very little in the past 134 years. The flute has recently had all pads and corks replaced in our shop in Wichita. Over the past decades, our small company has sold more than two-hundred vintage French flutes. We have a reputation for high quality repair and restoration work on instruments of this type. Having examined many Old French flutes over the past decades, we are confident that the body and foot section of the flute are indeed original and from the Louis Lot workshop. This particular flute plays easily to low C, has the “old French” tone-color. Please note that we may decline selling this particular instrument to any person whom we believe might want to “re-tune” it, cut it to pieces or use it for repair parts. We do not agree with “re-tuning”, re-positioning tone-holes or in cutting the tube or altering the keywork. Original Louis Lot flutes have become very rare and we believe it is ethically ill-advised to destroy them. SOLD

LOUIS LOT (Paris), #2818, made in 1879/1880. All silver construction. Seamed construction, with two (only) French hallmarks and maker’s stamps to the metal. Embouchure is original, measures 10.2x11.7mm. Pad spuds are original, pads are new. Never altered or re-tuned, but the head has been shortened 3 mm, and the tuning ring has been moved upward the same. Sounding length is now 600/601mm, the tube thickness is .014 inches. The case is 19th century, almost certainly original. Keywork shows minimal wear, all steels, springs and hinge tubes are original. SOLD
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LOUIS LOT (Paris), #397x, made in 1883. All silver, seamed construction with maker’s marks and French hallmarks on each joint and on all keys. Sounding length is 601 mm, the embouchure is original and 10.0 x 12.0 mm. The head has not been shortened, the embouchure never enlarged. All pad spuds and washers are original, the case is 19th. century, probably original. Never “re-tuned”, now with new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Seamed tube construction. Superb and clean turn of the century Lot silver flute showing minimal wear to the keywork. Tube thickness is .0135 inch. SOLD

A superb and original vintage flute from the LOUIS LOT (Paris) workshop, serial #4106, made in 1886. The entire instrument is solid silver, hallmarked and with the maker's stamp. The embouchure is original and measures exactly 10.0 x 11.9 mm. Theobald Boehm wrote that the ideal size for a flute embouchure was "10.0 X 12.0, slightly square", so our flute does come very close to old Theobald's recommendations. Riser measures 5.0 mm. It's important to note that the embouchure never enlarged, never "improved". All pad spuds and washers are original, the case is original and still in perfect condition. It's never been “re-tuned”, now with new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Sounding length, as I measure it this morning, is 601 mm, which means the flute does play well at 440 pitch. I see no evidence that the head has been shortened or the tuning-ring moved upwards. This one is a superb player, virtually identical to Louis Lot #4566 that I've reserved for my own use and have played for the past decade. We may also decline selling this superb instrument to a client who might have plans to alter or re-tune this flute. We take our role as restorers and conservators of musical instruments seriously. That means we will sell this pristine (or close to it) flute only to a customer who will keep it as original as possible. The single issue that keeps this one from being a "ten on a scale of ten" is the D-sharp pad-cup. Sometime in the dim past, there's been a solder repair to the cup. Most people wouldn't notice the work, but we've an obligation to bring it to your attention. Acquired from an estate in Europe, we note that the flute came to us with pads that were seated with shellac....like clarinet pads. It's quite possible these pads are the originals, from 1886. Or, in any case, they were last fitted to this fine flute many years ago. We've retained them out of curiosity, have padded the instrument ourselves with very thin pads that are shimmed the same way that we'd do a vintage Haynes or Powell. Sold
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L. LOT (Paris), #4566, made in 1888.  Rare French flute, all silver, seamed construction with maker’s marks and French hallmarks on each joint, but not found on the keywork.  Embouchure is original, measures exactly 10.0mm x 12.0mm.  The head has never been shortened, the embouchure never enlarged.  All pad spuds are original, the case is newer.  Never altered or “re-tuned”, pristine and superb example of Lot’s work.  Sounding length is 598mm, tube thickness is .155 inch. The case is 19th century, probably not original. Not for sale at this time...
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LOUIS LOT (Paris), #535x, made in 1892. All silver, seamed construction with multiple maker’s marks and French hallmarks on each joint and on most keys. Sounding length is 604 mm, the embouchure is original and 10.1 x 11.9 mm. The head has not been shortened, the embouchure never enlarged. All pad spuds and washers are original, the case is original. Never “re-tuned”, now with new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. . Superb and clean early L. Lot silver flute showing minimal wear to the keywork. Tube thickness is .014 inch. SOLD

LOUIS LOT (Paris), #587x, made in 1895. All silver, seamed construction with multiple maker’s marks and French hallmarks. Plateau (covered) keywork to low C, in-line G. It’s a recent acquisition from an amateur musician who’s owned it since 1976. Some documentation is available that the flute was once the property of New York Philharmonic flutist John Wummer. SOLD

LOUIS LOT (Paris), #607X, made in 1896. All solid silver, seamed construction with multiple maker’s marks and French hallmarks. Sounding length is 600 mm, appears to not have been shortened. Embouchure is 10.0 X 11.9 mm. Pad spuds and washers are all original. Never “re-tuned”, by Dember 15 with new pads and corks. Tube thickness is .014, seamed silver. The case is original. Dorus G-sharp. Keywork shows minimal wear. SOLD

LOUIS LOT (Paris), #755x, made in 1906. All solid silver, seamed construction with multiple maker’s marks and French hallmarks on each joint and on all keys. Sounding length is 601 mm, the embouchure is original and 10.0 x 12.0 mm. The head has been shortened four mm, the embouchure never enlarged. All pad spuds and washers are original, the case is 19th. century, probably not original. Never “re-tuned”, now with new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Seamed tube construction. Superb and clean turn of the century Lot silver flute showing minimal wear to the keywork. Tube thickness is .014 inch. There are no patches nor thin spots to the tube. Keywork actually shows no wear at all, with very sharp key-arms and pad-cups. The flute appears to have been played very little in the past 104 years. The flute has recently had all pads and corks replaced in our shop in Wichita. Over the past decades, our small company has sold more than two-hundred vintage French flutes. We have a reputation for high quality repair and restoration work on instruments of this type. Having examined many Old French flutes over the past decades, we are confident that the body and foot section of the flute are indeed original and from the Louis Lot workshop. This particular flute plays easily to low C, has the “old French” tone-color. Please note that we may decline selling this particular instrument to any person whom we believe might want to “re-tune” it, cut it to pieces or use it for repair parts. Aside from the fact that the head has been clipped 3 mm, the instrument is in pristine original condition. We do not agree with “re-tuning”, re-positioning tone-holes or in cutting the tube or altering the keywork. Original Louis Lot flutes have become very rare and we believe it is ethically ill-advised to destroy them. SOLD

LOUIS LOT (Paris), #915x, made in 1921. Plateau keywork to low C, in-line G. All solid sterling silver construction, with multiple maker’s marks and French hallmarks on each joint. Sounding length is 600 mm, the embouchure is original and 10.2 x 12.2 mm. The head appears to been shortened about 3 mm. Pad spuds and washers are modern “Boston” type, the case is 19th. century, probably original. Never “re-tuned” and a very good player. Superb and clean late L. Lot silver flute showing almost no wear to the keywork. Tube thickness is .014 inch. SOLD

LOUIS LOT (Paris), #929X, made in 1921. Silver plated over nickel alloy, seamed construction (visible on the small tenon). Sounding length is 599 mm, the embouchure is original and 10.0 x 12.1 mm. Embouchure is solid silver, stamped with maker’s mark and French hallmark. The embouchure never enlarged. All pad spuds and washers are original, the double case is early 20th. century, probably original. Never “re-tuned”, now with new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Clean late L. Lot flute showing minimal wear to the keywork, some plating wear to the open keys. Small wear spot to the body, left thumb area. Tube thickness is .0135 inches. $6250.

SUPERB J.MOLLENHAUER (Fulda) FLUTE, the body and foot of grenadilla, head section silver plated with reform embouchure. All plateau (covered) keys, with offset G, split E mechanism and C foot. Sounding length is 593 mm (A = 444). Embouchure measures 9.1 X 10.8 mm. Number 4062x stamped on the body, just below the name and logo. Head section is engraved “Seidel” and appears to be the original Probably made in the late fifties or early sixties. Mollenhauer’s Fulda workshop stopped producing flutes in the 1990’s, now concentrates on bassoons. The original case is of real leather, in absolutely mint condition. Not for everybody, but for those wanting a German flute of very high quality, this one gets our enthusiastic recommendation. European "hand to hand" delivery (Berlin, Frankfurt) is possible in late February / early March for no extra charge. Don't confuse "J. Mollenhauer, Fulda" with "Conrad Mollenhauer, Kassel". They're both good companies, but the latter is known more for modern recorders than anything else. Cousins...the internet has a good history of the family. And.... I spent about 30 minutes with the instrument on Feb. 8. It's really a FINE professional-quality flute. Superb intonation, low notes not flat, nice full and liquid sound. If you want a modern Brannen / Haynes / Powell sound, this one's not for you. But it's perfect for trio-sonatas, Bach, original-instrument ensembles. Superb flute that I'd recommend to anybody. Don't be afraid of this one! $3250.
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C. MAHILLON (Brussels) a good conical ring-keyed Boehm-system flute from about 1890, no serial number, the body of dark rosewood, keys of nickel-silver. All pads and corks are new, the flute with ring keys except for plateau in-line G and first finger F key. Range is to low C. Embouchure measures 9.5 X 11.3 mm and the sounding length is 601 mm. The flute plays very well, with a small and sweet tone-color. Pitch is low, however, at A = 433 / 435. Case is from the early 20th century. Interesting flute that’s perfect for original instrument performance. This one’s $2500.

CLAUDE RIVE (Paris) #121X, circa 1910 (?). All silver construction with many French hallmarks, in-line G and C foot. It’s a superb flute, but it’s been played a bit. Embouchure measures 10.5 X 12.2 mm and the sounding length is 597 mm. The head appears to have been shortened about 4 mm. Acquired by us with six damaged (filed flat) pad cups, we’ve replaced the damaged cups with new silver parts from Haynes. Flutes from the Rive workshop are somewhat rare: we’ve had only four of them in the past decade. This one plays very well, with the clean vintage tone-color we expect of the best “old French”. SOLD

Carl Schreiber, made about 1910. The body is of dark grenadilla. All plateau (covered) keys are solid silver, with offset G and C foot. Sounding length is 604 mm (A = 435 / 438). Embouchure measures 10.2 X 12.2 mm. Not to be confused with the modern W. Schreiber firm that builds bassoons and other woodwinds, Carl Schreiber’s workshop was established in Markneukirchen in 1891 and existed until Fritz Mehnert bought it in 1929. Schreiber trained with the Moennigs in his home town, soon gained the reputation of being the finest flute maker in Germany. Workmanship is the absolute finest and the tone color of his wood flutes is full and dark, with an especially strong lower register. Top recommendation on this one. $4500.
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R. SIOUR-CHAPELAIN, Paris (circa 1925), silver plated over nickel-silver, plateau keywork, full hand-made construction with soldered tone-holes. Fine flute from the l920's. $1750.

VINTAGE HEAD SECTIONS 

Djalma Julliot (LeCouture), circa 1920. Silver plate over nickel alloy. $650.

LeBret / Malerne (Paris), circa 1940. Silver plate over nickel alloy. $650.

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USED OBOES 

Extra clean modern oboe “Tiery” model from the Fossati (Paris) workshop. Body and bell are of the highest quality black grenadilla, with no cracks or checks anywhere. All cork pads except for low B and B-flat. Serial # is 994X. Keywork is French Conservatory design, with left-hand F keywork, one/three “forked” F for the right hand. Also has third octave key, resonance key for low B-flat, extended key-touch for F-sharp and articulated mechanism for low B/Bb to low C-sharp trill. This particular model is virtually identical to Fossati’s top of the line, but does not have octave key adjustment screws for the 8va. pads, also does not have split ring for third finger right hand. “Banana key for low C”, the key that wraps around the low D and nobody ever uses, is also not found on this model. Tenons are capped with nickel-silver and the lower joint and bell sockets are also nickel-silver lined. In short, the bore and playing characteristics are “professional quality”, but some of the keys that nobody ever uses, are left off. Very clean example, sold by us three or four years ago. SOLD

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SOME GOOD REBUILT BASSOONS  

New Heckel Bocals: Yes, they're expensive, but they are the best! PLEASE CALL (price subject to change depending upon exchange rate)

ANTIQUE FRENCH BASSOON, "Pierre Joseph Cuvillier, a St. Omer", circa 1800.It’s an antique bassoon from the late 18th. century / early 19th. century St. Omer workshop of Pierre-Joseph Cuvilllier. The "New Langwill Index" has a bit of information about the Cuvillier family and we note this is the second bassoon from this workshop that we've had in our collection. From the Langwill: "...The advertising of a bassoon for sale in a 1792 Madrid newspaper indicates establishment prior to this...", meaning the firm obviously was in business well before the turn of the century. The Langwill also notes three maker's stamps used by the early Cuvilliers. Our bassoon wears the second stamp. "...(lyre) / CUVILLIER / A ST. OMER / (Hermes staff)". Interestingly enough, the first stamp incorporated a Bourbon "fleur-de-lis" stamp and since Louis XVI wasn't around much after 1793, it wouldn't have been prudent for the maker to put the king's mark on anything, much less a good bassoon. There's the number "2", right above the maker's stamp, on each joint. Wing joint measures 472 mm, is in generally good condition. Tenon is original, the two brass keys are without damage. Nothing's been cut or altered in any way. Boot joint measures 430 mm, is also in fine condition. No wood rot, everything very original. Three flat brass keys. No cracks or issues of any kind. Long joint is 574 mm, generally good condition, with original large tenon and an ancient replacement small tenon which looks original but is not. Three flat brass keys. Bell's good, not perfect, though. There are a couple of surface cracks to the ring area that we made disappear. Bocal is brass, fits the instrument well, has no stamp of any kind. Standing, the instrument measures 1265 mm. There's an instrument in the Boston collection that's said to be by the same maker as our instrument, total length is 1264. But the keywork on the Boston bassoon's quite different from ours. Even though they date it at "about 1810", we believe it could be a decade later. Or more. For us, it plays well at A = 445 pitch. With a modern longer crook, it might be possible to bring the pitch down to 440, but any lower might be difficult. Experimentation is called for here. $6,680. Sold
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Good German bassoon bearing no name or maker's mark, serial number 5738 90% good original varnish, no breaks or cracks to the wood, keywork to high C, all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. New case, two new bocals as well. With Email letter opinion from Bernd Moosemann ascribing the bassoon to Kohlert, a year or two after their 1947 move from Graslitz to Winnenden. Serial number 5738 would indicate Kohlert's production date of 1949 or 1950. It's a solid German instrument of quality, regretfully unstamped by the maker. Sold

Fine "made in America" bassoon from Fox Products Model 51, serial number 16,13x, made in 1989. Originally designed by Chicago Symphony Orchestra bassoonist Hugo Fox, their model 51 was designed as a good student instrument with top-quality acoustics and resonance, but with minimal keywork. The body is of indestructible polypropylene plastic, the keywork nickel plated over nickel-silver alloy. Plateau "short reach" key for third finger left hand. Nickel plate to the keywork is still very good, with no wear anywhere. All new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita plus new case. Suggested retail price from Fox is now $7195, with street price about $4350. With new case, two Fox C bocals and our 24 month service warranty. Sold
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Superb pro quality bassoon from Fox Products Model II, serial number 842X (1979). Originally designed by Chicago Symphony Orchestra bassoonist Hugo Fox, the model I and model II bassoons were identical, except for high E on the model I. Both were “top of the line” at the time. has been in production every year since. The keywork on this one is silver plated over nickel-silver alloy. Keywork is to high D, with rollers on the boot F, Ab, F# and long joint rollers on Eb and Db keys. Ring key for third finger left hand. For those who would like keywork to high E, this can be added by Fox for $350 extra. Silver plate to the keywork is still very good, with almost no wear. New pads and corks from our shop in Wichita plus new case. Two new Fox CVX bocals on this one. Original dark red finish is worn maybe 2%. With two new Fox CVX bocals, plus our 24 month service warranty. It’s good model II from Fox that’s in superb original condition. New case on this one, as well! Sold
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Good bassoon from Fox Products Model 41, serial number 11,05X (1983). The body is of indestructible polypropylene plastic, the keywork plated over nickel-silver alloy with some minor pitting to the original plating. All new pads and corks from out shop in Wichita plus new case. With new case, two Fox C bocals and our 24 month service warranty. Keywork to high C, rollers on F, Ab, Eb, Db plus plateau "short reach" key for third finger left hand. Two new Fox bocals, new case and with our 24 month service warranty. Suggested retail price on a new one is now $7595; street price is now about $4200. $2375.00

Superb and very clean bassoon from Fox Products Model 222, (with high D, with ring key for third finger left hand) serial number 50,311 (2006). Original silver plate to the keywork is still perfect, with absolutely no wear. No damage to the wood, no dings, scrapes or cracks anywhere. Original case that looks new. Two Fox C bocals (number one and number two) on this one. Original dark red finish is perfect. New suggested retail price, with all the extras noted, is now $10,315, with street price right at $6,000. But why buy a new one? This one's VERY clean, looks like it's never been played! $4850. Sold

Kohlert (Winnenden). #39,100 (1954), #48,980 (1956)Sold and #66,110 (1959)Sold. After post-war relocation from Graslitz to Winnenden, Max, Ernst and Karl Kohlert's workshop produced bassoons, clarinets and a few saxophones, of quality. Many of these were imported to the US by the C.G. Conn Co., and sometimes stamped with Kohlert's name and sometimes bearing the Conn logo. The arrangement with Conn did not prove to be advantageous to the Kohlerts and production finally ceased in 1982. Bernd Moosmann's father Albert worked for the Kohlerts until the late 60's and eventually, many of the Kohlert tools were acquired by the Moosmanns. Our 1950's Kohlerts all wear original varnish, all have been sent to Bernd Moosmann's shop to have water tubes installed and high D keywork added. Offered with new Pro-Tec cases and your choice of two new Fox model C bocals, new Fox CVX bocals or two new bocals from Moosmann. Prices will range from $3350 to $3950 depending on bocals selected.
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Rare German bassoon from the Reinhold Lange workshop in Biebrich, serial number 190x, made before 1930. Lange was a professional musician in Wiesbaden who worked, for a time, at the Heckel factory. He eventually hired several of Heckel’s employees and set up his own shop, just down the road from Heckel. The particular instrument has come to us in very good original condition, with a rich dark-red varnish (50% original), no cracks or damage to the wood and one pre-1930 bocal stamped “R. Lange / Wiesbaden / 01”. Keywork is “simple system Heckel” (with original high D) without whisper key, without E-F# trill on the wing and no ring-keys to the boot section. Original case is very good. Definitely not for everybody, but for those wanting the tone-color of a pre-war Heckel bassoon, but for a much lower price, this is one to consider. Lange died in 1905, the company was taken over by one of his workers who produced woodwind instruments until 1945. Rare vintage bassoon of very high quality. $5500.

Rare German bassoon from the Reinhold Lange workshop in Biebrich, serial number 293X, made before 1930. Lange was a professional musician in Wiesbaden who worked, for a time, at the Heckel factory. He eventually hired several of Heckel’s employees and set up his own shop, just down the road from Heckel. The particular instrument has come to us in superb original condition, with a rich dark-red varnish (99% original), no cracks or damage to the wood and two original bocals (one stamped “Lange”, the other without a stamp). Keywork is “simple system Heckel” (with original high D) and since it came to us without whisper key, we’ve had Bernd Moosmann fit a new whisper key to the bassoon. Original case is close to being pristine. Not for everybody, but for those wanting the tone-color of a pre-war Heckel bassoon, but for a much lower price, this is one to consider. Lange died in 1905, the company was taken over by one of his workers who produced woodwind instruments until 1945. Rare vintage bassoon of very high quality. $6500.
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Good American bassoon by LESHER, Elkhart, IN, #81x (1965?). Since 1967, Lesher has been part of Conn-Selmer and this same model is in production, marketed as their "Selmer-USA model 132". Maple wood body, with original high D, alternate Eb trill on the wing, Ab-Bb trill on the boot joint. Nickel plated keywork is clean, showing almost no wear to the original plating. 100% all new pads and corks, the original varnish worn maybe 5% and touched up by our shop in Wichita. Water tubes to the wing joint, no wood rot to the boot and with two new Fox bocals and a new case. USA suggested retail price is now $7905, the one is only $2275.

Excellent German Bassoon From Wenzel Schreiber, model 5031. Serial #30,820. This is one of Schreiber's professional model bassoons, the "next to the best" of their offerings. The instrument has 99% original dark varnish, no cracks to the wood. With original high D keywork. Tone-holes are "water tube" design, extending into the bore. All tenons are original and have brass caps. Wing joint sockets are also brass lined. The wood has no cracks or damage. This one's a very good example, now ready to show. With two original Schreiber KE-2 and KE-1 bocals. Suggested retail price is now $15,985 on this model, with street price right at $9750. Good instrument, clean and in fine restored condition, available for a "best buy" price of Sold
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Good German bassoon made for C.G. Conn (USA) by Wenzel Schreiber, model S-54. Serial #344X (on the boot, bell, wing and long joint), made in 1954 / 1955 in Nauheim, West Germany. The instrument has 99% original varnish, no cracks or damage to the wood. Keys have very good original nickel plate and all pads and corks are new. Brass end-caps on wing tenon and the boot sockets also wears brass inserts. Price includes two new Fox bocals. New case as well. This one’s a very good example, with a “best buy” price of $2450. Sold

Good American bassoon built by Selmer-USA, "Signet model 132". Serial #234X. Maple wood body, with original high D. Nickel plated keywork is clean, showing minimal wear to the original plating. 100% all new pads and corks, the original varnish worn maybe 20% and touched-up by our shop in Wichita. Water tubes to the wing joint, no wood rot to the boot and with two new Fox bocals and a new case. USA suggested retail price is now $7905. With two new Fox bocals, this one works very well. This one's a "best buy" for $1975.

ALL BASSOONS (and other winds) sold by Wichita Band Instrument Company (new or used) come with our 24 month service warranty. We always, always replace all pads & corks and mechanically rebuild the instrument to "like new" specs. Bassoons are expensive and used instruments often represent good value. Why buy a new one?  

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MODERN AND VINTAGE PICCOLOS  

 

USED AND VINTAGE CLARINETS  

A BIT OF BUFFET HISTORY 
Founded in 1839 by Jean-Louis Buffet-Crampon, Buffet clarinets soon became the choice of the majority of the world’s professional players. By 1900, Buffet had a workforce of 200 craftsmen, producing clarinets, flutes and saxophones, all of high quality. 

Paul Evette and Ernest Schaeffer bought the firm in 1885. “Evette and Schaeffer” clarinets were the “step up” instruments from Buffet until about 1980. A public corporation since 1929, the company was absorbed into the Boosey-Hawkes conglomerate in 1981. 

Instruments made between 1935 and 1980 are considered by many to be the very best of Buffet’s production. The American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet in the early 1970’s. He was aware of the fact that not all clarinet players agreed on the tone-color of their instrument, so the “R-13” model was soon joined by the “Continentale”, the “S-1”, the “BC-20” and later the “RC”. All have subtle differences, all are considered to be “top of the line” equals. Before 1980, the Buffet name was only engraved on their best clarinets: the “step up” and student quality instruments were stamped “Evette & Schaeffer” or “Evette”. Today, the Buffet name and logo are engraved on the entire line of Buffet instruments, from the least expensive plastic to the very best clarinets. 

Wichita Band Instrument Company has sold new and used clarinets from Buffet-Crampon since 1954. Clarinets acquired by us are always crack-free, wear our new pads and corks and carry our two-year service warranty. 

Buffet was until several years ago a part of the Boosey-Hawkes Musical Instrument Company of London.  They are now owned by a group of French investors.

Wichita Band’s clarinet warranty is the same as it’s been for more than three decades: “All new and used clarinets sold by us come with our 24-month service warranty, which is in addition to any factory warranties. For two full years, we will repair or replace (whichever in our estimation is the more advisable), any pads, corks, springs or other parts required, at no charge to the customer. In the event of cracked or damaged wood sections, we will repair at no cost to the customer or replace the section and charge the customer only for our costs (wholesale) for the parts. The customer is responsible for shipping costs. Cases and plating finishes are, unfortunately, not covered by our warranty.” 
 

SPECIAL BUY-Leblanc Double Clarinet Case. Brand new double clarinet case, made for Leblanc by Backun. This French-style leather covered hard case features a zipper-equipped exterior vinyl case cover with shoulder strap, a smaller zipper accessories pocket on top, a shallower single-button equipped pocket on the back and velcro-latching handles. The interior hard case features extremely attractive plush padding and a pair of latches. Slightly more compact and lightweight, this would make a very fine case for the novice school student or busy professional player! $125.
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RECONDITIONED VINTAGE AND MODERN BUFFET-CRAMPON Bb CLARINETS

BUFFET-CRAMPON “model 13” B-flat clarinet #1P-223, made in France in 1901. It’s actually been played very little in the past century. Keywork shows minimal wear to the rings or hinge-tubes and the silver plate is new, as the instrument came to us with raw nickel-silver keys. No cracks to the wood, the tenons sharp. Pads & corks are new and from our shop in Wichita. It’s old, but an excellent instrument that shows top quality wood and workmanship. $1595.

BUFFET-CRAMPON "model 13" B-flat clarinet #1P-475, made in France in 1901. It's actually been played very little in the past century. Keywork shows minimal wear to the rings or hinge-tubes and the silver plate is new, as the instrument came to us with raw nickel-silver keys. No cracks to the wood, the tenons still sharp and not rounded. Pads & corks are new and from our shop in Wichita. It's old, but an excellent instrument that shows top quality wood and workmanship. $1595.
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BUFFET-CRAMPON "model 13" B-flat clarinet #1R-21, made in France in 1902. It's actually been played very little in the past century. Keywork shows minimal wear to the rings or hinge-tubes and the silver plate is new, as the instrument came to us with raw nickel-silver keys. No cracks to the wood, the tenons sharp. Pads & corks are new and from our shop in Wichita. It's old, but an excellent instrument that shows top quality wood and workmanship. $1595.

BUFFET-CRAMPON “model 13” B-flat clarinet #743-CI, made in France in 1909. Keywork shows very little wear to the rings or hinge-tubes and the silver plate is new, as the instrument came to us with raw nickel-silver keys. No cracks to the wood, the tenons sharp and not worn. Pads & corks are new and from our shop in Wichita. Case is new. This is the clarinet that made Buffet famous, with superb wood quality and a rich tone-color. $1595.

BUFFET-CRAMPON “model 13” B-flat clarinet #824G1, made in France in 1912. Keywork shows very little wear to the rings or hinge-tubes and the silver plate is new, as the instrument came to us with raw nickel-silver keys. No cracks to the wood, the tenons sharp and not worn. Pads & corks are new and from our shop in Wichita. Case is new. This is the clarinet that made Buffet famous, with superb wood quality and a rich tone-color. $1595.

BUFFET-CRAMPON "modele 13" B-flat clarinet, #42,119, made in France in 1951 or 1952. It's a good and little-used example from Buffet's "Golden Era". Keywork shows minimal wear to the rings and hinge-tubes and the silver plate is new, as the instrument came to us with raw nickel-silver keys. No cracks to the wood, new pads & corks wood quality and a rich tone-color. In our opinion, this particular clarinet is just about as fine an instrument as you'd find anywhere.

BUFFET-CRAMPON model R-16 ¾ (same as R-13, but with “full Boehm” keywork), #40,867, made in France in 1953. It’s a good and little-used example from Buffet’s “Golden Era”. Keywork shows minimal wear to the rings and hinge-tubes and the silver plate is new, as the instrument came to us with unplated nickel-silver keys. No cracks to the wood, new pads & corks from our shop in Wichita. It’s the clarinet that made Buffet famous, with superb wood quality and a rich tone-color. This one has all the extra keywork, including low Eb: not for everybody but a superb clarinet for those who demand all the extra mechanism. $1995. Sold
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BUFFET-CRAMPON model BC-20, #F122,525 made in France in 1971. Introduced in the mid 1960’s, the BC-20 was based on Buffet’s decision to manufacture several “top of the line” clarinets with tone-colors a little different from their standard R-13 model. At the time, the R-13 was reserved strictly for the US market, was not available outside America. The BC-20 was not a student instrument, but carried the same price as the R-13. The bore size is just a bit more narrow than on Buffet’s R-13 model, which produces a silver and reedy tone-color that’s similar to Buffet’s clarinets of the 1940’s and early 1950’s. Our clarinet shows absolutely NO wear to the rings and hinge-tubes and the original SILVER plate is still very good. No cracks to the wood, new pads & corks from our shop in Wichita. Tenons are sharp, not worn or rounded off. This one came to us totally original. The price includes the original Jacob Winter case. This one gets our top recommendation. $1650.
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BUFFET-CRAMPON model BC-20, #F120,46x made in France in 1971. Introduced in the mid 1960’s, the BC-20 was based on Buffet’s decision to manufacture several “top of the line” clarinets with tone-colors a little different from their standard R-13 model. At the time, the R-13 was reserved strictly for the US market, was not available outside America. The BC-20 was not a student instrument, but carried the same price as the R-13. The bore size is just a bit more narrow than on Buffet’s R-13 model, which produces a silver and reedy tone-color that’s similar to Buffet’s clarinets of the 1940’s and early 1950’s. Our clarinet shows absolutely NO wear to the rings and hinge-tubes and the original SILVER plate is still very good. New pads & corks from our shop in Wichita. Tenons are sharp, not worn or rounded off. This one came to us totally original. The price includes the original Jacob Winter case. This one gets our top recommendation. $1625.

Buffet-Crampon "model R-13", #50,180, made in France in 1952 or 1953. It's a very good and little-used example from Buffet's "Golden Era". Keywork shows minimal wear to the rings and hinge-tubes and the silver plate is new, as the instrument came to us with raw nickel-silver keys. No cracks to the wood, new pads & corks from our shop in Wichita. It's the clarinet that made Buffet famous, with superb wood quality and a rich tone-color. In our opinion, this particular clarinet is just about as fine an instrument as you'd find anywhere. $2125.00.

Vintage Clarinet from BUFFET-CRAMPON "model R-13", #55,15x, made in France in 1955. It's a very good and little-used example from Buffet's "Golden Era". Keywork shows minimal wear to the rings and hinge-tubes and the silver plate is new, as the instrument came to us with raw nickel-silver keys. No cracks to the wood, new pads & corks from out shop in Wichita. It's the clarinet that made Buffet famous, with superb wood quality and a rich tone-color. In our opinion, this particular clarinet is just about as fine an instrument as you'd find anywhere. Original case is solid and it even has the original care brochure with it. Superb! $1995. Sold

Buffet-Crampon Bb-clarinet, model R-13, #141612, made in France in 1973. It’s an extra clean and superb little-used example from buffet’s “Golden Era”. Keywork shows no wear to the rings and hinge-tubes. No cracks to the wood, new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. It’s the Clarinet that made Buffet famous with superb wood quality and a rich tone-color. In our opinion, this particular clarinet is just about as fine an instrument as you’d find anywhere. Better than a new instrument as you’d find anywhere. "Better than a new one” Well, yes … in our opinion. Original case is perfect plus it’s good a new canvas case cover with it. Recommended! $2045. Sold

Buffet-Crampon Bb Clarinet, model R-13, #160,852, made in France in 1975. It's a very clean and superb little-used example from Buffet's "Golden Era". Keywork shows minimal wear to the rings and hinge-tubes. Tenons are very sharp and there are no cracks to the wood plus all new pads & corks from our shop in Wichita. It's the clarinet that made Buffet famous, with superb wood quality and a rich tone-color. In our opinion, this particular clarinet is just about as fine an instrument as you'd find anywhere. Better than a new one? Well, yes... in our opinion. New case plus it's got a new canvas case cover with it. Recommended! $1995.

Buffet-Crampon Bb Clarinet, model R-13, #181983, made in France in 1977. It’s an extra Clean and superb little-used example from Buffet’s pre-Boosey “Golden Era”. Silver plated keywork shows minimal wear to the rings and Hinge-tubes. No cracks to the wood, new pads & corks from our shop in Wichita. It’s the clarinet that made Buffet famous, with superb wood quality and a rich tone-color. Very good player from a very good year. $2045. Sold

Buffet-Crampon Model E-11 B-flat clarinet #1035180, Made in Germany in 2007. Keywork wears good silver plate and all pads / corks have been replaced in our shop in Wichita. No cracks to the wood, the tenons still sharp. This one's a good example, has been used very little and comes with good case. New Suggested retail price is now $1664. This one's a mere $795

BUFFET-CRAMPON “Master Model Evette E-12” B-flat clarinet #D23073, made in France about 1972. No cracks anywhere to the wood; nickel plate to the keywork is good but with some minor wear to the finish. All pads / corks have been replaced in our shop in Wichita. This one’s a good example, has been used very little and comes with a new case and our recommendation. Buffet still makes a comparable instrument, with cheaper construction (plastic tone-holes, cheaper keywork and no bell ring). Their “model E-13” is the closest to the Master Model E-12, now with a suggested retail price of $3505, street price of about $2100. This one’s100% French, “better than a new one”, in our opinion. Sold

Buffet-Crampon “Evette-Schaeffer E-13” B-flat clarinet #B356, made in France about 1955. Keywork wears good original nickel plate and all pads / corks have been replaced in our shop in Wichita. No cracks to the wood. Buffet’s model E-13 clarinet, was on step down from their “top of the line” R-13. This one’s a good example, had been used very little and comes with a new case and our recommendation. Today, All buffet clarinets below their R-13 pro model are made in Germany or China. Our E-13 is 100% French. $1095. Sold

BUFFET-CRAMPON “Evette-Schaeffer E-13” B-flat clarinet #K18,484, made in France in 1967. Nickel plate to the keywork is very good, with no wear spots anywhere, no cracks to the wood. All pads / corks have been replaced in our shop in Wichita. No cracks to the wood, the tenons still sharp. Buffet’s model E-13 clarinet, was one step down from their “top of the line” R-13. This one’s a good example, has been used very little and comes with good original case and our recommendation. Our E-13 is 100% French, better than a new one, in our opinion. $1295. Sold

VINTAGE BUFFET-CRAMPON MODEL 4 1/2 BASS CLARINET, the top joint stamped with Buffet’s name and logo plus “professional”. Serial number 2121x, made in France in 1968. It’s in very good original condition, range to low E-flat. No cracks to the wood, all new silver plate to the nickel-silver keywork. See Buffet’s 1965 catalog for details on all bass clarinet models. This one’s a very good player, now with all new pads and corks, no cracks to the dense and tight-grained wood. With new case and mouthpiece. Suggested retail price on a new one is now $13,625 with a long time of delivery. This one’s a mere $4950, in our opinion “better than a new one”. Sold

CABART A PARIS, good clarinet in the key of A, no serial number, made in France about 1930. No cracks or damage to the wood, superb workmanship and quality everywhere. This one has original nickel-silver keywork, new pads and corks from our shop and a solid original French double case. Since 1974, Cabart has been part of the F. Loree oboe workshops. This one’s $1095. SOLD
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G. LeBlanc (Paris) “Noblet” soprano Eb clarinet #6585x. Very good original condition, with 100% original nickel plate to the keywork, no cracks to the wood and now with all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Original case is perfect and the price includes the original French “Noblet” mouthpiece. Second-hand sopraninos are rather rare, but this is a superb and original example that gets our top recommendation. Sold

G.LEBLANC (Paris), #338X, made in France before 1950. It’s come to us in good original condition. New pads and corks, new silver plate to the nickel-alloy keys. No cracks, new pads and corks. Well known for the many “Noblet” clarinets sold to French and American musicians, this “LeBlanc” model would have been one of the very first “top of the line” instruments from them. $995.

G.LEBLANC (Paris), #366X, made in France before 1950. It’s come to us in good original condition and with standard keywork. New pads and corks, new silver plate to the nickel-alloy keys. No cracks, new pads and corks. Well known for the many “Noblet” clarinets sold to French and American musicians, this “LeBlanc” model would have been one of the very first “top of the line” instruments from them. $995.

G. LeBlanc (Paris) “Symphonie” KEY OF A professional clarinet #1021X made in France before 1970. The instrument has come to us in fine condition, nickel-silver keywork, no cracks to the wood, good new LeBlanc double case and with all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. All sections marked “LeBlanc”, but with bell section stamped “Noblet”. Very good player, not unlike a modern R-13 Buffet. Recommended and not expensive! Some professional clarinetists insist that the Symphony models were LeBlanc’s finest, ever. $1350 on this one. Sold

G. LeBlanc “Noblet model 40” wood clarinet, made in France. Serial number 8523. No cracks to the wood, good original nickel plate to the keywork, all new pads and corks, no cracks or damage. This one’s a best buy in a good French wood clarinet. It’s an honest “step up” clarinet that’s not Chinese. $985.

G. Leblanc “Noblet model 40” wood clarinet, made in France. Serial number 69130. No cracks to the wood, good original nickel plate to the keywork, all new pads and corks, no cracks or damage. This one’s a best buy in a good French wood clarinet. It’s an honest “step up” clarinet that’s not Chinese. $985.

LeBlanc model 420 wood Alto Clarinet, #6064, made in France in the sixties. Very good nickel plate to the keywork, no cracks to the wood, new mouthpiece, new case cover, all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita, good original case, never any dents or damage to the neck or bell. Range is to low E-flat. It's a very clean and original example, fully reconditioned by our shop. This one's $2750. Sold

G. LeBlanc-Paris model 420, pro model wood ALTO clarinet, #8227, made in France in the late 1960's. No cracks to the wood, new case, all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. This one's $2350.

G. LeBlanc-Paris model 420, pro model wood ALTO clarinet, #8217, made in France in the late 1960's. No cracks to the wood, new case, all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. This one's $2350.

LeBlanc-Vito model 7165 ALTO clarinet #669x, made in Wisconsin. Very good nickel plate to the keywork, new mouthpiece, new case, new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita, never any dents or damage to the neck or bell. Range is to low Eb. It's a very clean and original example, fully reconditioned by our shop. Sold

LeBlanc / Noblet model 55 wood Alto Clarinet, #6937, made in France in the late 1960’s. No cracks to the wood, new case, all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. No wear to the nickel plating, good player, virtually identical to LeBlanc’s model 420 alto clarinet, but with simplified register key / Bb key. This one’s $2250.
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LeBlanc-Noblet model 60 wood BASS Clarinet, #4,675, made in France in 1963. Very good nickel plate to the keywork, no cracks to the wood, new mouthpiece, new case, new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita, no dents or damage to the neck or bell. Range is to low E-flat. It's a very clean and original example, fully reconditioned by our shop. No cracks, no damage. This one's $2450.

LeBlanc-Noblet model 60 wood BASS Clarinet, #7,279, made in France in 1969. Very good nickel plate to the keywork, no cracks to the wood, new mouthpiece, new case, new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita, no dents or damage to the neck or bell. Range is to low E-flat. It's a very clean and original example, fully reconditioned by our shop. No cracks, no damage. This one's $2450.

LeBlanc-Noblet model 60 wood BASS Clarinet, #9346, made in France in 1975. Very good nickel plate to the keywork, no cracks to the wood, new mouthpiece, new case, new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita, no dents or damage to the neck or bell. Range is to low E-flat. It's a very clean and original example, fully reconditioned by our shop. No cracks, no damage. This one's $2450.

LeBlanc-Noblet model 60 wood BASS Clarinet, #10,039, made in France in 1977. Very good nickel plate to the keywork, no cracks to the wood, new mouthpiece, new case, new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita, no dents or damage to the neck or bell. Range is to low E-flat. It's a very clean and original example, fully reconditioned by our shop. No cracks, no damage. This one's $2450.

LeBlanc model 340 metal BBb Contrabass Clarinet, #2161, made in France in 1972. Range is to low C. It's a clean and original example, fully reconditioned by our shop, 100% all new pads and corks, 100% original nickel plate, no dents or dings and with good mouthpiece and soild case. no longer in production in France, with promises from Elkhart for them to eventually again be built in America. Arguably the finest BBb contra ever made, this one's $6850. Sold

LeBlanc model 340 metal BBb Contrabass Clarinet, #2455, made in France in 1977. Range is to low C. It's a clean and original example, fully reconditioned by our shop, 100% all new pads and corks, 100% original nickel plate, no dents or dings and with good mouthpiece and solid case. No longer in production in France, with promises from Elkhart for them to eventually again be built in America. Arguably the finest BBb contra ever made, this one's $6850. Sold

LeBlanc-Vito model 7182 BBb CONTRABASS CLARINET, #2095D, made in Wisconsin. Good nickel plate to the keywork, new mouthpiece, new case, new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita, never any dents or damage to the neck or bell. Range is to low E-flat. It’s a clean and original example, fully reconditioned by our shop. Suggested retail price on a new one is now $6000, with street price about $4250. This one’s a mere $2850. Sold

G. LeBlanc model 342 metal straight (not "paperclip") BBb CONTRABASS clarinet, #683 made in France before 1970. Range is to low E-flat. It's a clean and original example, fully reconditioned by our shop, all new pads and corks, 100% original nickel plate, no dents or dings and with good original mouthpiece and solid original case. No longer in production in France, with promises from Elkhart for them to eventually again be built in America. Arguably the finest BBb contra ever made, this one's $4250.00. Sold

G. LEBLANC (Paris), model 400, #6790. Pro model BASS clarinet made about 35 years ago. New nickel plate to some keywork, new pads and corks from our own shop in Wichita. New mouthpiece. New retail price is now $8315. This is a good example, now fully restored, ready to play. No cracks anywhere, no dents or dings to the bell or neck and the case is in very good condition. Recommended! SOLD
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Good Clarinet in the key of A, probably from the Noblet workshops, made in France before 1930 and stamped “Jean Marbeau”. “Wrap around” register key, normal Boehm keywork but with additional ring key for third finger left hand. All pads and corks are new and it comes with a French single case from the same time period. $1095. Sold

H. SELMER (Paris) rare Bb clarinet, #95X (1927). Keywork is silver-plated over nickel alloy, standard 17 key and 6 ring keys. The BODY, BELL AND BARREL are of SOLID EBONY, not grenadilla. The case is French, from the 1950’s. Superb workmanship and playing characteristics, this is the instrument that made Selmer’s firm famous. “Pre Benny Goodman” model, we’d call it. This instrument does not come with Selmers manufacturer's warranty. $1495 Sold

H. SELMER (Paris) rare Bb clarinet, #4145 (1929)!  Pads and corks are new, the clarinet is crack free and very clean: no damage to the wood, the original barrel section never cut shorter, the tenons still sharp and not “rounded off”.  Pre-1930 Selmer clarinets are often superb, play not unlike modern instruments and very much unlike the later “big bore” instruments.  This clarinet has normal Boehm keywork and articulated C#/G#.  Nice one!  This instrument does not come with Selmers manufacturer's warranty.  $1150. 
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H. Selmer (Paris), Clarinet in the key of Bb, "Centered Tone" model #Q7864 (1957) It's a fine Golden Era Selmer-Paris clarinet, with normal Boehm-system keywork. Absolutely no cracks to the wood, all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Bore size is a bit wider than modern Selmer or Buffet clarinets, the tone-color warmer and darker. Top recommendation on this one! $1850, with new case.
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H. Selmer (Paris), Clarinet in the key of B-flat, "K-Series" model, K-1842 in France in 1930. It's a superb Golden Era Selmer-Paris clarinet, with normal Boehm-system keywork. Absolutely no cracks to the wood, all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Nickel-alloy keys (no plating). Bore size is a bit wider than modern Selmer or Buffet Clarinets, the tone-color warmer and darker. The quality of the wood is far superior to any clarinet now being made, anywhere. Top recommendation on this one! $1850, with new case.
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H. Selmer (Paris), Clarinet in the key of Bb, #N6856 (1950). It’s a fine Golden Era Selmer-Paris clarinet, with normal Boehm-system keywork, Absolutely no cracks to the wood, all pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Bore size is a bit wider than modern Selmer or Buffet clarinets, the tone-color warmer and darker. Selmer “Vanguard” case from the 1960’s. Top recommendation on this one! $1250.
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H. Selmer (Paris), E-flat Sopranino clarinet X3310, made in France in 1972. The keywork is in very good original nickel plate finish and show absolutely no wear. Grenadilla wood, no damage, no cracks, perfect. Good original case with new case cover. All pads and corks are new, from our shop in Wichita. It’s a good example, nearly pristine. Suggested retail price on a new Selmer E-flat sopranino is now $9,428 with an unknown time of delivery. This one’s a very good example for a mere $3325.
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Selmer-USA “Bundy model 1425” E-flat alto clarinet, #11126, made in the US about 1985. The keywork extends to low E-flat, the keys, neck and bell are nickel plate and show minimal wear. Indestructible plastic body, no damage anywhere. Original case is solid. ALL new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Suggested retail price on a new one is now $2400; MAP price on a new one is now $1829. This one’s “like new” for $945.

Selmer-Bundy (USA), E-flat ALTO clarinet #26800, made in USA. The keywork extends to low E-flat. The keys, neck and bell are all with 100% original nickel plate finish and show absolutely no wear. New case as well. Pads and corks are new, from our shop in Wichita. It’s a good example, nearly pristine. Suggested retail price on a new Selmer-USA alto is now $2400 with an unknown time of delivery. This one's $995.00.
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H. Selmer (Paris), E-flat Alto Clarinet #Y2122, made in France in 1974. The keywork extends to low E-flat. The keys, neck and bell are all with very good original nickel plate finish and show absolutely no wear. Tuning neck. Grenadilla wood body, no damage, no cracks, perfect. Good original case with new case cover. All pads and corks are new, from our shop in Wichita. It's a good example, nearly pristine. Suggested retail price on a new Selmer alto is now $12,070 with an unknown time of delivery. This one's a very good example for a mere $3625. Sold

H. Selmer (Paris), B-flat Bass Clarinet #P5440, made in France in 1953. The keywork extends to low E-flat with alternate little finger left-hand Ab / Eb. The keys, neck and bell are all with 100% new silver plate finish. Tuning neck and new Vandoren or Selmer-Paris mouthpiece. Grenadilla wood body, no cracks. We've removed the floor-peg attachment that was previously screwed to the lower joint, have filled the holes and have installed a modern floor peg attachment to the bell section. Pads and corks are new, from our shop in Wichita. It's a good example from a good time-period. Suggested retail price on a new Selmer bass is now $13,900 with an "unknown" time of delivery. Arguably "better than a new one" this superb vintage clarinet is a best buy at $4975.

H. Selmer (Paris), B-flat BASS Clarinet #X7784, made in France in 1973. The keywork extrends to low E-flat, the keys, neck and bell are all with very good original nickel plate finish and show almost no wear. Tuning neck and Van Doren or Selmer (Paris) C-star mouthpiece. Grenadilla wood body, no damage, no cracks, perfect. New case as well. Pads and corks are new, from our shop in Wichita. It's a good example, nearly pristine. Suggested retail price on a new Selmer bass is now $12,725 with an unknown time of delivery. This one's $6250. Sold
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Superb Selmer (Paris) Model 67 Bb Bass Clarinet, Range to low C. It's in excellent, all-original condition with only slight tarnishing to the silver plating. Serial number B6193 dates production in Selmer's Paris workshop to 1980 or 1981. The model 67 is Selmer's best professional Bb bass clarinet, with extended range to low C. Bell, neck, and all keywork are heavily silver plated. The 30-year-old grenadilla wood body on this fine instrument shows a very fine grain pattern and uniformity that is almost impossible to find on newer clarinets. The wood on this one is perfect, with no cracks or damage ever. Tenons on the body joints are sharp, true, and tight in the sockets, not rounded off or chipped, never damaged. No dents or damage ever to the bell or neck. Silver plated keys show no wear to the silver plating. Original Selmer Paris mouthpiece and good original case are included. Suggested retail price for a new Selmer Paris model 67 bass clarinet is now $16,214, with a street price of over $12,000. This one's better that a new one in our opinion. $7450 Sold It's a "best buy" and receives our highest recommendation!
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Good Selmer-USA Bb Bass Clarinet Serial #11180, made in the US about 1999. The keywork extends to low E-flat, the keys, neck and bell are nickel plate and show almost no wear. Indestructible plastic body, no damage anywhere. With new Vito mouthpiece and good original case. Suggested retail price on a new one is now $2400.00; MAP price on a new one is now $1829 This one's "like new" for $1195. Sold
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H. Selmer (Paris), B-flat BASS clarinet #C6081, made in France in the late eighties. The keywork extends to low E-flat, the keys, neck and bell are all with 100% nickel plate finish and show absolutely no wear. Tuning neck and Van Doren or Selmer (Paris) C-star mouthpiece. Grenadilla wood body, no damage, no cracks, perfect. New case as well. Pads and corks are new, from our shop in Wichita. It’s a good example, nearly pristine. Suggested retail price on a new Selmer bass is now $13,900 with an unknown time of delivery. This one’s a very good example for $6250. Sold

H. Selmer (Paris), B-flat BASS clarinet #T-8093, made in France before 1970. The keywork extends to low E-flat. The keys, neck and bell have very good original nickel plate. Tuning neck and new Selmer-Paris mouthpiece. Grenadilla wood body, no damage, no cracks, perfect. Does have alternate left-hand Ab/Eb key (little finger left hand). New case as well. Pads and corks are new, from our shop in Wichita. It's a good example that's come to us in very good original condition. Suggested retail price on a new Selmer bass is now $13,900 with a long time of delivery. This one's a very clean example for $6250. Sold

Selmer-USA B-flat bass clarinet, #66,135, made in the US about 1995. The keywork extends to low E-flat, the keys, neck and bell are nickel plate and show almost no wear. Indestructible plastic body, no damage anywhere. Original case is solid. 100% all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Suggested retail price on a new one is now $2400.00; MAP price on a new one is now $1829. This one’s “like new” for $1295. Sold
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Selmer-USA model 1430 B-flat bass clarinet, #74,707. The keywork extends to low E-flat, the keys, neck and bell are nickel plate and show absolutely no wear at all. Indestructible plastic body, no damage anywhere. Original case is solid. Suggested retail price on a new one is now $2075; MAP price on a new one is now $1649. This is a recent modern instrument (maybe 10 years old) that's come to us in very good original condition. This one's close to perfect, has a new case with it, all for a "best buy" price of $1395. Sold
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Selmer-USA E-flat contra-alto clarinet, #1257, made in the US about 1975. The keywork extends to low E-flat, the keys, neck and bell are nickel plate and show minimal wear. Indestructible plastic body, no damage anywhere. Original case is sold. New pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Suggested retail price on a new one is now $3435; MAP price on a new one is now $2599. This one's "like new" for $1945. Sold

Selmer-USA "Bundy model 1440" E-flat contra-alto clarinet, #7400, made in the US about 1985. The keywork extends to low E-flat, the keys, neck and bell are nickel plate and show minimal wear. Indestructible plastic body, no damage anywhere. Original case is solid. New pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Suggested retail price on a new one is now $3625.00; MAP price on a new one is now $2869. This one's "like new" for Sold
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SML (Strasser-Marigaux-Lemaire) wood clarinet, “Lemaire” model, #3407X, a good step-up clarinet, made in Paris in the early 1980’s. Mostly known for superb oboes and the “Gold Medal” saxes that were discontinued years ago, SML continues today to produce superb woodwind instruments. The “Lemaire” model was offered as their “mid range” instrument: below the top-of-the-line Marigaux and Strasser instruments, but better than the 5-Star and “Ebo-Tone” models. A few SML clarinets were imported into the US by the King Musical Instrument Company back in the eighties. They’re comparable with Buffet’s E-13 models and actually play very well. This one’s $895.

H. Selmer (Paris), E-flat CONTRA-ALTO clarinet #V997x, made in France in 1969. The keywork extends to low E-flat, the keys, neck and bell are nickel plated, totally original and show no wear anywhere. Palisander rosewood body, no cracks or damage. Good original case and it’s furnished with a Selmer (Paris) C-star mouthpiece. ALL pads and corks are new, from our shop in Wichita. It’s a very good example, straight and clean, now fully restored. Suggested retail price on a new Selmer one is now $21,420 with a long time of delivery. 2013 is Wichita Band Instrument's SIXTIETH year in business and over the decades, we've done more contra-clarinet overhauls than you could count. We need about 40 hours to properly clean up the instruments, then replace all pads and corks. They're not terribly difficult to recondition, but the time required is extensive, believe me. And, as we often say, "you might be able to buy one somewhere else for a lower price, but if you buy it from us, it will be mechanically and visually "like new". No foolin'.... This one's Sold
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H. Selmer (Paris), E-flat CONTRA-ALTO clarinet #W2856. The keywork extends to low E-flat, the keys neck and bell are nickel plated and show no wear anywhere. Palisander rosewood body, absolutely no cracks or damage of any kind. Good original case and it's furnished with a good Selmer (Paris) C-star mouthpiece. All pads and corks are new, from our shop in Wichita. It's a very good example, straight and clean, now fully restored. Suggested retail price on a new Selmer bass is now $22,277 with a long time of delivery. This one's $7950.00 Sold

We often have a good selection of rebuilt clarinets in our warehouse. We’re particular about what we acquire and usually turn down instruments with excessive key wear or wood damage. Older clarinets often have better quality wood than new instruments, however. That means a rebuilt instrument that we’ve rebuilt can often be “better than new”.

Here’s what we do to all the used clarinets we sell:

The instrument is taken apart and everything washed clean. We don’t believe in chemical dips, but do use plenty of soap and water! All wood parts are inspected for checks and damage, polished and then soaked in oil for three days. After the body-shop work’s been completed, we swedge hinge-tubes tight again and re-fit to the clarinet body. Finally, pads and corks are replaced and the instrument play-tested. Most customers tell us that our clarinets are then actually “mechanically better than new”.

Wichita Band’s service warranty is the same as it’s been for more than thirty years:

“ALL new and all used instruments sold by Wichita Band Instrument Company come with our 24 month service warranty. It’s in addition to any factory guarantees. For two full years, we will repair or replace (whichever in our estimation is the more advisable), pads, corks, springs or other parts required, at no charge to the customer. In the event of cracked or damaged wood sections, we will repair at no cost to the customer or replace the section and charge the customer only for our net costs for the replacement section. Often, wood replacement parts are supplied from the manufacturer at no charge. The customer is responsible for shipping and insurance charges. Cases and plating finishes are not covered by our service warranty but are sometimes covered by factory guarantees.”

Wichita Band Instrument Company maintains a repair department capable of restoration work of the highest quality. Even though repairs are essentially “free” for the first two years, after that period has expired, we remain at your service to maintain and repair your musical equipment forever. It’s our “service after the sale” promise and has been since 1953!
 

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ANTIQUE, ALBERT SYSTEM, OEHLER SYSTEM, METAL, AND OTHER ODD CLARINETS 

Rare clarinet made in Elkhart in 1928 by C. G. Conn, Ltd. Serial #B216,22XL. The instrument has come to us in very good original condition, with normal seventeen key / six ring Boehm system keywork. It’s been played very little in the past 78 years. Body is silver plated over nickel-silver alloy and all pads & corks are new, from our shop in Wichita. In 1928, this was Conn’s “Top of the Line” Clarinet. Five piece model, even the bell section screws off. Rare, good player. $1095.

Good American C.G. Conn, Ltd., "Albert System" clarinet, made in Elkhart in 1919, bearing the serial number B5349XL. The body, bell and barrel are all of ebonite, the clarinet has 14 keys, five rings, four rollers. Original nickel-silver keys are tight and without wear, all pads and corks are new. The original case is in fine condition and the clarinet comes with the original Conn mouthpiece. Good player, not expensive at $945.

Rare boxwood clarinet in the key of A by Berthoud, 15 brass keys, ivory mounts, please email for more info...

Rare clarinet in the key of C, made in Elkhart in 1923 by C. G. Conn, Ltd. Serial #C10821xL. The instrument has come to us in nearly pristine condition, with normal seventeen key / six ring Boehm system keywork. It’s been played very little in the past 83 years, still even has the original guarantee letter with it. Body is of ebonite (“hard rubber”) and all pads & corks are new, from our shop in Wichita. The original case is perfect. Rare, good player, not expensive. $1150.

Rare French C clarinet, faintly stamped “Daniel”. Dark rosewood body, thirteen nickel-silver “salt spoon” keys, two rings. Barrel and top joint are all one piece. No cracks to the wood, original mouthpiece. The name “Daniel” probably refers to the dealer who sold the clarinet rather than the maker. Perhaps from the Gautrot / Couesnon company, pre 1900. Good example, new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Perfect for Dixieland or Klezmer. $1050.

Good German clarinet from the workshop of G.H. Hueller in Schoeneck, the body of dark rosewood. 17 nickel-silver keys, six rings. Coiuld be called a “full Albert system”, but more accurately “Oehler system” clarinet. No cracks to the wood, all parts original. Maker’s stamp to bell, top and bottom joints, no stamp to the barrel or mouthpiece. Probably dates from the late 1930’s, plays very well at A = 440 pitch. $1050.

A RARE BOXWOOD "MARTIN FRERES" KEY OF A CLARINET, PRE 1875.. Four joints plus mouthpiece, everything in pristine original condition. NO CRACKS, NO DAMAGE anywhere. Total of 13 "Saltspoon" keys, so this would have been the same model used by London virtuoso Henry Lazarus (1815 - 1895). Each joint is stamped " (bee) / Martin / Freres / Paris / (logo) / A". You're seeing this one exactly as it came to us. It's still dirty, will be cleaned and all pads replaced, no later than Friday, September 17. No cracks or damage to the existing mounts. Mount to the lower half of the barrel was missing, now replaced by a new perfectly matching mount. Mouthpiece is rosewood, French, no maker's name. We tested the pitch on this one today, right after it arrived. With the existing French rosewood mouthpiece, it plays very well at just above A 440. We often have 19th. century French / German / English clarinets in our collection, but it's quite unusual to have a pristine French boxwood A clarinet here. According to information found in the "New Langwill", the stamps on the instrument indicate it was built before 1875. We often have antique woodwinds in our shop in Wichita, but this one is a superb original example. You're seeing it exactly as it's come to us today. We've scheduled it for restoration work this week, when we'll clean it up a bit, replace pads and corks. Keywork will not be polished, as the brass wears now a wonderful patina. Price does include our restoration work. $3895. If you have a clarinet collection, or if you're performing in an "original instrument" 19th century ensemble, this one's perfect for you!

Grenadilla or rosewood clarinet in B-flat by William Meinl, made in New York about 1920. Fifteen nickel-silver keys, five rings, five black rollers. The bell section is from the same time period, but by Penzel & Mueller. This is a good “late Albert” B-flat that’s come to us in very good condition.
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German clarinet from Moennig, just arrived, please email for price and info.

German clarinet from Gustav Mollenhauer, made in Kassel, probably before 1940. The Oehler-system keywork has 17 keys and five rings. Four rollers on the bottom joint. Top and bottom joints and bell are stamped with the maker’s name and logo. Mouthpiece and two barrel sections are stamped “G. Mollenhauer u. Soehne, Kassel”. Keywork is silver plated, very original. Serial number 3221X on the body (top and bottom joints) and on both barrels. Original mouthpiece is stamped 2233 on the table. Original case, new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. The instrument play well at A = 442 pitch. $2150.

Original Antique Boxwood Clarinet by John Parker of London! Original antique boxwood clarinets are almost always in our collection in Wichita. This one's a very good example, made sometime around 1800 by London woodwind maker John Parker. Please see new photos towards the bottom of this listing! The "New Langwill" notes that Parker's shop existed from 1770 to 1815 and later. Our clarinet is stamped, on each joint "Parker / London", but there's no address shown anywhere. That means it's a bit difficult for us to put an exact date on the clarinet. I'm guessing about 1800, but perhaps a few years earlier... The mouthpiece is not original, is grenadilla or rosewood, engraved "Georgi / Magdeburg", but it works quite well with this instrument. Six brass keys, pads replaced and everything in good condition. For me, the clarinet plays very well in the key of B-flat at 430 pitch, using the German mouthpiece that's with it. Definitely not 435 pitch, certainly not 440. Total length, end of bell to top of the barrel, is 604 mm. Total length, end of bell to tip of mouthpiece, is 678 mm. Internal intonations amazingly good, with no odd or false notes. Perfectly suitable for use in any original instrument ensemble. Bell has had a crack which we've glued and filled. Bell ring is a boxwood replacement that we made. No cracks anywhere else on the body. Rather nice item, plays very well, only one other clarinet by this maker cited by Langwill. $2460.
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Boxwood and ivory C clarinet by Wood and Ivy, made in London between 1837 and 1847. Eight round and flat brass keys, heavy ivory mounts. The instrument is superb original condition and plays very well. No cracks to the boxwood, no cracks or damage to the original ivory. The ebonite C-clarinet mouthpiece is probably from the late 19th / early 20th century. Barrel, top and lower joints all are engraved “Wood & Ivy”. Bell is engraved “Wood & Ivy / late / Geo. Wood / New Compton Strt. / 50 / Soho / London”. Tenons are original, not cut shorter, no cracks or damage to the wood nor the ivory. Intonation is very good at A = 435 / 438 pitch. Total length, bell ring to tip of mouthpiece = 591 mm. $1850. SOLD
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Boxwood A-clarinet, made in Germany, circa 1870. The instrument appears to have had a name at one time, now illegible. Barrel is mounted in nickel-silver is 66 mm. long. Top joint in has seven round nickel-silver keys, is 249 mm. long, end of top tenon to end of bottom tenon. Bottom joint has six round nickel-silver keys, is 260 mm long, top of socket to bottom of tenon. Bell has nickel-silver socket ring and bell ring, is 106 mm long. Case may be original, definitely dates from before 1900. With either a pre-1900 C. Kruspe / Erfurt rosewood and nickel mouthpiece that has a very close tip or similar rosewood mouthpiece from Clemens Meinl (Wernitzgruen). The instrument plays very well in the key of A, at 440 pitch. sold.

Boxwood B-flat clarinet by Herouard Freres, made in France about 1860. Thirteen flat salt-spoon brass keys, brass posts mounted to oval plates. Stamped with maker’s name and logo (fourth stamp) on the barrel, top joint and bell, stamped twice on the middle joint. No cracks to the boxwood joints or bell, older crack to the barrel. The instrument fitted with heavy original horn mounts. The top tenon of the top joint has been cut shorter, now restored by our shop in Wichita. (waiting for repairs, not yet for sale)

Used Bb clarinet by J. Roschl, please email for more info...

Used Bb Albert system clarinet by Carl Schubert, please email for more info...

Used Bb Albert system clarinet by E.J. Albert, please email for more info...

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ALTO SAXES, all models, all years.....  

Here’s what we do to all used saxes we sell:

The instrument is taken apart and everything washed clean. We don’t believe in chemical dips, but do use plenty of soap and water! Dings are next burnished from body, bell, end-bow and neck. With a little effort, we can make things look “like new” again. After the body-shop work’s been completed, we swedge hinge-tubes tight again and re-fit to the sax body. Finally, pads and corks are replaced and the instrument play-tested. Most customers tell us that our saxes are then actually “mechanically better than new”.

Rare Buescher alto saxophone “Aristocrat” model, serial number 281,65x (1937). It’s come to us in superb original condition but wearing almost no lacquer finish at all. This is one of the “real” Aristocrat models, with screw-in Norton springs, We’ve lightly polished the brass, have re-sprayed with two coats of Nikolas 2105 lacquer. Yes it now has all new pads and corks. Arguably the best Buescher alto ever made, still cherished by those of the Rascher school of saxophone playing. Superb intonation, easy to get the low notes. We do have information and history on this saxophone from the family of the original owner. Top recommendation, best buy price! $1945.

Rare Buescher alto saxophone “Aristocrat” model, serial number 283,65x (1937). It’s come to us in superb original condition but wearing almost no lacquer finish at all. This is one of the “real” Aristocrat models, with screw-in Norton springs, We’ve lightly polished the brass, have re-sprayed with two coats of Nikolas 2105 lacquer. Yes it now has all new pads and corks. Arguably the best Buescher alto ever made, still cherished by those of the Rascher school of saxophone playing. Superb intonation, easy to get the low notes. Top recommendation, best buy price! $1945. Sold
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Rare Buescher alto saxophone “Aristocrat” model, serial number 292,94x (1937). It’s come to us in superb original condition but wearing almost very dark original lacquer finish that’s worn maybe 10%. This is one of the “real” Aristocrat models, with screw-in Norton springs and “snap in” Buescher pads. Yes it now has all new pads and corks. Arguably the best Buescher alto ever made, still cherished by those of the Rascher school of saxophone playing. Superb intonation, easy to get the low notes, very good original case. Top recommendation, best buy price! $1945.
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Rare Buescher alto saxophone “Aristocrat” model, serial number 336,09x (1951). It’s come to us in superb original condition, wearing original lacquer finish that’s worn maybe 5%. This is one of the “real” Aristocrat models, with screw-in Norton springs and “snap in” Buescher pads. Yes it now has all new pads and corks. Arguably the best Buescher alto ever made, still cherished by those of the Rascher school of saxophone playing. Superb intonation, easy to get the low notes, very good original case. Top recommendation, best buy price! $2245.

C.G. CONN alto, #158,180 (1925). Conn's 1925 catalog refers to their altos as the "New Wonder Model". Today, most sax collectors refer to them as "Chu Berry" models, due to the fact that tenor super-star Chu played a 1934 version of their tenor. This one's a little different than the 1934 edition, does have the so-called "fingernail G# touch" but with flat high E key. Everything else is typical late twenties Conn. No underslung 8va. key on the neck, typical palm key set-up and the rest. These are good players, but aren't (in our opinion) as fine as the Lady Face models that started in the mid-thirties. This one's come to us in very fine condition and DEFINITELY HAS ORIGINAL SATIN silver finish. Sharp key pearls, especially to the lower stack, no etch under the silver and very good engraving to the bell says "original". Original gold wash (plating) to the inside of the bell, also. ALL pads on this good alto are new or soon will be. From our shop in Wichita. That means it gets our 24 month warranty, too. In the mid twenties, Conn offered saxes in sixteen different finishes. "Finish 2" was silver plated (satin) over brass, inside of the bell gold plated. No dents or dings on this one, good original case, no mouthpiece. 100% all new pads and corks, with our 2 year warranty. 99.9 % original plating. Good player, low starting price, perfect for Dixieland, "Big Band" or almost anything. This one's $1,050.00. Sold
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C.G. Conn 6M-VIII “Lady Face” alto sax #M282,10xA, from 1937. Low B & Bb on the same side of the bell, underslung 8va. key and tuning neck, this one’s got all the features of the best of the “Lady Face” instruments. Does have rolled tone-holes, has stove-pipe 8va. spout plus all the other classic 6M features. Original dark honey-gold lacquer is worn less than ten percent. New pads & corks from our shop and keywork swedged tight. New case on this one. No forked E-flat key, which is a plus, in our opinion. Minor end-bow dings have now been burnished out. Good example of the best playing vintage American sax, ever. Not pristine but close, superb player! $2175.
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C.G. Conn 6M-VIII “Lady Face” alto sax #297,65x, from 1941. Low B & Bb on the same side of the bell, underslung 8va. key and tuning neck, this one’s got all the features of the “Lady Face” instruments. Does have rolled tone-holes, has stove-pipe 8va. spout plus all the other classic 6M features. Original lacquer is still good, worn less than five percent. Small dent to the end-bow, but otherwise never been dented or dinged in any way. New pads & corks from our shop and keywork swedged tight. Original case is perfect. No forked E-flat key on this one, which is a plus, in our opinion. Very good original example, superb player! $2,475. RESERVED

C.G. Conn 6M “Lady Face” alto sax #316,00X, from 1946. Low B & Bb on the same side of the bell, underslung 8va. key and tuning neck, this one’s got all the features of the “Lady Face” instruments. Does have rolled tone-holes, has stove-pipe 8va. spout plus all the other classic 6M features. Original lacquer is still good, worn maybe 10%. Neck tube and palm-key touches wear new lacquer finish. All new pads & corks from our shop and keywork swedged tight. Original case is worn but solid. No forked E-flat key on this one, which is a plus, in our opinion. Very good original example, fine player! Also has 1946 letter from C.G. Conn, showing that then original owner registered his name with the factory. $2475.

C.G.CONN "LADY FACE 6M" ALTO SAXOPHONE, 95% ORIGINAL LACQUER, VERY GOOD PADS & CORKS, CLEAN, NO DENTS OR DINGS, ONE OF THE LAST OF THE "LADY FACE" MODELS. Serial number 354,870, made in Elkhart in early 1953. This one's got underslung octave key, never any big dents, a few minor dings burnished out by our workshop in Wichita. Pads look new, but not from our shop, might be from Tulsa Band. They seal very well and we'll make sure everything's in adjustment before we ship. This one does NOT have the tuning-neck that Conn introduced in the twenties. We think that's a plus. Same thing about the one & three "forked Eb" for the right hand. Not there and that's good, we think. DOES have first finger right-hand G-sharp, which we DO like. Sharp engraving to the bell, the pearls and brass pearl-cups are very sharp, no evidence of having been buffed over. Never any resolders or serious dents or dings. Sharp feet to the key-guards, as well. All of which means it's got 95% ORIGINAL LACQUER FINISH. Clean, good example, nothing wrong with it at all. Typical late 6M, bright tone, good player. Nothing wrong with it! Like the same one I use, only 7 years newer! This one's $1,895.00. Sold
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C.G. Conn 6M alto sax #984,54x, a very clean original pro-quality alto sax from 1962. The bell’s engraved “CONN / Elkhart / Ind./ USA”. Low B & Bb on the same side of the bell, underslung 8va. key, this one’s got all the features of the “Lady Face” instruments. As with all post-1947 Conn altos, no rolled t-holes, but does have stove-pipe 8va. spout plus all the other classic 6M features. Original lacquer is close to perfect, worn less than 1%. New pads & corks from our shop and keywork swedged tight. Solid original case and it even has the original guarantee card with it. Good vintage Conn pro-quality alto for not much money! $1875.
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C.G. Conn 21M #4,456,72x, a good “made in USA” student quality alto sax from about 2006. Does have high F-sharp keywork, the body gold lacquered and the keys nickel plated. No dents or damage, all new pads and corks. Original lacquer is still good, worn maybe 5%. Conn’s current model 27M now has a suggested retail price of $1717.00. New 21M altos are still available on the internet, with a street price around $1200. With rolled tone-holes, improved acoustics and “made in USA” stamp, these are good saxes for student use. $795.00.

C.G. Conn 21M #4,457,39x, a good “made in USA” student quality alto sax from about 2006. Does have high F-sharp keywork, the body gold lacquered and the keys nickel plated. No dents or damage, all new pads and corks. Original lacquer is still good, worn maybe 5%. Conn’s current model 27M now has a suggested retail price of $1717.00. New 21M altos are still available on the internet, with a street price around $1200. With rolled tone-holes, improved acoustics and “made in USA” stamp, these are good saxes for student use. $795.00.

H.N. White "KING VOLL-TRUE", #14098x (1933), has original case, newer mouthpiece, some gold-plate left inside the bell. The original silver plate finish is worn only 5% or so, the body and bell appear to have never been dented or damaged. This is a good vintage alto! $995 
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"King Zephyr" alto from the H.N. White Company, #188,47x (1937 / 1938). Superb pre-war alto that plays very well, has 99% original very dark lacquer, excellent Art Deco engraving to the bell and square key-touches. Keywork's tight, ALL pads & corks new. Like the one used by Charlie Parker, only with brass (not silver) neck. Original case is nearly perfect, original mouthpiece, too. Good example, very original, good player. $1895. Sold Miller Collection
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"King Zephyr" alto sax from the H.N. White Company, #188,300 (1937 / 1938). Superb pre-war alto that plays very well, has 100% original silver plate, gold plate inside the bell, excellent Art Deco engraving to the bell and square key-touches. Keywork's tight, All pads and corks new. Like the one used by Charlie Parker, only with brass (not silver) neck. Original case is nearly perfect, original mouthpiece, too. Good example, very original, good player. $2195. Sold Miller collection

H.N.White “KING ZEPHYR” #299,89x (1949), a fine “step-up” alto from the “Golden Years” at King.  The lacquer is from about 1990, looks very good, has good engraving to the bell, dents and dings burnished out in our shop and new pads and corks.  New case.  Like the one Cannonball used, only without the silver bell or neck. $1195 
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"KING SUPER 20" ALTO #411,08X, MADE IN CLEVELAND IN 1966 OR 1967. NEVER any damage or big dents, one minor ding to the end-bow. We've not done it yet, but will burnish out any dings we find. Neck is solid sterling silver. Body, bell and end-bow are brass, keywork is brass and solid nickel-silver. Case is original, solid and good. Not perfect, but a good 8.5 on a scale of ten. King Musical Instrument Company is now part of "Steinway Properties". Sadly, all saxophone production ceased in the mid 1980's. King Super 20's are not for everyone, though. I used a Super 20 tenor (silver neck, brass bell) for a year, back in the mid sixties. A buddy wanted to sell it to me, but I never could come up with the bucks for him. But man, it was a great tenor! Easy to play, excellent intonation, sub-tone low notes without any effort at all. Some folks are of the opinion that the reason King saxes played so well was because they were the only company to silver-solder or "braize" the tone-holes to the body. That means lots of heat that annealed the brass. And that means less resistance... This SUPERB alto has come to us wearing pads and corks that appear to be the originals. That means we'll tear this one down, wash and clean up the body and neck, burnish out the two dings noted above, REPLACE ALL PADS AND CORKS. This is our 60th. year in business and we've repadded hundreds of King saxes in those years. Believe me, when this one's finished, it'll be mechanically absolutely perfect. The sax has been played very little since it was new, so swedging of hinge-tubes will not be necessary. Key pearls are still very sharp, hinge-tubes needed NO swedging. This one's been played very little in the nearly half century since it left the factory. Lacquer finish is definitely original, worn maybe 2%. TOP recommendation. Not perfect, but totally original, very good player. Think "Cannonball Adderley!" $2250. Sold

LeBLANC / VITO alto sax, serial 02239x, assembled in Wisconsin from imported parts from Yamaha (Japan). Virtually identical to Yamaha’s model YAS-23 alto sax, but assembled at the LeBlanc factory in Kenosha. This one wears original lacquer that’s almost perfect, never dented or dinged and with good original case. ALL new pads and corks. Yamaha now markets student-quality saxes that are built in China or Indonesia. This one’s a superior example built in America of Japanese components. This one’s a best buy at $965.

A good Martin “Committee” alto (sometimes called “the Martin”) #153,86x (1946), one of the earliest of the Committee models, this one with about 75% of the original very dark lacquer finish, all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita, with new case, dents and dings now burnished out and in like-new mechanical condition. As with all Martin instruments, the lacquer finish was thin and dark, didn’t wear as well as the finish from other manufacturers. Some of the best jazzers of the 1930’s and 1940’s swore by Martins, wouldn’t use any other brand. The Committee was their top-of-the-line, built to compete with the best saxes from Conn, King and even Selmer. Not a beauty queen, but a good player, Sold

ORIGINAL ADOLPHE SAX ALTO SAXOPHONE, COMPLETELY AND BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED! Made in Paris between 1878 and 1885, this one's now in the process of getting a full restoration. It's come to us with several tone-holes unsoldered, rod-screws rusted in place and with quite a few small dents and dings. All restoration work has now been completed and it's back to being in pristine condition, the same as when it left Adolphe Sax's Paris workshop. Serial number's been scratched off, but from the address engraved on the bell, we do know when it was made. This one now has all new pads and corks plus a non-original used case with it. Saxophones from the original Adolphe Sax workshop are a little rare, but we seem to get one or two of them every year. Restoration work is time-consuming, but he workmanship on the instruments is always quite good. That means the work is pretty straight-forward. Think "50 hours labor and lots of patience" and you'll understand. This one was built by Adolphe Sax the father. It's now been completely and lovingly restored in our full-service repair shop by some of the best technicians in the industry. Top recommendation on this rare and beautiful saxophone! $6360 SOLD
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Selmer "Modele 26" Alto saxophone #10,959 (1929). It's a rare and superb example that wears 100% original bright silver plate, no engraving to the bell. Similar to the "Cigar Cutter" and "SSS" models from the early 1930's, our sax has come to us in absolutely pristine original condition, still with all the original pads. It's never been dented or dinged and the original mouthpiece and case are still in superb original "like new" condition. Our price includes all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Very good player, the tone-color a little more compact than later French Selmers. $3450.00
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Selmer Super Balanced Action Alto #36,738 (1948). 99% bright silver finish, no engraving to the bell. This one's not perfect, but very close to it. Totally original silver plate, never any dents or dings. Key pearls still sharp, stack hinge-tubes showing minimal swedging. 100% all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Pads have domed metal resonators with rivets. Superb player, solid and clean. Top recommendation on this one! $5250. Sold
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Selmer (Paris) Super Action Alto #46,835 (1952). Very good and totally original example that wears 99% orginal bright silver finish, now has all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Never any dings or dents of any kind. Original case is perfect and the key pearls are still very sharp. Good example that's not perfect, but very good. Multiple scratches to the bell (sax stand, probably). Never dented so no reason to burnish out any dings or dents. Has 1970's Selmer-Paris "Soloist" C mouthpiece with is, as well. Think Al Galladoro, Walt Levinsky, Phil Woods, Bud Shank. $5650.

H. Selmer (Paris) “Super Balanced Action” alto sax #41,17x (July, 1950). Pristine example that wears 100% original bright silver finish, good engraving to the bell. Never dented or dinged, key pearls still very sharp, stack hinge-tubes never swedged. Original French solid case and good original Selmer mouthpiece. This one’s been played about five times since it was new. Superb example that’s in pristine condition, highly recommended. Think Al Galladoro, Walt Levinsky, Phil Woods, Paul Desmond, Bud Shank. The late BA saxes were the best ever, in our opinion. This one’s very close to being perfect. SOLD
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Selmer (Paris) "Balanced Action" ALTO Saxophone made in France in early 1941. The serial number is 30,767. The bright silver plated finish is definitely original and 99% intact, no worn spots, no bubbles, no flaking! The body of the saxophone has never been dinged or dented. The neck has never been dented or "pulled down". The original key pearls are sharp, not pitted or worn at all. We'll disassemble, clean, lightly polish the silver plating and install all new pads and corks. Playing condition will be better than new. As an extra bonus we'll include the vintage Selmer Paris "B Air Flow" mouthpiece along with the silver plated Selmer ligature and mouthpiece cap. Original French case is included or a new Protec case if the new owner prefers.Sold
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Selmer (Paris) Super Action 80, Series II Alto, #681,005 (2010). Superb original example that has 100% original lacquer finish, good engraving to the bell, never dented or dinged and with "like new" original case. Looks like a new one, but a lot less expensive! This one gets our top recommendation! Price includes original Selmer-Paris C-star ebonite mouthpiece. New suggested retail price is now $8060. This one's less than half the price! $3625.00 Sold

Selmer (Paris) Mark Six Alto Saxophone made in 1958 / 1959 Serial number 75,872. This alto was made with high F# keywork. Original engraving to the bell. Comes with 100% all new pads & corks, and our 24-month service warranty. Minor dings have been burnished out in our shop, but never any major dents or damage. C-Star metal mouthpiece, cap, and ligature are included. Case and case cover are original. Case exterior is in near-perfect condition! Case interior shows minimal wear from normal use. Case cover is very worn in areas; we are going to try to have the zipper on the case cover fixed by a local luggage company. Superb player, top recommendation! This one's $7650.00. Sold
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Selmer Mark Six Alto Saxophone #113,226 (1964). 90% original French lacquer to the body and keywork. Not a "closet queen", but very good; an original example from a good time-period. Now has new pads (original stainless steel convex resonators with rivets) and corks from our shop. Straight without damage, No engraving to the bell. Never any resolders, dents or dings to the body. No serial number to the neck tenon. Wear points to the original lacquer include a 2 X 4 inch area on the underside of the bell, wear to the low Eb / C key-touches, the side B/C trill & Bb plus the high D and D#. Low Eb pad-cup and key-guard show some lacquer wear to the edges. Braids to the end-bow are sharp and all key-pearls are still very sharp. Lower part of the bell-flare has been bent down slightly and burnished back, with some lacquer loss in that area. Price includes new case, still in very good condition. Acquired by us from the original owner: full history is available on this one. Superb player, top recommendation! $5250.00
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Selmer Cigar Cutter Alto Saxophone #15,42x (1931). It's a rare and superb example that wears 95% lacquer finish that might or might not be original. We've not yet made a finish judgment on the lacquer, but it's probably a factory overhaul from the early to mid 1950's. 1931 was a good year for Selmer: 1750 saxophones were produced in their Paris workshop. Of those, about 1200 were altos, the rest tenor, soprano and baritone. Our sax has come to us in very good original condition. It's never been dented or dinged and everything is very clean, very straight. Key pearls still are very sharp. Our price includes all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. In our opinion, this is the finest alto ever made. $2750. Sold Miller Collection.

Selmer "Super SSS" Alto saxophone #17,52x(1933). It's a rare example that wears 95% very good replacement lacquer. Probably a factory re-lacquer from the fifties or sixties, it appears to have not been played since the new finish was applied. This one's been played since the new finish was applied. This one's been played a bit, shows some finger-wear on the body. Keywork is tight, though and it's a very good player. It's a "Super", not a "Cigar Cutter", though. Woody Herman played one, so did lots of pro players before 1940 and after. Our price includes all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Old relac, all new pads & corks, clean and straight, not expensive. $2150. Sold Miller Collection

Selmer (Paris) Super Action 80-Series I alto, #351,38x (1983). Good original example that has 98% original lacquer finish to the body and bell, new lacquer to the neck. Looks “almost new”, but a lot less expensive! This one gets our top recommendation! Now with all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. New suggested retail price on a SA80-II is now $7750. This one’s less than half the price! $3150. Sold

Selmer (Paris) Super Action 80, Series II alto, #387,21x (1986). Just arrived, please email for price and info.

Mark Six Selmer alto saxophone #56,020 (November, 1954). The lacquer is definitely American, definitely original and is worn 40% or a bit more. Engraving to the bell and end-bow is sharp, has not been buffed or burnished over. The braided bands that connect the end-bow to the bell and to the body show no sign of being buffed over. Two feet (not three) that hold the low C key-guard have been re-soldered decades ago and will be cleaned up by us. It’s a one-owner alto that came to us from a fellow who was a pro player in New York, later in San Francisco. After a tour with the Buddy Morrow band and a stint with the RCA orchestra in New York, he relocated to Frisco, stayed there for four decades doing lounge work at the St. Francis Hotel. This one came to us in very original condition, never having had a major mechanical overhaul. We’ve cleaned it up, swedged keywork tight again, have replaced all pads and corks. Even though the lacquer shows some wear, the key pearls are actually still sharp and hinge-tubes have not required major tightening. Serial number is on the neck and yes, it’s a very good player. SOLD
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Yamaha YAS-23 / Vito. Identical to the YAS-23 alto, but with "Vito" stamped on the bell. Assembled in Kenosha, Wisconsin from Yamaha YAS-23 parts. Mint condition, $895.

All saxes sold by Wichita Band Instrument Company have been taken apart, cleaned, dents and dings burnished out, keywork swedged tight and all pads & corks replaced. Whether it's a new, used or vintage instrument, our 24 month service warranty is included in the price! If you buy it from us, there's no need to spend an extra $600 to have it refurbished, 'cause a used sax from us is as good or better than a new one! 
 
 

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TENOR SAXES, rebuilt used & vintage 

Here’s what we do to all used saxes we sell:

The instrument is taken apart and everything washed clean. We don’t believe in chemical dips, but do use plenty of soap and water! Dings are next burnished from body, bell, end-bow and neck. With a little effort, we can make things look “like new” again. After the body-shop work’s been completed, we swedge hinge-tubes tight again and re-fit to the sax body. Finally, pads and corks are replaced and the instrument play-tested. Most customers tell us that our saxes are then actually “mechanically better than new”.

Rare early B-flat tenor saxophone from the Adolphe Sax workshop, serial number 27,729, made in Paris in 1864. The bell engraved "27729 / Saxophone tenor en Si b brevete / Adolphe Sax a Paris / Fteur de la Mson Milie de L'Empereur" and stamped also with Sax's logo plus "N25 / trans ar / du / Brieul". All parts are totally original. Range is high F to low B-natural. The bell shows some degradation to the edge of the flare. The instrument has come to us with most of the original pads, which we have retained for historical purposes. The rosewood mouthpiece that accompanies the instrument is from Buffet-Crampon may be from the same time period. As this is a historical and very early saxophone, our price reflects an estimated 100 shop hours of restoration time. All tone-holes have been removed, cleaned and re-soldered to the body. All dents have been burnished from the body and a patch has been made or will have been made, to the original neck. Key-posts originally lead-soldered to the body, so we'll remove all posts, clean and resolder all of them. Finally, we'll replace all springs, then replace all pads and corks. Later instruments by members of the Sax family are often in our collection; this is an early instrument that's come to us in good original condition, needing only mechanical repairs to make it in perfect playable condition. $7400.00
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Good Buescher tenor saxophone “400” model, serial number 515,16X (1969). It’s one of the Buescher 400 saxes made after Selmer-USA bought the company. Keywork is nickel plated and the body of the sax still wears about 65% of the original lacquer. Does have Buescher’s patented “snap in” pads and. Dents to the end-bow and neck have been balled and burnished out in our shop. New pads and corks and with used case is in good condition. 100% made in America, it’s a solid Buescher that plays well and isn’t at all expensive. $1245.00

C.G. Conn 16M tenor sax #N8062X (Nogales). 90% original epoxy lacquer finish, keywork nickel plated. Conn’s “step up” tenor, made only a year or two after they moved to Nogales. New pads and corks from our shop. Tone-color identical to the 10M’s of the time. Not expensive, good player. $1095. Sold

C.G. Conn 16M "Shooting Star" tenor sax #H42295 (made in Elkhart, Indiana in 1966). Good engraving to the bell and 99% original lacquer. Keywork is still very tight, the original case looks new. Minor dents to the neck have been rolled out. New pads & corks from our shop, of course. Very clean and straight original sixties 16M, nickel-plated keywork, definitely original lacquer, never any major dents or damage. Good player, not expensive and in amazing original condition for a nearly fifty year old tenor! $1845.
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C.G. Conn 10M “Lady Face” tenor sax #311,20x (mid 1945). Sharp engraving to the bell and 99% original silver plate to the body and keys, gold wash inside the bell. The plating is definitely original. Keywork is still very tight, one ding to the end-bow has now been burnished out by our workshop. Yes, it’s got rolled tone-holes. New pads & corks from our shop, of course. Low B and B-flat pad cups on the same side of the bell. DOES HAVE forked E-flat and plays as well as any tenor ever built! There was, in the opinion of some, no finer tenor sax, ever. This one’s a fine original example that’s come to us in “9.9 on a scale of ten” condition. Top recommendation! Sold
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C.G. Conn 10M “Lady Face” tenor sax #353,89X(1953). Sharp engraving to the bell and 90% original lacquer. Keywork is still very tight, the original case is solid but scuffed. Minor dents to the neck have been rolled out. New pads & corks from our shop, of course. Low B and B-flat pad cups on the same side of the bell. Very clean and straight original fifties 10M, brass keywork, definitely original lacquer, never any major dents or damage. Good player, not expensive. $2245. Sold
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Good TENOR saxophone made in 1965 by the Julies Keilwerth workshop in Nauheim (Germany), the bell engraved "Bundy Special / H&A Selmer, Inc.", serial number 54,60X. 75% original lacquer, with worn lacquer areas over-sprayed by us, to protect the brass. In the late sixties, the Keilwerth shop made a number of good saxophones for Selmer-USA, identical to their "Toneking Special" saxes. The Toneking Specials were their step-up saxes, not as expensive as their pro-quality "Toneking" (later known as "H. Couf Professional") models, but built with rolled tone-holes and large large inch bell flare. These saxes play very well indeed and had a good following in the sixties and later. Keilwerth is now owned by Buffet-Crampon and the only tenor they build today has a suggested retail price of $8203. That means our sax is, in our opinion, a real best buy! This one's a mere $1895, has new case and mouthpiece, rolled tone-holes, original lacquer finish and 100% all new pads and corks.
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Superb and totally original J. Keilwerth tenor sax, model "SX90R", serial number 111,917, made in Neuheim about ten years ago. Keilwerth's instruments are today all built in east Germany, in the old B&S factory in Markneukirchen. Many players tell us the saxes from Nauheim (just south of Frankfurt) are superior to those being made today. Regardless of where they're built, the SX90R is their "top of the line", with large bell-flare and rolled tone-holes. Based on the pre-1940 saxophones from C.G. Conn, the tone-color is full and round, with infinite possiblities for the strong player. New retail price on an east German Keilwerth SX90R is now $8613. In "9.9 out of ten" condition, this one's truly a "best buy" at a mere $3250. Sold
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"King Super 20" TENOR SAX from the King Musical Instrument Company, #448,113 (1968 / 1969). Superb late Super 20 tenor that plays very well, has 99% original lacquer, excellent engraving to the bell and to the low B & B-flat pad-cups. Keywork's tight, ALL pads & corks are now new, from our workshop in Wichita. Like the one used by Roland Kirk, only with brass (not silver neck and bell. Original case is nearly perfect. No dents or dings except for some minor work to the neck. Good example, very original, good player. $3850.

Good Martin Handcraft Tenor Saxophone, #125942, made in Elkhart, IN (1937). Good original example that wears new lacquer, minor dings burnished out by our shop in Wichita. Nice solid nickel-silver keywork. The keys are not plated. 100% all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. This one gets our top recommendation! It's a "Best Buy" at $1295.00 Sold
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SELMER-PARIS "MARK SIX" TENOR SAX, #178,14x, MADE IN PARIS IN 1970.. This fine example wears 95% original French lacquer. We replaced ALL pads and corks a few years back, when we sold this sax. And it's been played about ten times since. We've recently disassembled and cleaned the instrument, replaced a couple of pads and made some minor adjustments to the mechanism. It now plays very well with effortless response and a big, powerful sound. Minor end-bow dings and a small crease to the neck have been burnished out in our shop. This one's not perfect, but is a good "9.5 on a scale of ten". All pads and corks were new, from our shop in Wichita, when we sold it. Key pearls are still sharp....nearly perfect, very good, showing minimal wear. This one's a particularly good player....low notes right where they should be with no necessity of dropping your jaw 3/4 of an inch to make the low B & Bb play in tune. VERY good player, low starting price. Don't be afraid of this one, folks! It’s the chance for the buyer to acquire a superb early seventies Selmer-Paris tenor at a “best buy” price. All repairs, cleaning and general tune-ups are FREE for the first 24 months after purchase with our included service warranty. $4500. Sold

H. Selmer (Paris) Mark Six Tenor Sax #207,46X. (1973). 95 % original French lacquer, good engraving to the bell. With new pads & corks, very good original French case and original Selmer (Paris) B-star mouthpiece. Has high F-sharp keywork. Minor dings to the neck, body and end-bow have been burnished out in our shop. Never any major dents or damage. Not pristine, but close to it. “Mark Six” engraved on the bell. With good French case. $7250. Sold
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H. Selmer (Paris) Mark Six Tenor Saxophone #220,320.(March, 1974). 80% original American lacquer, good engraving to the bell and end-bow. Minor dings to the body and end-bow have been burnished out by our shop in Wichita. Some evidence of minor dents removal to the neck. With new pads & corks, new case, it's a good example that's been played a bit, but not much. Keywork's very tight, key pearls still sharp. Original USA black case is solid, quite OK. New pads and corks, clean and ready to go! $5150.
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MINT Selmer (Paris) "Super Balanced Action" TENOR Saxophone made in 1948. It's an extremely rare model that just arrived in our shop in Wichita, this one all the more exceptional because of its flawless condition. The bright silver plated finish is definitely original and 100% intact, no worn spots, no bubbles, no flaking, PERFECT! This one bears serial number 35,070, dating production in Paris to early 1948. Many players think this model incorporates the best features of the Balanced Action and later Mark Six models, with the big sound and even intonation of the Balanced Action, but more modern keywork (notably the offset upper and lower stacks) like the Mark Six. This one is all-original, never damaged or dented, showing no scratches or blemishes and absolutely no wear to the original silver plating. Deluxe hand engraving to the bell and bottom bow are as sharp as the day the saxophone left the Paris workshop in 1948. The neck has never been dented or "pulled down". Original French case is included plus a new Protec case which will be more practical for everyday use. The price is $12,500 price for this rare and superb saxophone - a collector's or player's dream instrument. It's the best we've ever seen! Sold
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Selmer (Paris) Super Action 80, Series I Tenor Saxophone, #334,72x (1981). Good original example that wears 99% original bright silver finish, minor dings burnished out by our shop in Wichita. 100% all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Very good original case, this one gets our top recommendation! Suggested retail price is now $10,275. It's a "Best Buy" at $4,150. Sold
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Selmer (Paris) Super Action 80, tenor saxophone, #367,721. Good original example that wears 98% original bright silver plate finish, dings and dents burnished out by our shop in Wichita. Minor dings to the neck have been balled and burnished out, but never any "pull down" to the neck. 100% all new pads and corks from our shop. Key pearls are still sharp, which syas it's not been played much. Good new SKB case this one gets our top recommendation! Suggested retail price is now $10,686, with street price about $7350. Not a "closet queen", but an honest modern Selmer tenor that's tight and straight, all new pads & corks plus new case. $3575.

Selmer (Paris) Super Action 80, Series II tenor saxophone, #447,32x (1990). Good original example that has about 98% original lacquer finish, good engraving to the bell, minor dings and dents burnished out by our shop in Wichita. 100% all new pads and corks from Judi Dietz (“Judi’s Repair Shop”) in Kansas City. Very good original case and new case cover, this one gets our top recommendation! Suggested retail price is now $8450. It’s a “Best buy” at $3,650! Sold
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SELMER (Paris) "Super" tenor, #15,910 (1931), with 95% of the original good silver plate finish, no dents or damage. This is a fine and exceptional tenor, not for everybody, but a good and valuable instrument for those wanting a "Super" that's almost perfect.    $4850. SOLD
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H. Selmer (Paris) Mark Six Tenor #206,16x. (April, 1973). 98 % original French lacquer, good engraving to the bell. With new pads & corks, very good original French case and original Selmer (Paris) B-star mouthpiece. Has high F-sharp keywork. Minor dings to the end-bow have been burnished out in our shop, bottom foot of low C key guard has been re-soldered. Never any major dents or damage. Not pristine, but close to it. “Mark Six” engraved on the bell. $8,150. SOLD
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Superb Tenor Saxophone from Strasser-Marigaux-LeMaire (Paris), model "S.M.L. Gold Medal", #23,441 (late 1973). Rare and very good players, the later SML tenors do not have rolled tone-holes (as found on the earlier saxes) but does have adjusting scres to the stack keys, full rib construction on all keys, has removable key-guards for the low B/Bb , low C & Eb pad-cups. Also has off-on switch for the LH low C# / G# key-touches and micro-tune adjustments for the one & one B-flat and G#. The Gold Medal tenors are a bit rare and it's not often we have one in our collection. Our instrument wears 100% original bright silver finish, has had a number of small dings that we've burnished and balled out. Keywork is very tight on this one, with no evidence of swedging to the hinge-tubes. All parts are original with no re-soldering anywhere. The original owner was, we'ver been told, the Swiss Military. With new case, everything clean and straight and with All new pads and corks, it's a "best buy" at $3150. Sold
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All saxes sold by Wichita Band Instrument Company have been taken apart, cleaned, dents and dings burnished out, keywork swedged tight and all pads & corks replaced. Whether it's a new, used or vintage instrument, our 24 month service warranty is included in the price! If you buy it from us, there's no need to spend an extra $600 to have it refurbished, 'cause a used sax from us is as good or better than a new one! 

  

OTHER SAXES................. 

Selmer (Paris) Super Action 80, Series II soprano, #409,35x (1988). Superb original example that has 100% original bright silver finish, no engraving to the bell, minor dings burnished out and with new case. Looks almost like a new one, but a lot less expensive! This one gets our top recommendation! All new pads from our shop in Wichita and new case, too. New suggested retail price is now $8902. This one's less than half the price! $2975.

Rare Buescher “True Tone” Bb curved soprano saxophone, #117,70x, made in Elkhart in 1923. Originally supplied by Buescher in unlacquered brass finish (before Buescher offered saxophones with lacquer finish). Keywork has been swedged tight and all pads have been replaced. We’ve polished the brass lightly, have sprayed all metal parts with a coat of Nikolas 2105 acrylic lacquer. Never any major dents, not even minor dings. Original case is good. Price includes a 1930’s original Buescher mouthpiece. $2125.

C.G. Conn curved B-flat soprano saxophone #64,24x (1921). It’s a totally original vintage Conn soprano that’s come to us in pristine condition. Original silver plate is 100%, with no wear at all. Gold wash to the bell is perfect. Never dented or dinged, with solid original case and fine original “Conn eagle” soprano ebonite mouthpiece. Keywork is to high F and all pads and corks are now new, from our shop in Wichita. Very good player, rare and showing top-quality “made in America” workmanship. Yes, it has rolled tone-holes! $2950.

C.G. Conn curved B-flat soprano saxophone #185,05x (1926). It’s a totally original vintage Conn soprano that’s come to us in pristine condition. Original silver plate is 100%, with no wear at all. Gold wash to the bell is perfect. Never dented or dinged, with solid original case and fine original “Conn eagle” soprano ebonite mouthpiece. Keywork is to high F and all pads and corks are now new, from our shop in Wichita. Very good player, rare and showing top-quality “made in America” workmanship. Yes, it has rolled tone-holes! $3250.
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RARE BUESCHER STRAIGHT SOPRANO SAX, MADE IN ELKHART IN 1925, THINK "SIDNEY BECHET". Vintage saxes from Selmer, Conn and Buescher are usually in our collection in Wichita, and this one’s a good example, played about five times since it was new. The original bright silver finish is worn less than one percent, it’s never sustained any dents or dings and it’s very clean. Buescher straight Bb soprano #190,250, made in Elkhart in 1925. The original silver is 99%, good gold wash inside the bell. All new pads & corks from our shop, original case. Played very little since new, basically “mint” condition. Please note that the original Buescher case is perfect, without breaks or scratches anywhere. Have a look also at the thumb-rest, with NO silver wear at all. Note the high D, D-sharp and F key-touches, designed like an alto (and like modern saxes from Selmer), with each key mounted on separate posts. The palm keys feel the same as they do on a good alto. The sax came to us with ALL original pads, from 1925. We cleaned it up, replaced all pads with modern “snap in” pads that are close to the originals, but tan kid rather than white. Selmer-Paris mouthpiece comes with it. We tried several, came to the conclusion that a modern Selmer mouthpiece works best, gives the best intonation. Yes, Jazz great Sidney Bechet really did use a Buescher exactly like this one. This is a really prime example, with high notes NOT sharp, keywork tight, pearls still sharp. Except for a little worn edge to the stack G, this momma’s PERFECT. Price is a mere $1750 on this one. It’s suitable for Dixieland, Big Band playing, classical saxophone quartet, Kenny-G imitations or whatever you want to do with it. Top recommendation! SOLD 12/06
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C.G. Conn straight Bb soprano #M143,250, made in Elkhart in 1925. The original silver is 100%, good gold wash inside the bell. All new pads & corks from our shop, original case. Range is to high F. Rolled tone-holes everywhere. Played very little since new, basically “mint” condition. Vintage saxes from Selmer, Conn and King are usually in our collection in Wichita, but this one’s THE BEST soprano we’ve had for months. The original bright silver finish is worn less than one percent, it’s never sustained any dents or dings and it’s very clean. Please note that the new case is perfect, without breaks or scratches anywhere. Original Conn “Steelay” mouthpiece (large tone-chamber) works very well on this instrument. Use a Rico #2 ½ or #3 or a Van Doren 3 or 3 ½. The mouthpiece is very forgiving and won’t cause you reed problems at all! NO silver wear to any of the keys and the pearls are as sharp as the day the sax came from the factory in Elkhart. Octave key touch is like on a later 6M alto, curved to fit the pearl button. Note the high D, D-sharp and F key-touches, designed like an alto (and like modern saxes from Selmer), with each key mounted on separate posts. The palm keys feel the same as they do on a good alto. For those who are interested in such things, I was told this was the soprano that Keilwerth copied, back in the sixties and even until today. Except Keilwerth’s never made a soprano with rolled tone-holes. This is a really prime example, with high notes NOT sharp, keywork tight, pearls still sharp. This momma’s PERFECT. It’s suitable for Dixieland, Big Band playing, classical saxophone quartet, Kenny-G imitations or whatever you want to do with it. Top recommendation! $1995 SOLD 11/06
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Absolutely like New curved soprano saxophone, built in China and imported to the US by Kessler Music company in Las Vegas and bearing their serial number 514x. New retail price is now $1150 and this one appears to have never been played. Part of the Miller collection. $749. Sold

 
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C-Melodies: 

Very rare Selmer (Paris) C-melody saxophone #182x (made in 1923). 99% original bright silver finish, never dented, minor dings burnished out in our shop in Wichita. Range is to high F, full keywork from high F to low Bb. Superb original condition, good original case. Selmer made a handful of c-melody saxes before 1930, with no more than a couple hundred now surviving. Very good player, suitable for original twenties jazz, Paul Whiteman Big Ban playing or for a serious collector. $3650. SOLD

Vintage C-Melody saxophone by BUESCHER, #14337x, made in Elkhart in 1923. Very clean example with 100% original silver plate, gold wash inside the bell, “snap in” pads, original case (funky, but OK), with new pads and corks. This one’s very original, played about six times in the past 80 years. $1150. Sold
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C.G. Conn 8M C-Melody #103,56x (1923). Rolled tone-holes, forked Eb, front high F, tenor-style neck and with rectangular G# key. This one’s got 95% original burnished bright gold plate finish, original clean case and original Conn mouthpiece. New pads & corks from our shop, of course. Yep, it’s the same model that Frankie Trumbauer played and you won’t find a better example anywhere. This one’s a bit special in that it wears superb original “floral plus full body naked lady”. This one’s $2150. SOLD

C.G. CONN (Elkhart), #11204x, made in 1922.  Superb “C-melody” tenor saxophone, 95% good original silver plate, rolled tone-holes, front high F and “alto-style” tuning neck.  The case and mouthpiece are original.  Some minor plating wear at the thumb-rest, but otherwise very good.  Small dent on the flange of the end-bow.  This is the same model used by the famous Chicago-jazzer Frankie Trumbauer, regarded by many as the finest C-melody, ever! $1150 Sold
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KING “C-melody”, made by the H.N. White Co., #56,90x (1920-21), the sax wears 98% of the original burnished gold plate finish, also with very good floral engraving to the bell. The mouthpiece and case are original and very good. The sax does have front high F keywork, 1& 3 “Forked Eb”, plus new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Never dented or dinged in any way, but several of the key touches have been replated. Very nice and rare example! $2395 SOLD 01/06
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BARITONE and BASS SAXOPHONES 

Good Buescher baritone saxophone “400” model, serial number 674,82xS (1977). It’s one of the Buescher 400 saxes made after Selmer-USA bought the company. Keywork is nickel plated and the body of the sax still wears about 75% of the original lacquer. Does have Buescher’s patented “snap in” pads and Norton springs. Dents to the end-bow and neck have been balled and burnished out in our shop. New pads and corks and with used case is in good condition. 100% made in America, it’s a solid Buescher that plays well and isn’t at all expensive. Range to low B-flat and also with new case! $2345.00

Good Baritone saxophone from Buffet-Crampon, model “Super Dynaction”, #15,64x(1969) a “pre-Boosey” baritone that’s come to us in good condition, the replacement lacquer maybe five years old. Keywork is nickel plated and the sax has RANGE TO LOW A. Still in production in France in miniscule numbers, the vast majority of Buffet saxes are now built in China. This one’s a “real Buffet”, a superb player with perfect intonation and a dark and full tone-color. Absolutely the finest classical saxophone ever made. Range to low A on this superb baritone! This one’s priced a little lower due to the replacement lacquer and the nickel-plated keywork. Padded in France recently, this one’s a BEST BUY. $3190. Sold

C.G. Conn "Elkhart Lady Face 12M" baritone saxophone, #H79517, made in Elkhart in 1965, has about 75% original lacquer finish (worn areas spot-lacquer touch-up by us), has nickel plated keywork (no wear anywhere to the nickel plate...) range to low B-flat, new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita, all dents and dings burnished out in our own shop. It's had a number of minor dings that we've removed, but never anything major. Absolutely nothing wrong with this one and it's a very good player! $2650.

C.G. Conn “Elkhart Lady Face 12M” baritone saxophone, #K5071x , made in Elkhart in 1967, has about 75% original lacquer finish (worn areas spot-lacquer touched-up by us), has nickel plated keywork (no wear anywhere to the nickel plate…) range to low B-flat, new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita, all dents and dings burnished out in our own shop. It’s had a number of minor dings that we’ve removed, but never anything major. Absolutely nothing wrong with this one and it’s a very good player! $2650. Sold
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C.G. Conn “12M” baritone saxophone, #N147,81x, made in Nogales in 1981, has about 85% original lacquer finish, nickel plated keywork, range to low B-flat, new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita, all dents and dings burnished out in our own shop. New case, too. We’ve balled and burnished out everything, have replaced all pads and corks. No problems with solder work or broken keys. Good player, not expensive! $1895.

Selmer (Paris) Mark Six Baritone Saxophone made in 1975. Serial number 236,133. Original engraving to the bell. This Bari has an attached floor peg holder; the floor peg is included. Comes with 100% all new pads & corks, and our 24-month service warranty. Lyre holder has been previously resoldered. Minor dings have been burnished out in our shop, but never any major dents or damage. Superb player, top recommendation! This one's $6,995.00. Sold
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Good Selmer (Paris) Mark Six Baritone sax, #272,14x, made in France 1977. Acquired by us with numerous small dents and dings and wearing less than ten percent of the original finish, we’ve scheduled this one to have all dings burnished out, the brass lightly polished, ALL pads and corks replaced with new and re-sprayed with two coats of Nikolas 2105 lacquer. Range is to low A. It will be a very good player soon with all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Price includes new mouthpiece. Sold

Good Selmer (Paris) Super-Action 80-II Baritone sax, #659,45x made in France about four years ago. Very clean original instrument with 95% original lacquer finsih. Range is to low A. High F-sharp keywork, full engraving to the bell, original French case. Acquired by us with some dents and dings, we've burnished out the dings, have replaced all pads and corks. New retail price is now $16,732 with street price now about $11,000. This one's a very good example, offered for a "best buy" price of $6250. Sold
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Good Selmer/Bundy-USA baritone saxophone, model number 1256, serial number 460,88x. Not a Chinese import, but definitely “made in USA”. Original lacquer finish is worn maybe 20%. Dents and dings have been burnished out, all new pads and corks plus RANGE TO LOW Bb. Good player, “big bell” model. Selmer no longer produces this model in the States. All baritone saxes from Selmer are now either French or Chinese. This one’s a very clean example, has new case with it, too. $2195.

Good Selmer/Bundy-USA baritone saxophone, model number 1256, serial number 947,195. Not a Chinese import, but definitely "made in USA". New lacquer finish (from our shop). Dents and dings have been burnished out, all new pads and corks plus RANGE TO LOW Bb. Good player, "big bell" model. Selmer no longer produces this model in the States. All baritone saxes from Selmer are now either French or Chinese. This one's a very clean example, has good original case with it, too. $2195.

Good Selmer-USA "Bundy" (Buescher) baritone saxophone "1256" Model, Serial number 947,195 (late nineties?). It's one of the Buescher saxes made after Selmer-USA bought the company. Keywork is nickel plated and the body of the sax still wears about all new lacquer from our shop in Wichita. Never any major dents / minor dings to the end-bow and neck have been balled and burnished out in our shop. New pads and corks and with solid original case is in good condtion. 100% made in America, it's a solid Buescher that plays well and isn't at all expensive. Range to low B-flat! $1975.00

Good “Selmer-Signet-USA” baritone saxophone, model number 156, serial number 762,49x, made in Elkhart about 1982. Not a Chinese import, but definitely “made in USA”. Original lacquer finish is worn maybe 10%. Dents and dings have been burnished out, all new pads and corks plus RANGE TO LOW A. Good player, “big bell” model. Selmer no longer produces this model in the States. All baritone saxes from Selmer are now either French or Chinese. This one’s a very clean example, has new case with it, too. $2495. SOLD
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Good "Selmer-Signet-USA" baritone saxophone, model number 156, serial number 1,028,327, made in Elkhart in the early 1990's. Not a Chinese import, but definitely "made in USA". All new lacquer finish to the body, new case and new mouthpiece also. Dents and dings have been burnished out, all new pads and corks plus Range to low A. Good player, "big bell" model. Selmer no longer produces this model in the States. All baritone saxes from Selmer are now either French or Chinese. This one's a very clean example, has new case with it, too. $2595.
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Good Baritone Saxophone, made in Japan by YANAGISAWA, imported by LeBlanc-USA in 1983 and bearing the name VITO VSP on the bell. Serial #00109720. Low A keywork, 70% original lacquer finish with worn areas over-sprayed with new lacquer. All new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Dents and dings burnished out, new case and mouthpiece. New suggested retail price on the least expensive Yanagisawa baritone is now $8930. This one's mechanically "like new", clean and a very good player. $3150. Sold
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