Student model oboes that play well and well in tune are hard to find. However, the Yamaha 211 has both of these categories covered. We disassembled it, cleaned it and shined up the silver plated keys, reassembled and regulated it. I replaced 6 of the factory felt pads with more durable cork pads. This instrument is in exceptionally good condition as is the original manufactures case. This is a great price for an oboe that is guaranteed to play perfectly.
This Jupiter alto saxophone is designed for a beginning student. It is easy to blow, it ergonomically fits comfortably in a students hands, it plays well in tune and it has a good sound. These are all features that you want from a student model instrument. As is the norm, here at the shop, we completely disassembled the sax, cleaned it did some general maintenance and now it’s ready for you or your student. I have included a mouthpiece and a neck strap. Come see it and try it. I think you’ll be impressed with this horn.
This Bundy bass clarinet is in perfect playing condition and ready to go. I disassembled it, cleaned everything within an inch of its life, replaced all the corks and then replaced all the pads. This is what we call an overhaul. I used all white leather pads on this repad. They are more durable and longer lasting than the conventional bladder pads. So, it has been washed, oiled, adjusted and regulated. Of course, it comes in its original hard shell case, which is in very good condition, and I’ve included a Yamaha 4C mouthpiece, ligature and mouthpiece cap. Just buy your favorite reeds and start playing.
This is a great intermediate/professional oboe that is absolutely in mint condition. The body is a resin/wood composite, sometimes referred to as Greenline, that resists cracking which grenadilla wood instruments occasionally do. It has a full Conservatory System which includes a 3rd octave key, F# key tab, left-hand F, F vent key, articulated C#, alternate low C, and low Bb vent key. The keys are nickel silver that have been silver plated. Blue steel needle springs are used for better key tension and quicker response. It is padded with cork pads through the low C which combined with air-tight tone holes provides an ease of response particularly in the low register. It also comes in a sturdy, plush-lined French-style case with case cover and an outside zipper pouch on the case cover, for accessories. Brand new this oboe Lists for over $3200.00! The best sale price that I have seen is $2550.00 so, an instrument in mint condition, like this one, selling for $2000.00 is a tremendous deal.
This is a great intermediate model, step up from your student model, flute. One change from a student model instrument is this one is solid silver. To you this equates to a better sounding flute. Other features are; open hole keys, in-line G keys, low B foot joint with gizmo key and gold plated lip plate. These are features you see on better flutes meaning intermediate or professional instruments. I did a complete overhaul which means the instrument was disassembled, everything cleaned, all pads and corks were replaced. It plays as well as it did when it was new. A very nice looking horn plus it comes with a French style case and a case cover.
This oboe has the basic conservatory fingering system to low Bb and composition body with woodgrain finish. It also has left hand C-D trills and silver plated keys which are a bonus at this level. A sturdy hardshell case is included. Additionally, this oboe is padded with all cork pads. They are tremendously more durable than traditional felt/fishskin pads.
This is a student model Yamaha alto sax that has had the main body and neck anodized. Anodizing is an electrolytic passivation process used to increase the thickness of the natural oxide layer on the surface of metal parts. Some sax manufactures do a finish similar to this on their horns and refer to it as a matte finish or a brushed matte finish. All this simply means is that it has a cool look which is noticeably different from a standard lacquered, shiny, sax. However, the keys are still nickel plated as they originally were from the factory. I very much like the contrast between the flatter anodized finish of the body and neck and the glossier nickel plated keys. Now that we are past the aesthetics of the instrument let’s move on to the performance of the horn. I just finished completely repadding this sax. So, it was disassembled, everything washed and cleaned. Next, I replaced all the pads, all of the corks then I completely regulated and adjusted it. It plays like a new horn. I included a brand new Yamaha 4C mouthpiece, ligature, a new mouthpiece cap and a neck strap. Of course, this sax comes in its original case which is in good condition. Come see and try this unique sax.
This is a vey good student model clarinet. It is actually a special edition clarinet made by Jupiter and the “CEC” stands for Capital Edition Clarinet. Probably more than you wanted to know but, there you go! I just finished doing a complete repad on this instrument which means it was disassembled, washed, all new pads were installed then it was completely adjusted and regulated. For you this means that it plays like a brand new clarinet. I have also included a new Selmer Goldentone mouthpiece with it. So, it’s ready to go.
Hey, marching season is coming soon, all you flutists, and you will need a piccolo. This piccolo plays great and is ready for you. It was disassembled, cleaned, reassembled and regulated meaning it is a lean, mean music making machine! Come try it.
These are very good playing instruments and you can’t say that about many oboes, really. This oboe plays well in tune with itself which is what you want out of any instrument. It is designed for beginning students meaning the body is made of ABS plastic but uncharacteristic of student instruments it has silver plated keys. The key work design is a modified conservatory system with trill keys for: C#-D#, F#-G#, A#-B, B-C# and right hand C-D keys. All this key work is really quite handy for a budding oboist. I disassembled it, cleaned everything, changed a few pads and a few key corks then completely adjusted it and now, it is just waiting to be played. Brand new this oboe sells for over $2600.00 so, $950.00 is a great deal for an instrument that plays like new. Come try out this great horn.
I just sold one of these flutes this past weekend. It is exactly the same model of flute and I did exactly the same work on it. So, if you see a description that looks the same as this one well, that’s because it is exactly the same. This is a great playing flute for a beginner. The Gemeinhardt name is well known for making quality student model and professional model flutes. I just finished overhauling this silver plated horn. Overhaul? That means that the flute was disassembled, cleaned and polished. Next, I replaced all the pads and corks then completely regulated it. It comes in its original case and a tuning/cleaning rod is included. All of us, in the shop, played this horn. It really plays very well.
This “YAS-23” is a perfect beginning horn for any aspiring sax player. The main difference between this sax and the other “YAS-23’s” listed below it is cosmetics. This one has a bit more wear on the lacquered finish but that’s it. That’s why the rest of this write-up looks the same because everything else is the same. I just repadded this sax which means, it was completely disassembled, everything was washed, then I replaced all the pads and all the corks that needed to be replaced. Next, I regulated and adjusted it, oiled all keys and mechanisms and sent it out into the real world. I have included a brand new mouthpiece, a neck strap, a new #2 reed and it comes in its original hard shell case. Come see it, come try it, come buy it!
This is a student model clarinet that is ready to play which means, I just did a complete repad on it. It was disassembled, cleaned, all new pads were installed and I completely regulated/adjusted it. It needs nothing done to it and it plays like a brand new instrument. Beware of things that you purchase from eBay, Reverb, Craigslist, etc. They rarely play as well as advertized. Come see this clarinet and give it a try or I’ll play it for you.
I sell a bunch of these horns because they sound good, they fit in a student’s hands well which is muy importante, they play well in tune, etc, etc, etc. I just repadded this sax last week which means, it was completely disassembled, everything was washed, then I replaced all the pads and all the corks that needed to be replaced. Next, I regulated and adjusted it, oiled all keys and mechanisms and sent it out into the real world. I put it in a brand new case, included a brand new mouthpiece and a neck strap. It is ready to go!
This is a student model flute that is in great condition. I cleaned it up and did some very minor regulation and adjustment. It comes in its original case and it also comes with a case cover which is out of the ordinary for most student model flutes. This YFL-221 is a perfect choice for any beginning student. Come see it and try it.
The Yamaha YCL-450 is an intermediate model, grenadilla wood clarinet. Grenadilla wood is the wood used to make professional model clarinets. I have had a number of these YCL-450’s come through my shop. They sound good and they play very well. This clarinet has been completely repadded plus it comes with a ligature, mouthpiece cap, a new mouthpiece and it comes in its original case, which is in great condition. I think that these are some of the best intermedinate model clarinets on the market today. So, it’s ready to play and needs nothing done to it.
If you are looking for your first clarinet this “YCL-250” is a great one to start on. Easy to blow, fits in a students hands well (that’s important) and sounds good. It has all its original synthetic pads which will last for a good long time. Another reason I really like these horns is…….. let’s say your student continues to play clarinet into high school and you eventually buy them a more professional instrument, meaning a wooden clarinet, to use in the symphonic band or orchestra or whatever well, hold on to this “YCL-250”. It would be perfect for marching band because it is made of ABS plastic and has synthetic pads which are not affected by cold weather and rain. That kind of weather would be disastrous for a wooden clarinet. Thinking about the future is a wonderful thing, right?
Here we have a exceptionally nice student model flute, the Jupiter “Capital Edition 510”. The body of the instrument is nickel silver that has been silver plated and the lip plate, that’s where you blow into the flute, is gold plated. It comes in its original factory case, which is in great condition, and it comes with a tuning/cleaning rod. That’s all you need. Of course, we disassembled the instrument and completely cleaned it. Next I reassembled it and adjusted it so it plays as good as new. Brand new I’ve seen this model of flute sell for $650.00 to as much as $900.00! So, $525.00 is a very good price for an instrument in this “almost new” condition. Come by the shop and check it out.
This is an excellent intermediate model alto meaning, if you are ready to upgrade from your student sax then this is your horn. It is noticably better than what you are playing now. Here is what I did to this sax: it was disassembled, chemically cleaned and completely repadded. It comes with a NeoTech neck strap, a Selmer C* mouthpiece, ligature, mouthpiece cap and, of course, a hard shell case. It plays like a new horn and needs nothing done to it. Come give it a try.
This is a great Bb clarinet for you or your child to start playing. I completely regulated this instrument and played it to make sure that it’s ready for you to play. I have included a brand new Selmer Goldentone mouthpiece with this instrument plus a Rovner ligature and mouthpiece cap. The ligature and mouthpiece cap are a nice upgrade from the factory ones. The new model of this clarinet is selling for just under $1000.00 so $425.00 for an instrument that plays perfectly is a super deal. Come look at it.
The Gemeinhardt 3SHB intermediate flute offers the resonance and tone quality of a solid sterling silver headjoint combined with the French key mechanism (open hole keys). This is the flute you want if your student is moving up from a beginning instrument and into an intermediate instrument. I completely repadded this flute so it plays like a new horn. Part of the repadding process is the flute is completely disassembled and cleaned. All pads and corks are replaced and it is completely regulated and adjusted. Brand new this flute lists for $1500.00 and is commonly sold for around $1100.00. So, $850.00 for a newly repadded flute of this caliber is a great deal. Come try it out and see what you think.
This is the perfect student model tenor sax for a beginning student. Any band director will approve of your child playing this horn. Across the board, this is a very good sax meaning; it plays well in tune, it has a good sound, it is well made, parts are available and will be available for a long time and the horn fits well in a students hands, which is very important. This horn was completely disassembled and cleaned thoroughly. Next, I changed all the pads and completely regulated all of the keys which means that it plays like a new horn. Included with this sax is a mouthpiece, ligature, mouthpiece cap and a NeoTech neck strap. Get some reeds and you’ll be ready to go. Come see it and try it.
This Yamaha CL1 clarinet is the cousin of the YCL250. They’re the same horn with just a different model designation. Anyway, it’s a great instrument for beginning students. It has all synthetic pads which means they tolerate moisture better that regular pads. Of course, we disassembled it, cleaned it and regulated it so it plays like a brand new clarinet. It comes with a Yamaha 4C mouthpiece which has been sterilized.
This is a great intermediate model/step-up model flute for an aspiring professional flutist. If you are currently playing on a student model instrument then this “YFL-385” would be a significant improvement. The head joint is solid silver, the body and foot joint are nickel silver that are silver plated. Obviously it is an open hole flute with an in-line G key and the foot joint has a low B key. Beware: some of these models come with only a C foot joint so don’t be fooled. These are all features of a better model instrument. I just finished doing a complete overhaul on this flute meaning, it was disassembled, cleaned, buffed and then all the corks and all the pads were changed. For you this means that it plays as good as when it was brand new. It comes in its original French style, hard shell case with a leather case cover. Come by the shop and give it a try. Call 434-973-4299 for an appointment.
This is an intermediate model tenor saxophone that plays very well. This model, the “YTS-475” was recently updated to the “YTS-480”. Why you ask? Good question. These horns are identical except the model number. Both are made of yellow brass, with gold baked epoxy lacquer, both have stainless steel springs, both have annealed necks, etc., etc., etc. Right down the line, all the same features and specifications. I think they just wanted a reason to change the model number. New, the “YTS-480” has a list price over $3500.00 but one could be found for $2800.00 – $3000.00. So, a used “YTS-475”, that plays like a new horn, for $1600.00 is a great deal. As always, I disassembled the sax, chemically cleaned it, changed a few pads and completely regulated it which means that it plays as good as a new horn. It comes in its original Yamaha case, which is in very good condition, plus I have included a mouthpiece cap, ligature, a brand new Yamaha 4C mouthpiece and a Neotech neck strap. Get some reeds and you are ready to go. Come try this excellent sax.
The “1400” is a plastic, student model clarinet. This is a perfect instrument for a beginning player regardless of their age. I just finished overhauling this clarinet meaning, it was disassembled, completely washed all the pads and corks were replaced. In other words, it plays like a brand new instrument. Plus, I have put it in a brand new case which can be carried or worn as a backpack. Come give it a try.
This “YAS-52” is an intermediate model saxophone meaning, it’s not a student model horn. Sometimes these are referred to as step-up models because they are better than a student model sax but not as good as a professional model. Now that we’ve nailed down what the horn is, here is what I did to it. The sax was completely re-padded which means it was disassembled, everything was chemically cleaned, reassembled, I changed all the pads and completely regulated it. Now, it does have some cosmetic issues however, his sax plays like it did when it was brand new. It comes with a padded neck strap,a ProTec case, which is shaped like a sax, and a Yamaha 4C mouthpiece, ligature and mouthpiece cap. This is the same type of mouthpiece that came with it from the factory which is perfect for this horn. If you are ready to move up from your student model sax I think this is a great choice. Come try it out.
This is an intermediate model flute which is an upgraded model from your student/beginning model flute. The “”YFL-461” is exactly the same as the “YFL-481”, meaning it is solid, sterling silver, as a matter of fact, it is 92.5% pure sterling silver. You get a much better sound with a silver instrument. It has open-hole keys, a low B foot joint with a gizmo key and here is the only difference, it has “offset G keys”instead of “in-line G keys”. Some players prefer “offset G keys”. If you need clarification just call me. These are all features of a good quality flute. It comes in a French style, hard shell case. Way professional! Come try it and see what you think.
Great student model clarinet for any beginner of any age. This “YCL-250″comes with synthetic pads which means that the pads will last longer than regular felt pads. Of course, the clarinet was disassembled and cleaned severely. I reassembled it, adjusted everything and oiled all the keys so, it’s ready to be played. It comes in its original hard shell case and a Yamaha 4C mouthpiece. Come see it, come try it.
This is an excellent intermediate/step-up model alto for anyone who is ready to move up from their student sax. When you play this horn it is quite evident that you are playing a horn on another level. Now, here are the specifics: the sax was disassembled, chemically cleaned and completely repadded. It comes with a neck strap, a Yamaha 4C mouthpiece, ligature and mouthpiece cap. It is ready to play and needs no work to be done to it. Hey, I’m not only a repairman I’m also a sax player myself.
Yamaha makes outstanding flutes and this “YFL-481II” is no exception. It is a fine intermediate model flute that outclasses the student model flute that you are playing now. It is solid, sterling silver, as a matter of fact, it is 92.5% pure sterling silver. You get a much better sound with a silver instrument. It is open-hole with in-line G keys and a low B foot joint with a gizmo key. These are all features of a good quality flute. I just finished completely overhauling this flute and it plays like it is brand new. The case that it comes with offers storage space for a cleaning cloth or other additional gear. Come try this “481” and I think you’ll be surprised how much better a flute can sound.
If you have been playing a student model sax for years and are ready to move up to a better horn……. here’s the perfect sax. This is marketed as an intermediate model horn however it has been endowed with some features from the Yamaha “Pro-series” horns. The neck that comes with this horn is a “62 style” neck that originally came with the YAS-62 Pro-model altos. These necks have been annealed to improve the sound. Annealing is a process of heating and cooling the metal to soften it and make it less brittle. This lets the metal vibrate more evenly and freely. On top of that, this horn can also be used with the necks from the Custom Z & Custom EX” Pro-series” saxes. These are even better necks than the “62 style”, even though the 62’s are excellent necks. In other words, you have options with this horn. On most saxes the neck that comes with the horn is it! No other options. After playing sax for 45 years, I can tell you that a better quality neck can completely change the way your horn plays.
This alto could easily pass as a brand new instrument. Included with the horn is a Yamaha 5C mouthpiece, ligature & MP cap. The case is original and in like new condition. It also comes with a shoulder strap and dual backpack straps. Again, you have options on how you would like to carry your horn. New, these horns list for $3200.00 and regularly sell for over $2300.00 so, a sax that looks this good, plays this good and you can see it before you buy it is a super deal.
Here we have a fine, vintage horn. A Leblanc “LL”, also referred to as a “Double L”. This particular instrument was made in 1967 and at the time it was one of Leblanc’s top of the line clarinets. Back in the day famed clarinetists Buddy De Franco and Pete Fountain played this model of clarinet. In other words, it is a world class horn. So, if you have a student that is ready to move up from their plastic, beginning horn then this could be the “ONE” you seek. I completely overhauled the “LL” and replaced the case. The case has plenty of storage room for reeds, oils, etc., and it can be worn like a backpack. Cool, aye? Have your budding clarinetist come try this great clarinet.
Weissman has been around for over 35 years making flutes and piccolos and also selling flutes and piccolos of other brands. This is a great pro-model piccolo that was made around 1988 and it plays really well. The head joint and body are grenadilla wood and the keys are silver. This is a great choice for your first piccolo or a definite upgrade if you are thinking about movin’ on up from your student model pic. Come by the shop to see it and play it.
This alto flute, yes I said alto flute, was made circa 1973. I disassembled it and did a complete repad, which means the body and all the keys were chemically cleaned then all the pads and corks were replaced. It has been completely regulated and adjusted so it plays like a brand new instrument. Frankly, it looks like a new flute. Come check it out.
The Buffet company has been making beginning, intermediate and professional model clarinets for decades. This E-11 is an intermediate model clarinet. It is a step-up from your beginning model instrument. What does that mean? Well, it means it is not a plastic horn, it is made from grenadilla wood. Wood clarinets have a better sound than plastic clarinets. Plus, the E-11 keys are silver plated not nickel plated like a student horn. Of course, we did a complete repad on this clarinet which means that it will play like a new horn. Included is a Vandoren mouthpiece and a Bonade ligature which are both upgrades from the stock MP and ligature. If you have been playing for more that a year and are looking for a better clarinet, this might just be the horn that you need.
Considered one of the best, if not the best, saxophone ever made, this 1964 Selmer “Mark VI” alto is truly a great sounding/playing horn. I did a little work on it and then played it for the next 30 minutes. It is a joy to play! I own 3 Selmer saxes myself; a 1928 Selmer Soprano, a 1959 Selmer Mark VI alto and a 1963 Selmer Mark VI tenor. My 1959 Mark VI alto is also a tremendous horn otherwise I would keep this 1964 for myself. Ok, all you music majors or potential music majors that play sax should come give this sax a try. Smokin’!
Move up from your student model clarinet to a tremendous clarinet. The Yamaha YCL-450 is Yamaha’s intermediate model, grenadilla wood clarinet. Grenadilla wood is the wood used to make professional model clarinets. What I’m trying to say is, This is a really good clarinet. I have had many of these YCL-450’s come through the shop. I like them. They sound good and they play very well. Here are the particulars of this horn; completely repadded, ligature, mouthpiece cap and a new mouthpiece. Any band director would be proud to have you playing this horn in their band. Come give it a try.
This flute plays great, sounds great and is mechanically solid. I think that pretty much covers all the bases. It is a silver plated student model instrument. I cleaned it, repadded it and am ready to set it free. I have included a tuning/cleaning rod. The case is the original Yamaha case which is in really good condition. Get ready to pick it up and play.
This is an intermediate model tenor saxophone that plays very well. This model, the “YTS-475” was recently updated to the “YTS-480”. Why you ask? These horns are identical except the model number. Both are made of yellow brass, with gold baked epoxy lacquer, both have stainless steel springs, both have annealed necks, etc., etc., etc. Right down the line, all the same features and specifications. The only difference I have found is this “475” is made in Japan and the new “480” is made in Indonesia. New, the “YTS-480” has a list price over $3500.00 but one could be found for $2800.00 – $3000.00. So, a used “YTS-475”, that plays like a new horn, for $1600.00 is a great deal. As always, I disassembled the sax, chemically cleaned it, changed a few pads and completely regulated it which means that it plays as good as a new horn. Of course it comes in its original case, which is in very good condition, plus I have included a Selmer S-80 C* mouthpiece, mouthpiece cap, ligature and a neck strap. Get some reeds and you are ready to go. Come try this excellent sax.
This is a 1968 Selmer Mark VI Tenor! Nothing else is quite like a Mark VI. The serial number is #M158***. It is all original lacquer. Considering that it is a 43 year old horn, the lacquer is in great shape. I just repadded it on 6/1/11 using Roo pads with original style Selmer resonators. I like the way this horn plays! I’ve consistently seen horns of this era sell for $7000.00 or more. This Mark VI comes in its original hard shell case with keys for the case latch locks. Come by the shop and try this saxophone. It was priced at $6595.00. Now it is on sale for $5400.00!
If you are ready to move up to a professional model flute then this is the instrument for you. It has all the features you are looking for; it is solid silver, open-hole, In-line G keys, low B foot joint, gizmo key on low B key, gold plated lip plate and French style case with case cover. On top of all that I completely repadded it with premium quality pads. A complete repad includes disassembling and cleaning the instrument. Oh yeah, a set of open hole plugs are included just in case you need them. So, a great quality flute that is beautiful and plays like a brand new horn all for $800.00! Call me or better yet, come by and see it, play it, take it.
If you are looking to move up from an intermediate model horn to a clarinet that will be with you for the rest of your playing career then your search is over. The Buffet R-13 is a great professional model clarinet that has been used all over the world for years. This R-13 was made in early 1995 and is in excellent condition. The grenadilla wood body is perfect meaning it has no cracks and the keys are all German silver. I have completely repadded, disassembled and cleaned it within an inch of its life. Of course, it comes in its original hard shell case. The clarinet has a beautiful sound and plays freely. I know that’s what I want from an instrument of this caliber. Come see it, come play it and come buy it. You will be impressed with the quality and sonority of this instrument.
If you are looking for a super baritone sax then you have found it. The “YBS-52” is sought after by players and band directors for its sound quality, durability and outstanding intonation. I played a “YBS-52” for 12 years while I was touring with Big Ray & the Kool Kats. And considering it is a bari sax, which is huge and normally takes a lot of lung power to play, it is amazingly free blowing. So, it’s ready to play right now. I have included a Yamaha 5C mouthpiece, mouthpiece cap & ligature and a Neotech Soft Harness. On top of that the horn comes in a ProTec case which is tremendously lighter than the original hard shell case. Just to give you a reference point on pricing for these horns; List price is $8306.00. Sale price at most Big Box stores is $5471.00. So, $3850.00 is a great price for a sax that plays like new. Come try it out.
Ok, if you are ready to get rid of your student model horn and move up to something dramatically better then this great intermediate model flute is for you. It is solid, sterling silver, as a matter of fact, it is 92.5% pure sterling silver. You get a much better sound with a silver instrument. It is open-hole, in-line G keys and a low B foot joint with a gizmo key. These are all features of a good quality flute. I finished completely overhauling this flute just minutes ago and it plays like it was new. It comes in a French style, hard shell case with a case cover. Way professional! Come try it and see what you think.
This is a professional model flute that is considered Semi Handmade and I just finished completely repadding it. The headjoint, lip plate, body & footjoint are 92.5 % pure sterling silver which provides a rich, warm well-defined tone. The keys are made of nickel silver and then they are silver-plated. All of the key springs are made of white gold for a light touch and optimum response. Of course, it has a traditional open-hole configuration and key design, referencing the pointed arms on the key cups. The low B on the footjoint has a gizmo key which provides an easy and accurate fingering to facilitate high C. Consequently, this is one of the best flutes that I’ve had in my shop. You have to play this flute to truly appreciate it.