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by kliz02
(1 post)
16 years ago

King 1915 Tenor Saxophone

About 8 years ago I went through a month long phase of wanting to play the saxophone. I bought a sax through an ad in the newspaper for $80. I played it for a couple weeks and it has been sitting in my attic ever since. It is a King tenor saxophone from the year 1915 and it has gold plated keys. Can anyone tell me what the value of this instrument might be?

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  1. by KingNecron
    (76 posts)

    16 years ago

    Re: King 1915 Tenor Saxophone

    I don't know the value, but I'm going to post so this will move to the top of the forum--I'm curious myself. You might need to give a little more information, though.

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    1. by saxismyaxe
      (575 posts)

      16 years ago

      Re: King 1915 Tenor Saxophone

      Kliz02, Unless this is a deluxe engraved, gold plated, mint condition early model H. N. White King, in which case it's value is purely as a collector's piece, it's value isn't high. Most horns of this early vintage, regardless of make/model aren't worth a whole heck of a lot as player's horns due to the antiquated keywork, sometimes sketchy intonation etc. Saxophones as a whole didn't begin to see major strides in manufacturing and design improvements until the 1920's for the most part. And this certainly applies to the King models as well. As a matter of fact, among many players even the later H.N. White Kings c. 1925 and later (after many improvements and redesigns were implemented) aren't in demand. I actually like the post 1925/pre Voll True model Kings, however I'm in the minority it seems. The value for a run of the mill Nineteen teens King Tenor in average condition isn't much more than a few hundred dollars at best, save for the special models mentioned above. My advice is to just keep it and play it. Cheers. Mike S.

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      1. by saxismyaxe
        (575 posts)

        16 years ago

        Re: King 1915 Tenor Saxophone

        King model saxophones took off among players after the introduction of the Zephyr line in the 1930's, and of course the legendary Super 20 models.

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