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SN 308XXX, with the Super 20 style keyguards, and triangular guard on the opposite side of the bell keys. 95% original lacquer. Double socket neck fits well, even though it seems most repair guys gnash their teeth over this idea that turned out to be not as good as it seemed.

Had it sitting in the closet for years. Bought for around $500.
Seemingly ordinary horn that I had figured was not really worthwhile.
Just had it repadded for $500.

This thing is great. Sound is better than almost every Super 20 I've played.
Powerful, rich corinthian leather, no wait..
Intonation is right there, no micromanaging required ( Brilhart HR ).
Sure, the low C# ergonomics are a little hard to manage but not horrible.

But it's very very good. And for the money, even better.
Maybe I just lucked out and got a great one or maybe they are just good.
 
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Pgraves said:
This thing is great. Sound is better than almost every Super 20 I've played.

Powerful, rich corinthian leather, no wait..

Maybe I just lucked out and got a great one or maybe they are just good.
Must be one of the limited Cordoba editions .

My buddy has a late Zephyr, and it's one fine horn . Much better than I expected, and a match for any Super I've played.

Nice score, Ricardo !
 

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Pgraves, I have one just like yours, c. 1950 and it is my alto of choice....favored over my Super 20, 26M and MkVI at that. The only alto I regularly play along side it is my The Martin Committee.

Great horns.
 

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Peter, is that an alto or tenor?
 

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JL said:
Anybody like the tenors? Man, look at this thing on Gayle's site:

http://vintagesax.com/images/king173tzincase.jpg

What a beauty. I wonder if it plays as good as it looks?
Who cares how it plays? That is gorgeous. I was just drooling over the pictures of Gayle's stash o' tenors yesterday. Hard to believe that many of them are original silverplate.
 

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Dr G said:
Who cares how it plays? That is gorgeous. I was just drooling over the pictures of Gayle's stash o' tenors yesterday. Hard to believe that many of them are original silverplate.
Yeah, she sure seems to find some fabulous horns. I bought a "series one" Aristocrat tenor from her about a year ago, all original, and I couldn't believe what good condition the orig silver plate was in, including gold-wash bell. She told me silver plate holds up very well over the years.
 
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