WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY 2525 East Douglas Avenue Wichita, KS 67211. Earlier this year I visited the best violin shop in Europe.
The owner is my brother-in-law and the shop is absolutely amazing. The workshop restores and sells the finest stringed instruments in the world. The firm is not large, but the items offered to his clients are breath-taking. As always, Marcello handed me one of his latest acquisitions. 1720's Stradivarius cello, fine condition, iron-clad certification and documents.
I have history on this particular item going back more than a century. " "Gary, the price is fifteen and I think it's a bargain at that! After I caught my wind, I mentioned to Marcel... You know, we do some violin business, but items for the concert artists are just not in our prevue.But we do sell saxophones. And, if the truth be known, some of our offerings are just as fine as a Stradivarius violin. Except there's a lower demand and that means a much lower price..... We adjourned for an hour, split a pot of very strong tea and that was that. ALL THE FINEST violins have names, of course....
The "Alard" or the "Lady Blunt" or the "Messiah".... Three of the finest violins ever created....
The jewels of western civilization. Well this superb and original Conn Lady Face baritone also has a name. "Big Fuzz" it was named by my superb British wife. The carrying case is indeed original but some genius (yes, genius) covered the exterior with carpet.
It's protected the case for decades and it even gives the sax a bit of extra personality. No low A, no front button high F-touch. For me, it's dead easy.... If you've got to have a low A, cross your legs and stick your left heal inside the bell. If you need a front high F, play one & two keys (left hand), then cock open the high F key-touch with your little finger.Do it half a dozen times and it becomes very easy! So who used (still uses) Conn baritones? Well, for post-1947 models, almost nobody. But the true STRADIVARIUS OF BARITONE SAXOPHONES were made by them between 1930 and 1946. Google photos of him and you'll see him tooting on an identical baritone. See Jimmy Giuffre photos for. This one's not cheap, of course. But I do believe it's the ONLY 1936 Conn 12M baritone left anywhere in the world that has 90% original lacquer. Never been re-sprayed, never been overhauled. In my tenure with Wichita Band (nearly six decades), I've played hundreds of baritone saxes.
THIS ONE IS THE BEST I'VE EVER PLAYED! I'm always happy to correspond with any and all sax-o-people! "Stradivarius of baritone saxes, " I call these. Wichita Band Instrument Company is a small musical instrument emporium located in the center of the USA. Weve been in business since 1953 and have had the same owner since 1963.Originally we were a repair shop that specialized in woodwind and sax restoration. Today we have 16 employees including seven of the finest repair technicians in the country. Virtually ALL the items we sell have been fully reconditioned in our own shop, although we do sell the occasional unrestored historical instruments each year. Its 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.
If your instrument sustains damage to the body, end bow, neck or bell, well burnish out the dents and make it look like new again. 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. Its our service after the sale promise and has been since 1953! Anything we sell can be sent to you for a short approval period without obligation. Were happy to correspond with musicians, players, parents and enthusiasts of all types. Written appraisals are always available, but please dont write or telephone and ask whats grannys baritone sax worth? The item "1936 CONN 12M VINTAGE LADY FACE BARITONE SAX, ROLLED T-HOLES, VERY GOOD PADS" is in sale since Friday, February 21, 2020. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Wind & Woodwind\Band & Orchestral\Saxophones".
The seller is "wichitaband" and is located in Wichita, Kansas. This item can be shipped worldwide.