I was really surprised a couple of days ago when I happened to stumble across 2 La Monte saxes on eBay at the same time. What’s strange is that they are both alto saxophones. Both have different sellers. And what’s even stranger, is that their respective auctions end on the same day. Talk about a coincidence.
The first horn is described by the seller like this:
VINTAGE La Monte ITALY Alto Sax Saxophone !
THIS IS A STENCIL HORN FROM THE ORSI COMPANY IN ITALY
Thought this was interesting & bought it today! I can barely play, but I used my tenor sax (this alto sax does NOT have a mouthpiece) mouthpiece & managed to hit all of the notes. I’m sure that a pro set-up & cleaning will work wonders. This has to be at least student quality or better and probably a MUCH nicer choice that a new ‘starter’ horn (less expensive, too)!!!!!
Condition is good/average – will probably need some pad attention someday, there are a few decorative buttons on the guards & keys that are missing. Nothing too bad. Count on doing some minimal work (or having it done). All keys move freely – that’s a GOOD thing! Please consider all pics carefully – that is the BEST & most accurate representation of the horn that I can offer. NO mouthpiece. NO CASE.
This is ABSOLUTELY sold ‘as-is’, no returns, adjustments, buyer’s regret, unhappy spouses, etc.
Buyer pays shipping – BEST OF LUCK! Tons-a-music on auction right now!!!
TERMS OF SALE:
I will not accept a return on this item due to shipping charges and it’s vulnerability as a potentially fragile item. Again – terms of sale – ‘as-is’, no returns or ‘adjustments’. That being said, I hope that the case finds a good home. In the right hands, it’s well worth consideration!
I didn’t reproduce the different size fonts in this eBay ad, but if you look at the original you’ll see that it’s done mostly in a 36 point font. It will certainly grab your attention.
BTW, didn’t you love the seller’s line about how he tried the alto with his tenor mouthpiece and “managed to hit all of the notes”. How? It’s been a while since I tried putting a tenor m/p on an alto, but last time I tried it, there was no seal on the cork.
It’s on this shot you can see all the missing pearls.
At the time of writing there was 1 bid of $49.99 on this Orsi-made La Monte. The auction for this sax ends tomorrow, August 7.
The second La Monte alto sax is another Orsi stencil. Unlike the first seller’s high energy sales approach, this seller takes a rather low-key sales tactic:
Italian Alto Saxophone by “La Monte”. Well built. Pads are a bit old; otherwise, everything seems to work quite well, may need adjustment. Cork on the neck is still very healthy. Comes with a good strap, mouthpiece, and ligature. Case included.
Bids for this La Monte are to start at $50.00. At the time of writing there were still no bids on this little horn. The auction ends tomorrow, August 7.
Both of these La Montes were stencils of the student model Orsi saxophones.
There is also a La Monte Superior still for sale in an eBay store. The Superior is a stencil of the professional model Orsi saxophone. The auction for the Superior runs until August 11. The Buy It Now price for it is $145.00. Which BTW, is down from the $175.00 it was when it first hit my radar in mid-June.
So if you’re in the market for a La Monte saxophone, you’re in luck! However, given the lack of activity on these 3 auctions, I suspect that there’s not a huge demand for these vintage Italian saxophones.