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MODERN FLUTES 

Verne Q. Powell #6,273 (1976), hand-made soldered tone-holes best "pre-Wasser" flute. The solid silver tube measures .014 inches (body and head). The flute was constructed with in-line G, and soldered tone-holes. Sounding length is 634 mm (A=442) and the flute now has new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Embouchure measures 10.3 X 12.1 mm. Note please that the top rib is engraved "Cooper Scale". It's a fine "fully hand-made" vintage Powell with French (open) keys and B foot. The original leather-covered case is very good. The flute plays well. It's an excellent vintage Powell that shows superb workmanship and tone-color. New price for a fully hand-made Powell is more than $13,000. This particular instrument plays very well, and is in pristine original condition. $5350. This flute is also available with a second foot, range to low C, by Parmenon (France), soldered tone-holes, full "hand-made" construction. The keywork matches the Powell keys very well. Price with both C and B foot sections: $5950.

William S. Haynes #40,380 (1973), hand-made, best model "pre-Eastman Winds" flute. The solid silver tube measures .014 inches (body and head). The flute was constructed with inline G and soldered tone-holes. Sounding length is 636 mm (A=440) and the flute now has new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Embouchure measures 10.1 X 12.1 mm. It's a fine "fully hand-made" Haynes with French (open) keys and B foot. The leather-covered case is very good and the flute plays very well. It's an excellent Haynes that shows superb workmanship and tone-color. New price from Haynes is now more than $13,00. This one's a best buy at $4350. Note: This flute is also available with a C foot. Please call for price.

GEMEINHARDT Model 3S-B Flute. New ones are made in China. This good second-hand flute was built in the USA about 10 years ago. Body, head and foot are all marked "sterling", keys are silver plated. French (open) keywork to low B. Original case is avery good and the flute wears all new pads from our shop in Wichita. Better than a new one, in our opinion. $1095.

EXAMPLES OF MODERN FLUTES RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:

William S. Haynes, #40,286 (1973), hand-made best model "pre Eastman Winds" flute. The solid silver tube measures .014 inches (body and head). The flute was constructed with inline G and soldered tone-holes. Sounding length is 636 mm (A=440) and the flute now has new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Embouchure measures exactly 10.0 X 12.0 mm. It's a "fully hand-made" Haynes with French (open) keys and B foot. The original leather-covered case is very good and the flute plays very well. It's an excellent Haynes that shows superb workmanship and tone-color. New price from Haynes is now more than $13,000. This one's a best buy at Sold.

Solid Silver flute from the Boston workshop ot William S. Haynes, #20,269 (1949). The solid silver tube measures .016 inches (body and head). The flute was constructed with offset G and extruded tone-holes. Sounding length (with C foot) is 601 mm (A=440) and the flute now has all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Embouchure measures 10.2 X 12.2 mm. It's a fine "plateau commercial" Haynes with plateau (covered) keys and C foot. It's an excellent Haynes that shows superb workmanship and tone-color. This instrument was made during the years that the Haynes workshop was owned by the family of William Sherman Haynes. Haynes still makes a fine flute, but some people call these pre-1980 instruments "Golden Age Haynes". It comes with a case that is somewhat newer than the flute itself. Sold.

Hallmarked sterling silver flute from the London workshop of Flutemakers Guild,serial number 406 (1976), hand-made, gorgeous, rare, superb. The flute was constructed with inline G, and soldered tone-holes. It has French (open hole) key work and a B foot. Sounding length is 634 mm (A=440). Embouchure measures 10.3 X 12.1 mm. Pads appear to be almost new. The original leather-covered case is very good and the flute plays very well. We're selling this instrument on behalf of an estate and, yes, we do have some of the history. Sold.

William S. Haynes #37,38x (1969), hand-made, best model "Golden Age/pre Eastman Winds" flute. The solid silver tube measures .014 inches (body and head). The flute was constructed with inline G, and soldered tone-holes. Sounding length is 636 mm (A=440) and the flute now has new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Embouchure measures 10.0 X 12.2 mm. It's a fine "fully hand-made" Haynes with French (open) keys and B foot. The leather-covered case is very good and the flute plays very well. It's an excellent Haynes that shows superb workmanship and tone-color. New price from Haynes is now more than $11,000. This one's a best buy at Sold..

Some flute shops do quite a bit of “consignment” selling and that means many of their flutes are sold “as-is, needing repairs”. Our policy is, has been for more than four decades, to offer to our clients ONLY flutes that have been cleaned, dings burnished out, keywork swedged tight and with all new pads and corks. And with our two-year service guarantee, as well.

ALTO AND BASS FLUTES 

MODERN FLUTE HEAD SECTIONS 

Michael Allen, London, all silver, .014 “ circa 2005. $899.50.

Brannen Brothers, Boston, all silver, .014“, circa 2005. $950.

Dana Sheridan hand-cut, Boston/Cologne. All silver. 014”. New. $1350.

Dana Sheridan hand-cut, Boston/Cologne. Silver, 14K riser. New. $1575.

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ANTIQUE FLUTES, and/or non Boehm keywork. 

SPECIAL BUY - Great Flute Makers of France: the Lot and Godfroy Families, 1650-1900 (pub. 1993). This book, written by Tula Giannini, is an important and original contribution to the history of the flute based on primary source material. It contains 98 b/w plates with over a hundred photos of flutes from public and private collections with 60 illustrations of archival documents. It also contains serial numbers and dates of Louis Lot flutes. This is an excellent reference book for anyone who plays flute, is interested in flutes or who is a collector of flutes. $124.50
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Rare solid silver flute from Buffet-Crampon (Paris), number 1074. Head is stamped "Buffet/Crampon & Cie/Paris/made in/France/LP". Foot stamp reads "Buffet/Crampon & Cie/made in/France LP". Keywork is typical "plateau" with offset G and range to low C. Tone holes are soldered and all pad washers are original. Head section is of seamed silver construction, but the seam is not visible on the body or foot sections. Embouchure measures 10.3 X 11.8 mm, is quite square. Current sounding length is 598/599, probably was originally 3 or 4 mm longer. French hallmarks for solid silver are stamped on all key pieces, on the center and foot sections. Also stamped with the initials of Paul Goumas, majority owner of the Buffet-Crampon firm between 1859 and 1885. The tube thickness measures at .012 inches. Pads and corks are new from our shop in Wichita. The flute is probably from the last quarter of the 19th century. It's a rare foot plus a later (?) Buffet-Crampon B foot, also solid silver. $5650.
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Superb conical flute, before 1830, ebony with ivory mountes, stamped on each joint “Baumann / a Paris”. Five silver keys, hallmarked and stamped with maker’s initials. The flute plays well (head all the way in) at 435 pitch, the embouchure measures 9.6 X 11.1 mm, is original and slightly oval. Sounding length is 541 mm, total length 613 mm. No cracks, tuning barrel, superb player. $6850
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BUFFET-CRAMPON. Rosewood or cocuswood cylindrical Boehm-system flute, made in Paris in 1901, #P18xL. French (open) keywork to low C, all keys marked with the French hallmark for sterling silver. Original case; one socket crack to the head has been repaired in our shop, is now invisible. Embouchure is 10.6 X 12.3 mm. Sounding length is 607 mm: built to French "Diapiason Normale" pitch (A=435), is original in all ways. Mostly known for high quality clarinets, Buffet also produced fine flutes between 1840 and 1920. $3500
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Fine French flute from the workshop of Clair Godfroy aine, made in 1885. Five silver-plated keys, very good original condition, no tuning head, no cracks, no damage. Nickel-silver mounts to the tenons and sockets. Embouchure measures 9.7 X 10.3, is original and un-altered. Sounding length (D foot) is 544 mm. “Fourth stamp” engraving (see Langwill), but without “S.G.D.G.”, which puts it before 1855. Plays well at 435 pitch, with the head pushed all the way in. This is an unusually fine example, the original mahogany box is stamped “Clair Godfroy aine Brevete s.g.d.g, Rue Montmartre 55, a Paris”, and “12 Octobre, 1885. The flute plays very well. $2965
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Fine French flute from the workshop of Clair Godfroy aine, before 1850. It's an early "1832 Boehm system" instrument from Godfroy's Paris workshop. Everything is totally original on this superb instrument, the nickel-alloy keywork showing workmanship of the highest quality. Embouchure measures 9.4 X 11.7 mm and is original. Sounding length (D foot) is 520 mm, total length is 598mm. The flute bears Godfroy's "third stamp" engraving (see Langwill). Each joint is stamped "Clair/Godfroy/a Paris", the head also stamped with serial number 830. The wood is dark, either rosewood or dark grenadilla. No cracks to the wood except for an older surface check to the socket of the head, repaired years ago and now almost invisible. With the head section pushed all the way in, it's possible to play the flute at 440 pitch or a shade below, but it's certain it was built to be used (with head pulled a couple of millimeters) at 435 pitch. Tula Ginnini's book "The Great Flute Makers of France" depicts two similar instruments on page 167. We believe our flute was built before 1850. Very good player from France's premier flute maker of the early Boehm years. $6,250
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Antique boxwood flute from Clementi and Company. The flute is stamped "Clementi & Compy/No. 26 Cheapside/London" on the head and was made between 1802 and 1806. One square and flat brass key. Embouchure measures 8.44 x 8.77 mm and has not been enlarged or altered. With the exception of 2 ancient small cracks on the socket head the wood is in good condition. The cracks were repaired with black thread and are not closed. The tenons are original and show no signs of ever having been cut. The end cap (also called a crown) is a modern replacement. The head joint measures 229 mm. The upper section measures 202 mm. The lower section measures 102 mm and the foot is 102 mm. All measurements are made from the end of tenon to end of tenon on each section. The flute plays at between A=428 and 430. Does not play at A=440. Not for use in a modern ensemble. TOTALLY AUTHENTIC - NOT A REPRODUCTION. $899
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Good boxwood flute from Goulding and Company (1786 – 1834 ) stamped “Goulding & Co. / London” on the head and “Goulding & Co. “ on the other three joints. One square and flat brass key. Embouchure measures 8.6 X 9.4 mm and has not been enlarged or altered. The wood and ivory are in good condition, without cracks or damage of any kind. Sounding length is 525 mm. The flute plays well at A = 435. $2450
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Antique boxwood flute, from Goulding and Company (1786-1834). This is an exceptionally handsom English flute with no cracks to the wood. The head is of highly figured boxwood, the other joints a bit more plain. There are two top joints, one at 435 pitch, stamped "GOULDING/WOOD & Co.", the other modern at 415 pitch and stamped on the reverse "A & B". The lower joint also stamped "GOULDING/WOOD & Co.", the foot also stamped "GOULDING/WOOD & Co.". One brass square key. There's an almost invisible repair to the 435 top joint. We find this flute works well with the original top joint and even better with the modern 415 center. Although it's a bit too new to be a proper "baroque" instrument, with the small original embouchure (8.4 X 9.6 mm) and the modern 415 center, it's an appropriate intrument for any pre-1765 ensemble. $3350.
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Superb boxwood flute from the French workshop of Jean Baptiste Tabard, made in Lyon before 1848. Ivory mounts to the boxwood, five well-made silver keys, tuning barrel. Embouchure is original and measures 8.9 X 10.3 mm. Small crack to the head socket. Sounding length is 536 mm. Plays very well at A = 442 pitch, with head section pulled 2 mm. Very fine original example, showing high quality workmanship. $2150
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A rare flute from the Tabard Workshop (Lyon). Everything is totally original on this superb instrument, the  solid silver keywork showing workmanship of high quality. Embouchure measures 8.7 X 10.7 mm and is original. Small surfaces crack to the silver-lined tuning barrel, repaired and now almost invisible. The flute plays very well at A = 435/438 pitch, with the head section pushed all the way in. The box is dark wood (veneer) and appears to be the same time as the flute. Not as well known as the Paris makers, Jean-Baptiste Tabard's workshop in Lyon was in business between 1812 and 1848.  (See Langwill, page 394.) $3650.
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EXAMPLES OF ANTIQUE FLUTES RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:

Fine rosewood flute from Buffet-Crampon (Paris). Serial number 37xM (made in 1899) stamped on middle joint. Five nickel-silver keys, tuning head, with nickel- silver mounts to the tenons and sockets. Embouchure measures 10.4 X 12.3 mm, is original and unaltered. Very good condition, without cracks or damage of any kind. Sounding length is 544 mm and the flute plays very well at A = 440, with the head pushed all the way in. Good example, superb workmanship, totally original. Sold

Fine five-keyed totally original flute, Pre-1880, Clair Godfroy/Paris. 5 nickel keys, rosewood body, original box with screwdriver and grease-pot. Plays very well, but was built at A=444/445 pitch. Pull the head 4mm and it works well at A=442 or a shade lower. But it's not playable at A=435, in case you're wanting something for a "diapason normale" original-instrument ensemble. Embouchure measures 9.9 X 11.5, is quite original, almost round. Good player; not expensive. Sold.

Fine French flute from the workshop of Clair Godfroy aine, before 1850. Five silver keys (D-sharp key has the French hallmark for solid silver plus stamped with maker's mark) the flute is in good original condition. Embouchure measures 8.5 X 10.1 mm, is original. Sounding length (D foot) is 541 mm, total length is 610 mm. Each joint is stamped "Clair/Godfroy/a Paris/(five point star)", the head also stamped with serial number 2045 (on the mount of the barrel). The wood is dark ebony, except for the tuning barrel which appears to be dark rosewood. No cracks to the head or three joints. Older repaired crack (filled, almost invisible) to the barrel. With the head section pushed all the way in, it's possible to play the flute at 440 pitch, but it's certain it was built to be used (with head pulled a couple of millimeters) at 435. Tula Ginnini's book "The Great Flute Makers of France" depicts similar instruments on page 88. Plate 45 shows an identical flute which she dates to about 1832. The same plate illustrates a similar flute bearing serial number 5458 which was made, she writes, in about 1836. Based on her estimates of age we believe our flute was built before 1850. Sold.

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VINTAGE AND COLLECTOR FLUTES WITH BOEHM KEYWORK  

GEORGES LEBLANC Flute (Paris and La Couture), made in France about 1935. The head, body and all keys are of silver plated nickel-silver alloy. Tone-holes are soldered and the French keywork is to low B. The G key is half offset. The tube measures .015 inches and the original embouchure measures 10.5 X 11.5 mm. The head section is engraved “G. LeBlanc, Paris” with LeBlanc’s ornate logo. The same engraving is found on the body of the flute and number 2081 is stamped on the rib for the C key. The foot is not engraved, has “D” stamped on the rib, between the C and B tone-hole. The total sounding length is 634 mm (A = 440 - 441) and the flute shows high quality workmanship throughout. The original leather case is stamped “G. LeBlanc” with Paris address. Aside from a small worn spot to the silver plate by the right hand thumb area, the instrument is pristine. It wears new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. $1500
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Interesting blackwood flute by Fernand Chapelain, made in France between 1888 and 1917. Head is stamped "France/C/LP". Body is stamped "France/C/LP/Fernand/Chapelain/& Cie./Bte.S.G.D.G.". Body of very dark grenadilla or black ebony. Plateau keywork, range to low C, all keys and posts made of nickel alloy, unplated. Sounding length is 601 mm and the embouchure measures 8.8 X 10.4 mm. Leather case is worn but original. Perfect for a mid to late 19th century original instrument ensemble or simply for a player who wants a wood flute with a very sweet and non-brassy voice. $2850.

C. MAHILLON (Brussels) a good conical ring-keyed Boehm-system flute from about 1890, no serial number, the body of dark rosewood, keys of nickel-silver. All pads and corks are new, the flute with ring keys except for plateau in-line G and first finger F key. Range is to low C. Embouchure measures 9.5 X 11.3 mm and the sounding length is 601 mm. The flute plays very well, with a small and sweet tone-color. Pitch is low, however, at A = 433 / 435. Case is from the early 20th century. Interesting flute that’s perfect for original instrument performance. This one’s $2500.
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ANTIQUE FLUTES FROM THE “STRADIVARIUS OF FLUTE MAKERS”

SPECIAL BUY - Great Flute Makers of France: the Lot and Godfroy Families, 1650-1900 (pub. 1993). This book, written by Tula Giannini, is an important and original contribution to the history of the flute based on primary source material. It contains 98 b/w plates with over a hundred photos of flutes from public and private collections with 60 illustrations of archival documents. It also contains serial numbers and dates of Louis Lot flutes. This is an excellent reference book for anyone who plays flute, is interested in flutes or who is a collector of flutes. $124.50
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LOUIS LOT(Paris) serial number 5x9, dark rosewood. Circa 1861-1862, this is an early "1832" Boehm system" instrument from Lot's Paris workshop. Everything is totally original on this superb instrument, the nickel-alloy keywork showing workmanship of the highest quality. Embouchure measures 10.0 X 11.7 mm and is original. Sounding length (D foot) is 534 mm, total length is 609 mm. Body stamped with Lot's name plus serial number. Head has same stamp but not as legible. No cracks to the wood except for an older surface check to the socket of the head, repaired years ago and now almost invisible. With the head section pushed all the way in it's possible to play the flute at 438 pitch or a shade below, but it's certain it was built to be used (with head pulled a couple of millimeters) at 435 pitch. The case is original, with original lock and key. Very good player from France's premier flute maker of the early Boehm years. $7,450.
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Louis Lot (Paris) #7690, made in 1907. All silver seamed tube construction with maker's marks and French hallmarks on each joint. Sounding length is 599 mm, the embouchure plate is original (with maker's mark and French hallmark) but has been (in our opinion) enlarged to 10.2 x 12.2 mm. Total weight is 412 grams. The head has not been shortened. All pad spuds and washers are Boston style, probably from Haynes, the case is late 20th century; not original. Never "re-tuned" in our opinion. Tube thickness is .0135 inch. Good early 20th century Lot silver flute showing minimal wear to the keywork. $5750.

EXAMPLES OF VINTAGE FLUTES RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:

SUPERB J.MOLLENHAUER (Fulda) FLUTE, the body and foot of grenadilla, head section silver plated with reform embouchure. All plateau (covered) keys, with offset G, split E mechanism and C foot. Sounding length is 593 mm (A = 444). Embouchure measures 9.1 X 10.8 mm. Number 4062x stamped on the body, just below the name and logo. Head section is engraved “Seidel” and appears to be the original Probably made in the late fifties or early sixties. Mollenhauer’s Fulda workshop stopped producing flutes in the 1990’s, now concentrates on bassoons. The original case is of real leather, in absolutely mint condition. Not for everybody, but for those wanting a German flute of very high quality, this one gets our enthusiastic recommendation. European "hand to hand" delivery (Berlin, Frankfurt) is possible in late February / early March for no extra charge. Don't confuse "J. Mollenhauer, Fulda" with "Conrad Mollenhauer, Kassel". They're both good companies, but the latter is known more for modern recorders than anything else. Cousins...the internet has a good history of the family. And.... I spent about 30 minutes with the instrument on Feb. 8. It's really a FINE professional-quality flute. Superb intonation, low notes not flat, nice full and liquid sound. If you want a modern Brannen / Haynes / Powell sound, this one's not for you. But it's perfect for trio-sonatas, Bach, original-instrument ensembles. Superb flute that I'd recommend to anybody. Don't be afraid of this one! Sold

AUGUSTE BONNEVILLE (Paris), #1521, made about 1895-1900. Vintage French flute with all parts silver-plated over nickel alloy. Original plate to the body is good. The body is engraved with the maker’s name and with serial number, but the head is not. The embouchure plate measures 10.2 X 11.8 mm and is stamped with the maker’s initials. French keywork to low C, in-line G, new pads and corks. Sounding length is 601 mm, Case is original and good. It’s an early and good silver-plated Bonneville that plays well, in fine restored condition. Sold

LOUIS LOT FLUTES SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:

LOUIS LOT (Paris) serial number 711x, solid silver. Made in 1903. All solid silver, seamed construction with maker's marks and French hallmarks on each joint. Sounding length is 599 mm, the embouchure is original, measures 10.0 x 11.7 mm. The head has not been shortened, the embouchure never enlarged. All pad spuds and washers are original, the case is early 20th century. Never "re-tuned", now with new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Seamed tube construction. Difficult to photograph but definitely seamed on all joints. Superb and early 20th century Lot silver flute showing very minimal wear to the keywork. Tube thickness is .0135 inch. No dents or dings to the tube, but pease note there is a small ding to the far side (not the player's side) of the embouchure plate. The flute plays so well as it is that we've elected to leave this minor issue alone. We could burnish it out, but it would necessitate removal and re-solder of the embouchure plate. We don't advise that! Sold.

LOUIS LOT (Paris), vintage flute #5650, made in 1894. All silver, seamed construction with multiple maker's marks and French hallmarks on each joint and on all keys. Sounding length is 640 mm (B foot) the solid gold embouchure could be a replacement (David Shorey insisted it was from the Lot workshop, but from a later time-period; the fact that the embouchure fits the tube perfectly is evidence that it may be original) and measures 10.0 X 12.1 mm. The original. Never "re-tuned", with pads and corks that appear to be new. Seamed tube construction. Superb and clean late 19th century Lot silver flute showing minimal wear to the keywork. Gold cartouche to the receiver, French (open) keywork with B foot. Tube thickness is .014 inch. Sold.

LOUIS LOT (Paris) serial number 264x, solid silver. Sounding length is 603 mm; embouchure is original, measures 9.9 X 11.7 mm. C/B-natural trill. Teardrop D# key, flat on the lower side. Silver hallmarks + maker's marks on the tube (lower ring of the foot) and also on the head-receiver of the body. No hallmarks to the head or the lip plate. Four adjusting screws. Acquired by us with all original pads. No wear to the keywork, the hinge-tube of the D# key still very tight. Original case is very good. Sold.

LOUIS LOT (Paris), #250x, made in 1878. All solid silver, seamed construction. Sounding length is 603 mm, the embouchure is original and 10.0 x 11.7 mm. The head has not been cut shorter, the embouchure has not been enlarged. All pad spuds and washers are original, the case is original and close to being perfect. Never “re-tuned”, now with new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Seamed tube construction. Superb and clean 1878 Lot silver flute showing NO wear to the keywork. Tube thickness is .014 inch. There are no repair patches nor thin spots to the tube. Keywork actually shows no wear at all, with very sharp key-arms and pad-cups. The flute appears to have been played very little in the past 134 years. The flute has recently had all pads and corks replaced in our shop in Wichita. Over the past decades, our small company has sold more than two-hundred vintage French flutes. We have a reputation for high quality repair and restoration work on instruments of this type. Having examined many Old French flutes over the past decades, we are confident that the body and foot section of the flute are indeed original and from the Louis Lot workshop. This particular flute plays easily to low C, has the “old French” tone-color. Please note that we may decline selling this particular instrument to any person whom we believe might want to “re-tune” it, cut it to pieces or use it for repair parts. We do not agree with “re-tuning”, re-positioning tone-holes or in cutting the tube or altering the keywork. Original Louis Lot flutes have become very rare and we believe it is ethically ill-advised to destroy them. Sold

LOUIS LOT (Paris), #397x, made in 1883. All silver, seamed construction with maker’s marks and French hallmarks on each joint and on all keys. Sounding length is 601 mm, the embouchure is original and 10.0 x 12.0 mm. The head has not been shortened, the embouchure never enlarged. All pad spuds and washers are original, the case is 19th. century, probably original. Never “re-tuned”, now with new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Seamed tube construction. Superb and clean turn of the century Lot silver flute showing minimal wear to the keywork. Tube thickness is .0135 inch. Sold

A superb and original vintage flute from the LOUIS LOT (Paris) workshop, serial #4106, made in 1886. The entire instrument is solid silver, hallmarked and with the maker's stamp. The embouchure is original and measures exactly 10.0 x 11.9 mm. Theobald Boehm wrote that the ideal size for a flute embouchure was "10.0 X 12.0, slightly square", so our flute does come very close to old Theobald's recommendations. Riser measures 5.0 mm. It's important to note that the embouchure never enlarged, never "improved". All pad spuds and washers are original, the case is original and still in perfect condition. It's never been “re-tuned”, now with new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Sounding length, as I measure it this morning, is 601 mm, which means the flute does play well at 440 pitch. I see no evidence that the head has been shortened or the tuning-ring moved upwards. This one is a superb player, virtually identical to Louis Lot #4566 that I've reserved for my own use and have played for the past decade. We may also decline selling this superb instrument to a client who might have plans to alter or re-tune this flute. We take our role as restorers and conservators of musical instruments seriously. That means we will sell this pristine (or close to it) flute only to a customer who will keep it as original as possible. The single issue that keeps this one from being a "ten on a scale of ten" is the D-sharp pad-cup. Sometime in the dim past, there's been a solder repair to the cup. Most people wouldn't notice the work, but we've an obligation to bring it to your attention. Acquired from an estate in Europe, we note that the flute came to us with pads that were seated with shellac....like clarinet pads. It's quite possible these pads are the originals, from 1886. Or, in any case, they were last fitted to this fine flute many years ago. We've retained them out of curiosity, have padded the instrument ourselves with very thin pads that are shimmed the same way that we'd do a vintage Haynes or Powell. Sold

VINTAGE HEAD SECTIONS 

Djalma Julliot (LeCouture), circa 1920. Silver plate over nickel alloy. $650.

LeBret / Malerne (Paris), circa 1940. Silver plate over nickel alloy. $650.

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USED OBOES 

Good FOSSATI E30 "Tiery" Wood Oboe. Serial number 1360. It's a fine intermediate wood oboe 100% made in France in the Fossati workshop near Paris. Full conservatory keywork, silver plate, with left hand F, articulated C#, split-ring D key and third octave key. The silver plating to the keys is in superb condition with no worn spots. There are no cracks or repairs to the grenadilla wood body. Fossati's oboes are known for their good design, sophisticated sound, and sturdy, reliable mechanism. We think this oboe is a worthy alternative to some popular plastic oboes that cost twice as much. Comes with a new case and Wichita Band's two year service warranty. $2850.

USED OBOES/ENGLISH HORNS RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT CO.:

Vintage English horn from the Strasser-Marigaux workshop (Paris), "Marigaux", #3528 (early seventies?) has good original silver plate to the keywork showing no wear at all to the plating. No left-hand F, range to low B. Generally in good condition, but with surface crack to the top joint, repaired by our shop by carbon-filament banding. Accoustically superb, repaired to be trouble-free for the next half century or more. Best model from SML, with original single case. Sold.

MODERN "ACCENT" OBOE, FULL KEYWORK, CRACK-PROOF, about four years old. "Accent" Serial #16720. This instrument was sold a few years ago by a local company but was recently traded to us. Not a brand we usually carry thus the low price. A bit of info about this instrument from the Accent web site: This instrument is made from a green product comprised of grenadilla wood material and epoxy so it isn't susceptable to cracking in extreme weather conditions. Modified conservatory fingering with silver-plated keys. Third octave key for greater playing ease in the upper register. Left hand F, F resonance key, C# and D trill keys. Good pads (corks down to low C). Clean with a good case and a case cover. Our two-year service warranty does apply. Low "Buy it now" price: Sold.

Good and extra-clean oboe from the FOX-USA workshops, model 330". Our instrument wears serial number 585X. It's come to us in good original condition, now has all new pads and corks (from the Fox workshop in Indiana), as well as a new case. Plastic body, full conservatory keywork, including low B/C# trill, forked E-flat, left-hand F key. Accoustically well-designed, with good scale and voice. New suggested retail price is now $5450, with street price about $3850. 100% made in America, this one's a best buy at Sold.

Good and extra-clean oboe from the Selmer-USA workshops, "model 104". Our instrument wears serial number F514X, probably dates from the mid-1970's. It's come to us in good original condition, now has all new pads and corks (from our shop in Wichita), as well as a new case. Plastic body, full conservatory keywork, including low B/C# trill, forked E-flat, left-hand F key. Acoustically well-designed, with good scale and voice. 100% made in America, this one's a best buy at Sold.

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SOME GOOD REBUILT BASSOONS  

New Heckel Bocals: Yes, they're expensive, but they are the best! PLEASE CALL (price subject to change depending upon exchange rate)

Good German bassoon from the Oskar Adler workshop (Markneukirchen, Germany). Serial #11,697 (circa 1985-1990). The instrument has 99% original varnish, no cracks or damage to the wood. Keys are nickel plated and all pads and corks are new. Tone-hole liners ("water tubes") to the top of the boot and to the wing joint. Price includes good original case. As with all of Adler's bassoons, this one is stamped "Sonora" on the bell. With original high D, nickel-silver cap to the wing tenon, nickel-silver socket liners to the boot. Two original Adler bocals. Still in production, now sold as "model 1257". Price in Germany is now 6900 Euros ($8500). This one's a good example with a "best buy" price of $4150.

Rare German bassoon from the Reinhold Lange workshop in Biebrich, serial number 293x, made before 1930. Lange was a professional musician in Wiesbaden who worked, for a time, at the Heckel factory. He eventually hired several of Heckel’s employees and set up his own shop, just down the road from Heckel. The particular instrument has come to us in superb original condition, with a rich dark-red varnish (99% original), no cracks or damage to the wood and two original bocals (one stamped “Lange”, the other without a stamp). Keywork is “simple system Heckel” (with original high D) and since it came to us without whisper key, we’ve had Bernd Moosmann fit a new whisper key to the bassoon. Original case is close to being pristine. Not for everybody, but for those wanting the tone-color of a pre-war Heckel bassoon, but for a much lower price, this is one to consider. Lange died in 1905, the company was taken over by one of his workers who produced woodwind instruments until 1945. Rare vintage bassoon of very high quality. $8500
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EXAMPLES OF BASSOONS RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:

Good German bassoon "Miraphone" made by Wenzel Schreiber & Sons. Serial number 2091 (mid-1970's). Similar to Schreiber's model "S-56" with silver plated keywork and original high D. Pads and corks are new. This instrument has 95% original varnish, no cracks or damage to the wood, some varnish touch up in our shop. Minimal wear to the silver plated keys. Brass end-caps on the two small tenons and the large tenon of the long joint. The boot sockets also wear brass inserts. Tone hole liners/water tubes to the wing joint. Price includes a new case and two Schreiber bocals. This one's a good example with a two year service warranty from Wichita Band and a "best buy" price of Sold.

Rare German bassoon from the Reinhold Lange workshop in Biebrich, serial number 1907, made before 1930. Lange was a professional musician in Wiesbaden who worked, for a time, at the Heckel factory. He eventually hired several of Heckel’s employees and set up his own shop, just down the road from Heckel. The particular instrument has come to us in very good original condition, with a rich dark-red varnish (50% original), no cracks or damage to the wood and one pre-1930 bocal stamped “R. Lange / Wiesbaden / 01”. Keywork is “simple system Heckel” (with original high D) without whisper key, without E-F# trill on the wing and no ring-keys to the boot section. Original case is very good. Definitely not for everybody, but for those wanting the tone-color of a pre-war Heckel bassoon, but for a much lower price, this is one to consider. Lange died in 1905, the company was taken over by one of his workers who produced woodwind instruments until 1945. Rare vintage bassoon of very high quality. Sold.

Good American bassoon from Fox Products Company, model "Renard 41", serial number 12,490 (made in Indiana in 1985). Fox's model 41 was originally designed for the school market. At the time Al Fox stated that he had located a material that was pretty much indestructible. It seems that he had, meaning it was perfect for school use. The body on the model 41 does pick up dings and scratches. We have discovered that it is best to leave these marks as-is. Sanding out the minor dings takes forever, is quite expensive and the result is sometimes worse than the original scratch. That means, our bassoon does have a few scratches and dings. This bassoon has come to us with standard nickel plate that was perfect. We've done a light polish but had no need to re-plate anywhere. All pads and corks are new from our shop in Wichita. The bassoon comes with new Fox #1C and #2C bocals, a new "Protec" case and, of course, our two-year service warranty. SOLD.

Good German bassoon from Wenzel Schreiber & Sons, model "S-58". Serial #24,413 (1984) on wing and long joint and serial number 18,218 (1978) on the bell and boot sections. The instrument has 95% original varnish, no cracks or damage to the wood. Keys are silver plated and all pads and corks are new. Does have high D and alternate Eb on the wing joint plus additional rollers (Bb/2 X E key/F#) on the boot. Brass end-caps on the two small tenons and the boot sockets also wear brass inserts. Tone-hole liners/water tubes to the wing joint. Price includes new "Pro-Tech" case and two bocals. This one's a good example with a "best buy" price of Sold.

Good American bassoon from Fox Products Company, model "Renard 41", serial number 14,425(made in Indiana in 1987). Fox's model 41 was originally designed for the school market. At the time Al Fox stated that he had located a material that was pretty much indestructible. It seems that he had, meaning it was perfect for school use. The body on the model 41 does pick up dings and scratches. We have discovered that it is best to leave these marks as-is. Sanding out the minor dings takes forever, is quite expensive and the result is sometimes worse than the original scratch. That means, our bassoon does have a few scratches and dings. This bassoon has come to us with standard nickel plate that was perfect. We've done a light polish but had no need to re-plate anywhere. All pads and corks are new from our shop in Wichita. The bassoon comes with new Fox #1C and #2C bocals, a new "Protec" case and, of course, our two-year service warranty. Bottom line? Aside from the scratches noted above, this fine bassoon plays like a new one. Perfect for the enthusiastic high-school musician. New suggested retail is now $7975. This one's a mere Sold.

Good German bassoon from the KOHLERT BROTHERS, MADE IN WINNENDEN (West Germany) in 1961. Serial #75,265. Very clean example, does not appear to have ever been owned by a school. The instrument has 98% original varnish, no cracks to the wood, no wood-rot to the boot. Keys are nickel plated and  ALL pads and corks are new.  Please note that this very clean vintage bassoon does not wear high D key, high E key nor water tubes to the finger holes. In the event that you do require these features, we're happy to co-ordinate shipping this fine bassoon to the workshop of Bernd Moosmann, in Germany. Bernd's father was employed by the Kohlert brothers and we've sent quite a few Kohlert bassoons to him to retro-fit keywork to modern specs.  If you would like this option please contact us for a price estimate and an approximate time of delivery. This bassoon come in a new “Pro-Tech” case with two new bocals (both from Fox USA).  As always, our two-year warranty is included. This one's a "best buy" for Sold. 

ALL BASSOONS (and other winds) sold by Wichita Band Instrument Company (new or used) come with our 24 month service warranty. We always, always replace all pads & corks and mechanically rebuild the instrument to "like new" specs. Bassoons are expensive and used instruments often represent good value. Why buy a new one?  

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MODERN AND VINTAGE PICCOLOS  

Original rosewood piccolo from the Paris workshop of Louis Lot, key of D-flat, probably from the first quarter of the 20th. century.  As typical of early piccolos, this instrument has no serial number. Which means it's difficult to put an exact date to this particular piccolo. Our best educated guess is that the picc dates from 1900 to 1925.  Definitely NOT an "S.M.L. Lot". Sounding length (conical bore, so it's easy to be confused) is 253 mm. Embouchure measures 9.9 X 10.5 mm. It's basically perfect.  No cracks, no alterations.  Keywork is silver plated, no worn spots anywhere. Pads are all cork. Case is leather, original and is in like-new condition.  $2250.

EXAMPLES OF PICCOLOS RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:

JUPITER MODEL 305P RESIN PICCOLO, STUDENT MODEL, SN 6109294. Resin body and headjoint with silver plated keys. Pads, cork, springs all in good shape. Case is original and in very good condition. Original cleaning rod included. Nice student piccolo; Perfect for marching band. Of course it comes with our 2 year service warranty. Sold.

Good and extra clean professional-quality piccolo from the Gemeinhardt workshop in Elkhart, Indiana, "Roy Seaman LTD", model, serial number 886. It's a "latter day" Seaman picc made just a few years after Roy Seaman sold his small company. This is their "top of the line" piccolo, the body of close-grained grenadilla, keywork of solid silver. All new cork pads, very good original leather case. 100% made in America, now with a suggested retail price of $5559. This one's a "best buy" at Sold.

 

USED AND VINTAGE CLARINETS  

A BIT OF BUFFET HISTORY 
Founded in 1839 by Jean-Louis Buffet-Crampon, Buffet clarinets soon became the choice of the majority of the world’s professional players. By 1900, Buffet had a workforce of 200 craftsmen, producing clarinets, flutes and saxophones, all of high quality. 

Paul Evette and Ernest Schaeffer bought the firm in 1885. “Evette and Schaeffer” clarinets were the “step up” instruments from Buffet until about 1980. A public corporation since 1929, the company was absorbed into the Boosey-Hawkes conglomerate in 1981. 

Instruments made between 1935 and 1980 are considered by many to be the very best of Buffet’s production. The American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet in the early 1970’s. He was aware of the fact that not all clarinet players agreed on the tone-color of their instrument, so the “R-13” model was soon joined by the “Continentale”, the “S-1”, the “BC-20” and later the “RC”. All have subtle differences, all are considered to be “top of the line” equals. Before 1980, the Buffet name was only engraved on their best clarinets: the “step up” and student quality instruments were stamped “Evette & Schaeffer” or “Evette”. Today, the Buffet name and logo are engraved on the entire line of Buffet instruments, from the least expensive plastic to the very best clarinets. 

Wichita Band Instrument Company has sold new and used clarinets from Buffet-Crampon since 1954. Clarinets acquired by us are always crack-free, wear our new pads and corks and carry our two-year service warranty. 

Buffet was until several years ago a part of the Boosey-Hawkes Musical Instrument Company of London.  They are now owned by a group of French investors.

Wichita Band’s clarinet warranty is the same as it’s been for more than three decades: “All new and used clarinets sold by us come with our 24-month service warranty, which is in addition to any factory warranties. For two full years, we will repair or replace (whichever in our estimation is the more advisable), any pads, corks, springs or other parts required, at no charge to the customer. In the event of cracked or damaged wood sections, we will repair at no cost to the customer or replace the section and charge the customer only for our costs (wholesale) for the parts. The customer is responsible for shipping costs. Cases and plating finishes are, unfortunately, not covered by our warranty.” 
 

SPECIAL BUY - COLOR HARDBOUND CATALOG OF THE SHACKLETON CLARINET COLLECTION. This catalogue documents the achievement of the late Sir Nicholas Shackleton (1937-2006) in assembling one of the world's finest collections of musical instruments. The Sir Nicholas Shackleton Collection, brought together over a 40-year period, was bequeathed to the University of Edinburgh where it is maintained as resource for learning and research. The bound tome of over 800 pages gives detailed descriptions of over 900 instruments and related items and is illustrated by over 1000 full color illustrations. The clarinets (which constitute the main emphasis of the collection) span a 250-year period and range from contrabasses up to the smallest regularly-used clarinets (in high A). All the major instrument-making regions of the world are represented. A major strength of the Collection is the comprehensive coverage of the amazing variety of keywork systems invented to address the problems in clarinet design. The text has been prepared by a team of authors, the principal author, Heike Fricke, having written the descriptions of the clarinet family instruments. The book is lavishly illustrated by photographs taken specifically by Dr Raymond Parks, Honorary Curator of the Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments. $159.
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RECONDITIONED MODERN BUFFET-CRAMPON Bb CLARINETS:

BUFFET-CRAMPON Model C-12 B-flat clarinet. SN: F321461. Made in France in 1989. No cracks to the wood, 100% all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Original nickel plate keys are nearly perfect, the plating is worn less than one percent. No cracks anywhere. Comes with a good compact case and a new mouthpiece. It has a 65 mm barrel with it which means it tunes well to A=442. Not 444. Length from bell ring to top of barrel is 598 mm. Retail price on a new Model E-12 is noe $2562. "Minimum Advertised Price" is $1922. This one is $1195. In our opinion, much better than a new one!

BUFFET-CRAMPON "Evette-Schaeffer E-13" B-flat clarinet #K20036, made in France in 1966. Nickel plate to the keywork is very good. All pads/corks have been replaced in our shop in Wichita. No cracks to the wood, the tenons still sharp. In 1966, Buffet's model E-13 clarinet was one step down from their "top of the line" R-13. This one's a good example, has been used very little and comes with a new case, plus our recommendation. Our E-13 is 100% French, better than a new one, in our opinion. $1295.

RECONDITIONED VINTAGE (PRE-1950) BUFFET-CRAMPON Bb CLARINETS:

BUFFET-CRAMPON, "model 13" Bb clarinet #28,123 made in France in 1946. It's a good and little-used example from Buffet's "Golden Era". Keywork shows minimal wear to the rings and hinge-tubes and the silver plate is new, as the instrument came to us with raw nickel-silver keys. Sharp tenons show absolutely no wear. No cracks to the wood, new pads and corks wood quality and a rich tone-color. In our opinion, this particular clarinet is just about as fine an instrument as you'd find anywhere. $2145.

BUFFET-CRAMPON Bb clarinet "modele 13", #23,104. Made in France in 1937. It's an extra fine and little-used example from Buffet's "Golden Era". Keywork shows minimal wear to the rings and hinge-tubes and the silver plate is new, as the instrument came to us with raw nickel-silver keys. No cracks to the wood, new pads and corks, wood quality, and a rich tone-color. It's an extra-clean example from a very good year. $2195.

Buffet-Crampon "Modele 14", #21,807, made in France in 1936. It's a good and little-used example from Buffet's "Golden Era". Keywork shows minimal wear to the rings and hinge-tubes and the silver plate is new, as the instrument came to us with raw nickel-silver keys. No cracks to the wood, new pads & corks quality wood and a rich tone-color. Diameter, top of top joint: 14.68 mm. Diameter, bottom of top joint: 14.78 mm. Two modern barrels (66 and 67 mm). Total length, bell ring to top of 66 mm barrel: 601mm. Top tenon has been capped (wood, almost invisible); other two tenons original. 1960's pochette case (Selmer?), modern VanDoren mouthpiece. In our opinion this particular clarinet is just about as fine an instrument as you'd find anywhere. PLEASE NOTE: Buffet's model 14 is exactly the same as their model 13, with the addition of a ring key for the third finger left hand. The additonal keywork makes it possible to play an Ab to Bb trill (upper register) or C# to D# trill (lower register) without having to utilize the fake fingerings necessary on a standard model 13. This is a really fine clarinet, far better than anything made in France today. $1895.
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BUFFET-CRAMPON “model 13” B-flat clarinet #826G1, made in France in 1912. Diameter of top of top joint: 14.74 mm; diameter of the bottom of top joint: 14.92 mm. Total length, end of bell ring to top of original 67.5 mm barrel: 602 mm. Keywork shows very little wear to the rings or hinge-tubes and the silver plate is new, as the instrument came to us with raw nickel-silver keys. No cracks to the wood, the tenons sharp and not worn. Pads & corks are new and from our shop in Wichita. Case is new. This is the clarinet that made Buffet famous, with superb wood quality and a rich tone-color. $1595.

BUFFET-CRAMPON "model 13" B-flat clarinet #743-Cl, made in France in 1909. Keywork shows very little wear to the rings or hinge-tubes and the silver plate is new, as the instrument came to us with raw nickel-silver keys. No cracks to the wood, the tenons are sharp and not worn. Pads & corks are new and from our shop in Wichita. Case is new. This is the clarinet that made Buffet famous, with superb wood quality and a rich tone-color. $1595.

BUFFET-CRAMPON "model 13" B-flat clarinet #1R-21, made in France in 1902. It's actually been played very little in the past century. Keywork shows minimal wear to the rings or hinge-tubes, original raw nickel-silver (no silver plate). Diameter, top of top joint: 14.42 mm; diameter of top joint: 14.84 mm. Total length, bell ring to top of original (67.50 mm) barrel: 602 mm. No cracks to the wood, the tenons sharp. Pads & corks are new and from our shop in Wichita. It's old, but an excellent instrument that shows top quality wood and workmanship. $1595
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BUFFET-CRAMPON number 226-G, made in France in 1893. Length from bell ring to top of the barrel is 602 mm. That's two mm longer than a new A=440 Buffet-Crampon R-13. That means you either have to use a mouthpiece that's one or two mm shorter or a 65 mm barrel. A professional clarinetist friend of ours who tried this clarinet and checked it with a tuner had no problem playing at A=440 or a bit lower. Not at 442 though... Keywork is silver plated and isn't worn at all. Rings are still very good, not dished out. Top joint has six or more grain-lines to the wood that are visible. NOT CRACKS; the lines are very shallow, do not extend into the wood or tone holes. Not for everybody, but, in our opinion, a truly wonderful intstrument for just the right person. $1295.

RECONDITIONED VINTAGE AND MODERN Bb CLARINETS:

Good wood clarinet made in Elkhart in 1940 by C.G. Conn, Ltd. Serial #B293,28XL. It's a semi-professional model 424N Conn, in grenadilla wood, with no cracks, no damage. The instrument has come to us in very good original condition, with normal seventeen key/six ring Boehm system keywork. Normal 64mm barrel section, new case, new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Superb clarinet for Big Band or Dixieland. $850.

Good French "Lemaire" semi-pro wood clarinet from S.M.L. (Paris) workshop, #34,07x, made about 1980(?). The instrument has no cracks to the wood. It has all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. There is no wear to the key plating. It comes with a new case. Similar to a French Noblet, but with a bit more edge to the sound. Very good player, not expensive, good scale and tone-color. $750.

G. LeBlanc “Noblet model 40” wood clarinet, made in France. Serial number 852x. No cracks to the wood, good original nickel plate to the keywork, all new pads and corks, no cracks or damage. This one’s a best buy in a good French wood clarinet. It’s an honest “step up” clarinet that’s not Chinese. $985

G. LeBlanc "Noblet model 40" wood clarinet, MADE IN FRANCE. Serial number 424X. No cracks to the wood, unplated nickel-silver keywork, all new pads and corks, no cracks or damage. This one's a best buy in a good French wood clarinet. It's an honet "step up" clarinet that is NOT Chinese. $985.

H. Slemer (Paris), Clarinet in the key of Bb, "Series 9", #R8909 (1959). It's a fine Golden Era Selmer-Paris clarinet, with normal Boehm-system keywork. Absolutely no cracks to the wood, all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. The tenons are sharp and without wear. Good player, the tone-color similar to a modern Buffet model R-13, perhaps just a bit warmer. $1495.

H. Selmer (Paris), Clarinet in the key of Bb, "Series 10", #Z5225 (1977). It's a fine Goldern Era Selmer-Paris clarinet, with normal Boehm-system keywork, absolutely no cracks to the wood, all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. The tenons are sharp and without wear. Good player, the tone-color similar to a moder Buffet model R-13. $1595.

CLARINETS IN A

BUFFET-CRAMPON "model 13" A clarinet, KEY of A, no serial number, made in France before 1900. Original nickel alloy keywork (no nickel or silver plate). No cracks to the wood, the tenons are sharp. Pads & corks are new and from our shop in Wichita. It's old but an excellent instrument that shows top quality wood and workmanship. $1445.

CLARINETS IN Eb

SOPRANINO CLARINETS

ALTO AND CONTRA ALTO CLARINETS

Selmer-Paris Model 22 Alto Clarinet, made in France in 1967. Serial Number V6031. It's been played very little. No dents or damage to the neck and bell. The original nickel plated keywork is absolutely perfect. None of the keys show any wear. There is a tiny worn spot, half the size of a dime, on the bell. All pads and corks are new. This one's a very clean example, fully reconditioned, no cracks and damage-free. Comes with a new case and a new Selmer-Paris mouthpiece. $3975.

Selmer-USA “Bundy model 1425” E-flat alto clarinet, #11126, made in the US about 1985. The keywork extends to low E-flat, the keys, neck and bell are nickel plate and show minimal wear. Indestructible plastic body, no damage anywhere. Original case is solid. ALL new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Suggested retail price on a new one is now $2400; MAP price on a new one is now $1829. This one’s “like new” $945.

Good plastic E-flat alto clarinet from Selmer USA, model 1425, serial number 25519, range to low E-flat. New case, 100% all new pads and corks. Suggested retail price on a new one is now $2508. This is a good example, clean and mechanically perfect. Best buy price $1395.

BASS CLARINETS

LeBlanc model 60 wood BASS clarinet, serial number 16,343, made in France (in Lecouture, west of Paris, to be exact) in 1990. The original nickel plated keywork is almost perfect, showing minimum wear. All pads and corks are new from our shop in Wichita. No cracks to the wood. Range to low E-Flat. Vandoren mouthpiece, new case and our two-year service warranty included. $2950.

LeBlanc-Noblet model 60 wood BASS clarinet, #15,534, made in France in the mid 1990's. Good nickel plate to the keywork, no cracks to the wood, new mouthpiece, new case, new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita, no dents or damage to the neck or bell. Range is to low E-flat. It's a very clean and original example, fully reconditioned by our shop. No cracks, no damage. This one's $2450.

Superb LeBlanc French Wood Bass Clarinet, Model 400. Our Model L-400 bass came to us in good general condition. Serial number is 15,256 made in Lecouture (west of Paris) in the late 1970's. VERY good player, with a rich and full lower register. It now wears all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Range is to low E-flat. The original nickel plated keywork is almost perfect, showing minimal wear. No cracks to the wood. Comes with a used vintage Selmer C-Star mouthpiece, new case and our two year service warranty. $2875.

EXTRA CLEAN LeBlanc (Paris) model 425 wood Bass clarinet, #11278 (top)/#10718(Lower). Very good nickel plate to the keywork, no cracks to the wood, case looks almost new, 100% white kid new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Range is to low E-flat. It's a very clean and original example, fully reconditioned by our shop. Floor peg mounted to the bell. LeBlanc's model 425 is identical to their model 400, but with forked Ab/Eb mechanism for the lower joint. One & three fingering for the right hand gives you an Ab or Eb, leaving the little finger free for low Eb. Looks and plays like a new one! $2950.

CONTRABASS CLARINETS

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VINTAGE AND MODERN Bb CLARINETS RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:

BUFFET-CRAMPON “Model R13”, #46,074 made in France in 1954. Keywork shows minimal wear. The clarinet came to us with unplated nickel-alloy normal keywork. We've had all keys bright silver plated.  No cracks to the wood, 100 % all new pads & corks wood quality and a rich tone-color.  This particular clarinet is just about as fine an instrument as you’d find anywhere.  This is a really fine clarinet, far better, we believe, than anything made in France today.  Why not try it yourself to see if you agree? Sold.

BUFFET-CRAMPON Bb clarinet, model BC-20, #F199,456. Made in France in 1979. One of Buffet's latest professional model clarinets, introduced in late 2016 has been given the name "Tradition". According to their web site, "...The new Buffet Tradition Clarinet is designed to combine a truly vintage inspired tone with the performance needs of professional clarinetists. Based on an entirely new model bore that is based on the cylindrical bore from the vintage BC20 clarinets." Our "Original BC-20" is an extra clean and superb little-used example from Buffet's "Golden Era". Keywork shows absolutely no wear to the rings or anywhere else. No cracks to the wood, no damage anywhere. This one's a rare find, a true vintage Buffet from a very good year, showing superb wood quality and a rich tone-color. In our opinion, this particular clarinet is just about as fine an instrument as you'd find anywhere. Better than a new one? Well, yes...in our opinion. Suggested retail price on a new "Tradition" is $7318, with street price about $4500. Our vintage BC20, with silver plated keys, is only Sold.

BUFFET-CRAMPON B-flat clarinet "model R13", #35,845 made in France in late 1950. It's a good and little-used example from Buffet's "Post-war Golden Era". Keywork shows minimal wear to the rings and hinge-tubes. Keywork is original solid nickel-silver, new silver plate. No cracks to the wood, all new pads, the wood of dark and dense quality that produces a rich tone-color. In our opinion, this particular clarinet is as fine an instrument as you'd find anywhere. With 65 mm barrel, and new case. Far superior, in our estimation, to a new one. Sold.

Superb BUFFET-CRAMPON R-13, Bb Clarinet. Serial number 209,989, made in France in 1980. It's an extra clean and superb example from Buffet's "Golden Era", just a year before Boosey-Hawkes absorbed Buffet. Keywork shows minimal wear to the rings and hinge-tubes. The original nickel plating on the keys is in excellent condition. There are no cracks to the wood plus all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. It's the clarinet that made Buffet famous, with superb wood quality and a rich tone color. In our opinion, this particular clarinet is just about as fine an instrument as you'd find anywhere. Better than a new one? Well, yes...in our opinion. Sold.

BUFFET-CRAMPON Bb clarinet, model BC-20, #F244,384. Made in France in 1983. One of Buffet's latest professional model clarinets, introduced in late 2016 has been given the name "Tradition". According to their web site, "...The new Buffet Tradition Clarinet is designed to combine a truly vintage inspired tone with the performance needs of professional clarinetists. Based on an entirely new model bore that is based on the cylindrical bore from the vintage BC20 clarinets." Our "Original BC-20" is an extra clean and superb little-used example from Buffet's "Golden Era". Keywork shows absolutely no wear to the rings or anywhere else. No cracks to the wood, no damage anywhere. This one's a rare find, a true vintage Buffet from a very good year, showing superb wood quality and a rich tone-color. In our opinion, this particular clarinet is just about as fine an instrument as you'd find anywhere. Better than a new one? Well, yes...in our opinion. Suggested retail price on a new "Tradition" is $7318, with street price about $4500. Our vintage BC20, with silver plated keys, Sold.

BUFFET-CRAMPON “Model R13”, #30,042 made in France in 1947. Keywork shows minimal wear. The clarinet came to us with unplated nickel-alloy normal keywork.  We've had all keys bright silver plated.  No cracks to the wood, 100 % all new pads & corks wood quality and a rich tone-color. This particular clarinet is just about as fine an instrument as you’d find anywhere.  All parts are original. This is a really fine clarinet, far better, we believe, than anything made in France today. Sold. 

BUFFET-CRAMPON Bb clarinet "modele 13", #20,704, made in France in 1936. Beautiful dark and dense wood, close grain, sharp tenons, never any damage or wear pattern of any kind. No cracks to the wood. 100% all new pads and corks from our Wichita workshop. Originally furnished with unplated nickel alloy keywork, now with new bright silver to all keys. Superb vintage instrument! Comes with a new case and case cover. Of course, it also has our two year service warranty. Sold.

H. Slemer (Paris) clarinet in the key of Bb, "Centered Tone" model, #R1452 (1954). It's a fine Golden Era Selmer-Paris clarinet, with normal Boehm-system keywork. Absolutely no cracks to the wood, all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Bore size is a bit wider than modern Selmer or Buffet clarinets, the tone-color warmer and darker. Top recommendation on this one! $1450 with good original Selmer "Chesterfield" zipper case and Selmer HS-star mouthpiece.Sold.

BUFFET-CRAMPON CLARINET "model R113, #39,461, made in France in 1952. It's an extra fine and little-used example from Buffet's "Golden Era". Keywork shows minimal wear to the rings and hinge-tubes and the silver plate is new, as the instrument came to us with raw nickel-silver keys. No cracks to the wood, new pads and corks wood quality and a rich tone-color. It's an extra-clean example from a very good year. Stamped "Academy model", the R-113 and the R-13 were the same clarinet but with a cosmetic flaw to the wood (see Buffet's 1961 catalog). We cannot see a wood flaw anywhere and that means we give this superb clarinet our "best buy" recommendation. Sold.

CLARINETS IN A RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:

RARE CLARINET IN THE KEY OF A FROM THE A. ROBERT WORKSHOP (PARIS), serial number 1149. Made in France in the first quarter of the 20th century. Robert was the successor to Claude Rive, the small company having earned a reputation for clarinets and flutes of the highest quality. This superb instrument has come to us with no cracks to the wood, now with new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Originally without plating to the nickel-alloy keywork, we've lightly polished the keys and have had new silver plate applied. It's a quite rare instrument with superb wood quality and a rich tone-color. Comes with a double case. We've been told that the late Stan Hasty (1920-2011)-ex Eastman School of Music and ex Cleveland Orchestra, used (for a time) a set of Robert clarinets. Sold. (Total length, bell ring to top of barrel is 639 mm).

BUFFET-CRAMPON A Clarinet, Model R-13A, #343,918 made in France in 1991. It's an extra clean and superb little-used example from Buffet's "Golden Era". Silver-plated keywork shows minimal wear to the rings and hinge-tubes. The original silver plate is perfect. No cracks to the wood, new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. It's the clarinet that made Buffet famous, with superb wood quality and a rich tone-color. Total length, bell ring to top of barrel is 635 mm. Note: barrel length is 65 mm. Comes with original double case and case cover. Sold.

G. LeBlanc (Paris), model L-300 A Clarinet SN#55605, made in France in 1984. The L-300 instruments were the last incarnation of the L7/L27/L200 series, which were LeBlanc's tapered bore upper joint models: introduced in the early 1970's, culminating in the 1980's with L-300. The L-300 clarinets are easily identifiable by the absence of a bell ring. This clarinet has very good original silver plate to the keywork, no cracks or damage to the wood. The A clarinet has recently been repadded with cork pads to the top and with leather to the lower joint. A rare, fine player, excellent workmanship and tonal quality. These were LeBlanc's "top of the line" clarinets in the 1980's. Sold.

BUFFET-CRAMPON A clarinet, model R-13-A KEY OF A, #246,178. Made in France in 1983. It's and extra clean and superb little-used example from Buffet's "Golden Era". Keywork shows minimal wear to the rings and hinge-tubes. No cracks to the wood, new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Original nickel plate is still very good. It's the clarinet that made Buffet famous, with superb wood quality and a rich tone-color. In our opinion, this particular clarinet is just about as fine an instrument as you'd find anywhere. New double case. Very good player from a very good year. Sold. (Total length, bell ring to top of barrel is 635 mm).

Eb CLARINETS RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:

Excellent LeBlanc-Noblet French Wood Alto Clarinet, serial #5931, built in 1971. Range is, as you can see in the photos, to low E-flat.   No dents or damage to the neck and bell. The original nickel plated keywork is absolutely perfect.  All pads and corks are new, white kid, from our shop in Wichita. No cracks to the wood. We recommend  this one for the serious amateur  player. It comes with clean and solid original case, good original French mouthpiece. Sold. 

LeBlanc-Paris model 420 wood ALTO clarinet, #6795, made in France in 1979. No cracks to the wood, new case, all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. No wear to the nickel plating, good player, LeBlanc's best model. This one's a best buy at Sold.

BUFFET-CRAMPON E-flat sopranino clarinet, model R-13-Eb KEY OF E-flat, #101,442. Made in France in 1968. It's an extra clean and superb little-used example from Buffet's "Golden Era". Keywork shows minimal wear to the rings and hinge-tubes. No cracks to the wood, new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. It's the clarinet that made Buffet famous, with superb wood quality. Comes with a new case, original mouthpiece, bell and barrel. Suggested retail price is now $8737, with street price about $4750. This one's perfect, perfect, perfect from a very good year. Better than new, in our opinion. Sold.

BASS CLARINETS RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:

Superb LeBlanc French Wood Bass Clarinet, Model 400. Made in Lecouture (west of Paris) in 1978. Serial number is 14,942. Very good player, with a rich and full lower register. The original nickel plated keywork is almost perfect, showing minimal wear. All pads and corks are new from our shop in Wichita. Your choice of Charles Bay neck or traditional LeBlanc neck. Comes in a new case with a Vandoren mouthpiece. This is a very clean example. Sold.

LeBlanc-Noblet model 60 wood Bass clarinet, #7069, made in France in the LaCouture workshop that's now owned by Buffet-Crampon. Good nickel plate to the keywork, no cracks to the wood, new mouthpiece, new case, 100% all new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita, no dents or damage to the neck or bell. Range is to low E-flat. It's a very clean and original example, fully reconditioned by our shop. No cracks, no damage. A similar instrument is still in production, now manufactured in Elkhart, Indiana in the Conn-Selmer plant. Retail price on a new one is now $8407. This one's truly a best buy, and better than a new one, in our opinion. Sold.

Superb LeBlanc French wood Bass clarinet, model 400, serial number 12,947. Made in Lecouture (west of Paris) in 1978. Very good player with a rich and full lower register. The original nickel plated keywork is almost perfect showing minimal wear. All pads and corks are new from our shop in Wichita. This is a very clean example, fully reconditioned by our shop, no cracks and damage free. New pads and corks. Range is to low E-flat. Your choice of Charles Bay neck or traditional LeBlanc neck. Vandoren mouthpiece, new case, and our two year service warranty included. Sold.

CONTRABASS CLARINETS RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT CO.

LeBlanc “long and thin” metal BBb CONTRABASS clarinet, #56x, made in France in the eighties (?). Range is to low E-flat. Never owned by a school, it's a very clean and original example, fully reconditioned by our shop, 100% all new pads and corks, 100% original nickel plate, never any dents or dings and with good original mouthpiece and case. No longer in production in France, with promises from Elkhart for them to eventually again be built in America. Arguably one of the finest BBb contras ever made, this ones Sold..

LeBlanc model 340 metal BBb Contrabass Clarinet, #216x, made in France in 1972. Range is to low C. It's a clean and original example, fully reconditioned by our shop, 100% all new pads and corks, 100% original nickel plate, no dents or dings and with good mouthpiece and soild case. no longer in production in France, with promises from Elkhart for them to eventually again be built in America. Arguably the finest BBb contra ever made. Sold

Here’s what we do to all the used clarinets we sell:

The instrument is taken apart and everything washed clean. We don’t believe in chemical dips, but do use plenty of soap and water! All wood parts are inspected for checks and damage, polished and then soaked in oil for three days. After the body-shop work’s been completed, we swedge hinge-tubes tight again and re-fit to the clarinet body. Finally, pads and corks are replaced and the instrument play-tested. Most customers tell us that our clarinets are then actually “mechanically better than new”.

Wichita Band’s service warranty is the same as it’s been for more than thirty years:

“ALL new and all used instruments sold by Wichita Band Instrument Company come with our 24 month service warranty. It’s in addition to any factory guarantees. For two full years, we will repair or replace (whichever in our estimation is the more advisable), pads, corks, springs or other parts required, at no charge to the customer. In the event of cracked or damaged wood sections, we will repair at no cost to the customer or replace the section and charge the customer only for our net costs for the replacement section. Often, wood replacement parts are supplied from the manufacturer at no charge. The customer is responsible for shipping and insurance charges. Cases and plating finishes are not covered by our service warranty but are sometimes covered by factory guarantees.”

Wichita Band Instrument Company maintains a repair department capable of restoration work of the highest quality. Even though repairs are essentially “free” for the first two years, after that period has expired, we remain at your service to maintain and repair your musical equipment forever. It’s our “service after the sale” promise and has been since 1953!
 

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ANTIQUE, ALBERT SYSTEM, OEHLER SYSTEM, METAL, AND OTHER ODD CLARINETS 

Rare clarinet made in Elkhart in 1928 by C.G. Conn, Ltd. Serial #B216,22xL. The instrument has come to us in very good original condition, with normal seventeen key/six ring Boehm system keywork. It's been played very little in the past 78 years. Body is silver plated over nickel-silver alloy and all pads & corks are new, from our shop in Wichita. In 1928, this was Conn's "Top of the Line" clarinet. Five piece model, even the bell section screws off. Rare, good player. $1095.

Good American C.G. Conn, Ltd., "Albert System" clarinet, made in Elkhart in 1919, bearing the serial number B5349xL. The body, bell and barrel are all of ebonite, the clarinet has 14 keys, five rings, four rollers. Original nickel-silver keys are tight and without wear, all pads and corks are new. The original case is in fine condition and the clarinet comes with the original Conn mouthpiece. Good player, not expensive at $1050.

Rare French C clarinet, faintly stamped “Daniel”. Dark rosewood body, thirteen nickel-silver “salt spoon” keys, two rings. Barrel and top joint are all one piece. No cracks to the wood, original mouthpiece. The name “Daniel” probably refers to the dealer who sold the clarinet rather than the maker. Perhaps from the Gautrot / Couesnon company, pre 1900. Good example, new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. Perfect for Dixieland or Klezmer. $1050

German clarinet from Gustav Mollenhauer, made in Kassel, probably before 1940. The Oehler-system keywork has 17 keys and five rings. Four rollers on the bottom joint. Top and bottom joints and bell are stamped with the maker’s name and logo. Mouthpiece and two barrel sections are stamped “G. Mollenhauer u. Soehne, Kassel”. Keywork is silver plated, very original. Serial number 3221X on the body (top and bottom joints) and on both barrels. Original mouthpiece is stamped 2233 on the table. Original case, new pads and corks from our shop in Wichita. The instrument play well at A = 442 pitch. $2150

Used Bb clarinet by J. Roschl, please email for more info...

Used Bb Albert system clarinet by Carl Schubert, please email for more info...

Used Bb Albert system clarinet by E.J. Albert, please email for more info...

ANTIQUE, ALBERT SYSTEM, OEHLER SYSTEM, METAL, AND OTHER ODD CLARINETS RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT CO.

Good German clarinet from the workshop of G.H. Hueller in Schoeneck, the body of dark rosewood. 17 nickel-silver keys, six rings. Could be called a “full Albert system”, but more accurately “Oehler system” clarinet. No cracks to the wood, all parts original. Maker’s stamp to bell, top and bottom joints, no stamp to the barrel or mouthpiece. Probably dates from the late 1930’s, plays very well at A = 440 pitch. Sold.

Grenadilla or rosewood clarinet in B-flat by William Meinl, made in New York about 1920. Fifteen nickel-silver keys, five rings, five black rollers. The bell section is from the same time period, but by Penzel Mueller. This is a good "late Albert" B-flat that's come to us in very good condition. Sold.

German clarinet from the workshop of Carl Kruspe, made in Erfurt about 1930. It's come to us in good original condition, with unplated nickel-silver keywork. A small surface crack to the top joint has been banded and is now invisible. We've replaced all pads and corks in our shop in Wichita. Lower and upper joints plus bell section are all stamped "CK (plus butterfly logo)/C. Kruspe/Erfurt/B/*/2". No engraving to the barrel section. No serial number found. Thirteen keys and two rings, no rollers. According to the Langwill Index, "...the 'System Kruspe clarinet' became the model most used in Germany..." This particular instrument came to us from a country auction in France. We believe it was left behind when the German occupiers went home in 1944. Richard Muelfeld, the clarinet player for whom Johannes Brahms composed the two sonateas, the quintet and the trio, preferred the clarinets of Carl Kruspe above all others. Rare, not for everybody, this one's Sold.

Fine French Bb clarinet, non-Boehm "Albert" keywork, from the Couesnon workshops, made in Paris about 1910. 13 "salt-spoon" keys, no rings. Very good condition with no cracks to the wood; no damage of any kind. The wood is ebony; not grenadilla. See Couesnon's 1913 catalog showing this one as their model number 180. Good player, perfect for Dixieland or Klezmer. New pads and corks, of course. Sold.

Rare Albert System Bb Clarinet stamped "Henry Gunckel" (France). The clarinet dates from the 1920's or before and plays well at A=440 pitch. We don't know who made it, but Thibouville-Lamy or Noblet would be a good guess. We've been told that the "Gunckel" name was a trade-name or "Stencil" of the J.W. Jenkins Music Company of Kansas City. Workmanship is top-notch, absolutely gorgeous! Keywork is nickel silver, not plated. Our shop cleaned and polished the keys and replaced all pads and corks. Repairs and padding now complete. All parts are original on this beauty, including the original case, mouthpiece, ligature, mouthpiece cap and lyre. Sold

Rare clarinet in the key of C, made in Elkhart in 1923 by C. G. Conn, Ltd. Serial #C10821xL. The instrument has come to us in nearly pristine condition, with normal seventeen key / six ring Boehm system keywork. It’s been played very little in the past 83 years, still even has the original guarantee letter with it. Body is of ebonite (“hard rubber”) and all pads & corks are new, from our shop in Wichita. The original case is perfect. Rare, good player, not expensive. Sold

Boxwood and ivory C clarinet by Wood and Ivy, made in London between 1837 and 1847. Eight round and flat brass keys, heavy ivory mounts. The instrument is superb original condition and plays very well. No cracks to the boxwood, no cracks or damage to the original ivory. The ebonite C-clarinet mouthpiece is probably from the late 19th / early 20th century. Barrel, top and lower joints all are engraved “Wood & Ivy”. Bell is engraved “Wood & Ivy / late / Geo. Wood / New Compton Strt. / 50 / Soho / London”. Tenons are original, not cut shorter, no cracks or damage to the wood nor the ivory. Intonation is very good at A = 435 / 438 pitch. Total length, bell ring to tip of mouthpiece = 591 mm. Sold

Boxwood A-clarinet, made in Germany, circa 1870. The instrument appears to have had a name at one time, now illegible. Barrel is mounted in nickel-silver is 66 mm. long. Top joint in has seven round nickel-silver keys, is 249 mm. long, end of top tenon to end of bottom tenon. Bottom joint has six round nickel-silver keys, is 260 mm long, top of socket to bottom of tenon. Bell has nickel-silver socket ring and bell ring, is 106 mm long. Case may be original, definitely dates from before 1900. With either a pre-1900 C. Kruspe / Erfurt rosewood and nickel mouthpiece that has a very close tip or similar rosewood mouthpiece from Clemens Meinl (Wernitzgruen). The instrument plays very well in the key of A, at 440 pitch. Sold

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ALTO SAXES, all models, all years.....  

Here’s what we do to all used saxes we sell:

The instrument is taken apart and everything washed clean. We don’t believe in chemical dips, but do use plenty of soap and water! Dings are next burnished from body, bell, end-bow and neck. With a little effort, we can make things look “like new” again. After the body-shop work’s been completed, we swedge hinge-tubes tight again and re-fit to the sax body. Finally, pads and corks are replaced and the instrument play-tested. Most customers tell us that our saxes are then actually “mechanically better than new”.

SPECIAL BUY - COLOR CATALOG OF THE VAN OOSTROM SAXOPHONE COLLECTION "100 + 1 SAXOPHONES". This book contains the catalogue of 101 saxophones (from 1854 to 1975) in the Leo van Oostrom Collection. Each saxophone is described and illustrated with a full page b&w photo, plus every other page with text,drawings and illustrations from catalogues etc. David Gibson, editor of the Saxophone Journal, says: "Leo van Oostrom is to be congratulated for publishing perhaps the very best book on the history of the saxophone. Photographer Peter Cox's photographs of each saxophone are spectacular." $59.50
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Rare Buescher alto saxophone “Aristocrat” model, serial number 281,654 (1937). It’s come to us in superb original condition but wearing almost no lacquer finish at all. This is one of the “real” Aristocrat models, with screw-in Norton springs, We’ve lightly polished the brass, have re-sprayed with two coats of Nikolas 2105 lacquer. Yes it now has all new pads and corks. Arguably the best Buescher alto ever made, still cherished by those of the Rascher school of saxophone playing. Superb intonation, easy to get the low notes. We do have information and history on this saxophone from the family of the original owner. Top recommendation, best buy price! $1945.

C.G. Conn 21M #4,457,397, a good “made in USA” student quality alto sax from about 2006. Does have high F-sharp keywork, the body gold lacquered and the keys nickel plated. No dents or damage, all new pads and corks. Original lacquer is still good, worn maybe 5%. Conn’s current model 27M now has a suggested retail price of $1717.00. New 21M altos are still available on the internet, with a street price around $1200. With rolled tone-holes, improved acoustics and “made in USA” stamp, these are good saxes for student use. $795.

EXAMPLES OF ALTO SAXOPHONES RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:

H. Selmer-Paris Mark SEVEN alto Saxophone, #299,030 (1979). SUPERB, extra clean and straight example that wears 99% original bright silver plate to the body and 100% new silver plate to the keywork. Straight and clean example, no engraving to the bell. ALL new pads and corks, new case and mouthpiece. Good player, top recommendation! Price includes a full repad and recork from our shop in Wichita. Sold.

YAMAHA YAS-61 PROFESSIONAL ALTO SAXOPHONE. Serial number 2049 (1970's). Yamaha introduced the YAS-61 alto in the late 1970's. It was their first professional level alto and they did a superb job. This one's an extra clean and straight example that's survived in "like-new" condition. The original lacquer finish is 100% with no dents or dings. This superb instrument looks like it's been played less than a half dozen times. It's very close to perfect! Keywork to high F#, new Protec Deluxe ProPac rectangular case, all new pads from our shop and our two-year warranty. Never any dents, original lacquer finish perfect, beautiful hand engraving on the bell. With perfect Yanagisawa pro mouthpiece. Sold.

H. Selmer-Paris alto saxophone "Super Action 80", #N376,484 (1985). Extra-clean and straight example that wears 99% original French lacquer. No engraving to the bell. All new pads from our associate workshop in Switzerland. Never dented, the original case is perfect. Good player, top recommendation! Sold.

Rare Buescher alto saxophone “Aristocrat” model, serial number 333,685(1950). It’s come to us in superb original condition wearing very dark original lacquer finish that’s worn maybe 2%. This is one of the “real” Aristocrat models, with screw-in Norton springs and “snap in” Buescher pads. Yes it now has all new pads and corks. Arguably the best Buescher alto ever made, still cherished by those of the Rascher school of saxophone playing. Superb intonation, easy to get the low notes, everything totally original, now with our new pads and corks. The original case is almost perfect, but with the inside lid to the neck compartment a later and dark blue addition. Top recommendation, best buy price! Sold.

ORIGINAL ADOLPHE SAX ALTO SAXOPHONE, COMPLETELY AND BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED! Made in Paris between 1878 and 1885, this one's now in the process of getting a full restoration. It's come to us with several tone-holes unsoldered, rod-screws rusted in place and with quite a few small dents and dings. All restoration work has now been completed and it's back to being in pristine condition, the same as when it left Adolphe Sax's Paris workshop. Serial number's been scratched off, but from the address engraved on the bell, we do know when it was made. This one now has all new pads and corks plus a non-original used case with it. Saxophones from the original Adolphe Sax workshop are a little rare, but we seem to get one or two of them every year. Restoration work is time-consuming, but he workmanship on the instruments is always quite good. That means the work is pretty straight-forward. Think "50 hours labor and lots of patience" and you'll understand. This one was built by Adolphe Sax the father. It's now been completely and lovingly restored in our full-service repair shop by some of the best technicians in the industry. Top recommendation on this rare and beautiful saxophone! Sold

All saxes sold by Wichita Band Instrument Company have been taken apart, cleaned, dents and dings burnished out, keywork swedged tight and all pads & corks replaced. Whether it's a new, used or vintage instrument, our 24 month service warranty is included in the price! If you buy it from us, there's no need to spend an extra $600 to have it refurbished, 'cause a used sax from us is as good or better than a new one! 
 
 

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TENOR SAXES, rebuilt used & vintage 

Here’s what we do to all used saxes we sell:

The instrument is taken apart and everything washed clean. We don’t believe in chemical dips, but do use plenty of soap and water! Dings are next burnished from body, bell, end-bow and neck. With a little effort, we can make things look “like new” again. After the body-shop work’s been completed, we swedge hinge-tubes tight again and re-fit to the sax body. Finally, pads and corks are replaced and the instrument play-tested. Most customers tell us that our saxes are then actually “mechanically better than new”.

C.G. Conn 16M "Shooting Star" tenor sax #H4229x (made in Elkhart, Indiana in 1966). Good engraving to the bell and 99% original lacquer. Keywork is still very tight, the original case looks new. Minor dents to the neck have been rolled out. New pads & corks from our shop, of course. Very clean and straight original sixties 16M, nickel-plated keywork, definitely original lacquer, never any major dents or damage. Good player, not expensive and in amazing original condition for a nearly fifty year old tenor! $1845.
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A good "Martin Committe" or "the Martin" vintage American tenor saxophone from the Martin Band Instrument Company, serial number 174,441 (1950/1951). This beauty has come to us wearing about 35-40% original lacquer finish, so we've lightly hand-polished the worn areas and have oversprayed the entire instrument with a light coat of Nikolas acrylic lacquer. All new pads and corks, new case. Some of the finest commercial and jazz players of the post-war years preferred Martin saxes because of the somewhat darker tone-color and good intonation. As with all Martins, the tone-holes have been hand-soldered to the body. $2250.

C.G. Conn 10M "Lady Face" tenor sax #316,417 (1946). Sharp engraving to the bell and 65-70% original lacquer. Lacquer definitely original. Keywork is still very tight, new case. Minor dents to the neck have been rolled out. Yes, it's got rolled tone-holes. New pads & corks from our shop, of course. Low B and B-flat pad cups on the same side of the bell. NO forked E-flat and plays as well as any tenor ever built! There was, in the opinion of some, no finer tenor sax, ever. This one's a fine original example, very good player! $3245.

A fine and original tenor "King Zephyr Special full pearls" #229,753 (1941-1942). It's come to us with all original parts but missing any original lacquer. We've lightly hand-polished the brass, have resprayed with a coat of Nikolas acrylic lacquer. All pads and corks have been replaced, minor dings and dents burnished out. Good player, somewhat rare. Neck is solid sterling silver, all sides wear original pearl inlays. Identical to the post-war "Super 20" tenors that were used by some of the finest jazz players of the time. $3250.

C.G. Conn "Lady Face" tenor sax #265,533 (1935). Sharp engraving to the bell. Lacquer finish is definitely original, worn about 25%. Keywork is still very tight. Minor dents to the end-bow have been rolled and burnished out in our shop. Some minor dents to the neck, now balled and burnished out by our shop. No thin spots or problems of any kind. Yes, it's got rolled tone-holes. Low B and B-flat plays as well as any tenor ever built! With good Protec case and almost new Selmer (Paris) C-Star mouthpiece. There was, in the opinion of some, no finer sax, ever. We repadded this one a couple years ago and sold it to a young man who changed directions and decided to return the saxophone to us. Last week we made the decision to replace ALL PADS AND CORKS. That means it's mechanically perfect! This one's a fine original example that's come to us in good original condition. $3750.

EXAMPLES OF TENOR SAXOPHONES RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:

C.G. Conn 10M "Lady Face" tenor sax #269,530 (1938). Sharp engraving to the bell and 98% lacquer that looks original but is not. Keywork is still very tight. Some minor dents to the end-bow, now balled and burnished out by our shop. Yes, it's got rolled tone holes. 100% all new pads and corks from our shop, of course. Low B and B-flat pad cups on the same side of the bell. Does have forked E-flat and plays as well as any tenor ever built! With very good original Conn case and original Conn "Steel-Lay" mouthpiece. There was, in the opinion of some, no finer tenor sax ever. This one's a fine original example. Top recommendation! Sold.

C.G. Conn 10M "lady Face" tenor sax #284,41x (1938). Sharp engraving to the bell and 98% original lacquer to the body. Lacquer definitely original. Keywork is still very tight. Some minor dents to the neck, now balled and burnished out by our shop. Minor dents to the end-bow have been rolled and burnished out in our shop. Yes, it's got rolled tone-holes. New pads & corks from our shop, of course. Low B and B-flat pad cups on the same side of the bell. DOES HAVE forked E-flat and plays as well as any tenor ever built! There was, in the opinion of some, no finer tenor sax, ever. Comes with a very good original Conn case and 1930's Woodwind (New York) Steel Ebonite #B-5-star mouthpiece. This one's a fine original example that's come to us in "9.5 on a scale of ten" condidtion. Top recommendation! Sold.

C.G. Conn 10M "lady Face" tenor sax #265,629 (1935). This superb tenor came to us 20% wearing non-original Conn lacquer, which means we've made the decision to polish the metal very lightly and re-spray with two coats of Nikolas 2105 acrylic lacquer. Keywork is still tight and the pearls show, amazingly enough, minimal wear. Bell engraving is still sharp, too. It's had dents to the end-bow which now have been rolled and burnished out in our shop. Yes, it's got rolled tone-holes. 100% all new Reso-pads plus new corks from our shop, of course. Low B and B-flat pad cups on the same side of the bell. DOES HAVE forked E-flat and plays as well as any tenor ever built! There was, in the opinion of some, no finer tenor sax, ever. Probably will be ready to show in February 2016. Sold.

Superb Tenor saxophone from Buffet-Crampon (Paris), model R-16, "Super-Dynaction", serial #1870x (1972). Rare and very good player, the best of the classical saxes, the instruments from the mid-1970's are, in our opinion, the best of Buffet's production. The later "S-1" Buffet saxes have similar playing characteristics but more complicated keywork. Our instrument wears 70% original dark lacquer finish. It has had a few small dings that we've burnished and balled out. Keywork is very tight on this one, with no evidence of swedging to the hinge-tubes. All parts are original with no re-soldering anywhere. Comes with a very good original Lifton-USA case. Everything is clean and straight; with ALL new pads and corks. Our company sold this one, new, in 1972. Superb classical tenor, perfect for Prokofieff or sax quartet work. Sold.

Good Selmer (Paris) MARK VI TENOR SAXOPHONE, #161626 (1968). Clean and straight example that wears 98% replacement lacquer. Pads and corks were recently replaced by a shop in France. We'll supply our two-year service warranty, as always. The lacquer finish looks good, and we don't think the instrument has been heavily buffed. There is no evidence of serious dent removal or damage. The key pearls are still sharp, the hinge tubes tight. We'll check and adjust everything and this should be a very good player. With refurbished vintage French case and our usual two-year service warranty. Best buy price for a Selmer (Paris) Mark 6 tenor from a good time period! Sold.

All saxes sold by Wichita Band Instrument Company have been taken apart, cleaned, dents and dings burnished out, keywork swedged tight and all pads & corks replaced. Whether it's a new, used or vintage instrument, our 24 month service warranty is included in the price! If you buy it from us, there's no need to spend an extra $600 to have it refurbished, 'cause a used sax from us is as good or better than a new one! 

  

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EXAMPLES OF SOPRANO SAXOPHONES RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:

Rare Buescher “True Tone” Bb curved soprano saxophone, #117,702, made in Elkhart in 1923. Originally supplied by Buescher in unlacquered brass finish (before Buescher offered saxophones with lacquer finish). Keywork has been swedged tight and all pads have been replaced. We’ve polished the brass lightly, have sprayed all metal parts with a coat of Nikolas 2105 acrylic lacquer. Never any major dents, not even minor dings. Original case is good. Price includes a 1930’s original Buescher mouthpiece. Sold.

Extra-clean Good Selmer-Paris "Super Action 80 Series I" Soprano Saxophone, serial number 348,287 (1982), has 99% original French lacquer, keywork to high F#, normal "alto type" palm keys, perfect original French case, all new pads and corks. Comes with original Selmer-Paris C-star mouthpiece. Superb and totally original Selmer soprano, still in production with a suggested USA retail price of $8885. This one's a best buy at Sold.

Good Selmer-Paris "Super Action 80 Series I" Soprano Saxophone, serial number 357,056 (1983), has 90% original French lacquer, keywork to high F#, normal "alto type" palm keys, modern French case, all new pads and corks. Very good and original Selmer soprano, still in production with a suggested USA retail price of $8885. This one's a best buy at Sold.

Good Selmer (Paris) Super Action 80 Series II SOPRANO SAXOPHONE, #459,556 (1991). Clean and straight example that wears 99% original lacquer. Now has new pads and corks from our shop. Straight without major damage. Some evidence of minor dent work around the thumb hook, but otherwise close to perfect. The key pearls are still sharp, the hinge tubes tight. It's a superb professional model soprano with fixed neck, ribbed construction, and very good hand engraving. With very good original case & cover, mouthpiece, and our usual two-year service warranty. Good example, still in production in France, now with suggested retail price of $8,626. This one's a "best buy" for Sold.

C.G. Conn curved B-flat soprano saxophone #64,24x (1921). It’s a totally original vintage Conn soprano that’s come to us in pristine condition. Original silver plate is 100%, with no wear at all. Gold wash to the bell is perfect. Never dented or dinged, with solid original case and fine original “Conn eagle” soprano ebonite mouthpiece. Keywork is to high F and all pads and corks are now new, from our shop in Wichita. Very good player, rare and showing top-quality “made in America” workmanship. Yes, it has rolled tone-holes! Sold

Extra clean Yanagisawa soprano, serial #1178673x, made in Japan in the seventies. This one's come to us in "9.9 condition", with 99% of the original lacquer finish, now with all new pads and corks from our shop. Very good original Yanagisawa case and original Yanagisawa pro-quality mouthpiece. This one's a real best buy at Sold.

RARE BUESCHER STRAIGHT SOPRANO SAX, MADE IN ELKHART IN 1925, THINK "SIDNEY BECHET". Vintage saxes from Selmer, Conn and Buescher are usually in our collection in Wichita, and this one’s a good example, played about five times since it was new. The original bright silver finish is worn less than one percent, it’s never sustained any dents or dings and it’s very clean. Buescher straight Bb soprano #190,25x, made in Elkhart in 1925. The original silver is 99%, good gold wash inside the bell. All new pads & corks from our shop, original case. Played very little since new, basically “mint” condition. Please note that the original Buescher case is perfect, without breaks or scratches anywhere. Have a look also at the thumb-rest, with NO silver wear at all. Note the high D, D-sharp and F key-touches, designed like an alto (and like modern saxes from Selmer), with each key mounted on separate posts. The palm keys feel the same as they do on a good alto. The sax came to us with ALL original pads, from 1925. We cleaned it up, replaced all pads with modern “snap in” pads that are close to the originals, but tan kid rather than white. Selmer-Paris mouthpiece comes with it. We tried several, came to the conclusion that a modern Selmer mouthpiece works best, gives the best intonation. Yes, Jazz great Sidney Bechet really did use a Buescher exactly like this one. This is a really prime example, with high notes NOT sharp, keywork tight, pearls still sharp. Except for a little worn edge to the stack G, this momma’s PERFECT. Price is a mere $1750 on this one. It’s suitable for Dixieland, Big Band playing, classical saxophone quartet, Kenny-G imitations or whatever you want to do with it. Top recommendation! Sold

C.G. Conn straight Bb soprano #M143,25x, made in Elkhart in 1925. The original silver is 100%, good gold wash inside the bell. All new pads & corks from our shop, original case. Range is to high F. Rolled tone-holes everywhere. Played very little since new, basically “mint” condition. Vintage saxes from Selmer, Conn and King are usually in our collection in Wichita, but this one’s THE BEST soprano we’ve had for months. The original bright silver finish is worn less than one percent, it’s never sustained any dents or dings and it’s very clean. Please note that the new case is perfect, without breaks or scratches anywhere. Original Conn “Steelay” mouthpiece (large tone-chamber) works very well on this instrument. Use a Rico #2 ½ or #3 or a Van Doren 3 or 3 ½. The mouthpiece is very forgiving and won’t cause you reed problems at all! NO silver wear to any of the keys and the pearls are as sharp as the day the sax came from the factory in Elkhart. Octave key touch is like on a later 6M alto, curved to fit the pearl button. Note the high D, D-sharp and F key-touches, designed like an alto (and like modern saxes from Selmer), with each key mounted on separate posts. The palm keys feel the same as they do on a good alto. For those who are interested in such things, I was told this was the soprano that Keilwerth copied, back in the sixties and even until today. Except Keilwerth’s never made a soprano with rolled tone-holes. This is a really prime example, with high notes NOT sharp, keywork tight, pearls still sharp. This momma’s PERFECT. It’s suitable for Dixieland, Big Band playing, classical saxophone quartet, Kenny-G imitations or whatever you want to do with it. Top recommendation! Sold

 
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C-Melodies: 

Buescher C-Melody #116,986 (1922). No front high F, original Buescher mouthpiece, 100% original silver plate with gold-wash inside the bell. Case is original but worn. All new pads and corks, good player for an early C-mel. $1250.

EXAMPLES OF C-MELODY SAXOPHONES RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:

Very rare Selmer (Paris) C-melody saxophone #182x (made in 1923). 99% original bright silver finish, never dented, minor dings burnished out in our shop in Wichita. Range is to high F, full keywork from high F to low Bb. Superb original condition, good original case. Selmer made a handful of c-melody saxes before 1930, with no more than a couple hundred now surviving. Very good player, suitable for original twenties jazz, Paul Whiteman Big Band playing or for a serious collector. Sold

Vintage C-Melody saxophone by BUESCHER, #14337x, made in Elkhart in 1923. Very clean example with 100% original silver plate, gold wash inside the bell, “snap in” pads, original case (funky, but OK), with new pads and corks. This one’s very original, played about six times in the past 80 years. Sold

C.G. Conn 8M C-Melody #103,56x (1923). Rolled tone-holes, forked Eb, front high F, tenor-style neck and with rectangular G# key. This one’s got 95% original burnished bright gold plate finish, original clean case and original Conn mouthpiece. New pads & corks from our shop, of course. Yep, it’s the same model that Frankie Trumbauer played and you won’t find a better example anywhere. This one’s a bit special in that it wears superb original “floral plus full body naked lady”. Sold
 
 

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BARITONE and BASS SAXOPHONES 

Rare "Selmer Signet" low A baritone saxophone. Serial number 764,630 (Elkhart, 1978-1979). It's come to us in good original condition wearing original lacquer finish that's worn maybe 20%. Good intonation, easy to get the low notes, everything original, now with our new pads and corks. Good case, solid as a rock, best buy price! $2350, Made in the USA!

EXAMPLES OF BARITONE AND BASS SAXOPHONES RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:

Good baritone saxophone made in Germany by Keilwerth, "H. Couf Superba". Serial number 77002 (1976). Range is to low Bb. Dents and dings removed by our shop, all new pads and corks. Original lacquer finish is about 60% intact with worn areas over-sprayed to protect the brass and preserve the appearance of the saxophone. With mouthpiece and new case. It's a good professional low Bb baritone sax at a great price. Sold.

BUFFET-CRAMPON Low A Baritone Sax, made in France in 1976. Serial Number 25,643. 100% "made in France". It was their best model in 1976. It is not stamped "Super Dynaction" anywhere but has the same keywork and same voice. Yes, there is a low A. No, there is not a high F-sharp. The lacquer looks original but is not. It's worn about 10%. No major damage anywhere. Multiple dings have been balled and burnished out by our shop. I have no idea what today's price on a French Buffet baritone would be. I do know that a new Selmer low A French baritone currently has a suggested retail price of $19,387. That would seem to make our Buffet a pretty good bargain! The sax comes with a case, and a Selmer-Paris "D facing" mouthpiece. Sold.

GOOD YANAGISAWA model B901 "VSP" Baritone Saxophone with LOW A. Serial Number 04801931, made in Japan about 20 years ago. 100% made in Japan. This one came to us in solid condition with about 75% of the original lacquer finish, now with all new pads and corks from our shop, all dents and dings burnished out.  Worn spots to the lacquer finish have been over-sprayed with new lacquer to protect the metal and preserve the appearance of the saxophone. Low A and keywork to high F#. The modern key mechanism and playing qualities that make is one of the best low A baritones available. With new hard case (with wheels) and a good Yamaha mouthpiece.   New suggested retail price is now $10,141 with "street price" about $6600. Buy this one now for only Sold.

H. Selmer (Paris) SUPER ACTION 80 BARITONE Saxophone #353,472 (1984). Clean and straight example that wears 65-70% original American lacquer. Now has new pads (stainless steel convex resonators) and corks from our shop. Straight without major damage. Some evidence of dent work to the neck and body. The key-pearls are still sharp, the hinge-tubes now swedged tight and "like-new" again. Good example, not as expensive as it would have been five years ago. LOW A KEYWORK. New case. Sold.

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