I'm always bragging on the internet about how my Conn New Wonder beat an SBA or a Mark VI that just left my shop. But I can't say that this time. This 1954 King Zephyr blew my Conn New Wonder away. This horn has become one of my all time favorites. I love it. Part of that has to do with how happy I am with the job I did, and if you look at these close ups you'll see the clean pad work and adjustment materials, but it'll be harder to see the zero tolerance key fitting.
But this horn here makes me really happy. What power! You can see lots more photos here
Overhauling this horn was a special honor because it is owned by Stuart Bogie, a saxophonist that I have looked up to for years. In addition to leading Super human Happiness, he's played with Arcade Fire, TV On The Radio, Iron and Wine, Paul Simon, Public Enemy, The Roots, The Alabama Shakes, Matana Roberts, The Kronos Quartet, Wu-Tang Clan, Antibalas and more. I met Stuart back in 2000 and I am happy to call him a friend and to have put my sweat and love into this horn means I get to be a tiny part of this story now. This is why I love my job. Thank You Stuart.