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Hello Grant -- First thank you for your military Service I am also a veteran.  As well my father was in the Navy and played in the Navy band during the Vietnam War.  Anyway onto business my father had passed away a couple years ago and I promised on his deathbed not to allow any of his instruments to be sold without thoroughly looking into there current value.  so onto the instrument details:

A fellow musician is interested in purchasing his American Professial Chicago Lyon & Healy Soprano Saxophone S/N 46633.  My initial (total amateur) research shows this is from 1918-1919.  I would like to know if you could give me more information on this soprano sax and current value.  He had paid $350 in the 60's for this instrument.

Any help from you is greatly appreciated.

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Your father's soprano sax was made by the Buescher saxophone company.  It is a stencil sax. Lyon & Healy in Chicago, engraved musical instruments that it retailed but did not actually manufacture. Today they make Harps.

From the web...
"What was true in 1889 is true today: The name Lyon & Healy equates to superiority and ingenuity in harp making as defined by harpists worldwide. And, as the lineage of a Lyon & Healy harp passes hands from craftsperson to harpist, the entire staff has confidence and takes pride in knowing it will again be passed down through families for generations to come."

Buescher serial number records show your sax was made some time between 1918,(37540) and 1919 (46975).  
The value has skyrocketed for these charming, sophisticated little curved Bb soprano's. They were  also made by Conn in the same time frame. My silver Conn Curved Bb soprano is from 1926,with the most beautiful tone! These saxophones when fixed up, are wonderful players! Curved sopranos are at an all time high in popularity. The value for a Buescher Curved soprano sax right now in mint condition is $2200.
Any sax player would want this great sax.
Please get it looked over by a NAPBIRT repair tech to determine needed repairs.
Thanks for the wonderful photos, I would love to see more.
Do you have original mouthpiece?
For jazz today, A good Otto Link or Meyer hard rubber mouthpiece will sound great on this soprano.  If you have the original mouthpiece, a Buescher pickle barrel from the early 1920's, (with hollowed out chamber)  you can get that old classical sound.
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Grant Koeller  

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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.

Experience

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.

Organizations
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,

Publications
Saxophone On the Web; Anchorage Daily News; All Experts; Augustana College Public Radio, WVIK;

Education/Credentials
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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