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For all you SDA fanatics out there like me, check out this rare tenor on Ebay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Tenor-Saxophone...ryZ16234QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

I've never seen pictures of another SDA tenor with this silver keywork. Looks original to me.

What will this go for? I'm guessing between $2200 and 2500. A steal if it goes for less than $2000. This looks like a horn that is both collectible AND playable.
 

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Yes, it is probably nickel-silver. I've seen several SMLs and Mark VIs with nickel-silver keywork, but never before an SDA.
 

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What would be the vintage of this fine looking tenor? When an older SDA is in wonderful shape like this one, is there any connection between how well it plays compared to other SDA's that are simply worn out from being played? Put more directly, could this be a dog because it never responded like other SDA's...or, was this a closet horn that could have been one of the best ever produced?

I've always been fascinated by these horns since I played in college jazz band with a guy who played and loved his. They are beautiful with silver keywork.
 

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Without checking the SN tables, I think this is about a 1963 b/c my alto has a similar serial number. By most accounts, this was a great era for SDA tenors, which are reputedly very consistent in quality.

I often ask myself the same question when I see a closet horn: "does that mean nobody wanted to play it?" It's a relevant question, but it can only be answered by playing the horn. Otherwise, we're just speculating.

I agree the nickel-silver keys on this baby look stunning next to the dark lacquer. I usually don't like the nickel/gold lacquer combo, but the dark lacquer on this tenor creates a beautiful and unique look next to the silver.

On top of that, I think it has sparkle lacquer. The photos don't show it too well but in the pic of the bell you can see it.
 

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My SDA tenor's SN is 18,000. So, what year was it made, anyone?

Thanks.
 
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