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. 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
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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