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King Cleveland 613 alto sax Ser.#260167 I'm assuming ca. 1941-42. I don't intend to sell it, but am curious about it's $ value (spotty When was this produced?lacquer, a few barely noticeable dings (none in crucial areas), tone hole are fine, new pads, springs, cork/felt, cup heights adjusted to improve intonation...great sound) Thanks!Take care, Jesse

Hello Jesse,
What you have is a VINTAGE 1960'S KING CLEVELAND #613 EASTLAKE OHIO ALTO SAXOPHONE. This is a King second line alto sax made in the mid to late 1960s. The 1940's date you referred to is for the top of the line King saxophones. (the Zephyr, The Zephyr special and the King Super 20.)
Please remember that the King Cleveland saxophones have their own serial number chart.
50,000 - 65,000...1950-1955
65,000 - 100,000...1955-1960
100,000 - 160,000...1960- 1965
160,000 - 420,000...1965-1970
420,000 - 600,000...1970-1975

Your serial number of #260*** would put the manufacture date around 1966.
This is a solid Made in USA saxophone, perfect for a beginner, for marching band, or for a doubler. Around the middle of 1964 it became clear the current King factory in Cleveland, Ohio was outdated. King had been manufacturing in the same buildings for more than fifty years and a new location was needed. In 1964, King purchased 12.5 acres of land to build a new plant in Eastlake, Ohio so your sax was made there. (Eastlake, Ohio). Current value in Mint condition would be around $499.95 to $525.99. These are wonderful players, the brass is super high quality and these old Kings last forever. If you got rid of the cheap plastic student mouthpiece, and obtained a professional hard rubber Meyer 6MM or even a Meyer 7MM from your local music store or on-line retailer, along with some Rico or Vandoren green box Java 3's or 3 1/2's, you could play this sax professionally in a big band or even a blues Jam. I have a student with the exact same sax as yours. The intonation is spot on with the Korg tuner with my Selmer Mark 6 at the current pitch standard of A = 440 beats per second. Please tune your alto saxophone to the tuning note of high G,(concert Bb,) and check with Korg tuner. (Pull out if sharp, push in if flat. Add paper strips if mouthpiece is loose on the neck cork at tuning pitch.) These old Kings are becoming more valuable as time marches on. They don't build them like this any more. They are made to last forever, I also loved the fact that the end plug is metal. Definitely from another time. New pads,and key heights adjusted... that's great. What a classic sax.
Good Luck!
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I'm a Professional Jazz Saxophone soloist recently retired from 23 years with the USAF Band Of Flight, WPAFB, OHIO, experienced in performance, technique and equipment. I'm not a buyer/seller or dealer. I have 40 years Alto, Tenor, Soprano and Bari Saxophone performance experience with additional years on the Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bass Guitar, Piano, Drum-set, Guitar and Voice. I'm a third generation professional military musician, my father, Bill Koeller(1939-1997) was in the USAF 1958-1962, and played Jazz Hammond B-3 organ from 1957-1997, and my fathers Uncle, Alfred Koeller (1912-1993), was a professional Acoustic Bassist in the Army Air Corps in WWII, and also performed on Jazz Guitar, Hammond organ, Piano and tenor saxophone.


Professional Saxophone Soloist, 23 total years with the USAF Bands, 6 years with the USAF Band of Flight, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, performing on Tenor, Alto, Soprano, Clarinet, and Flute. 4 years in Japan, at Yokota AFB with the USAF Band of the Pacific. An Avid Composer and Arranger for the Night Hawk Protocol Combo. Former Lead Alto Saxophonist with the USAF Night Flight Big Band performing the music of Glenn Miller as well as other hits of the Big Band Era. I collect LP records of Jazz, blue's, classical and rock, and have over 12,000 records.

USAF,Phi MU Alpha Sinfonia, Men's National Music Fraternity, Johnny Mack Super Big Band, Tom Daugherty Orchestra, Kim Kelly Orchestra, Dayton Jazz Orchestra, Eddie Love Big Band, Gem City Big Band, Jazz Central Big Band, Shin Sings Orchestra, Kim Kelly Orchestra,USAF Night Flight Jazz Ensemble, Different Hats Big Band, Jimmy Baker Blues Band, This Side Up, Freelance, KING KOELLER Quartet, Jazz Central Big Band, GB Work, Sax On The Web,

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North Texas State University School of Music, Jazz Studies 1982-1986 Lead Alto, Lab bands 1982-83 and small group leader 1983-1984, Jazz Radio Host WVIK 90.1 FM NPR affiliate Rock Island, IL United States Collegiate Wind Band European tour 1980 Augustana College, Rock Island IL, Liberal Arts Music Mentors/Teachers:My father Bill Koeller, a Jazz Hammond B-3 Organist (1939-1997) Great Uncle Alfred Koeller, Acoustic Bass 1912-1993

Awards and Honors
Paul Shartle Musician of the Quarter Spring 2008; Glenn Miller Festival, Clarinda, Iowa featured soloist; McDonald's All-American Band and Jazz Ensemble 1979; US Collegiate Wind Bands,Paul Lavalle Conductor, tour of Europe,1980; John Phillip Sousa Award, 1980 Dimond HS Anchorage, Alaska; USAF National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; USAF Achievement Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters; USAF Good Conduct Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters

Past/Present Clients
Performed with, Bob Hope, The Platters, Four Tops, Jimmy Dorsey, Crystal Gail, Helen Ready, James Williams, Dallas Jazz Orchestra, Jack Jones, The Mills Brothers, the G-Clef's, Lionel Hampton at Carnegie Hall, Performed for the King Of Thailand 2005, Tom "Bone's" Malone, Roy Hargrove, Tommy Turrentine, Performed for President Gerald Ford, President George W. Bush, The Maguire Sisters, The USO Girls-Andrew Sisters Tribute, The Four Lads, Lincoln Berry, The Dayton Jazz Orchestra, Louis Bellson, Buddy DeFranco, Walter Bishop Jr, Sadao Watanabe, Bobby Shew, Pete Jolly, Quad City Jazz Ensemble, Augustana College Symphonic Band, Jack Scott, Catfish Jazz Society, Intrigue-Boston Wedding Band, The Mark Herbert Little Big Band, The Pacesetters Big Band, The Ambassadors Jazz Ensemble, Pacific Showcase Big Band, Jimmy Dorsey Big Band under the direction of Lee Castle, Ronny Scott Orchestra, Big Al's Hot Dance Orchestra, The Dayton Sidewinders, Tom Daugherty Orchestra, Johnny Mack Super Big Band, Ken Peplowski, Eddie Daniels, Buddy Guy, Roy Hargrove, Warren Parrish, John OMeara Jr., Dave Holcomb, Albia Silva,Vinnie Demartino, Clon VonFitz, The G Clef's

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