Dating king saxophones
Zephyr Specials and early Super 20's have elaborate engraving on the bell and keys, and pearls riveted to the key touches. Later models would use the standard top octave key.The most popular and the most sought-after are the Silver Sonic models, with sterling silver neck and bell.Though the model run was from the early 30's to the late fifties, the models with the "Big B" engraving are considered to be the best of the bunch.At the end of WWII Buescher commemorated it with the production of the 400 line.Johnny Hodges had a custom-made model with more elaborate engraving on the bell and neck. Later on, they moved production to Eastlake, Ohio, but it is the King Cleveland made saxophones which are considered the best.King saxophones, as well as their other brass and wind instruments were manufactured by the H. Though they made saxophones early on, it wasn't until they made the King Zephyr in the 1930's that they made any saxophones of consequence.Martin saxophones are sought-after collectibles, but very underrated in the vintage market, which is good for the buyer.
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King serial numbers are difficult to track due to the different variations of product changes and the lack of official records. After 1965, all instruments were manufactured in Eastlake and engraved with "King Musical Instruments." Special Note: King produced great number of stenciled saxophones.
All of the serial numbers listed on this page end when The H. If you serial number does not match up with these numbers, but says "Made by The H. White Company" it may of in fact been manufactured by another maker.
The Zephyr and the Super 20 are saxophones with big, bright sounds that are considered the epitome of a modern jazz sound.
The Super 20, which followed the Zephyr and which was basically a Zephyr with an improved mechanism and ergonomics is still one of the most popular vintage saxophones, with a market value second only to the Selmer Mark VI and Balanced and Super Balanced Action saxophones.
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