I believe in the value of one-on-one consults for each customer. Through appointment-only meetings, we have the opportunity – and the time – to really talk about what you’re looking for in terms of sound and performance from your saxophone. I can ask questions and share my recommendations for the highest quality repair, setup and/or restoration. It also gives each customer the uninterrupted space they need to try a new instrument or mouthpiece.
Attention 18 and older:
Beautiful Naked Lady in the shop.
Here is a great example of a 26M Conqueror. The physical condition is 95 percent original condition. The naked lady engraving is impeccable. There are no solder joints or major dents on this horn. I have removed a couple very miniscule dents that are not even noticeable. There is only some minor scratching around the right hand thumb rest on the back side of the body tube. It even comes in its original tweed case!
The horn has been rebuilt using plastic resonators. I will go through the horn and do a complete setup on it before it leaves the shop.
Conqueror models have some of the deepest, yet lively sounds of any Conn Saxophone. It is a must try if you have not played one properly set up.
Imagine a saxophone stand that holds your horn more securely, won’t tip over, weighs practically nothing and collapses to fit into the bell of your sax for travel. That’s exactly what the new carbon fiber saxophone stand from Woodwind Design delivers.
No more separate bags of heavy gear for gigs. Consider a Hercules steel tenor stand at 2.09 pounds compared to a Woodwind Design carbon fiber tenor stand at 0.33 pounds. With four legs and a molded bell cradle, the stability is outstanding. And the neoprene foam inside the bell cradle won’t damage your instrument’s finish. Plus, it assembles in seconds.
Fit and finish? Hands down the coolest stand on the market.
Barnard Instrument Repair is pleased to offer these fabulous stands to discerning players and will have a limited number of stands in stock. Given that each one is handmade, there will be a 4-6-week lead time on back orders.
Pricing as follows:
$ 65 / Soprano Stand
$ 169 / Alto Stand
$ 169 / Tenor Stand
$ 225 / Low A Baritone Stand
$ 225 / Bb Baritone Stand
$ 35 / Alto Adapter for Tenor Stand
$ 75 / Additional Low A or Bb Bell Support
$ 20 / Pouch for Alto Stand
$ 20 / Pouch for Tenor Stand
$ 25 / Pouch for Baritone Stand
Fill out the form on our Contact page to place your order.
Yamaha Custom Z Silver-Plated Tenor Saxophone 223xxx
This saxophone is one of the most exciting modern tenors around because it truly captures the sound and feel of many vintage horns with the intonation and ergonomics of a modern saxophone. It’s the choice of top-pro Frank Catalano. The Custom Z plays very evenly throughout the full range of the horn and into the altissimo register. The new Custom Z saxes are made from a special brass alloy to give the horns a lighter weight and a great-playing feel and are available new only through special order.
This example is in almost perfect condition and has a very recent Barnard overhaul with Pisoni Pro pads and reusable, domed brass resonators. It’s really punchy and cuts through in a large way. The neck is perfect. It will come with a Protec case or can be upgraded to the case of your choice.
Yamaha YTS-82Z Custom Un-Lacquered Tenor Saxophone
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This is a wonderful sounding Yamaha 82Z Custom Tenor Saxophone with a serial number around 176xxx. This model was specifically developed to be great in both the concert band and the jazz worlds, so they have an edge over other saxophones for players who like to do both. It helps capture the older vintage sound many jazz players search for in newer saxophones. Listen to saxophone legend, Jeff Coffin, on an un-lacquered 82Z and you’ll understand what I mean.
This horn is completely un-lacquered, which gives it the beautiful rustic look. It’s only available new through custom order. Nice to be able to pick up such a clean model used. I will set this instrument up before it leaves the shop to ensure that it is in perfect playing condition. It has its original case in great condition. Get this awesome horn before it's gone!
The Aaron Barnard Bare Naked Brass Restoration is the ultimate expression of freeing a saxophone for maximum vibration. It enables an instrument to realize its full potential in terms of performance from the perspective of resonance and the quality of sound produced.
If you are looking for a big, vintage horn sound, this horn will fit the bill. It is priced to move!
The silver plating on this Zephyr is quite exceptional. The detailed engraving is in near perfect condition. It has the squared style keys, and the hexagon open bell key guards. The red painted pads installed by Emilio Lyons pop against the silver. There is a lot of life left in these pads and will last for a few years of playing.
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Here is a rare example of a Selmer Super Sax. This horn comes from the time period which included the Cigar Cutter, Super, and Radio Improved models. All of these models were very similar in neck and body designs, just a few changes in key designs. This one falls at the very end of the Super range, and depending on which serial number chart you are reading, falls into the early Radio Improved model.
The lacquer and engraving is in great condition considering the age of this horn. There have been a few very small dents removed from the body. It was recently rebuilt with large domed brass resonators. After a quick setup, this horn is playing great and ready for any gig!
This Saxello had been sitting apart in another shop for who knows how long. It had a butchered low Bb key that needed to be replaced. The neck had been removed at some point and was missing gold at the solder joint. It also didn’t have pads or springs. But my customer had high expectations for this instrument. There aren’t many Saxellos out there and finding one in gold made this one even more special. Part of the trick to this project would be to match the color and feel of the original gold plating on the neck joint, the new Bb key and a couple of wear spots on the body tube. In spite of those things, it looked like a pretty straightforward restoration. Turned out it was a bit more challenging.
When I got it apart, I discovered all the rods were heavily corroded from sitting exposed for so long and each one had to be cleaned and polished. The body tube was tweaked. And surprise, four of the posts became loose when I straightened the body tube and had to be re-soldered. There were only a couple of very minor dents which completely disappeared with a little persuasion. I was able to graft on a low Bb key from a similar vintage King straight soprano which worked out perfectly. We took the restoration a step farther and put in gold-plated, small, flat resonators and Pisoni pads to replace the original pads and rivets. The photos pretty much speak for themselves. It definitely was worth all the effort.
How does it play? A pure delight with an absolutely unique and wonderful sound. Nothing quite like a King Saxello. As an aside, I happened to have three of these remarkable sopranos in the shop at the same time. Plus a Buescher straight alto. Not too often you get to see a lineup like that.
Barnard Instrument Repair, D'Addario and Friends of Puerto Rico are pleased to present A Tribute to Puerto Rico by José Antonio Zayas Cabán. José Antonio Zayas Cabán, Joel Gordon and Casey Rafn will be performing the music of Astol Artés, Beytelmann, Feld, Mendelssohn, Villa Lobos and Puerto Rican composer Rafael Hernández. This will be a very special series of performances and we hope you can join us. Contact Jose directly for more information.
José and his trio are raising funds through their music in A Tribute to Puerto Rico to support the recovery of communities in Puerto Rico; the efforts are done in partnership with Friends of Puerto Rico. Since October, 2017, Friends of Puerto Rico has invested 1.5 million dollars to provide relief and recovery for the island. José and Friends of Puerto Rico invite you to participate to meet their March goal of $15,000.
Learn more about how to donate.
Learn more about Friends of Puerto Rico.
Future Tour Dates to Come
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There’s a special magic to the early Selmer Cigar Cutters. This one is from 1931, the first year for them. The sound of these horns is bigger and fatter than their latter brothers – the SBA and Mark VI – and in fact, they kind of remind me of a Conn. Maybe that’s why Jerry Bergonzi plays them.
This one is in great shape for its age. It has been re-lacquered but it was done really well and the engraving is still nice. The neck has no pull down. The horn will benefit from a rebuild as the pad job is pretty old. But I am really excited about the potential. After a fresh rebuild, I think it’ll blow the doors down. I can add the cost of an overhaul to the sale price. It will come with a Protec case or can be upgraded to the case of your choice.
Rafael Navarro makes incredible saxophone mouthpieces. They look like pieces of art and play even better with all kinds of linear richness from the very top of altissimo to the biggest bottom ever. Rafy has drawn on years of experience to create his own take on sound and it definitely shows. Perhaps that’s why saxophone legend, Bob Mintzer, plays a Bob Mintzer signature mouthpiece created by Navarro.
I am pleased to offer several new Navarro mouthpieces for trial and one gently-used Bop Boy. I play a Navarro and I couldn’t be more pleased with the way it performs and the latitude it gives me. His list of endorsers is impressive and is worth checking out.
The vintage and professional saxophone market can be tricky to navigate. Sometimes horns (and mouthpieces) are available in the “usual places” and sometimes they aren’t. But that doesn’t mean a particular vintage Selmer, Conn, King or whatever you’re looking for isn’t there for the taking. I have a high-quality network of collectors who may have what you want. Talk to me about your needs. Who knows, I just may be able to surprise you.