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Vintage Original Lacquer King Super 20 Alto Pearl Side Keys, Serial #297022

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Product ID: 297022KingS20Alto


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Super 20 Pearl Side Keys - Includes Full Saxquest Overhaul
This is a beautiful early original lacquer King Super 20 alto saxophone in remarkable condition. This is one of the most desirable editions of the Super 20 as it features pearls on all of the side keys, palm keys and the left hand pinky cluster. For those in search of a vibrant and punchy sound a la Cannonball Adderley, it doesn't get much closer than this. 
This alto features all of the bells and whistles including the aforementioned pearls, sterling silver neck, starburst engraving on the bell keys, and modern left hand pinky keywork. The engraving is crisp and clean and the original lacquer is in great shape. As far as Super 20s of this vintage go, this is one of the nicer ones that we've seen. The sterling silver neck still has most of the original coat of lacquer spray. This is a nice feature as the lacquer is usually worn off on many of these saxophones. The under-slung octave key has been re-soldered at some point as seen in photo () and will be cleaned up by our repair tech. It should also be noted the starburst engraving is on all 4 of the bell keys. The slightly later models only had the engraving on B and Bb. 
There are no major dents throughout and aside from general wear and a few scratches, this horn is in fantastic shape. The saxphone shows no history of any major past dent or solder work. All of the original key work on the body, key guards and guard feet are in incredible condition. 
The ease of response and rich colorful tone make the Super 20 one of the most desirable vintage altos on the market. This horn has a unique voice that leans towards the brighter end of the spectrum. It has a ton of projection and would be an ideal candidate for lead big band as well as combo settings. Those wanting to stand out from the crowd should have no problem with this alto.
This horn is currently in line for a professional overhaul in our Saxquest repair shop. The Saxquest overhaul will includes all new corks, felts, and Valentino pads with metal resonators as well as a full adjustment and regulation.