Very nice German-made Dave Guardala New York series alto sax, serial number 008161. This alto is in tremendous shape, with 97%+ original lacquer intact. It is a beautiful horn, and available for a fantastic price.
The lacquer tint on this alto is gorgeous and really pops in person. Physically, the sax shows just scratching here and there around its body and bell, but no dents, dings, or resolders. The neck is original to the horn and it too is in flawless physical condition. This sax looks to have been played, but cared for very gently. Pads are still in great shape, fitted with metal resonators, and the sax will get a fresh cleaning and pro set up from our repair shop before shipping, where we'll replace some material and a couple pads to bring it up to snuff.
Sonically, this Guardala horn plays with a big, punchy voice, a lot of “oomph.” It takes your air well and doesn't play with a lot of resistance; it's an overall very open feeling horn. We haven't done the set up yet, and there are a couple leaks now, so I expect it to have an even more lively response once we get the work finished. A really nice horn for a hard-to-beat price. Ships in a contoured SKB case.