So I may as well chronicle the trials and tribulations, both out of interest, and as a future reference for me – I haven’t bought a sax for quite a while on ebay – believe it or not…
The alto seems straight forward, but first here’s the Bb soprano. 20’s vintage, looks just like a Conn stencil – but could equally be a Martin or a Buescher as L&H used all three suppliers. I’ve been after one for a while, to go with the 20’s C-Sop. Paid a decent price, but not as much as usual, at under £200 plus shipping it seems a ‘snip’ – and I was the only one bidding. Could it have something to do with the fact that the seller was new to ebay, and with zero feedback ? Uh-Oh !
And the the other sax (below) is a neat Martin alto stencil couldn’t resist it for just over $120, including a tweed case ! Came to just a tad over £100 with shipping by air – which isn’t as simple as it used to be, due to tariff changes ! Thankfully this means that Economy Surface has vanished, but so has Air Parcel !!
The alto should be in the air, as we speak – however I’m still waiting for the Customs Form number to be able to track it. The soprano ? Well, I’ve won it, but I just got an ebay invoice for double the cost, this is going to be interesting… Please note that I’m buying Bb and Eb saxophones !