I saw that a few days ago. It says nickel plate, but the tone of the color looks more silver plate to me, with silver plated keys. It’s an 89,000 series number, so that puts it in the early ‘90s I think. It doesn’t have the same look to the nickel plate that the clear nickel has, which is what my alto is.
But the neck strap hook looks weird, more like those that they use for their bass saxophones now. And the name on the front of the bell doesn’t match with others that I have seen, with the cursive Julius.
No adjustable palms keys, odd thumb hook, bell brace, and left side key guard.
It’s in Japan. The sales description has no info on it’s provenance, nothing about when or where it was bought or the “Special Edition”. I would say there’s a chance that it may be a Chinese forgery.
That's genuine enough. Probably pre-90's same spec as a H Couf 'Superba'/C G Conn 'DJH Modified' .The thumbrest is of that era ,even got the yellow tubing on pivot points which I didn't like personally but again points to it's authenticity. Probably silver plated or 'german nickel' which has a mellower sheen to it than standard bright nickel which is usual.
Great powerful horns much better than later offerings.
Thanks! I got a reply from the seller that they dont know more than what you have answered me. Ser.nr. is 89xxx and should from about 1985. It looks like it is marked "special" on the bell, and it has straight toneholes.
Neck strap ring and right hand thumb hook is identical to my 83K Couf Superba I alto. The key work is also identical: right and left hand pinky keys, right hand side keys, high f# and palm keys. Bell brace, key guards, octave mechanism and left hand thumb rest is the same. Beautiful horn!
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