1931 York Alto Saxophone
I work for a music store and a family brought in a York alto saxophone with the serial number of 105121. According to Horn-u-Copia (http://www.horn-u-copia.net/serial/Yorklist.html), that puts it near 1931. However, I am hearing a variety of information based on the stenciling of it. I have heard Conn and Buescher. What is the REAL information on the model of this brand? I really can't find anything solid.
It looks to have had a lot of soldering work done around the tone holes, pad work done within the last 2 years, but has a lot of regulations issues (bent mechanisms, etc.)
It's pretty ugly, and there is some red rot inside of the bell that is starting to affect one of the bell keys.
I have never seen a sax that has a two-piece bell. It has a very definite seam right before the bell opens.
I am concerned about the tuning. This is supposed to be for a high-schooler, and I would be heartbroken if they decide to fix it and the instrument runs sharp or something. It is an older horn, with bell keys on both sides of the bell.
My biggest concern, though is that whomever sold it to her told her it was an intermediate horn. What is the best way to tell? I know generally how to tell with modern horns, but with the strange key structure, I have no idea where to start.