I'd been on the market for a 1951 SBA and Paul Tucker at DC Sax mentioned this one to me last night before he listed it. I just pulled the trigger! I could not be more thrilled- I almost feel bad that I'm planning on playing the crud out of it instead of displaying it for posterity's sake. It's like I walked into a music store in 1951 and purchased it new. Saxquest told me they got it from a mom and pop store just outside Paris. Selmer delivered the horn to them in '51 straight from the factory and they decided to hold onto it instead of selling it. When Saxquest purchased it from them, it was still wrapped in the original factory shipping paper and was a time capsule. George Bunk did the overhaul and all it needed were new pads, felt, cork, and some oiling, so the keywork, tone holes, etc. are in factory-original condition. It still has the original factory setup and springs. Now I've got to sell my '74 Mark VI to help make back the cost...
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