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First Series King Super 20 Tenor Sax with Pearl Side Keys - Serial # 287767

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Product ID: 287767Super20Tenor

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This is a 1947 vintage King Super 20 tenor sax, serial number 287767. This is a “first series” Super 20, made in the first couple years of production of this model. It features full pearl inlay on nearly all of the touch points and “sunburst” style engraving low C, C#, B, and Bb key cups. It is in great shape physically and is priced to move.

 

This tenor was relacquered long ago, most certainly at the factory, because the engraving remains crisp and detailed with very little evidence of buffing. Physically, the tenor is as straight as they come. It may have had a tiny ding or two removed over the years, but I see no signs of serious past damage. The bottom bow has never take a hit, the bell-to-body brace is perfect, and the bell flare has never been creased. I don't even see any past resolders! The original sterling silver, double socket neck has never been pulled down, and it does show the matching serial number.

 

This tenor was repadded a few years ago with brown plastic resonators, and hasn't seen much playing time since. It will get a fresh cleaning and adjustment in the Saxquest repair shop before it ships, where we will replace the aging material, adjust key heights and spring tensions throughout, and reseat pads as needed. We'll make sure it is 100%.

 

This is a powerful, lively tenor. I play tested it with the Saxquest Core mouthpiece, and the projection was incredible. It takes all of the air you can push through it, and it never feels like you are hitting a wall. Even with all the power, it retains a warm and full bodied sound, without getting thin in the palm keys. A real ripper of a tenor, great for rock or funk especially. It came to us in a soft Protec gig bag, but if you prefer a harder case, let us know when purchasing and we can swap it out.