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    Buescher 400 Top Hat and Cane Alto 313xxx

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    This is a beautiful original lacquer Buescher 400 Top Hat and Cane alto SN# 313xxx, with all original pads and snaps intact. This model is the pinnacle of Buescher’s saxophone manufacturing, and it is known for its great build quality, big sound, and excellent intonation. The color is actually a bit darker than the photos, and more honey-colored. This horn is in beautiful and very clean condition overall and the main thing you notice is that it looks great. The sound is rich and medium between bright and dark, with plenty of power when you want it, but also with the ability to play beautifully and right in tune on lyrical passages. The keywork is fast and comfortable – you just have to get used to the LH pinky table if you are already used to a modern horn. The adjustment takes most players a couple of weeks but is well worth it for the sound you get. It is not very common to find such a clean example like this. It is on consignment for a discriminating saxophone collector who is reducing the size of his collection and letting some of his prized horns go.

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    Buescher 400 Top Hat and Cane Alto Saxophone 355xxx Silver

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    This is a super-rare silver plated Buescher Top Hat alto, with an unusually late serial for a silver one. This horn has lacquer sprayed over the silver to preserve the shine, so that will need to be removed (easy to do) if you want to polish it when it is repadded. It is a very nice example, with nearly 100% of the original silver intact, beautiful engraving, no resolders, snaps and springs intact, original case, original mouthpiece and ligature. If you want one of these that is already overhauled, I have another silver one available right now that plays great.

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    Buescher 400 Top Hat and Cane Tenor 305xxx

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    This is a gorgeous, all-original Buescher 400 Top Hat and Cane tenor. It is in excellent original condition with all parts intact and original case. These 400 tenors are probably the finest saxophones produced by the Buescher company and represent the pinnacle of its several decades of saxophone development. Tonally, these horns are beloved for their unique combination of a rich, bold, distinctively American saxophone sound that is basically medium between bright and dark that gets punchy and brighter when pushed. It is smooth and mellow with a more closed mouthpiece and plays with a warm round tone for classical, with especially accurate intonation. As a super-deluxe model, they also stand to continue to go up in value in coming years, so the time to grab a nice one like this is now.

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    Buescher 400 Top Hat and Cane Tenor Silver! 298xxx

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    This is one of those tenors that you almost never see, and certainly not in this kind of condition. This is a super early Top Hat and Cane tenor in original matte silver plate. It still sports the original black rollers on the pinky keys that they used on the earliest ones of these horns. You never see these. From a playing perspective, this horn just wails. It has a big, medium bright voice and is very free blowing. It is a powerhouse kind of horn that also has great intonation and easy altissimo. Whether you’re a collector or a player, what more could you want?

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    Buescher Aristocrat Alto Saxophone 335466 140

    This basically pristine vintage saxophone from 1951 is the same as the Buescher Big B, just with less elaborate engraving..  These professional quality saxophones are known for their good intonation, sweet and mellow tone, and excellent build quality.  This particular example is from the very beginning of the model run just after the end of the Big B model, and is in nearly mint condition.  It still has its original pads (and Snap-on resonators), and even plays a bit on them, but you will want to get an overhaul.

    These play very well when set up- just listen to Johnny Hodges play his Big B to get an idea of what you can sound like on this horn with an overhaul, 50 years of practicing, and a knee-buckling load of raw talent.  Also, as an added bonus (“at no additional charge!”) this horn comes with a wooden clarinet in the case of unknown potential labeled “Revelle Master”.

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    Buescher Aristocrat Big B Alto 292xxx

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    Buescher Aristocrat Big B Tenor 297xxx

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    Here is a beautiful, original lacquer Buescher Aristocrat Big B tenor with small bell. It has a fresh top-quality full overhaul/restoration, and retains its original snap in pads and gold Norton springs! The lacquer is a beautiful golden honey color, and this is some of the best looking engraving of any vintage saxophone in my opinion. These horns are among the best American tenors ever made and were billed as a jazzier alternative to the 400 “Top Hat and Cane” line. These are excellent, professional tenors that are highly prized for their big complex tone, good build quality, excellent intonation, and all around satisfying playing experience.

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    Buescher Aristocrat Big B Tenor Saxophone 320xxx

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    This is a nice, clean, original lacquer Buescher Big B tenor saxophone. These horns are among the best tenors ever made and were billed as an all-purpose alternative to the ‘jazzier’ 400 line. These are excellent, professional tenors that are highly prized for their big complex tone, good build quality, excellent intonation, and all around satisfying playing experience.

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    Buescher Aristocrat Gold Plate Alto Saxophone

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    Buescher Aristocrat Series 1 Tenor Amazing Near Mint Overhauled Nicest I’ve Seen 280857

    This is a 1938 Buescher Aristocrat Series I tenor saxophone in pristine physical condition with a very well done fresh overhaul that retained all of the original Snap-on resonators.  The lacquer is original, nearly flawless, and this horn appears to have sat in its original case for much of its life until very recently, when it had the good fortune to be overhauled very well by someone who obviously knows Bueschers.  

    These horns are known for their excellent intonation and rich, sweet tone- but they can also roar given the right mouthpiece, and they are quite mouthpiece friendly in my experience.  The ergonomics are quite good, and when done well- as this overhaul was- they are light and slick under the fingers.

    The engraving is the proper “art deco” style for this model, and like the rest of the horn is in exceptionally fine condition.  

    This is the nicest Aristocrat tenor I have ever seen, and it plays exceptionally well.  This horn is in the shape you want, with an overhaul that is ready to play well for years from the moment you open the case.  If you’ve been thinking of owning a pre-war Buescher Aristocrat tenor, you’d be hard pressed to find a better one.

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    Buescher Aristocrat Tenor Saxophone 156 Relacquered Good Shape 351021

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    Buescher Big B Baritone 345xxx Original Lacquer Model 129 Good Deal

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    Buescher Big B Model 140 Alto Saxophone 329997 Original Lacquer Excellent Condition

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    Buescher Big B tenor 297xxx

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    Here is a beautiful, original lacquer Buescher Aristocrat Big B tenor with small bell. It has a fresh top-quality full overhaul/restoration, and retains its original snap in pads and gold Norton springs! The lacquer is a beautiful golden honey color, and this is some of the best looking engraving of any vintage saxophone in my opinion. This horn sports the desirable smaller bell that only a subset of Big B tenors have. These horns are among the best American tenors ever made and were billed as a jazzier alternative to the 400 “Top Hat and Cane” line. These are excellent, professional tenors that are highly prized for their big complex tone, good build quality, excellent intonation, and all around satisfying playing experience.

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    Buescher Big B Tenor 310xxx Silver

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    This is a beautiful freshly overhauled Big B tenor with small bell and gold wash. It was carefully re-plated, probably by Anderson Plating in Indiana sometime recently. It’s definitely a pretty saxophone, with gorgeous engraving and a dark gold wash in the bell. It sports the desirable smaller bell that only a subset of Big B tenors have. These horns are among the best American tenors ever made and were billed as a jazzier alternative to the 400 “Top Hat and Cane” line. These are excellent, professional tenors that are highly prized for their big complex tone, good build quality, excellent intonation, and all around satisfying playing experience.

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    Buescher Gold Aristocrat Sopranino Saxophone 190221

    Crazy gold plate Buescher sopranino. This is basically a True Tone that was finished later and gold plated. Needs a complete mechanical overhaul, as most of the keywork is frozen.

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    Buescher Gold Plated True Tone Soprano Saxophone

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    This is one of the best possible vintage soprano saxophones. For players, a True Tone of this serial number (213xxx) is just about as good as it gets. This soprano has great intonation and a superior tone – warm, round, lyrical, and not nasal or grating at all. The gold plate is just about all there, and there are no dents or dings. One post has been resoldered, and the repair was done well. This horn needs a repad, but you can play it a bit as-is too.

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    Buescher Silver New Aristocrat Alto Saxophone 263xxx

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    Here is a near mint silver early Aristocrat with split bell keys. This is the model that Sigurd Rascher played, and these horns are still in great demand. This horn has the ** neck, which is rarer and less-understood than the 3 and 1 necks. I have seen people in forums claim that the other necks have better intonation, but like so much you read online about rarer saxophones, it is hard to say whether that reputation is deserved or not. It ships in the original case, which is in ok condition.

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    Buescher Silver Top Hat and Cane Alto Saxophone

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    This is a rare silver Top Hat and Cane alto sax in near-pristine condition. It has just about all of its silver plate intact and there are no dents or resolders anywhere on the instrument. A small ding was removed from the neck, and it’s in good shape now. The body is straight, the bell flare looks great, as does the bottom bow. The pads are in good shape and the horn is in great regulation with a carefully-done setup. It ships in a beautiful blue-gray and white True Tone case that is in good condition. It would be hard to find a more beautiful example of a Top Hat. The engraving is particularly striking.

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    Buescher Sopranino True Tone Gold Plated

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    This is the best playing model sopranino ever made, with the best tone and with excellent intonation (for a ‘nino). It is also extremely rare in gold plate and very beautiful. The gold plate is around 98% on this horn, and the only blemish is some scuffing behind the lip of the bell where a number had been engraved at some point. This horn comes with the original case, and also the original mouthpiece, ligature and cap. I have the original lyre as well.

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    Buescher Sopranino True Tone Gold Plated 159xxx

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    This is the best playing model sopranino ever made, with the best tone and with excellent intonation (for a ‘nino). It is also extremely rare in gold plate and very beautiful. The gold plate is virtually all present on this horn. There are no past repairs on this horn. This horn comes from a collector who took excellent care of it, so if you are looking for the ultimate sopranino, both from a collectibility standpoint and from a playability standpoint this is the horn for you!

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    Buescher Super 400 Tenor 383xxx

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    This is a nice, clean, original Buescher Super 400 tenor saxophone. It has original lacquer, original pads, springs, snaps, and a cool original case. This is a professional horn made in the USA that is basically identical to the more expensive “Top Hat and Cane” tenors, but which has simpler engraving. These horns all have a big, balanced tone that is medium between bright and dark, and excellent intonation. They work great for a wide range of playing situations. It is always important to get a structurally clean vintage horn if you can, and this is definitely one.

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    Buescher Super 400 Tenor 383xxx

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    This is a nice, clean, original Buescher Super 400 tenor saxophone. It has original lacquer, original pads, springs, snaps, and a cool original case. This is a professional horn made in the USA that is basically identical to the more expensive “Top Hat and Cane” tenors, but which has simpler engraving. These horns all have a big, balanced tone that is medium between bright and dark, and excellent intonation. They work great for a wide range of playing situations.
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    Buescher Tenor Saxophone 304xxx Top Hat and Cane

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    This is a very nice example of a Buescher ‘Top Hat and Cane’ model tenor saxophone. It has almost all of its original lacquer intact. There are no dents, and only a few dings on the back of the bottom bow. The neck has been pulled down and repaired well. It has older pads that are sealing well, and it has just been put into good playing condition. It has a big medium bright tone that is great for a whole range of settings. People call this the quintessential rock and roll horn, but it works for much more than that. The intonation is great and the horn is nice and responsive to play. This sax should make someone very happy.
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    Buescher Tenor Saxophone 305xxx Big B

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    This is a beautiful example of a Buescher Big B Tenor saxophone. It has the original lacquer in a dark honey color that only the vintage Buescher’s are able to get. This is one of my favorite looks for a saxophone – this color lacquer and this Big B art deco engraving. Looks great! Many people do not realize just how good the Buescher tenors from around 300k serial number are. They have a big, complex, medium dark tone. The intonation is excellent, and the sound is so nice that you find yourself listening to yourself play!

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    Buescher Tenor Saxophone Top Hat and Cane

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    The Buescher Top Hat and Cane tenor is the top of the line saxophone model made by the Buescher company. This horn is relacquered, so it’s a chance to get it for a significantly lower price than it would otherwise be if it were original lacquer. On a horn like this, where it is actually pretty hard for the average person to tell that it was relacquered, it is very unlikely that the light buffing that was done affected the tone of the horn in any negative way. As you can tell by looking at the pictures of the engraving below, this horn was very lightly buffed, or perhaps hand polished when it was relacquered. These horns are killer players when they are repadded well, so this should be a really good purchase for somebody out there!

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    Buescher Tipped Bell Soprano 204xxx

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    This is a super-rare tipped bell Buescher soprano. It has a curved neck that moves the horn down in your hands so that it hangs better on a neck strap and feels lighter and easier to play than a regular soprano. And the bell tips up to compensate for this, giving the horn a unique look. This horn is in very good condition, with almost all of the original silver intact, and the only past damage I notice is some dent work around the bell flare area, which is very common on any vintage soprano, since the case is so stiff in the bell area. True Tone sopranos are superb instruments, with a big, round, rich tone that is medium dark in the core and very flexible for different styles of playing. The intonation is very good, hence the “True Tone” model name, and tends to be a bit more slotted in and less flexible than other vintage sopranos, not that that’s a big deal if you have a good ear. For those who are mainly concerned about getting a great tone and who are willing to work with the vintage keywork, this would be an excellent choice.

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    Buescher Top Hat Alto Silver 299xxx

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    This is a rare original silver-plated Buescher 400 Top Hat and Cane alto saxophone SN299xxx. It just got a fresh overhaul with white roo pads. It’s a very responsive alto and also easy to play. Like you would expect with a 400, the sound is rich and medium between bright and dark, with plenty of power when you want it, but also with the ability to play beautifully and right in tune on lyrical passages. The key work is fast and comfortable – you just have to get used to the LH pinky table if you have been spoiled by a modern horn, which takes a couple of weeks but is well worth it for the sound.

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    Buescher Top Hat and Cane Alto 299xxx

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    Buescher Top Hat and Cane Alto 344xxx

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    This is a beautiful original lacquer Buescher 400 Top Hat and Cane alto SN# 344xxx, with a fresh, high-end overhaul with domed metal resonators. This model is the pinnacle of Buescher’s saxophone manufacturing, and it is known for its great build quality, big sound, and excellent intonation. The sound is rich and medium between bright and dark, with plenty of power when you want it, but also with the ability to play beautifully and right in tune on lyrical passages. The keywork is fast and comfortable – you just have to get used to the LH pinky table if you have been spoiled by a modern horn, which takes a couple of weeks but is well worth it for the sound.

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    Buescher Top Hat and Cane Alto Saxophone 341754

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    Buescher Top Hat and Cane Alto Saxophone Super 400 Excellent Condition 317532

    Beautiful original lacquer, original pads Buescher Super 400 alto ‘Top Hat & Cane’ model. This is the most deluxe saxophone that Buescher produced, with deluxe engraving, fast keywork, and Buescher’s signature top quality intonation. Don’t miss the little details that take these horns from good to great, like the silver “tone ring” under the bell lip, the underslung octave key, and the raised Buescher logo in the engraving. If you have been looking for an alto that has the sweet, dynamic, moderately-focused Buescher tone, and that looks beautiful, and is in uncommonly good original condition, look no further.

    This alto has no resolders, no dents, and only light play wear on the original lacquer. It has the original case in good condition. The neck is in very good condition. Even on the original pads, this alto still plays surprisingly well. It has the snaps and spuds intact, as well as the gold plated Norton  springs. Everything you look for in a top quality Buescher is here. Just get the pads replaced by the repair shop of your choice, and you will have an alto that sounds bigger, sweeter, and more complex than any of the modern alto options, that tunes excellently, and that looks gorgeous. These are built extremely well, and they stay in adjustment very well down the road. The Buescher Top Hat and Cane altos are the creme de la creme of Buescher altos, and they are quite hard to find in this sort of condition.

    Only one available, and priced quite low to sell quickly. I also have the matching tenor, already overhauled, if you are interested in a matched set.

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    Buescher Top Hat and Cane Alto Saxophone Super 400 Near Mint Superb 323836

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    Buescher Top Hat and Cane Tenor Saxophone Relacquered, Pickup Plugged Old Pads Great Deal

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    Buescher True Tone Alto 123390 Relacquered Fair Condition Needs Overhaul

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    Buescher True Tone Alto Saxophone Gold Plated 178xxx

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    The Buescher True Tone was an enormously popular horn in the USA in the 1920’s and 30’s and there are lots of them around today as well. That is why they are not worth as much as some of the rarer vintage horns. But the reason they were so popular was that they play well, so if you are looking for a beautiful and good-playing alto sax on a budget, the True Tone is a natural choice. The gold-plated horns are much more rare, and they look the best of all the finishes from that time.

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    Buescher True Tone Aristocrat 346xxx

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    If you’re looking for the best possible vintage tenor saxophone on a budget, then this is probably it. The early Buescher Aristocrat tenors like this are fantastic. The 156 is the most popular model, and the ones with a “Big B” engraved on the bell sell for double the price of this one, even though this horn is exactly identical to the Big B, except for the engraving. So it’s a high-end, fully professional tenor, but for not much money, and it sounds a lot better than almost any modern tenor if you are going for a big, complex, vintage-leaning tone.

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    Buescher True Tone Bass Saxophone

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    This hulking behemoth is a 104xxx Buescher True Tone Bass saxophone in original silver plate. This sax has had a relatively uncomplicated life, and it is very clean for a bass. If you’re looking for a good condition vintage bass, there are not all that many good options, and this should be one of the better ones available. This horn has a big warm tone and it plays down to low Bb without too much trouble. It comes with a mouthpiece, and the original neck is also in great shape. I’d be happy to answer any other questions that you may have about the horn. It’s definitely lots of fun to play!

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    Buescher True Tone C Melody Gold Plated 127xxx

    Here is a possibly a one of a kind, special order gold plated Buescher True Tone C Melody that is also in mint/near mint condition. This, combined with the fact that it is the only Buescher C Melody that I have seen that has a front F, makes this horn very very special. If you are serious about saxophones outside the normal Bb and Eb family, then this would be a great one to play or to collect.

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    Buescher True Tone C melody Saxophone 232360

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    Buescher True Tone C Melody Saxophone Super Rare 2 necks incl straight 143626

    This Buescher C Melody has a straight Buescher neck along with the curved. It’s nuts!

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    Buescher True Tone Curved Soprano 193xxx

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    For overall playability and tone, this is one of the best curved sopranos ever made. The late True Tone curvy’s are coveted for their unique combination of a big, warm, rich tone and accurate intonation. The modern soprano sound for some reason has not managed to recover the richness of 20’s to early 30’s soprano tone (probably because the modern sound is a development of the Mark VI soprano, whose design actually PRE-dates the advancement represented by the Buescher, Conn, and Martin sopranos of the late 20’s!). When you play an old Buescher, Martin or Conn, it’s almost like you’re playing a different instrument from what people are used to thinking of as soprano saxophone.

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    Buescher True Tone Curved Soprano 71xxx Original Silver High Eb

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    Buescher True Tone Curved Soprano to High F Silver Plate!

    Don’t be fooled by a bit of tarnish. This beautiful soprano will look blindingly silver when it gets repadded and polished. It’s listed needing a repad for now, at a very good price.

    For overall playability and tone, this is one of the best curved sopranos ever made. The late True Tone curvy’s are coveted for their unique combination of a big, warm, rich tone and accurate intonation. The modern soprano sound for some reason has not managed to recover the richness of 20’s to early 30’s soprano tone (probably because the modern sound is a development of the Mark VI soprano, whose design actually PRE-dates the advancement represented by the Buescher, Conn, and Martin sopranos of the late 20’s!). When you play an old Buescher, Martin or Conn, it’s almost like you’re playing a different instrument from what people are used to thinking of as soprano saxophone.

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    Buescher True Tone Gold-Plated Soprano 193xxx

    This is a SUPER rare BURNISHED gold plate True Tone soprano. Meaning that the gold is applied with a burnisher and is much thicker than gold plate and much more long-lasting. The late True Tone sopranos are coveted for their unique combination of a big, warm, rich tone and very accurate, easy intonation. Cosmetically, and mechanically, this is also as clean of an example of a late True Tone as you will find. It is nearly perfect with no past repairs and no current dents or dings or issues. It has a high F, which is great. It has a fresh, full overhaul done by Barnard Instrument Repair, in Iowa – one of the premiere saxophone repair shops in the USA right now. Get it now – there is not likely to be another one like this for sale any time soon.

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    Buescher True Tone Series IV Alto 220xxx

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    This is truly a FANTASTIC saxophone, but it is currently still low-priced. It is also not super-easy to find. The Series IV wasn’t made for all that long, and these later ones are the best of the True Tones. As the name suggests, these horns play with “True” intonation – they are easy to play in tune. This particular horn is in basically near mint condition – it has its spuds and snaps and Norton springs intact. The Silver plate is thick and nearly 100% there. It will look new when polished and repadded. You won’t find a better horn for the money than this anywhere.

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    Buescher True Tone Series IV C Melody 230xxx Rare!

    Late C Melody’s are the best. This is among the latest Bueschers I have seen. It plays open and warmly. Lots of resonance, great intonation. Recent overhaul and very clean!

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    Buescher True Tone Series IV Soprano Saxophone 218533

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    Buescher True Tone Series IV Soprano Saxophone Overhauled Great Deal 218580

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    Buescher True Tone Sopranino Saxophone

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    The Buescher True Tone is the best vintage sopranino for tone and intonation, and arguably the best sopranino period. The tone on these horns is warm and round and very pleasant, and the intonation is very good for a sopranino. This should be a fun horn to play and nice to listen to as well. You can’t say that about every sopranino!

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    Buescher True Tone Soprano 193xxx

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    If you’re looking for the best possible vintage tenor saxophone on a budget, then this is probably it. The early Buescher Aristocrat tenors like this are fantastic. The 156 is the most popular model, and the ones with a “Big B” engraved on the bell sell for double the price of this one, even though this horn is exactly identical to the Big B, except for the engraving. So it’s a high-end, fully professional tenor, but for not much money, and it sounds a lot better than almost any modern tenor if you are going for a big, complex, vintage-leaning tone.

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    Buescher True Tone Soprano 209k Original Silver Plate old (orig?) pads Great Potential

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    Buescher True Tone Soprano Gold Saxophone 232441

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    Buescher True Tone Soprano Saxophone 218xxx

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    Here is a beautiful example of a later True Tone soprano, which is one of the most popular and best soprano saxophones of all time. Even so many decades later, these are still desirable for their warm, round tone and excellent intonation. This horn has nearly 100% of its original silver plate and the gold wash in the bell is particularly nice. It has older pads that are still sealing well. It should be in good shape for a few years or perhaps more in this condition. Note that I have the keys corked closed for shipping in the pictures, but all the keys are in totally normal regulation and position. It ships in a nice modern case that will be very usable both for shipping and for regular use.

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    Buescher True Tone Tenor Saxophone 263478

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    Buescher True Tone Tipped Bell Soprano 204xxx

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    This is a super-rare tipped bell Buescher soprano. It has a curved neck that moves the horn down in your hands so that it hangs better on a neck strap and feels lighter and easier to play than a regular soprano. And the bell tips up to compensate for this, giving the horn a unique look. These sopranos are very rare and only come up for sale infrequently. True Tone sopranos are superb instruments, with a big, round, rich tone that is medium dark in the core and very flexible for different styles of playing.

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    Buescher True-Tone Curved Soprano 94xxx

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    Here’s a good deal on a Buescher True Tone curved soprano. This is a fun vintage curvy because it has good intonation and good build quality – much better than many modern curved sopranos. It is keyed to high Eb, and plays somewhat as-is. If you got it polished and replaced some pads, you would have a really nice soprano for a very good price.

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    Buescher TT Curved Soprano 135498