There’s something very special about Coltrane era SBA tenors. The way the palm keys speak. The incredible power of the bottom end. These horns are just so expressive. This particular model was assembled in Europe. It was in lovely cosmetic condition with the silver at almost 100% and no damage anywhere. But it was missing its edge and not delivering its full potential.
Things started to change after the bell was soldered to the bow. Then, after a lengthy search, a complete set of original Selmer Tone-X metal resonators were installed on Pisoni Pro pads. That helped take it to the next level. A custom setup finished the job. Oh man. Now you’re talking.
It’s truly a joy for me to rebuild a fine vintage horn and there are so many of them out there. Each one deserves to be heard at its absolute best. This one will put a smile on anyone’s face.