Max Keilwerth-Stencilled C.A. Wunderlich Alto For Sale

There is currently a lovely alto saxophone for sale on eBay. This tempting little horn was made by Max Keilwerth, and stencilled with the name C.A. Wunderlich.

Had I not just bought a Hohner President alto, I’d likely buy this horn myself. As it is however, my alto stable is pretty much full-up now. Pity really, because this is really a lovely little horn.

C.A. Wunderlich, alto saxophone, vintage, sax case, German, green, silver,

     Source: YESPIANOS

Here is how the seller describes this wonderful, vintage horn:

Vintage Keilwerth Handmade Silver Gold Alto Saxophone Wunderlich German Sax Conn

A very beautiful and rare alto sax in superb condition



This is a mid 20th century German made alto saxophone, branded Wunderlich, and hand made by Max Keilwerth.

The quality is the best, and Keilwerth borrows many ideas from USA maker Conn.

Rolled tone holes, bell pads on each side, and micro-tune crook are typical Conn features.

The condition of this sax is, dare I say, almost like new.

There is no wear whatsoever in the silver plating, or the action.

It is set up and adjusted to play like a top pro horn should be.

The pads are original. No reflectors, and still soft and supple.

The deep rich silver plating is complemented by gold plating inside the bell.

If you are looking for that ‘time-warp’ special saxophone, this is it.

Comes in its original case, with original old sling, and a nice vintage reed box.

Also included is a Leslie Evans 4* mouthpiece – a valuable asset on its own.

See info on Max Keilwerth horns here:-

Best offers invited.

Check out the photos of this Max Keilwerth closet horn. It really does appear to be in remarkable condition.


If you’re a fan of Max Keilwerth horns, or of vintage German horns in general, then this lovely silver plated alto, with its gold wash bell, might just be the perfect alto for you.

Yespianos is located in the UK, and has a Buy It Now price of £795.00 on the horn. At the time of writing eBay estimates that to be $1,275.18 US. They are open to offers though.

The auction is scheduled to run for another 20 days, which puts it end date around the beginning of November. If you are interested in this horn however, I wouldn’t wait 20 days to get your bid in. This is the kind of horn that is just waiting for the right buyer to come along.

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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.


  1. Hi Dear,
    could you tell me please if i sent you a pictures of my c.a. wunderlich al
    to sax could you tell me some info for it??? if you have time for me off course
    it is different then yours.the big keys on bell B and B flat are in normal right site ,not like in your?
    thanks in advance.
    best regards
    Stefan Bachvarov

    • Hello Stefan.

      Welcome to my site Stefan. Sorry in the delay in replying to your question. I had surgery 2 days after you posted to my website, and it’s a bit of slow recovery.

      Have you found the answers to your question yet? If not, you are more than welcome to send me some photos of your horn, and I will try and find out some info about it. You can send the pictures to my gmail account at:

      Please see this page of my website. It gives examples of the types of photos allow me to help you best!

  2. Hi Helen,

    And here we have another one in a better condition.
    The neck of this CA. Wunderlich is different, just like the pictures in the Hohner President Brochure.

    • When the auction ended because it apparently contained a mistake (sure it did ;) ), I though the MK alto would reappear for sale again. So far it hasn’t. I wonder what happened to it?

      The horn looked like it was in decent-enough shape. I wonder if he got a good offer—perhaps a local one—off of eBay.

  3. Hi Helen,

    I see there’s a Leslie Evans branded mouthpiece currently offered at:

    While searching around I came across some Lawton mouthpieces, originally bought from Leslie Evans. There’s an interview with Geoff Lawton at:

    In a `phone conversation he told me Wayne Shorter wanted something neutral, with character to be added electronically.

    Additional hits are found by searching for Lesley Evans.

  4. Interesting to see mention of a Leslie Evans mouthpiece. I was reminded of the late Mr Evans when I read he was Chris Hunter’s tutor. The Leslie Evans Personal Mail Order Company supplied mouthpieces on a sale or return basis. I couldn’t tell much difference from a Brilhart Level-Air on my newly acquired ancient tenor, so returned it and bought a duplicated set of his handwritten tutorials instead. The sax came from another Londoner, Winston Ingram, who claimed to be a Nobel Prize winner. Back in the early 1980s, about the only source of information for those of us far from the shops in the UK was a weekly paper called Exchange & Mart, which was crammed with advertisements. I talked with Trevor Watts at a festival, and he told me his silver alto was an Armstrong from Germany — nothing too special, in his opinion, but apparently much better than current instruments bearing that name.

    • Hi Jake. Welcome to my site.

      I must admit I had never heard of Leslie Evans mouthpieces until this eBay ad. To my knowledge they were never very big in this part of the world. Based on your description though, this makes sense, since these pieces were likely advertised and sold locally.

      As far as the silver Armstrong belonging to Trevor Watts is concerned, it would have been a Keilwerth. These were professional model instruments, and very different from the student model horns that bore the Armstrong name.

      Keilwerth and Armstrong had a reciprocal arrangement. Armstrong was the distributor for Keilwerth in the US, and Keilwerth for Armstrong in Germany. Here’s a bit of interesting trivia though: all the necks for J.K. horns were produced by Armstrong, because they were superior to what Keilwerth was making. The Armstrong necks were cut from brass, soldered, and then corrected through hydraulic inflation, to be within a 1/10 mm range. This ensured that all the necks were identical. Only when the partnership with Armstrong ended, did J.K. start producing its own saxophone necks again.

  5. Update: Well if this horn sold, it was sold away from eBay. The auction states that: “This listing was ended by the seller because the item is no longer available.”

    The seller did originally write the following in his ad:

    Telephone enquiries to Simon XXXXXX XXXXXX and XXXX XXX XXXX.
    Viewing welcome by appointment. Personal collection welcome.

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