Russian Tenor Saxophone On eBay

Despite eBay opening up a door to the world of used goods for us, one thing that we don’t see a lot of is saxophones made in the old U.S.S.R. So when I saw this one yesterday, it caught my eye right away.


It was immediately clear from the complete lack of any description, that the seller was likely not a saxophone player. When I looked at the name of the eBay store that was selling the horn, Antiquarian Textiles, from Uzbekistan, I thought… Mmm… I wonder what condition this sax is in. Then I thought…Perhaps they’ll wrap it in silk to ensure that it arrives safe. :scratch:  Nah, probably only if you pay for it. 😀

Here’s what Antiquarian Textiles says about this Russian-made tenor saxophone:

Vintage Russian Tenor Saxophone in good condition 1980 year.

Condition – Good

OK then, that gives us a lot to go on. 😕   I don’t know how the year of production would have been determined. In the title of the ad, the seller says:

Vintage Russian 1980yer Tenor Saxophone good cond 6994

Perhaps 6994 is serial number that can be traced somewhere. So let’s just go with 1980 for now.

There were a couple of questions that potential buyers asked…

Q: Hello, Saxophone has a caso? How is shipping and handling with insurance (USPS Priority Mail InternationalTM) to Brazil? payment by Paypal … Thanks x_sax

A: $35.00

So no answer on the case question then.

Q: The key touches seem to be of different colors and not pearl inlays. Are the pearls missing or are they different colors? Thank you in advance for the information.
A: all key at it the also are original.

Do we believe the seller? Do they know what they are talking about? Perhaps their English language skills are just a barrier to explaining things clearer. In any event, check out the horn for yourself, and see what you think…







The auction for this Russian-made tenor saxophone runs until April 1. The Buy It Now price is $199.00.

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Helen Kahlke is a professional horn player and sax teacher who lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia. She plays soprano, alto, C melody, tenor, baritone, and bass saxophones.


    • This one looks a lot more interesting than the alto and tenor that I found one eBay. This one actually looks older. Maybe it’s just the matte silver finish which gives it an older appearance? I’d like to see the rest of the horn to see what the keywork is like.

  1. Update: This Russian tenor sax sold for $199.00.

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