make / manufacturer: Armstrong model name / number: 3007 size / dimensions: Alto
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For sale is a used Armstrong saxophone model #N27 3007. I believe it is an alto? This is a great beginner saxophone that could use a little TLC as it has not been touched in over 20 years. My attempt to relive 5th grade band just resulted in some of the cork on the neck chipping and the bolts on the mouthpiece snapping (please see pics). Asking $300 or best offer, thanks for looking.
(Not sure if the above tape was a teaching aid or what, the tape appears to just be covering up the port)
Here is the history on the brand: The Armstrong saxophone carries a brand name that is more often associated with flutes, clarinets, and piccolos. Many beginning band players have gotten their woodwind start playing one of these instruments. Currently, Armstrong is part of the Conn family of musical instrument brands and only makes flutes, clarinets, and piccolos, but you can find an Armstrong saxophone from time to time.
Armstrong made saxophones in the 1980's. The saxophones were made in Elkhart, IN, like so many other band instruments have been down through the years. A used saxophone like one of these will probably need to be serviced by a professional musical instrument repairman before it will be suitable for playing. Since it may have been sitting in some one's attic for years, it may need pads replaced and other adjustments, and a new mouthpiece may be needed.
Still, an older Armstrong could turn out to be a fairly adequate instrument for a beginner in the school band. Workmanship twenty-five or thirty years ago seemed to be better than what you find with cheap modern musical instruments. If you find a vintage sax from around 1980 that goes by the brand name "H Couf" it is named after the then president of the Armstrong company. Couf had this Armstrong saxophone made by Keilwerth, which is, of course, one of the big four in saxophone manufacturers, and has a history of excellent craftsmanship. This means that an H Couf is essentially an Armstrong, although it may not be labeled as such. If a brand new saxophone is labeled "Armstrong," there is a chance that it is one of the inexpensive, poorly made saxophones imported from India or China. These saxes show up on places like eBay for prices under $300, and go by a variety of brand names. If you find a vintage Armstrong sax, and can get it serviced so that it is in good shape, you may have a good beginner saxophone on your hands. Armstrong started off in 1931 as mainly a private flute maker. They continued this way for the first 30-40 years. Around that time, they merged with the C.G. Conn company. In 1985, Conn (Armstrong) ; King (Artley) merged together to become United Musical Instruments. They also acquired the rights to the Benge name as well as several strings brand names. About 2-3 years ago, Steinway (who owned Selmer-Bach) purchased UMI and renamed it to just CG Conn. they continued to operate the 2 divisions separately until Oct 2003 when they merged both divisions together to for the current day Conn-Selmer, Inc. The horn you have is probably best classified as a student horn. However, as long as it is setup and maintained well and coupled with a good mouthpiece, that horn is a very playable horn. Now that's not to say that you wont find a horn that you like better then the Armstrong, but by no means is your horn not a decent playing sax.
The Armstrong, made in USA, saxophones are selling anywhere from $325 to $575.
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