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What are you looking for in a horn? You posted a thread TODAY about missing out on a Conn Chu Berry. You need to decide what you want (whicha lookin for) and go for it. I went through two horns becuase I did not know what I was looking for. I also wasted alot of time and money doing it. I suggest if you want a Conn Chu or a horn of a certian type. To post on the market place. If I had done that I would have saved myself alot of headaches.

Just my .02.

Wish I had listened.
 

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ZephyrSax said:
I'm having the darndest time trying to figure out what this is. Any thoughts?

http://cgi.ebay.ca/VINTAGE-SAXOPHON...ryZ64454QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
That is a late teens or early 1920's (no available H. N. White serial number lists are concise enough to pinpoint the exact year of manufacture that I am aware of i.e. 1919) H. N.White "King" model, which pre dates the Voll and Voll II models. Not the post 1924/25 "King improved" version that corrected the hissing octave pip, redesigned the G# mechanism etc. however.

These aren't in high demand, and fetch very little money, save for the elaborately engraved, "portrait" or "artist" models among collectors, which this horn is not.

The slightly later, afore mentioned "improved" version is a nice sounding and playing horn for the money, and compares very favorably with it's contemporary competitors. However it is not quite up to the much deserved, excellent reputation of the much later Zephyr or Super20 designs.
 

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Thanks for the information. I decided not to go for this one, but just watch it. It topped out at about $200.

Oh, and Carbs - right now I'm looking for a project horn/under $700 expenditure. I'll be cleaning it up, testing it out, and either selling it or keeping it depending on my tastes. It's likely not going to replace my main horn, which will soon be a Selmer Cigar Cutter, but I'm really open at this point, and just trying to gain more experience on vintage saxes in general.
 

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Thats a good idea. Not really sure if you know this, but be extreamly careful when dealing with vintage horns espicially this old. Their are many pitfalls and it is easier said then done trust me. I tried it, and I nearly went crazy trying to fix the horn, that I later sold. You need to work on a horn cheap like craigslist $100 horn. Bundy if you want to do it. That way you don't lose to much. $700 seems like alot to lose if things go south.
But best of luck, be careful and have fun.
 

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I understand. Thanks for the sentiments and advice. I am looking at something a bit newer, though, this just crossed my path on the way :)
 

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Am I the only one who, every single time seeing this thread topic, thinks someone need help with a Christmas song? :D
 

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gary said:
Am I the only one who, every single time seeing this thread topic, thinks someone need help with a Christmas song? :D
I first thought it was a line uttered by one of the King Sisters during a taping of a Christmas special. It was an awfully big family.
 

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martysax said:
I first thought it was a line uttered by one of the King Sisters during a taping of a Christmas special. It was an awfully big family.
That's because the royal family motto was:
"Once a King always a King,
but once a Knight's not enough."
 
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