Hello I’ve come across an early model King fixed neck zeyphr. Would anyone know the value of this type of sax and around how much a re-pad/ overhaul might run?
Hello and welcome to SOTW. DIY is the way to go.
But a DIY when the first horn you are gonna attempt is a neglected Baritone with a fixed neck ?Hello and welcome to SOTW. DIY is the way to go.
A DIY with no mechanical experience would be insane. A DIY with some skills like the link I sent can be done. Even if you’re not completely saxophone savvy. So yeah I’ll agree with you completely…. pretty brave for a first time go.But a DIY when the first horn you are gonna attempt is a neglected Baritone with a fixed neck ?
Pretty brave endeavor, eh ?
I am also puzzled....does it read Zephyr on the bell ??? The serial # places it at 1925-6.
Zeph models came after Voll True and Voll True II's....no Zephs have serial #'s that low.....if it were a Zeph, by the time they supplanted the VT-II, I would have assumed that fixed necks were a thing of the past...I am surprised to hear of a Zeph model with this 'feature'.
Which is why I asked, does it read Zephyr ?
@Jagrald10 ....the cheapest you would be able to spend on getting this horn worked up would be $750-800....which is what I would charge simply because I am a sucker for bringing back old horns, regardless of how practical it would be or not.
I am not going out on a limb, however, to state that should you bring that to a tech, or two, or four, all of them would give you an estimate of significantly more (as in $1100-1500)...and probably they'd suggest you not do it.
At best, as noted above, an old KIng Zeph with a removable neck is worth around $1100, refurbished. Yes, less if not refurbished and perhaps 'playable'.
This sax, even overhauled, will never have a market value of over $1000.
But it might be a nice playing horn if you could live with the fixed neck. It IS keyed all the way up to high F....(no front F, however, and possibly one cannot be added (or maybe it can be).
Also, I hope it has its case ? Because finding a case for a fixed neck Baritone, nowadays ? Not likely.