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I have based my research on actual selling prices by recognized dealers.
In most cases the reason is for the one stated above, but it is always worth checking when buying an instrument.
Ask the seller privately for the number and do a search for that instrument.
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I will be adding more soon, as well as checking for accuracy and updating these with more historical and instrument information.
VINTAGE SAXOPHONE VALUE GUIDE When I set out to prepare a reference guide for pricing vintage horns, I did so with the clear understanding that it’s not a perfect world, and that the preparation of a perfect value guide would be impossible.
I’ve seen some 400 baris, but none with top hat and cane engraving or other distinctive features of this series. Alto $ 2300 Tenor $ 3500 Baritone 00 BUFFET SUPER DYNACTION This is the first Buffet horn you’re likely to see. These treasures should be priced like Selmers from the same era, but they’re not. Alto $ 2000 Tenor $ 2400 Soprano 00 Baritone 00 S-1 If there was ever a near perfect design, I think this it.
The Eb/C mechanism is genius; the articulated low C#/Bb mechanism should be on all horns. Alto $ 2400 Tenor $ 3200 Soprano 00 Baritone $ 3600 CONN WONDER through 150XXX Up until 75XXX, no rolled tone holes. Add 20% for gold and 40% for gold with “artist” engraving and mother of pearl key touches. Sopranino $ 2000 Straight soprano 00 Curved soprano $ 2200 Deduct 20% if keyed to Eb only C soprano 00 MUST have original mouthpiece C melody $ 800 Alto 00 Tenor 00 Baritone 00 Bass $ 7500 NEW WONDER “CHU BERRY” 150XXX – 240XXX Conn never called these horns “Chu Berry”, but we’re stuck with the name. Alto $ 2400 Tenor $ 3000 Baritone $ 3100 M SERIES 260XXX – 834XXX We’re talking about REAL saxophones here!
The soprano models usually have keywork to high G, and have “conventional” palm key layout. Improved keywork, “fingernail file” G# key; microtuner necks; and really spectacular engraving on the Artist models (usually seen in gold plate, often with mother of pearl key touches, add 40%). Usually seen in silver, deduct 20% for lacquer, add 20% for gold non-artist examples. There’s nothing on this Earth quite like one of these at full song!
Prices may vary considerably depending upon the amount and style of engraving. Straight soprano 00 Curved soprano 00 Alto $ 2100 Tenor $ 2800 Baritone $ 3000 Bass $ 7500 “TRANSITIONAL” 240XXX – 260XXX You’ll see these with different keywork styles, and almost always with elaborate engraving. The Conqueror series (26M and 30M) have very elaborate adjustment mechanisms and solid silver key touches.
The main thing you learn from serial numbers is the age of the instrument of course.