Emperor Alto Sax

by Elizabeth
(IL)

Does anyone know anything about this sax? It is assembled in China? Any info what be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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Jan 21, 2011
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Bought one and I don't know
by: Angel

I just purchased an Emperor alto sax and can't find a thing on the internet about it. I went to a local music shop to buy some reeds and asked them about it and they didn't know about that brand of saxophone--and they've been around since 1946. I don't know what to tell you. If you find anything out, please let me know.

Mar 14, 2011
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Hey me too!
by: Eddie

Are we the only two on the planet with an Emperor? Google can't seem to find anything on them. So far all I have been able to produce is the sound of a cat being stepped on. Hope to be able to play a song some day.

Sep 03, 2011
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Emperor sax
by: Anonymous

I have one. In tiny fine print in back on the bottom it reads "made in China".

Mar 10, 2012
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Emperor Saxophone
by: Anshul Kaushal

Hi, I purchase emperor nearly 3 years back from Bangkok, I had a choice between Bossini which was costing nearly double then what emperor was costing.I played saxophone for quite sometime by then and i really cant find any difference between bossini and emperor from tune and blowing perspective.

Yeah, there is a noticable difference when compared to their weight, emperor is way to heavy then other good brand in market. But if you can hold it,its a good value for money.

Enjoy.....

Nov 01, 2012
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Did you?
by: Anonymous

Elizabeth: Did you buy it from a gut in northern IL that said he was a music teacher?

Jan 09, 2013
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Emperor Tenor Sax
by: Anonymous

I bought one from the same guy. He did a bait and switch on me. It is a piece of crap.

Feb 19, 2013
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very bad
by: Anonymous

I bought one from one guy form North IL, he made a bite on me, I didn't spent too much time to test. The saxophone is bad, the #2,#3,#4 could not sound,do not buy

Jul 06, 2013
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Empire alto sax
by: Anonymous

I bought an "Empire" (King) alto sax at a flea market 3 years ago for $250. It has "Made in USA" stamped on the back. Does anybody know when and/or where it was manufactured? Serial number is 7103542. Is this a student model?

Ron

Jul 27, 2013
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Really good price, kinda sucks...
by: Anonymous

I bought one from the guy that said he was a music teacher too! I was gonna buy a Yamaha yts 20 but he switched me to the emperor

Sep 01, 2013
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Don't get scammed!
by: Anonymous

I also bought one from a guy claiming to be a music teached.I went to go buy a yamaha and he switch it to a emperor. He sells them on craigslist from northbrook location....BEWARE!

Sep 13, 2013
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THANKS!! Almost scammed by same NORTHBROOK guy
by: Anonymous

I too saw his listing. I called ahead of time to make certain both the Yamaha and the Emperor were available. He assured me. When I got there, guess what?? He only had the emperor. He gave me some lame story. The first clue, why would you sell an "absolutely mint" Yamaha YAS-23 for $350? Especially since he is a "music instructor" and knows what they retail. Clearly a bate-and-switch con-guy.

http://chicago.craigslist.org/nch/msg/4049683252.html

Sep 17, 2013
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Emperor Sax Tenor Harley
by: Anonymous

I too called on a listing for a Yamaha tenor. He then said he had a Selmer for $500 (too good to be true). I get to the appointment and none of the instruments he claimed to have we're there. Bought the Emperor and returned it the next day. I later read he pulled a similar trick on someone else involving a drum set. I was lucky and got my money back. His instruments are sub standard and should be avoided. I believe he and another guy are pulling the same scam. They are located in Northbrook Il and Buffalo Grove Il. Both tell the band teacher story and claim band directors get a kick back for selling certain items and that is why they may not like the Emperor. Harley was the name of my bait and switch guy.

Sep 25, 2013
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"Teacher"
by: Anonymous

What was the "teachers" name?because I just bought one

Sep 25, 2013
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??
by: Anonymous

Please respond

Sep 28, 2013
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Emperor alto sax
by: Anonymous

I bought one on Sunday it's awesome I bought it for 400 dollars the guy gave me 2 mouthpieces

Mar 20, 2014
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Same guy - now tenor sax
by: Anonymous

The same guy tried really hard to sell me a tenor this morning. He is now on Craigslist in Vernon Hills. I asked if he had previously lived in Northbrook (previously mentioned location) and he said "Well I work there." BEWARE!! He says he is a music teacher, selling this Emperor brand (currently sold on WalMart, Sears, etc.)for a student who couldn't pay for it. He would not use Paypal. Will not ship until payment clears...with absolutely no guarantee and he will not accept returns.

Jun 30, 2014
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Emperor
by: John

Hello, i was searching too for information about the emperor sax. It seems that there are two kinds : Made in China, a study sax of less quality and the better one, made in de USA by Buescher/Selmer for Boosey & Hawkes and others.

May 13, 2015
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BUESCHER EMPEROR ALTO 80'S
by: IAN AITKEN SMITH

I HAVE A BUESCHER EMPEROR ALTO SAX. STAMPED. BOOSEY AND HAWKES. BOUGHT IN THE UK BACK IN THE EARLY 80'S.

CAME IN A BUESCHER CASE WITH A BUESCHER SLING AND CERTIFICATE. WAS MADE BACK THEN IN THE US.

STILL GOT IT! PLAYS QUITE SWEET.

Aug 25, 2015
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Harley in Deerfield
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the heads-up on this guy. Now Harley is in Deerfield. Listed on Craigslist as brand new Selmer Alto Sax, but actually it was an Emporer EAS 403. Said it was never used, purchased for his student who couldn't come up with the money.. he bought it for $1200 and is taking a huge hit selling it for $425. Sounds like he needs a new story to tell. Low-end instrument made in China. Do not be fooled.

Aug 29, 2015
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Harley in Deefield Riverwoods
by: Anonymous

Thanks for this heads up. I almost went for this appointment and came across this log. I had to cancel it immediately telling him I am buying somewhere else. He said he was a teacher for and had played sax for 60 years. Emperor Tenor Sax retail $1000 but selling for $525

http://chicago.craigslist.org/nch/msg/5189814317.html

Oct 29, 2015
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He's still out there
by: Anonymous

Is this the same guy? This ad has been out there forever. At least he's not advertising it as a Yamaha or Selmer:

http://chicago.craigslist.org/nch/msg/5289213426.html

May 17, 2016
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May 2016 Craigslist ad, still at it! beware
by: Anonymous

So I just dealt with what I assume is the same guy. In email correspondence he used the name Cindy. On the phone his name was David. From Deerfield, IL. (retired music teacher) He wouldnt send more photos of the sax. The listed sax has supposedly sold, even though he said I had first dibs, the night before. He was willing to find me something that would suit my needs. In my research of this Emperor Sax I had found this page, so I knew who I was dealing with. I knew I wasn't buying form him anyway. When I asked why he was selling this particular brand new sax, he claimed he had set it up for one of his students and they decided against it. Clearly not what the ad states as you can see below. Just beware. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!


NEW - Emperor by Selmer Alto Saxophone with high F# key. Hand picked by my Saxophone Teacher / Instructor for jazz band, marching band, gigging etc. Includes: hard shell case, mouthpiece, neck strap, key oil, cleaning cloth and marching gloves. The Saxophone has been professionally set up, adjusted and is ready to play. Paid $825. Asking $385. Thanks for looking.

Jul 10, 2016
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He's still at it...
by: Anonymous

Three separate posts on Craigslist right now, all in the Chicago area.

Two of the posts claim that the sax is a "Selmer Emperor", but the other one actually list the instrument properly as an Emperor ETS 303. You can tell they're from the same source because of the multi-colored checkerboard carpet that can be seen in all three posts.

http://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/msg/5675060715.html

http://chicago.craigslist.org/nch/msg/5667992440.html

http://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/msg/5675026423.html

Sep 09, 2016
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Yes, Crazy David is still at it again...
by: Anonymous

Beware of this guy! I called him about a Selmer,and he said that he is a retired band instructor. He would not send any additional pictures or give me the Model of the Selmer. He just said that he sold it. Then, he started screaming at me, so I hung up on him.

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