FS: King 1480 Symphony, late 60s

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FS: King 1480 Symphony, late 60s

Post by wafeki » Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:11 pm

FS: King 1480 Symphony, large shank .536 with 9" bell, additionally engraved USN 9-67. F rotor linkage has been recently upgraded, dents removed, and slide worked over by excellent West Coast technician. A medium bore tenor with large bell and a very big sound, the horn plays easily and works for .547 symphony tenor parts as well as big band 3rd and 4th/bass parts. If you are familiar with late 60s Kings from the close of the HN White era, you'll find the slots and sound quality predictable and an easy blend in sections. Of course it has a number of scuffs and dings and marks from age and wear; but nothing that says battlefield or that impacts the sound. $700 OBO with original hard case. Can upgrade the case to an almost new ProTec for an additional $100. Email contact preferred.
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Re: FS: King 1480 Symphony, late 60s

Post by biggiesmalls » Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:45 am

I once owned this horn, and it's a great player! Slide is a .536/.547 dual bore if I recall correctly. I've rarely played another horn with such tight, precise slotting. Big changes in sound character can be achieved by switching from deep to shallow mouthpiece cups, and unlike a lot of horns, it plays really well with any cup depth. Very versatile horn.
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Re: FS: King 1480 Symphony, late 60s

Post by wafeki » Sun Aug 09, 2020 8:04 pm

BUMP $700? Make me an offer!! Yes, Biggie is right, very versatile is the right description for this. I traded him for this horn, had it tweaked and would happily keep and play it but I'm enjoying the .522 Reynolds I got here from Posaunus and have my larger bore cover with a .547-.562 Holton 158. But no question that this can be played smaller or larger and the 9" bell and large taper really puts out a lot of sound proportionate to the energy expended.
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