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Hello! Trying to find out about this saxophone I found.
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The "tube" is the lyre holder. And based on the diameter of the hand sanitizer cap, your horn is about 26" long which would make it a Bb (but that's really just a guess)Also, do you know what that tube guy on the front is?
OK so she is only keyed up to high Eb. Not atypical of Sopranos this old....Hello its got two palm keys on the left. I can't measure it RN but I'll find a ruler eventually. It's got two palm keys on the left. Here are some more pictures. If you need any more pics feel free to ask.
Like JayeLID said, the old sopranos were usually keyed to high Eb. Most manufacturers added the high F around 1926-28. I have never played a King sop other than a saxello and can't really comment much more on the tuning. If the pads are in good shape, then you should be in really good shape, even if you have to nurse some of the notes into tune. The key for these horns is a good mouthpiece like the Morgan Vintage Jazz or a Selmer Super Session. Everything else is practice.Do you know anything else about them? I've been looking for a decent soprano to play on. I only paid 275 at a pawn shop so it's not like I paid an arm and leg or anything. Just looking for a good intermediate or above soprano
That's cool...does it actually play up and down ?Do you know anything else about them? I've been looking for a decent soprano to play on. I only paid 275 at a pawn shop so it's not like I paid an arm and leg or anything. Just looking for a good intermediate or above soprano
Agreed, on the squirrelly intonation and that with a little attention to detail in the regulation, it is by far not as bad as some people claim it to be. And once you play it on a regular basis, the compensation becomes second nature.That's cool...does it actually play up and down ?
I just did a refurb on a Conn C soprano, also keyed just to Eb...and in the end it was a really sweet little horn and fun to play. People might argue that not being keyed to high F is limiting, and they'd have a point, but for a horn which isn't your primary voice horn, hey ...why the heck not ?
King's littlehorns have the reputation for being the most squirrelly intonation-wise out of all the old American makers....although quite honestly, having refurbed around 8 or 9 of 'em myself, I never found this to be the case (as long as, as Mr. Circuits noted, you go with a medium to larger-chamber 'piece. A Meyer rubber would work well on that also, possibly a rubber Link as well).
You may need to woodshed with it a bit, but I think they are good sopranos, myself. Fantastic tone.