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SPECIAL BUY - The New Langwill: A dictionary of Musical Wind-Instrument Makers and Inventors by William Waterhouse. The book is an absolute necessity for any collector of wind instruments! The work of the late bassoonist Bill Waterhouse amazes us by the content therein. This dictionary features entries for nearly 6500 makers and inventors active until c. 1950. The book contains 555 pages; printed in English. Published by Tony Bingham in London. This is a first edition from 1993. $149.
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MODERN FLUTES 

Good sterling silver flute from the Cundy-Bettoney workshop plateau keywork to low C. Made in Boston before 1930. Offset G, drawn tone holes, dapped cups. Manufactured by the firm that was the most successful rival to the William S. Haynes company. New pads and corks. Plays well at A=440. Serial #A464x. $875.
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William S. Haynes #22,05x (1951), hand-made, best model "Golden Age/Pre Eastman Winds" flute. The solid silver tube measures .016 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 suggested retail price from Haynes is now $12,575. This one's a best buy at $5250.
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William S. Haynes #29,80X (1960), 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 10.1 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 perfect and the flute plays very well. It's an excellent Haynes that shows superb workmanship and tone-color. 100% MADE IN AMERICA. New price from Haynes is now $13,000. This one's a best buy at $5250.
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William S. Haynes #37,38x (1969), 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 the flute now has new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Embouchure measures 10.0 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 more than $11,000. This one's a best buy at $5450.
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EXAMPLES OF MODERN FLUTES RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:

Good and extra clean flute from ALTUS, model 1007RB, serial number 0-22854, sold new by us about a dozen years ago. French keywork to low B, extruded tone-holes, all keywork is silver plated. The model 1007RB features head, body and foot of .925 sterling silver. Although the 1007RB is not currently imported by the American agent, it is sold in Europe. Retail price in England is now 3295 English pounds ($5140). Altus model 1107RB is the closest to the 1007RB that's now being sold in the USA (.958 solid silver rather than .925), with current selling price of $5950. Tube thickness is .015 inches and the embouchure measures 10.2 X 11.9mm. It's been played very little, has come to us in nearly pristine condition. "Made in Japan", not in China. Sold

Sterling silver C flute from the workshop of William S. Haynes #17,99x (late 1945), hand-made plateau C foot, soldered tone-holes. The solid silver tube measures .014 inches (body and head). The flute was constructed with offset G, and soldered tone-holes. Sounding length is 597 mm (A=442) and the flute now has new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Embouchure measures 10.3 X 12.3 mm. It's a rare "fully hand made" Hanyes with C-sharp trill, plateau (covered) keys and C foot. Also has B-C trill for first finger right-hand, Brossa F-sharp, double rollers for low C & C-sharp. The leather-covered case is very good and the flute plays very well. This would have been one of the first post-war Haynes flutes. The plateau keywork, offset G, C# trill and Bross F# may be an indication the flute was produced for an English or European client. Not for everybody, but a fine example from a good year. Marked "sterling" in several places. Sold.

Good and extra clean flute from GEMEINHARDT, model 3SB. Serial number 67050x, sold by us about a dozen years ago. French keywork to low B, extruded tone-holes, all keywork is silver plated. The model 3SB features head, body and foot of .925 sterling silver. It's been played very little, has come to us in nearly pristine condition. "Made in America", not in China. Sold.

William S. Haynes, #48,70x (late 1989), Deveau model" pre Eastman Winds" flute. The Haynes catalog from the mid-eighties reads, "Featuring a body handcrafted from seamless silver tubing, we recommend this instrument for those who prefer a darker tone and heavier weight". Sounding length is 632 mm (A=442). Embouchure measures exactly 10.0 X 12.0 mm. Stamped "Deveau" on the head socket. It's a fine modern but pre "Eastman Winds" 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. And it's 100% American made. This one's a best buy at Sold.

Verne Q. Powell number 546x (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. 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

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. $899.50.

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. 

SPECIAL BUY - Great Flute Makers of France: the Lot and Godfroy Families, 1650-1900 (pub. 1993). This book, written by Tula Giannini, is an important and original contribution to the history of the flute based on primary source material. It contains 98 b/w plates with over a hundred photos of flutes from public and private collections with 60 illustrations of archival documents. It also contains serial numbers and dates of Louis Lot flutes. This is an excellent reference book for anyone who plays flute, is interested in flutes or who is a collector of flutes. $124.50
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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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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
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BUFFET-CRAMPON. Rosewood or cocuswood cylindrical Boehm-system flute, made in Paris in 1901, #P18xL. French (open) keywork to low C, all keys marked with the French hallmark for sterling silver. Original case; one socket crack to the head has been repaired in our shop, is now invisible. Embouchure is 10.6 X 12.3 mm. Sounding length is 607 mm: built to French "Diapiason Normale" pitch (A=435), is original in all ways. Mostly known for high quality clarinets, Buffet also produced fine flutes between 1840 and 1920. $3500
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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 1850. It's an early "1832 Boehm system" instrument from Godfroy's Paris workshop. Everything is totally original on this superb instrument, the nickel-alloy keywork showing workmanship of the highest quality. Embouchure measures 9.4 X 11.7 mm and is original. Sounding length (D foot) is 520 mm, total length is 598mm. The flute bears Godfroy's "third stamp" engraving (see Langwill). Each joint is stamped "Clair/Godfroy/a Paris", the head also stamped with serial number 830. The wood is dark, either rosewood or dark grenadilla. No cracks to the wood except for an older surface check to the socket of the head, repaired years ago and now almost invisible. With the head section pushed all the way in, it's possible to play the flute at 440 pitch or a shade below, 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 two similar instruments on page 167. We believe our flute was built before 1850. Very good player from France's premier flute maker of the early Boehm years. $6,250
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Fine five-keyed totally original flute, Pre-1880, Clair Godfroy/Paris. 5 nickel keys, rosewood body, original box with screwdriver and grease-pot. Plays very well, but was built at A=444/445 pitch. Pull the head 4mm and it works well at A=442 or a shade lower. But it's not playable at A=435, in case you're wanting something for a "diapason normale" original-instrument ensemble. Embouchure measures 9.9 X 11.5, is quite original, almost round. Good player; not expensive. $1350.
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Antique boxwood flute from Clementi and Company. The flute is stamped "Clementi & Compy/No. 26 Cheapside/London" on the head and was made between 1802 and 1806. One square and flat brass key. Embouchure measures 8.44 x 8.77 mm and has not been enlarged or altered. With the exception of 2 ancient small cracks on the socket head the wood is in good condition. The cracks were repaired with black thread and are not closed. The tenons are original and show no signs of ever having been cut. The end cap (also called a crown) is a modern replacement. The head joint measures 229 mm. The upper section measures 202 mm. The lower section measures 102 mm and the foot is 102 mm. All measurements ere made from the end of tenon to end of tenon on each section. The flute plays at between A=428 and 430. Does not play at A=440. Not for use in a modern ensemble. TOTALLY AUTHENTIC - NOT A REPRODUCTION. $899
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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
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Antique boxwood flute, from Goulding and Company (1786-1834). This is an exceptionally handsom English flute with no cracks to the wood. The head is of highly figured boxwood, the other joints a bit more plain. There are two top joints, one at 435 pitch, stamped "GOULDING/WOOD & Co.", the other modern at 415 pitch and stamped on the reverse "A & B". The lower joint also stamped "GOULDING/WOOD & Co.", the foot also stamped "GOULDING/WOOD & Co.". One brass square key. There's an almost invisible repair to the 435 top joint. We find this flute works well with the original top joint and even better with the modern 415 center. Although it's a bit too new to be a proper "baroque" instrument, with the small original embouchure (8.4 X 9.6 mm) and the modern 415 center, it's an appropriate intrument for any pre-1765 ensemble. $3350.
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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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EXAMPLES OF ANTIQUE FLUTES RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:

Fine French flute from the workshop of Clair Godfroy aine, before 1850. Five silver keys (D-sharp key has the French hallmark for solid silver plus stamped with maker's mark) the flute is in good original condition. Embouchure measures 8.5 X 10.1 mm, is original. Sounding length (D foot) is 541 mm, total length is 610 mm. Each joint is stamped "Clair/Godfroy/a Paris/(five point star)", the head also stamped with serial number 2045 (on the mount of the barrel). The wood is dark ebony, except for the tuning barrel which appears to be dark rosewood. No cracks to the head or three joints. Older repaired crack (filled, almost invisible) to the barrel. 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. Tula Ginnini's book "The Great Flute Makers of France" depicts 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 1850. Sold.

CLAIR GODFROY AINE (PARIS), SOLID SILVER FLUTE, #114X, PROBABLY MADE IN 1868. All solid silver, seamed construction. Each joint engraved with the name of the maker and the serial number of the flute. Sounding length is 604 mm, the embouchure is original, measures 10.0 X 11.9 mm. Total weight is 402 grams. The head has not been shortened, the embouchure never enlarged. All pad spuds and washers are original. Never "retuned", now with new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Seamed tube construction is difficult to photograph but definitely seamed on all joints. Superb mid-nineteenth century silver flute showing very minimal wear to the keywork. I measure the tube thickness as .0145 inch. The steel springs are new. The case is not original. Sold

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. Sold

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VINTAGE AND COLLECTOR FLUTES WITH BOEHM KEYWORK  

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. $1500
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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.
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ANTIQUE FLUTES FROM THE “STRADIVARIUS OF FLUTE MAKERS”

SPECIAL BUY - Great Flute Makers of France: the Lot and Godfroy Families, 1650-1900 (pub. 1993). This book, written by Tula Giannini, is an important and original contribution to the history of the flute based on primary source material. It contains 98 b/w plates with over a hundred photos of flutes from public and private collections with 60 illustrations of archival documents. It also contains serial numbers and dates of Louis Lot flutes. This is an excellent reference book for anyone who plays flute, is interested in flutes or who is a collector of flutes. $124.50
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LOUIS LOT(Paris) serial number 5x9, dark rosewood. Circa 1861-1862, this is an early "1832" Boehm system" instrument from Lot's Paris workshop. Everything is totally original on this superb instrument, the nickel-alloy keywork showing workmanship of the highest quality. Embouchure measures 10.0 X 11.7 mm and is original. Sounding length (D foot) is 534 mm, total length is 609 mm. Body stamped with Lot's name plus serial number. Head has same stamp but not as legible. No cracks to the wood except for an older surface check to the socket of the head, repaired years ago and now almost invisible. With the head section pushed all the way in it's possible to play the flute at 438 pitch or a shade below, but it's certain it was built to be used (with head pulled a couple of millimeters) at 435 pitch. The case is original, with original lock and key. Very good player from France's premier flute maker of the early Boehm years. $7,450.
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Louis Lot (Paris) #769X, made in 1906. All silver seamed tube construction with maker's marks and French hallmarks on each joint. Sounding length is 599 mm, the embouchure plate is original (with maker's mark and French hallmark) but has been (in our opinion) enlarged to 10.2 x 12.2 mm. Total weight is 412 grams. The head has not been shortened. All pad spuds and washers are Boston style, probably from Haynes, the case is late 20th century; not original. Never "re-tuned" in our opinion. Tube thickness is .0135 inch. Good early 20th century Lot silver flute showing minimal wear to the keywork. $5750.

LOUIS LOT (Paris) serial number 711x, solid silver. All solid silver, seamed construction with maker's marks and French hallmarks on each joint. Sounding length is 599 mm, the embouchure is original, measures 9.9 x 11.8 mm. The head has not been shortened, the embouchure never enlarged. All pad spuds and washers are original, the case is early 20th century. Never "re-tuned", now with new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Seamed tube construction. Difficult to photograph but definitely seamed on all joints. Superb and early 20th century Lot silver flute showing very minimal wear to the keywork. Tube thickness is .0135 inch. No dents or dings to the tube, but pease note there is a small ding to the far side (not the player's side) of the embouchure plate. The flute plays so well as it is that we've elected to leave this minor issue alone. We could burnish it out, but it would necessitate removal and re-solder of the embouchure plate. We don't advise that! $11,500.
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EXAMPLES OF VINTAGE FLUTES RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:

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! Sold

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

LOUIS LOT FLUTES SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:

LOUIS LOT (Paris) serial number 264x, 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. Sold.

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), #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

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 

PLEASE CHECK BACK AT A LATER DATE

USED OBOES RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT CO.:

Good and extra-clean oboe from the FOX-USA workshops, model 330". Our instrument wears serial number 585X. It's come to us in good original condition, now has all new pads and corks (from the Fox workshop in Indiana), as well as a new case. Plastic body, full conservatory keywork, including low B/C# trill, forked E-flat, left-hand F key. Accoustically well-designed, with good scale and voice. New suggested retail price is now $5450, with street price about $3850. 100% made in America, this one's a best buy at Sold.

Good and extra-clean oboe from the Selmer-USA workshops, "model 104". Our instrument wears serial number F514X, probably dates from the mid-1970's. It's come to us in good original condition, now has all new pads and corks (from our shop in Wichita), as well as a new case. Plastic body, full conservatory keywork, including low B/C# trill, forked E-flat, left-hand F key. Acoustically well-designed, with good scale and voice. 100% made in America, this one's a best buy at Sold.

Good and extra-clean oboe from the F. Loree (Paris) workshops, "Cabart model 74". Purchased by the Loree firm in the early 1970's, oboes bearing the "74" designation were made by Loree. Which means that oboes without the "74" are different animals indeed. The 74 models have somewhat simpler keywork than Loree's best professional instruments, but they are, we've been told acoustically almost identical. Our instrument wears serial number 8617X. Made in the late seventies, it's come to us in very good original condition, now has all new pads and corks (from our shop in Wichita), as well as a new case and case cover. New price is somewhere around $5500. This one's a best buy at 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)

Good bassoon from Fox Products Model 41, serial number 978x (1981). The body is of indestructible polypropylene plastic, the keywork nickel plated over nickel-silver alloy. Keywork is to high C, with rollers on F, Ab, Eb and Db keys. Plateau "short reach" key for third finger left hand. Nickel plate to the keywork is still good, with some speckling to the boot cap and some other keys. New pads and corks from our shop in Wichita plus new case. Suggested retail price from Fox is now $7595, with street price about $5,000. With two Fox C bocals and our 24 month service warranty. $2225. Add $235 for high D, if required.

Good bassoon from Fox Products Model 41, (no high D, plateau key third finger left hand) serial number 17,07X (1991). Original nickel plate to the keywork is still very good, with minimal/no wear. 100% all new pads and corks, from our shop in Wichita. New ProTech case. Two new Fox C bocals. New suggested retail price, with all the extras noted, is now $7975, with street price about $4750. But why buy a new one? This one's clean, mechanically like-new and plays very well! $3175

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. $8500
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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, this one is only $2275.

Superb Vintage bassoon from the Josef Puechner (Nauheim) workshop, serial number 7097 (1969-1970). Bell section has new lacquer finish and nickel plate, no damage, no cracks. Imitation ivory bell ring. Long joint also wears new lacquer finish and new nickel plate to the keywork. Large tenon is original, no cracks; small tenon is a modern replacement. Wing also wears new lacquer finish and new nickel plate. High D and high E are modern replacements. Has high A bridge and hard-rubber water tubes. Tenon is original with nickel-silver tenon-cap. New finish and new nickel plate also to the boot, with hard-rubber water tubes. Normal rollers for F and Ab, but none for the thumb. Small socket is nickel-silver lined. No evidence of wood-rot. Sold with new case and your choice of two new bocals from Heckel or from Puechner. $9,750.

Superb Vintage bassoon from the Josef Puechner (Nauheim) workshop, serial number 7311 (early 1970's). Bell section has new lacquer finish and nickel plate, no damage, no cracks. Imitation ivory bell ring. Long joint also wears new lacquer finish and new nickel plate to the keywork. Large tenon is original, no cracks; small tenon is a modern replacement. Wing also wears new lacquer finish and new nickel plate. High D and high E are modern replacements. Has high A bridge and hard-rubber water tubes. Tenon is original with nickel-silver tenon-cap. New finish and new nickel plate also to the boot, with hard-rubber water tubes. Normal rollers for F and Ab, but none for the thumb. Small socket is nickel-silver lined. No evidence of wood-rot. Sold with new case and your choice of two new bocals from Heckel or from Puechner. $9,750.

EXAMPLES OF BASSOONS RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:

Good German bassoon from Wenzel Schreiber, model S-5116. Serial #33,71x(1998) on all joints. The instrument has 99% original varnish, no cracks to the wood. Keys have perfect original silver plate and all pads and corks are new. Brass end-caps on all tenons and the boot sockets also wear brass inserts. Price includes two bocals plus new case. This one's a very good example, looks and plays like a new one. Suggested retail on Schreiber's similar model is now $15,194 with street price about $9000. This one has high D plus high E, is a very good example that appears to have not been played much. Very good "semi-pro" model at a "best buy" price. Sold.

A GOOD GERMAN BASSOON FROM THE WINNENDEN WORKSHOP OF THE KOHLERT BROTHERS. Serial number #9460x (1970-1972). After post-war relocation from Graslitz to Winnenden, Max, Ernst and Karl Kohlert's new workshop produced bassoons and clarinets plus a few saxophones. Many of these were imported to the US by the C.G. Conn Company, 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 sixties and eventually, many of the Kohlert tools were acquired by the Moosmanns. Our Kohlert wears new Moosman varnish, has Bernd Moosmann's water tubes and high D keywork. All pads and corks have been replaced in our shop in Wichita. New case, appropriate bocals. This one looks and plays like a new pro-quality German bassoon Sold.

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. Sold.

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! $145
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SPECIAL BUY - COLOR HARDBOUND CATALOG OF THE SHACKLETON CLARINET COLLECTION. This catalogue documents the achievement of the late Sir Nicholas Shackleton (1937-2006) in assembling one of the world's finest collections of musical instruments. The Sir Nicholas Shackleton Collection, brought together over a 40-year period, was bequeathed to the University of Edinburgh where it is maintained as resource for learning and research. The bound tome of over 800 pages gives detailed descriptions of over 900 instruments and related items and is illustrated by over 1000 full color illustrations. The clarinets (which constitute the main emphasis of the collection) span a 250-year period and range from contrabasses up to the smallest regularly-used clarinets (in high A). All the major instrument-making regions of the world are represented. A major strength of the Collection is the comprehensive coverage of the amazing variety of keywork systems invented to address the problems in clarinet design. The text has been prepared by a team of authors, the principal author, Heike Fricke, having written the descriptions of the clarinet family instruments. The book is lavishly illustrated by photographs taken specifically by Dr Raymond Parks, Honorary Curator of the Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments. $159.
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RECONDITIONED VINTAGE AND MODERN BUFFET-CRAMPON Bb CLARINETS:

BUFFET-CRAMPON model BC-20, #F126,50X made in France in 1972. Introduced in the late 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 reserved strictly for the US market, was not available outside America. Our clarinet shows minimal wear to the rings and hinge-tubes and original SILVER plate is still very good. No cracks to the wood, new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Tenons are sharp, not worn or rounded off. This one came to us totally original. The price includes a new flat case from MTG. This one gets our top recommendation. ***We note Buffet's early 2016 press release, which introduces their new model "Tradition" clarinet, "Buffet-Crampon, the pinnacle of world-class production for 190 years and creator of the revolutionary polly-cylindrical bore design, innovates again this year with a new (sic) bore concept. Inspired by a pre-1950's design while taking into account the needs of modern musical repertoire and performance practice, this brand new cylindrical bore compliments the R13 and RC bore families, adding a new acoustic dimension to the brand's catalog...The new bore concept traces its inspiration to one of the earliest modern professional clarinets, the fabled BUFFET-CRAMPON BC-20...The new clarinet harkens back to the purity of sound produced by the BC-20..." ***Interesting, isn't it? So why buy a "new" model "Tradition" when you can have a superb original instrument? A true "B-20" that has all the attributes of the new model plus (in our opinion) superior wood and workmanship. All for a mere $1950 best buy price!

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. Diameter, top of top joint: 14.65 mm; diameter, bottom of top joint: 14.98 mm. Total length, bell ring to top of original 67.5 mm barrel: 602 mm. It's old, but an excellent instrument that shows top quality wood and workmanship. No cracks to the top and lower joints or to the barrel, but repairs to the wood just outside the bell ring; repaired and almost invisible. 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-Cl, 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 are 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 #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, original raw nickel-silver (no silver plate). Diameter, top of top joint: 14.42 mm; diameter of top joint: 14.84 mm. Total length, bell ring to top of original (67.50 mm) barrel: 602 mm. 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 #826G1, made in France in 1912. Diameter of top of top joint: 14.74 mm; diameter of the bottom of top joint: 14.92 mm. Total length, end of bell ring to top of original 67.5 mm barrel: 602 mm. 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 clarinet, "model R13", #38,05x, made in France in 1948. Diameter, top of top joint: 15.40 mm; diameter, bottom of top joint: 14.86 mm. Total length, bell ring to top of original 65 mm barrel: 599 mm. Top tenon wears a wood cap. 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. Modern USA case. $1965.

Buffet-Crampon "Modele 14", #21,80x, made in France in 1936. 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 quality wood and a rich tone-color. In our opinion this particular clarinet is just about as fine an instrument as you'd find anywhere. PLEASE NOTE: Buffet's model 14 is exactly the same as their model 13, with the addition of a ring key for the third finger left hand. The additonal keywork makes it possible to play an Ab to Bb trill (upper register) or C# to D# trill (lower register) without having to utilize the fake fingerings necessary on a standard model 13. This is a really fine clarinet, far better than anything made in France today. $1895.
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BUFFET-CRAMPON "Evette E-13" B-flat clarinet #K3939x, made in France in 1976 or 1977. Nickel plate to the keywork is very good, with no wear spots anywhere, no cracks to the wood. The tenons are still sharp. All pads/corks have been replaced in our shop in Wichita. 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 a new case, new case-cover and our recommendation. Our E-13 is 100% French, better than a new one, in our opinion. $1295.

BUFFET-CRAMPON "Evette-Schaeffer E-13" B-flat clarinet #K3376X, made in France in 1975. 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. The tenons are 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, new case-cover and our recommendation. Our E-13 is 100% French. In our opinion, better than a new one. $1295.

RARE VINTAGE CLARINET FROM BUFFET-CRAMPON, #2943X, made in France in late 1945 or early 1946. It's a superb 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 (top joint has all cork pads). New case, VanDoren M3-lyre mouthpiece. In our opinion, this particular clarinet is just about as fine an instrument as you'd find anywhere. $1895.

BUFFET-CRAMPON, #30,05x, made in France in 1946?. It's a good and little-used example from Buffet's "Post-war Golden Era". Keywork shows minimal wear to the rings and hinge-tubes. Keywork is original solid nickel-silver, unplated. No cracks to the wood, leather pads, the wood of dark and dense quality that produces a rich tone-color. In our opinion this particular clarinet is as fine an instrument as you'd find anywhere. With 66mm barrel, with new case. Far superior, in our estimation, to a new one. Best buy price at $1650.

RECONDITIONED VINTAGE AND MODERN Bb CLARINETS:

Good French "Lemaire" semi-pro wood clarinet from S.M.L. (Paris) workshop, #34,07x, made about 1980(?). The instrument has no cracks to the wood. It has all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. There is no wear to the key plating. It comes with a new case. Similar to a French Noblet, but with a bit more edge to the sound. Very good player, not expensive, good scale and tone-color. $750.

G. LeBlanc “Noblet model 40” wood clarinet, made in France. Serial number 852x. 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 6913x. 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 424X. No cracks to the wood, unplated nickel-silver 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 honet "step up" clarinet that is NOT Chinese. $985.

H. SELMER (Paris) rare Bb clarinet, #414x (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.  $1250 
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H. Selmer (Paris), Clarinet in the key of Bb, #N685x (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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Good wood clarinet made in Elkhart in 1940 by C.G. Conn, Ltd. Serial #B293,28XL. It's a semi-professional model 424N Conn, in grenadilla wood, with no cracks, no damage. The instrument has come to us in very good original condition, with normal seventeen key/six ring Boehm system keywork. Normal 64mm barrel section, new case, new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Superb clarinet for Big Band or Dixieland. $850.

CLARINETS IN A

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CLARINETS IN Eb

G. LeBlanc(Paris) "Noblet" soprano Eb clarinet. It's a pre-1940 E-flat that bears both the G. LeBlanc and the Noblet stamps. One-piece body (no tuning barrel), nickel-silver keys and with all new pads and corks plus a new case. New VanDoren mouthpiece with it, also Very good original condition, with no cracks to the wood and now with all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Second-hand sopraninos are rather rare, but this is a good and original example that gets our top recommendation. $1395.

ALTO AND CONTRA ALTO CLARINETS

Selmer-USA “Bundy model 1425” E-flat alto clarinet, #1112x, 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 #26,80x, made in the USA, a relatively recent model 1425 alto that's come to us in very good original condition. The keywork extends to low E-flat. The keys, neck and bell are all with 100% all original nickel plate finish and show absolutely no wear. 100% all new pads and corks have been added by our shop in Wichita. It also comes in a new case. It's a good example in nearly pristine condition. The only issue is cosmetic; a super-glue drip from the lyre-holder. Suggested retail price on a new Selmer-USA alto is now $2400 with an unknown time of delivery. This one is a mere $1125.
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BASS CLARINETS

LeBlanc-Noblet model 60 wood BASS clarinet, #480x, made in France in 1964. Very good nickel plate to the keywork, no cracks to the wood, new mouthpiee, new case, 100% all 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. A similar instrument is still in production, now manufactured in Elkhart, Indiana in the Conn-Selmer plant. Retail price on a new one is now $8007. This one's truly a best buy, and better than a new one, in our opinion. $2650.

LeBlanc-Noblet model 60 wood BASS Clarinet, #1413x, made in France in 1988-89. Very good nickel plate to the keywork, no cracks to the wood, new mouthpiece, new case, 100% all 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. A similar instrument is still in production, now manufactured in Elkhart, Indiana in the Conn-Selmer plant. Retail price on a new one is now $8407. This one's truly a best buy, and better than a new one, in our opinion. $2850.

LeBlanc-Noblet model 60 wood BASS Clarinet, #1527x, made in France in 1991-92. Very good nickel plate to the keywork, no cracks to the wood, new mouthpiece, new case, 100% all 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. A similar instrument is still in production, now manufactured in Elkhart, Indiana in the Conn-Selmer plant. Retail price on a new one is now $8407. This one's truly a best buy, and better than a new one, in our opinion. $2850.

EXTRA CLEAN LeBlanc (Paris) model 425 wood Bass clarinet, #1127x (top)/#1071x(Lower). Very good nickel plate to the keywork, no cracks to the wood, case looks almost new, 100% white kid new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Range is to low E-flat. It's a very clean and original example, fully reconditioned by our shop. Floor peg mounted to the bell. LeBlanc's model 425 is identical to their model 400, but with forked Ab/Eb mechanism for the lower joint. One & three fingering for the right hand gives you an Ab or Eb, leaving the little finger free for low Eb. Looks and plays like a new one! $2950.

Selmer-USA B-flat bass clarinet, #64,61X, 100% made in the USA. 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. With new case, new mouthpiece. 100% all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Suggested retail price on a new one is now $2570.00; MAP price on a new one is now $1959. This one's clean, a very good example for $1395.

Selmer-USA B-flat bass clarinet, #52,07X, 100% made in the USA. 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. With new case, new mouthpiece. 100% all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Suggested retail price on a new one is now $2570.00; MAP price on a new one is now $1959. This one's clean, a very good example for $1395.

CONTRABASS CLARINETS

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VINTAGE AND MODERN Bb CLARINETS RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:

BUFFET-CRAMPON "model R13", #74,90x, made in France in 1963. It's an extra fine and little-used example from Buffet's "Golden Era". Keywork shows minimal wear to the rings and hinge-tubes. Original nickel-plated keywork has some touch-up plating. Original Lifton case is perfect and the tenons are very sharp, no "rounding off" anywhere. No cracks to the wood, new pads & corks wood quality and a rich tone-color. It's an extra-clean example from a very good year. Sold.

BUFFET-CRAMPON Bb clarinet, model R-13, #129,74x, made in France in 1974. It's an extra fine and little-used example from Buffet's "Golden Era". Keywork shows minimal wear to the rings and hinge-tubes. Original nickel-plated keywork has some touch-up plating. Original Winter (Germany) case is perfect and the tenons are very sharp, no "rounding off" anywhere. No cracks to the wood, new pads & corks wood quality and a rich tone-color. It's an extra-clean example from a very good year. Sold.

BUFFET-CRAMPON "model R13" clarinet, #80,52X, made in France in 1964. It's an extra fine and little-used example from Buffet's "Golden Era". Keywork shows minimal wear to the rings and hinge-tubes. Original Lifton (USA) case is perfect and the tenons are very sharp, no "rounding off" anywhere. No cracks to the wood, new pads & corks wood quality and a rich tone-color. It's an extra-clean example from a very good year. Sold.

BUFFET-CRAMPON Bb clarinet, model R-13, #223,58x, made in France in 1974. It's an extra clean and superb example from Buffet's "Golden Era". Keywork shows minimal wear to the rings and hinge-tubes. 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. "Best buy" price of Sold.

CLARINETS IN A RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT CO.

Superb Clarinet in the key of A "Penzel-Muller Artist Model", Serial #1560x, made in Long Island City, New York in the 1950's. Solid nickel-silver (unplated) keywork, superb top-quality wood with no cracks or damage. Stamped with P-M name & logo on top, lower joints and on the bell. No name to the 64 mm barrel. Price includes all new pads and corks plus 1970's Selmer-USA double case. Top recommendation, very good player, not expensive! Sold.

Good American clarinet in the key of A, built in the 1930's or 1940's by the Harry Pedler Company (Elhart). The body is of hard-rubber/ebonite, no serial number stamped and no name engraved anywhere. The keywork shows some unique features that ONLY the Pedler company produced. Intonation is good, all mechanical peices are strong and dependable. All new pads, new double case. Absolutely nothing wrong with this one! Sold.

BUFFET-CRAMPON "model R-13A" Clarinet in A, #F96,x15, made in France in 1966. It's a very good and little used example from Buffet's "Golden Era". Keywork shows absolutely no wear to the rings and hinge-tubes and the original silver plate (not nickel plate, not unplated nickel-silver, but true and original bright silver plate) is perfect. No cracks to the wood. 100% all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Please note that this A clarinet was built at A=442 pitch and not 440 or 435. Superb wood quality and rich tone-color. It's the clarinet that made Buffet famous. In our opinion, this particular clarinet is just about as fine an instrument as you'd find anywhere. Sold

CLARINETS IN Eb RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:

LeBlanc-Noblet model 55 wood Eb ALTO Clarinet, #459X, made in France in the 1960's. No cracks to the wood, good case. Pads and corks replaced by another shop just a few months ago are in excellent condition. We'll check and adjust for best playing condition before shipping but the instrument does not need to be repadded, in our opinion. No wear to the nickel plating, good player, virtually identical to LeBlanc's model 420 alto clarinet, but with simplified register key/Bbkey. It's a very clean and original example, in top playing condition. No cracks, no damage. Mouthpiece is included. Low price on this one; Sold.

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 Sold

H. Selmer (Paris), E-flat Alto Clarinet #Y212x, 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. Sold

Selmer-USA "Bundy model 1440" E-flat contra-alto clarinet, #740x, 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. Sold

Selmer-USA "Bundy model 1440" E-flat contra-alto clarinet, #X984x, made in the USA about 2000. 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. Sold

BASS CLARINETS RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:

LeBlanc-Noblet model 60 wood BASS Clarinet, #1526x, made in France in 1991-92. Very good nickel plate to the keywork, no cracks to the wood, new mouthpiece, new case, 100% all 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. A similar instrument is still in production, now manufactured in Elkhart, Indiana in the Conn-Selmer plant. Retail price on a new one is now $8407. This one's truly a best buy, and better than a new one, in our opinion. Sold.

Selmer-USA model 1430 B-flat bass clarinet, #2477X, made in the USA. The keywork extends to low E-flat. The keys, neck and bell are nickel plate. Slight wear to the nickel plating of the key touches, but no deep etching to the metal, and the keywork is tight and quiet. Indestructible plastic body, no damage anywhere. New aftermarket wood case included. 100% all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Suggested retail price on a new one is now $2558; MAP price on a new one is now $1869. Looks good and plays like a new one but it's half the price. Sold.

Superb LEBLANC (Paris) model 400 Bb BASS CLARINET, range to LOW E-flat. Extra clean LeBlanc, #47x1, made in France in the late fifties. Perfect nickel plate to the keywork, no cracks to the wood, original vintage B5-star Woodwind Company mouthpiece, new case, 100% white kid new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Range is to low E-flat. Floor peg mounted to the bell. Looks and plays like a new one! Highest recommendation, extra-strong LeBlanc (Paris) keywork stays in adjustment. 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

LeBlanc-Noblet model 60 wood BASS Clarinet, #4,67x, 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 Sold

G. LEBLANC (Paris), model 400, #679x. 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

CONTRABASS CLARINETS RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT CO.

LeBlanc “long and thin” metal BBb CONTRABASS clarinet, #56x, made in France in the eighties (?). Range is to low E-flat. Never owned by a school, it's a very clean and original example, fully reconditioned by our shop, 100% all new pads and corks, 100% original nickel plate, never any dents or dings and with good original mouthpiece and case. No longer in production in France, with promises from Elkhart for them to eventually again be built in America. Arguably one of the finest BBb contras ever made, this ones Sold..

LeBlanc model 340 metal BBb Contrabass Clarinet, #216x, 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. Sold

LeBlanc model 340 metal BBb Contrabass Clarinet, #245x, 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. 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. 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.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 $1050.

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. $750

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. Could 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

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

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...

ANTIQUE, ALBERT SYSTEM, OEHLER SYSTEM, METAL, AND OTHER ODD CLARINETS RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT CO.

German clarinet from the workshop of Carl Kruspe, made in Erfurt about 1930. It's come to us in good original condition, with unplated nickel-silver keywork. A small surface crack to the top joint has been banded and is now invisible. We've replaced all pads and corks in our shop in Wichita. Lower and upper joints plus bell section are all stamped "CK (plus butterfly logo)/C. Kruspe/Erfurt/B/*/2". No engraving to the barrel section. No serial number found. Thirteen keys and two rings, no rollers. According to the Langwill Index, "...the 'System Kruspe clarinet' became the model most used in Germany..." This particular instrument came to us from a country auction in France. We believe it was left behind when the German occupiers went home in 1944. Richard Muelfeld, the clarinet player for whom Johannes Brahms composed the two sonateas, the quintet and the trio, preferred the clarinets of Carl Kruspe above all others. Rare, not for everybody, this one's Sold.

Fine French Bb clarinet, non-Boehm "Albert" keywork, from the Couesnon workshops, made in Paris about 1910. 13 "salt-spoon" keys, no rings. Very good condition with no cracks to the wood; no damage of any kind. The wood is ebony; not grenadilla. See Couesnon's 1913 catalog showing this one as their model number 180. Good player, perfect for Dixieland or Klezmer. New pads and corks, of course. Sold.

Rare Albert System Bb Clarinet stamped "Henry Gunckel" (France). The clarinet dates from the 1920's or before and plays well at A=440 pitch. We don't know who made it, but Thibouville-Lamy or Noblet would be a good guess. We've been told that the "Gunckel" name was a trade-name or "Stencil" of the J.W. Jenkins Music Company of Kansas City. Workmanship is top-notch, absolutely gorgeous! Keywork is nickel silver, not plated. Our shop cleaned and polished the keys and replaced all pads and corks. Repairs and padding now complete. All parts are original on this beauty, including the original case, mouthpiece, ligature, mouthpiece cap and lyre. Sold

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. Sold

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. Sold

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

E. Kleinert/Breslau key of Bb, Albert/Oehler System Clarinet, made in Silesia (Breslau). It's a clean and original example with no cracks, no damage. Silver plate to the keywork. In good original condition. 13 keys and five rings, so you can call this one an "Albert system" or "German system" or even a simplified Oehler. Definitely not a French clarinet. All new pads and corks on this one. With the barrel that came with it (53 mm), it plays at 444, but the second space A is far too sharp to be usble. But it also has an older Selmer French barrel with it (59 mm) that works very well. With the longer barrel, the clarinet works well at 440/441 pitch (depending on which mouthpiece you're using). Internal intonation is quite good. Good Klezmer clarinet, Dixieland as well. Don't be afraid of the Selmer barrel. It works quite well on it. If you're a German clarinetist or if you've interest in sounding like one, this fine example should be of interest to you. Sold.

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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”.

SPECIAL BUY - COLOR CATALOG OF THE VAN OOSTROM SAXOPHONE COLLECTION "100 + 1 SAXOPHONES". This book contains the catalogue of 101 saxophones (from 1854 to 1975) in the Leo van Oostrom Collection. Each saxophone is described and illustrated with a full page b&w photo, plus every other page with text,drawings and illustrations from catalogues etc. David Gibson, editor of the Saxophone Journal, says: "Leo van Oostrom is to be congratulated for publishing perhaps the very best book on the history of the saxophone. Photographer Peter Cox's photographs of each saxophone are spectacular." $59.50
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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 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! $1595.
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Rare Buescher alto saxophone “Aristocrat” model, serial number 333,68x(1950). It’s come to us in superb original condition wearing very dark original lacquer finish that’s worn maybe 2%. 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, everything totally original, now with our new pads and corks. The original case is almost perfect, but with the inside lid to the neck compartment a later and dark blue addition. Top recommendation, best buy price! $1995.

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.

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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Selmer (Paris) Super Action Alto #46,83x (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.
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EXAMPLES OF ALTO SAXOPHONES RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:

Selmer (Paris) Super Action 80, Series II alto saxophone, #470,49x(1986). 99% original lacquer to the body and keywork. Near mint 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. Price includes original French Selmer case still in excellent condition, clean inside and out with no odors. Good player, no issues anywhere, solid as a rock and 100% "made in France". Some good players prefer the Series II Selmer saxes to the later Series III models. This one's a superb example. Sold.

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! Sold

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! Sold

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! 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! Sold

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. 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. Sold (Miller Collection)

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”.

C.G. Conn 16M "Shooting Star" tenor sax #H4229x (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 #265,62X (1935). This superb tenor came to us 20% wearing non-original Conn lacquer, which means we've made the decision to polish the metal very lightly and re-spray with two coats of Nikolas 2105 acrylic lacquer. Keywork is still tight and the pearls show, amazingly enough, minimal wear. Bell engraving is still sharp, too. It's had dents to the end-bow which now have been rolled and burnished out in our shop. Yes, it's got rolled tone-holes. 100% all new Reso-pads plus new 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. Probably will be ready to show in February 2016. $3450.

C.G. Conn 10M "lady Face" tenor sax #284,41x (1938). Sharp engraving to the bell and 98% original lacquer to the body. Lacquer definitely original. Keywork is still very tight. Some minor dents to the neck, now balled and burnished out by our shop. Minor dents to the end-bow have been rolled and burnished out in our shop. 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. Comes with a very good original Conn case and 1930's Woodwind (New York) Steel Ebonite #B-5-star mouthpiece. This one's a fine original example that's come to us in "9.5 on a scale of ten" condidtion. Top recommendation! $4650.

Good C.G. Conn model 10M "Lady Face" tenor saxophone, #265,53X (1935). Sharp engraving to the bell, the original lacquer finish worn about 25%. Keywork still very tight. Some dents to the neck, now balled and burnished out by our shop. Yes, it's got rolled tone holes. 100% all new pads and corks from our shop, of course. Does have forked E-flat and plays as well as any tenor ever built! With good Protec case and almost new Selmer C-star mouthpiece. There was, in the opinion of some, no finer tenor sax, ever. This one's a fine original example that's never been seriously damaged. Top recommendation! $3995.

Superb Tenor saxophone from Buffet-Crampon (Paris), model R-16, "Super-Dynaction", serial #1870x (1972). Rare and very good player, the best of the classical saxes, the instruments from the mid-1970's are, in our opinion, the best of Buffet's production. The later "S-1" Buffet saxes have similar playing characteristics but more complicated keywork. Our instrument wears 70% original dark lacquer finish. It has had a few 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. Comes with a very good original Lifton-USA case. Everything is clean and straight; with ALL new pads and corks. Our company sold this one, new, in 1972. Superb classical tenor, perfect for Prokofieff or sax quartet work. $2650.

C.G. Conn 10M "Lady Face" tenor sax #319,49x (1946).Sharp engraving to the bell and 98% original lacquer. Lacquer definitely original. Keywork is still very tight, the original case is solid but scuffed. Minor dents to the neck have been rolled out. Yes, it's got rolled tone-holes. New pads and corks from our shop, of course. Low B and B-flat pad cups on the same side of the bell. NO 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 example that's come to us in "9.9 on a scale of 10" condition. $3945. Reserved.

EXAMPLES OF TENOR SAXOPHONES RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:

Rare early B-flat tenor saxophone from the Adolphe Sax workshop, serial number 23,01x, made in Paris in 1861, original nickel-plate finish. The bell engraved "2301x/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. Range is high F to low B-natural. The instrument has come to us with most of the original pads, which we have retained for historical purposes. As this is an historical and very early saxophone, our price reflects an estimeated 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. 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. Sold.

C.G. Conn 10M "Lady Face" tenor sax #305,17x (1942/1943). Sharp engraving to the bell and 98% original lacquer. Lacquer definitely original. Keywork is still very tight, the original case is solid. Minor dents to the end-bow have been rolled and burnished out in our shop. Lightly toasted high Eb and low Eb pad cups, minor wear area just below the strap hook, but otherwise all original lacquer. Yes, it's got rolled tone-holes. New pads and 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 10" condition. Top recommendation! Sold.

Very good vintage tenor from Strasser-Marigaux-Lemaire, "SML" serial number 779x, made in Paris in 1949. It's an interesting tenor that's similar to the "Gold Medal" SML saxes from the late 1950's. Rolled tone-holes, off-on switch for the G# to low C#, full rib construction. Silver plate to the body is still very good, some normal wear to the bright silver plate on the keywork. No damage, no "pull-down" to the neck and with good modern USA case. Interesting, straight and honest vintage tenor and, yes, Coleman Hawkins did use an SML instrument for a few years. Sold.

Rare early B-flat tenor saxophone from the Adolphe Sax workshop, serial number #27,72x, 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. Sold

Superb and totally original J. Keilwerth tenor sax, model "SX90R", serial number 111,91x, 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 Sold

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 35,07x, 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

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................. 

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

EXAMPLES OF SOPRANO SAXOPHONES RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:

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! Sold

Extra clean Yanagisawa soprano, serial #1178673x, made in Japan in the seventies. This one's come to us in "9.9 condition", with 99% of the original lacquer finish, now with all new pads and corks from our shop. Very good original Yanagisawa case and original Yanagisawa pro-quality mouthpiece. This one's a real best buy at Sold.

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 #190,25x, 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

C.G. Conn straight Bb soprano #M143,25x, 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! Sold

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. Sold

 
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C-Melodies: 

Buescher C-Melody #116,98x (1922). No front high F, original Buescher mouthpiece, 100% original silver plate with gold-wash inside the bell. Case is original but worn. All new pads and corks, good player for an early C-mel. $1250.

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 Band playing or for a serious collector. 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. Sold

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”. 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! Sold

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! Sold
 
 

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BARITONE and BASS SAXOPHONES 

Rare baritone saxophone from the Adolphe Sax workshop, no serial number, made in Paris 1895-1905. The bell engraved "Adolphe Sax/Fournisseur de l'Academie (?) de Musique/84 rue Myrha/Paris". Also stamped with Sax's logo. All parts are original and complete. Range is high E-flat to low B-natural. Bell diameter is very wide; 165mm. The instrument has come to us with most of the original pads which we have retained for historical purposes. As this is an historical early saxophone, our price reflects and estimated 120 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. Finally, we'll replace all springs, then replace all pads and corks. It's a rare and original baritone that's come to us in very good condition. $7,950.

C.G. Conn "Elkhart Lady Face 12M" baritone saxophone, #637,98x, made in Elkhart in 1957, has 100% new acrylic lacquer finish, nickel plated keywork and range to low B-flat, new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita, all dents and dings burnished out in our own shop. Good player that looks like a new instrument. Absolutely nothing wrong with this one and it also has a new case! $2650.

C.G. Conn "12M" baritone saxophone, #N6312x, made in Nogales in the mid 1980's, has 90% 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. Good case, new mouthpiece. Never any serious damage, now mechanically "like new". No problems with solder work or broken keys. Good player, not expensive! $1995.

Good J. KEILWERTH baritone saxophone, keywork to low A, serial number 62,41x, made in Nauheim in 1968. The bell is engraved "Evette-Schaeffer Master Model". Serial number is stamped above the E-flat tone-hole. Keilwerth's instruments are today all built in east Germany, in the old B & S factory in Marknewkirchen. Many players tell us the saxes from Nauheim (just south of Frankfurt) are superior to those being made today. Based on the pre-1940 saxophones from C.G. Conn, the tone-color is full and round, with infinite possibilities for the strong player. New retail price on an east German Keilwerth SX90 bari sax is now $12,942 with "street price" about $7750. Aquired by us with less than 10% of the original lacquer finish, we've burnished out all dings, have given the body two coats of Nikolas acrylic lacquer, to protect the original brass. With a new case this one's truly at "Best Buy" at $3650

Good J. KEILWERTH baritone saxophone, keywork to low Bb, serial number 69,25X, made in Nauheim in 1971. The bell is engraved "COUF SUPERBA". Serial number is stamped above the E-flat tone-hole as well as the engraving "made in Western Germany exclusively by/Julius Keilwerth/Musical Instrument/Factory". Keilwerth's instruments are today all built in east Germany, in the old B & S factory in Marknewkirchen. Many players tell us the saxes from Nauheim (just south of Frankfurt) are superior to those being made today. Based on the pre-1940 saxophones from C.G. Conn, the tone-color is full and round, with infinite possibilities for the strong player. New retail price on an east German Keilwerth SX90 (low A) bari sax is now $12,942 with "street price" about $7750. Acquired by us with about 50% of the original lacquer finish, we've burnished out all dings, have given the body an overspray to protect the worn areas (two coats of Nikolas acrylic lacquer). With a new case, this one's truly a "best buy" at a mere $2850.

Good Selmer-USA "Bundy" (Buescher) baritone saxophone, "1256" model, serial number 947,19x (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 with solid original case in good condition. 100% made in America, it's a solid Buescher that plays well and isn't expensive. Range to low B-flat! $1975.

EXAMPLES OF BARITONE AND BASS SAXOPHONES RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:

C.G. Conn "12M" baritone saxophone, #N166,05x, made in Nogales in the mid 1980's, has about 80% 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. Good case, new mouthpiece. Never any serious damage, now mechanically "like new". No problems with solder work or broken keys. Good player, not expensive! Sold.

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. Sold

C.G. Conn "Elkhart Lady Face 12M" baritone saxophone, #H7951x, 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! Sold

Good J. KEILWERTH baritone saxophone, keywork to low A, serial number 89,29x, made in Nauheim in 1985. The bell is engraved "Heritage/W.T. Armstrong/Elkhart, Ind., USA". Serial number is stamped above the E-flat tone-hole as well as the engraving "made in Western Germany exclusively by/Julius Keilwerth/Musical Instrument/Factory". Keilwerth's instruments are today all built in east Germany, in the old B & S factory in Marknewkirchen. Many players tell us the saxes from Nauheim (just south of Frankfurt) are superior to those being made today. Based on the pre-1940 saxophones from C.G. Conn, the tone-color is full and round, with infinite possibilities for the strong player. New retail price on an east German Keilwerth SX90 bari sax is now $12,942 with "street price" about $7750. Acquired by us with less than 10% of the original lacquer finish, we've burnished out all dings, have given the body a "scratch brush" satin finish with two coats of Nikolas acrylic lacquer, to protect the original brass. Sold

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