Okay...so...this is a 662...the King Empire (which is a '90's + horn) is a 665 (alto) model and has a 7-digit serial number. The Empires are not highly regarded.
horn has rolled toneholes....interesting
; and appears from the little info available online to have been usa-made.
Might be the predecessor of the Empire model...so (also judging from the logo on the case) I am gonna stick with my initial hunch that she's an '80's horn. The King logo on the Empire differs from the one on this one, too....Comparing the Empire's details to this one, this one seems to have more going for it compared to the very lean and stripped down Empire 665.
One went on eFlay a while ago:
Apparently not considered a higher-end player by any means, this was a few decades after King's heyday...but nevertheless, they were still producing a lotta horns even then (I believe they even still had an S20 in the '80's)....
Hmmm....if you can grab her for under $400 it may be a good deal.
But I would really expect to have to put $100 of work into her...so do factor that in as well.
But...not an un-interesting auction, really.
Comes with a nice stand, also (not joking, that's a high-quality stand).
If what you seek is a classic King, with a classic King tone...this horn probably ain't it. But if what you want is to nab an inexpensive Tenor which may be a bit of a sleeper & not another forgettable run-of-the-mill asian budget horn...yeah, it may be worth plopping a few bids on.
I mean, if I saw that auction here...for kicks, I might lay down 3 bill$ for it, just outta curiousity.....