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Saxophone/B&H 1927 Powertone Alto Sax


I was recently given my cousin's old saxophone to sell. I have no idea how to value it though, I've never played any brass instruments and have no idea what I'm looking at.
I have however read it's engravings which tell me it's a Boosey & Hawkes Powertone. I checked the serial number against this
which dates it around 1926-27. My aunt tells me she spent nearly 1000 Pounds on this in the 1980s but since then it's seen a lot of use, the brass is worn and grazed, there's at least one significant dent at the bottom and I don't know how to examine the pads.
Could I please get some advice on how/where to sell something like this? Thank you.

This is not a highly valued or sought after brand, so condition will be the biggest determines of the value. You may go to a  local shop where they can give you a fair and honest hands - on assessment. You may be disappointed to learn that horns of this model and vintage (though they are not common), typically only bring a few hundred dollars at best on auction sites like e-bay.   If you send a picture I may be able to be a little more specific - but getting the horn a hands on inspection would be best.  Good luck!


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Eugene Cantera


I have been a music educator for over 25 years and have taught on many levels from young children and school agers on through to college level, professional players and senior citizens. My main areas of expertise are saxophone(s) though I have taught many instruments including, guitar, bass, piano, oboe and drums to name a few. I have also done research on horns both vintage and new.


I have been in music education for 25 years and I have written and published in the subject of professional music education.

The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Business Journal, Marketing and Higher Education Newsletter.

Bachelor of Music Education, Hartt School of Music - The University of Hartford.

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