This is a vintage Keilwerth “New King” Soprano saxophone made in Germany, serial #36461. These early Keilwerth models do not come around very often and are definitely on the rare side. Their playing characteristics are similar to a Mark VI in many ways but they also have a noticeably more robust fullness at their core. The key work is very comfortable, featuring tilted palm keys and a left hand table key set with an un-articulated G# key.
While it is not the prettiest horn around the body is in good physical condition. There is no history of major re-solders. At some point in the past the bell flare was repaired. The neck area, body tube and tone holes are all in excellent condition. This sax looks like it was recently overhauled in another shop and is currently playing nicely on a new set of leather pads and nylon resonators. Due to the fact that it is playing nicely as it currently sits we will not be doing our full set-up on it. But we will take a look at it on the bench before shipping to ensure it is properly sealing top to bottom.
The last owner of the sax put a zip tie through the marching lyre so they could use a neck strap. We almost took it off before taking the pictures but left it on for the convenience of play testing and future use. This saxophone ships out playing great on its current set of pads, It does include a vintage wood hard case.