Here we have a Selmer 49xxx SBA Tenor Saxophone with a fresh set of high quality pads and metal resonators and complete restoration. This was owned by a professional musician, clearly.It has a very serious and rare quality of tone and complexity. The sound character is sort of dark in the core but edgy and live around the sound. Strangely, it appears to be brighter than my 87K 1960 MK VI, but but also a bit warmer and more lyrical. It is a bit more focused than such a MK VI as SBA usually are as well. The key action is excellent and perfectly arranged, no need for big hands to feel comfortable.
In terms of response it is very fast, and compared to SBAs in general it is far on the more freeblowing end of that spectrum. The previous owner wore the area near the thumbhook so I made a metal patch for it that will last for decades. Compared to other SBA necks I have here this one is slightly brighter and more live and present, slightly more flexible in tone as well- its a great sounding neck. The horn is quite straight, and most any dents or dings have been addressed. It has a fresh set of very high quality rather hard pads sealed very nicely and including excellent brass domed resonators as the original Tone-X were missing some at the top.
All keys have been fitted, and allowed proper free movement. It may need only minor re-adjustement in the future as new overhauls can, but it is ready to gig right now and a thrill to play.This is a horn not destined for the museum, but for a player, and will make a great right hand for an artist. Please send a message if you would like to talk or even request a telephone discussion.
You can find my site (by clicking the photos) to see other vintage horns & mouthpieces available. Export value will not be marked incorrectly for any reason whatsoever. The item "Selmer Super Balanced Action Tenor Saxophone #49xxx Original Lac Tone Beauty" is in sale since Tuesday, December 13, 2016. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Wind & Woodwind\Band & Orchestral\Saxophones". The seller is "musicmajus" and is located in Salem, Massachusetts.This item can be shipped worldwide.