Thursday, February 5, 2015

My King Zephyr

The King Zephyr model sax was produced by the H.N. White Co. in Cleveland during the mid-century. My alto, serial number 292223, dates to 1947. As a player, I suck, but I love this old sax. It is supposedly quite close in design and quality to the King Super 20 that Bird played on some of his recordings. Mine lacks the original double-socket neck, but the sound is sweet, and the fingering is comfortable. I have a book of Bird solo transcriptions, and I can play a few of them... at around 1/8 speed.

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