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Hi all-- Had a soprano drop in my lap not too long ago (the horn, not a singer), and I'm having a hard time finding any info about it. It's a straight soprano, branded Olds, Elkhart Ind, serial number #3xxx. I can't find any reference to Olds sopranos, or even just saxes with a 4-digit SN. Any info at all, I'd appreciate it!
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the fact that the serial number appears to be incongruous may mean many things, fro example that olds may have not made this sax themselves ( not all companies made the full line of instruments they sold ) and purchased it from another company
 

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Probably a Martin, Buescher, Holton, or Conn.

Unfortunately it's harder to ID stencil sopranos than others because there's less there to work with.

Good luck. It'll probably play well if you use a middle of the road mouthpiece and push it a lot further on the cork than you think you should.
 

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Glad it wasn't a singer....my recollection is sopranos can be quite......heavy. :|

We need photos. Serial # and engraving aren't enough to ID a stencil.

Interesting, however...if it is an older horn, because I have never seen a vintage Olds soprano before. However, based upon your description of engraving, it could also just be a modern asian horn, which is what Oldses have been since around the mid-eighties.

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Olds never made a sax - they were all stencils and mainly by Martin. If your soprano has thick tone rings with a curved or beveled edge to make a narrow seating ring it would be a Martin with soldered-in tone rings.
 

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Yup, it's a contemporary horn, more or less. Could be 5 years old or 20....

Asian made, perhaps Taiwanese, maybe chinese. These are what Oldses are nowadays.

Might not be a bad horn, but its market value is relatively low...as in, if it plays OK, perhaps you could maybe get $350-400 for it.

If it doesn't play and needs work, more like $150-ish.
 

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Almost certainly Chinese based on Yanagisawa , I am not even sure that the etched Olds brand is authorized
 
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