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Saxophones by Buescher (pronounced BISH-er) Band Instrument Co.

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    Buescher 400 Tenor Original Lacquer Very Good Condition Old Pads

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    Buescher 400 Tenor Saxophone Fair Condition Low Price S-25

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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 140 Alto 339934 Great Deal Original Lacquer Plays on Older Pads

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            Buescher Aristocrat 140 Alto 339984 Just Tuned Up

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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 Original Lacquer Needs Overhaul

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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 Alto 270215 Factory Relacquer Old Pads Great Shape!

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                  Buescher Aristocrat Series 1 Alto 285455 Old Pads

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                  Buescher Aristocrat Series 1 Alto Original Silver 280237 01 Neck Old Pads

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                  Buescher Aristocrat Series 1 Deco Engraved Silver Baritone Small Bell Fantastic 273737

                  This is the only small bell Buescher Art Deco baritone that I’ve seen. I’m sure there are others, but if there are, they could hardly be nicer than this one. It has almost all of its original silver plate intact, as well as the gold in the bell. The pads are in good condition, from an overhaul with not too much play time on it.  It just got a nice tune up on the already-newish pads, and it plays great! If you love a baritone to have a full, warm voice and great intonation, this is the horn for you. Plus it has the rarity and beauty to make it very special. It’s priced SUPER low for what a quality baritone it is, and there is most certainly only one available!

                   

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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 Alto Original Lacquer Excellent Condition!

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                  Buescher Big B Alto Saxophone 298875 Relacquer Low Price

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                  Buescher Big B Alto Saxophone Original Lacquer Good Condition 324407

                  This is a 1949 Buescher “Big B” Aristocrat, so named for the ornate engraving of a, well, a Big B on the bell.  This horn is in very good condition, and the typical wear around the fine engraving of the B on the bell is not present, which indicates that this horn has led a life mostly in a closet somewhere.  There are no resolders or past dentwork to speak of, and it plays *way* better than it should on some very old pads, but you would want to get this repadded to play like it can, which is very, very good!  

                  These horns are undervalued in my opinion.  I mean, you can get this one in such great shape with all of its original Snap-on resonators and overhaul it for not a whole lot more than a Yamaha student model in total- seems like a good buy to me! They combine excellent intonation, comfortable keywork, top notch build quality, and beautiful lacquer and engraving with a warm, centered tone.  Johnny Hodges famously played one of these, and his tone is a very good example of the blend of sweetness and power these horns possess.

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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 321761 Original Lacquer Very Good Condition

                  This is a 1949 Buescher “Big B” Aristocrat, so named for the ornate engraving of a, well, a Big B on the bell.  This horn is in very good condition, and the typical wear around the fine engraving of the B on the bell is not present, which isn’t surprising since this alto was treasured in an extensive collection for the past forty years or so. There are no resolders or past dentwork to speak of, and it plays quite well on an overhaul that the above-mentioned collector had done at some point before putting it away. This is an excellent value! It has the Norton springs, but not the snaps, which actually makes it easier to maintain, since the pad work is the same as any other saxophone now.

                  These horns are undervalued in my opinion. They combine excellent intonation, comfortable keywork, top notch build quality, and beautiful lacquer and engraving with a warm, centered tone. Johnny Hodges famously played one of these, and his tone is a very good example of the blend of sweetness and power these horns possess.

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

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                  Buescher Big B Tenor 156 Gold Paint over Lacquer Needs Overhaul 338589

                  Strip the gold paint off and you’ll have a beautiful Buescher Aristocrat tenor that’s ready for overhaul and priced right. These are great, desirable tenors with excellent intonation, a warm, full tone, and a sound unlike anything else. Buescher is less wild than a Conn but richer and fatter than a Selmer, and tunes better than both! This horn is in basically fine shape besides needing an overhaul, so it should be a pretty straightforward job to get it up to speed and playing its best. Only one available!

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                  Buescher Big B Tenor 294701 GREAT Deal Needs Overhaul Refinished

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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 Big B Tenor Saxophone 293523 Original Lacquer Fresh Full Overhaul Excellent!

                      Price JUST reduced mid May 2020! This is an excellent deal!

                      This is an original lacquer Buescher Aristocrat Big B tenor with the desirable small bell. It’s one of the most beautiful vintage Bueschers, with extensive engraving and gorgeously translucent, dark nitrocellulose lacquer. They don’t make them like this anymore.

                      This tenor just got a full mechanical overhaul, and I mean the works! When I got it, it had new pads, but the pad work was not that good, so now it has a really great overhaul and plays excellently. The keywork is in great condition – nice and tight. The missing lacquer on the back of the bow doesn’t show when you play, and is from a small dent that was removed a bit to vigorously at some point. That is now fixed, and the rest of the horn is quite nice. Neck is in good condition also. There are no dents or dings. It is hard to find this desirable version of the vintage Buescher tenor in good shape, and this one is better than all but a few. It has the snaps and spuds intact, but has correct style ‘real’ pad work that works around the spuds. (If you watch Matt Stohrer’s video on Buescher overhauls, you’ll see what I mean. This is extra work, but worth it to do right the first time.)

                      Playing wise, it’s tons of fun. It has a centered, warm tone with excellent response and intonation. It would be pretty hard to sound bad on this tenor. It has that classic American straight-ahead projection that fills a room whether you are amplified or not. And it’s just pleasant to listent to. So many of the modern options I hear people playing are different flavors of bland and rather hollow-sounding. This tenor is rich and full of color. Bueschers like this tune well with a wide range of mouthpieces, and they can do anything from classical to jazz to R&B.

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                      Buescher Big B Tenor Small Bell Original Lacquer Near Mint Ridiculously Rare 297453

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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 New Aristocrat Alto Rascher Serial Original Silver Plate Old Pads 265024

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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 Straight Alto Super Rare Excellent Original Condition Recent Overhaul Orig Case

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                                Buescher Super 400 Alto Saxophone Needs Overhaul Great Deal!

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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 & Cane Alto Saxophone Great Deal 359118

                                            This is one of the very last “Top Hat & Cane” Buescher 400 alto saxophones made- the model run ended around serial number 360,000.  The lacquer is not original, though it has not been overly buffed, and about half of the relacquer remains. The keys are nickel plated, which I imagine was not original, but it was very well done.  The original Snap-On resonators and amber rollers are present, and the horn is in pretty good physical condition. It will need an overhaul, but it is a pretty solid sax with no major damage or dents, and the price is considerably less than most Top Hat & Cane altos.  

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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 Original Silver Plate Orig Pads Gorgeous 301839

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                                                  Buescher Top Hat and Cane Tenor Original Silver Plate Super Rare 356387

                                                  This is a 1955 Buescher Top Hat and Cane tenor saxophone in original silver plate finish. It’s hard to overemphasize how rare the tenors are in original silver plate. I have seen three original silver Top hat and cane altos, and one replated silver tenor that started as lacquer. But this is the only original silver one I’ve ever seen! There are probably some others out there, but I doubt that there are very many.

                                                  This rare beast also just got a complete overhaul done, and it has all new pads and is totally ready to go for the long-term, right out of the case. You’d be hard pressed to find a nicer example of a Buescher Top Hat and Cane tenor anywhere! I’ve seen a few nice original lacquer examples in recent years, and they sold for basically this price minus the overhaul cost, which means you’re getting the rare silver plate finish for not much extra money compared to a really clean original lacquer one. Tyler did a video on this horn that you should watch with headphones for the best sense of the sound. To me, it plays with a warm, round tone, with lots of power and excellent intonation. These horns are just REALLY FUN to play. That’s the main reason to buy one. It’s great for almost any type of music from classical to rock. The Top Hat tenors work well with even really bright, high baffle tenor pieces, because the big, warm vintage tone can support that bright mouthpiece without getting brittle. The low register is effortless, as is the altissimo. This is a rare opportunity to add this horn to your collection that is both a top player, and very collectible at the same time. It’s one of the most beautiful vintage saxophones as well.

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                                                  Buescher Top Hat and Cane Tenor Saxophone Fresh Overhaul Factory Relacquer 300849

                                                  This highly-desirable Buescher Top Hat and Cane tenor is in excellent condition, AND it just got a complete restoration, which means an overhaul of everything that can be done. That’s like a $1000-1500 value added right there.

                                                  This looks like original lacquer, but is actually a factory relacquer job done with basically no buffing or changes to the brass of the horn. Probably just a chemical strip, hand polish, and re-spray. It looks really good, and plays great too!

                                                  The Top Hat and Cane is easily the most desirable of the Bueschers, and it is one of the most beautiful vintage saxophones also, with the raised metal Buescher logo, the castle engraving, and all of the little design touches that set it apart. I personally love the silver ‘tone ring’ underneath the bell flare. A lot of work to add; not very visible, but they did it anyway. And there are details like that all over the horn.

                                                  This is a great all-purpose tenor. It is warm and full sounding – nice fat upper register, responsive low register. Intonation is very easy. And it works with a wide range of mouthpieces. A lot of those beach band 60’s tenor solos are on Bueschers like this, but you can just as easily play jazz or classical repertoire on them. You’re saving about $1500 off the price because it has a new coat of lacquer. That’s a great deal.

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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 Original Silver Plate Old Pads Great Deal! 140356

                                                  Buescher True Tone alto in good shape with OLD pads, needing overhaul. This is original silver plate in very good condition. Get your local shop to repad it and polish it, and it will look better than you would believe! These altos are beloved for their beautiful, warm, round tone, and their excellent intonation. They’re not called ‘true tone’ for nothing.

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                                                  Buescher True Tone Alto Saxophone 1 Neck 196723 Silver Plate Fair Condition

                                                  The Buescher True Tone alto saxophones are excellent instruments for a wide range of playing. They have great intonation, and a beautiful, warm, round tone that works great for classical alto or concert band, or any setting where you want to have a big, beautiful, ‘sweet’ alto saxophone sound. This example comes from a collector who sold it to me together with a few other choice True Tones. It has old pads, so it needs an overhaul. As such, I have it priced really low for what you get. This horn should be amazingly beautiful when polished up and repadded, and it will be a reliably great player for many many more years to come. The original silver plate is in fair condition. It has the desirable #1 neck. It’s a great serial range for the True Tone. This is priced low to sell quickly. At this price, I’m just looking for someone who is willing to adopt it and do it justice with a nice repad. It deserves to make music again!

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                                                  Buescher True Tone Alto Saxophone 183458

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                                                  Buescher True Tone Alto Saxophone 200008 Original Silver Plate Good Condition

                                                  The Buescher True Tone alto saxophones are excellent instruments for a wide range of playing. They have great intonation, and a beautiful, warm, round tone that works great for classical alto or concert band, or any setting where you want to have a big, beautiful, ‘sweet’ alto saxophone sound. This example comes from a collector who sold it to me together with a few other choice True Tones. It has old pads, so it needs an overhaul. As such, I have it priced really low for what you get. This horn should be amazingly beautiful when polished up and repadded, and it will be a reliably great player for many many more years to come. I love the rose gold wash inside the bell, and the original silver plate is also in quite good condition. This is a great serial range for a true tone. Many of my favorite playing Bueschers have been around 180-220k serial.

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                                                  Buescher True Tone Alto Saxophone 202609 Original Gold Plate Very Good Condition

                                                  The Buescher True Tone alto saxophones are excellent instruments for a wide range of playing. They have great intonation, and a beautiful, warm, round tone that works great for classical alto or concert band, or any setting where you want to have a big, beautiful, ‘sweet’ alto saxophone sound. This example comes from a collector who sold it to me together with a few other choice True Tones. It has old pads, so it needs an overhaul. As such, I have it priced really low for what you get. This horn should be amazingly beautiful when polished up and repadded, and it will be a reliably great player for many many more years to come. The original gold plate (yes, real gold, not lacquer finish) is almost all intact, and looks amazing. Just to get an alto sax gold plated in today’s world would cost you around $3k not including the sax! This is a great serial range for a true tone. Many of my favorite playing Bueschers have been around 180-220k serial. This horn is looking for someone to adopt it and get it going on its next life. Saxophones really don’t wear out if they are cared for. This one has spent decades in a collection, and it is now ready to be repadded and loved and enjoyed.

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                                                  Buescher True Tone Alto Saxophone 204539 Original Gold Plate Good Condition

                                                  The Buescher True Tone alto saxophones are excellent instruments for a wide range of playing. They have great intonation, and a beautiful, warm, round tone that works great for classical alto or concert band, or any setting where you want to have a big, beautiful, ‘sweet’ alto saxophone sound. This example comes from a collector who sold it to me together with a few other choice True Tones. It has old pads, so it needs an overhaul. As such, I have it priced really low for what you get. This horn should be amazingly beautiful when polished up and repadded, and it will be a reliably great player for many many more years to come. The original gold plate (yes, real gold, not lacquer finish) is almost all intact, and looks amazing. Just to get an alto sax gold plated in today’s world would cost you around $3k not including the sax! This is a great serial range for a true tone. Many of my favorite playing Bueschers have been around 180-220k serial. This horn is looking for someone to adopt it and get it going on its next life. Saxophones really don’t wear out if they are cared for. This one has spent decades in a collection, and it is now ready to be repadded and loved and enjoyed.

                                                  The price is absurdly low, but that’s one of the great things about the saxophone market right now!

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                                                  Buescher True Tone Alto Saxophone 83005 Original Silver Plate

                                                  The Buescher True Tone alto saxophones are excellent instruments for a wide range of playing. They have great intonation, and a beautiful, warm, round tone that works great for classical alto or concert band, or any setting where you want to have a big, beautiful, ‘sweet’ alto saxophone sound. This example comes from a collector who sold it to me together with a few other choice True Tones. It has old pads, so it needs an overhaul. As such, I have it priced really low for what you get. This horn should be amazingly beautiful when polished up and repadded, and it will be a reliably great player for many many more years to come. The original silver plate is also in reasonably good condition. This is priced low to sell quickly. At this price, I’m just looking for someone who is willing to adopt it and do it justice with a nice repad. It deserves to make music again!

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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 Alto Silver 257528 Good Condition

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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.