This is a king alto sax that is for sale right now but i dont know if it is worth it or not. every king serial number list starts at 35000. i know that the first king saxophones were stencils of various makers. i was wondering if this was one of those.
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Anyway, King splitbell altos are NOT highly regarded...they have the (unfair IMHO) reputation as having bad intonation, although in my experiences of refurbing around 8 or 9, I have not found their intonation to be any worse nor better than a splitbell Conn or Martin. They sound nice, and the ergos are again no better nor worse than most other splitbell-era horns.
So, anyways...value ? Not much due to that reputation. If it doesn't play up and down, worth perhaps $100-120. If it is in decent playing shape, perhaps $250-300.
I know this is a bit older thread, but my guess is someone was being dyslexic, and it's not the serial number, as a bunch of these have NO 1, 549, 911 stamped above the serial number. The silver thumbrest should date this mid to late 20s
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