This is one of the best playing King tenors I have had in a long time! It is a gorgeous King Zephyr Special tenor with a fresh, high-end overhaul. The whole thing just wants to play as soon as it takes any air. The solid silver neck gives the tone a density and richer overtones that perfectly melds with the dark wide core of the horn’s basic tone.
The lacquer on this horn is a bit of a puzzle. It was sold to me by another dealer as original, and there is no sign of buffing, but I have never seen another Zephyr Special with nickel keys, so I guess the horn is a very well done refinish. Or it could be that someone special ordered it this way. I really don’t know for sure.
In any case, the first person who plays this horn is going to want to buy it. There is nothing like a Zephyr Special – these horns have such a reserve of power that stays full and never thins out at higher volumes. It can rattle the walls and sound effortless at the same time. Low Bb is super easy to play in a saturated pianissimo. The whole thing is evenly responsive and not at all resistant. The pad work is great and feels ‘dry’ and snappy under the fingers. There is no damage, no past damage, and there are no past repairs.
If you want to know what the “King thing” is all about, this is the horn to get to find out. It’s easily one of the best King tenors that I have played.