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. This one's from 1930 and I call it a "transitional".The low B and B-flat tone-holes are on the SAME side of the bell and there's no silly "double touch" for the C & B-flat side keys. Our baritone is absolutely the same as the "Lady Face" (from 1934 and later) models only with simpler engraving to the bell.
It's speculation, but we believe the sax had never been lacquered until last week. We believe it was originally furnished in un-lacquered brass. When we acquired it, it appeared to have been brushed over with a rather nasty (and not original) varnish.
Easy to remove, the brass polished lightly and two coats of new 2105 acrylic lacquer to protect the metal. Many or even most of the saxes from the first few years of the 1930's were silver plated. It means keywork will be loose, possible thin spots to the body esp. Our baritone entered it's life as an all-brass (no silver plate) beauty and it's still the same way. Only now, it's got a coat of new finish, so it'll be still playing a century from now.
No low A, no front 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 more 12M pictures.
Lots of other examples out there... Don't take my word for it. Two now in the shop. Give me a few minutes and I'll post the second one.
Same as this, but with original lacquer and lady-face engraving. "Stradivarius of baritone saxes, " I call these. PHOTOS SHOW WORKS IN PROGRESS. FINISHED EARLY NEXT WEEK, MORE PHOTOS SOON!I'm always happy to correspond with any and all sax-o-people! 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 "SUPERB CONN 12M VINTAGE TRANSITIONAL BARITONE SAX, ROLLED T-HOLES, ALL NEW 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.