I enjoy people's photos of their saxes!My 1971 MK VI was a one-owner that was sold to Sax Alley. I stupidly bought it as 'near mint' but this was 1998 and the net was just starting, so since Sax Alley had a good rep, I bought it. When it arrived, it did look good but it had evidence of at least one 'event' that had been repaired, which also involved the neck. It did play/sound great, though, so when SA offered a few hundred back, I took it. I would just like to ask that guy what happened to it. Its been through several overhauls now and i had the neck tweaked by Kim Bock, and the horn is at a performance peak. Judging by the condition of the horn, which had 50% original pads when i got it, I concluded that the owner had been a doubler, perhaps a pit reed man. It still ain't too shaggy, but no, I don't ever think about him or what he played - couldn't care less, really. But since it was made the year King Curtis was killed, sometimes i think about it as my KC tribute horn.
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Jeezus Kreist, man, what a totally scary deal!My two Keilwerth stencil sops seem each to have been played a lot by a distinctive personality. The Dutch one must have been played by someone who chain-smoked to the point the very metal is infused with nicotine and breathing in even near the thing gave me a sore throat. I believe that he didn't actually die, just the nicotine-mummification process reached a point where they had to pry his fingers off the sop and bury him just because it had been a month and he still hadn't finished his last sentence.
The Couf must have been played endlessly by a player who was a control freak, the action is set very low, and he must have kept the sax in his lap when eating because there are strange drool-like patterns of lacquer loss and corrosion on it.
I love the Crown Royal bag in the case. I always saved them for sax necks and such.I did buy a Martin baritone (1956 CIII) that was sold by a family to the sax dealer 'Jaye' (cant remember the last name) in CA. It had been bought for a young girl to play in the school band. She did really well and apparently went to college on her music skills, but over the years eventually gave it up with family/career priorities. In that particular case it was interesting to know. Eventually I grew tired of the Martin's ergonomics and besides, i wanted a low A. The horn went to World Wide Sax.
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