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Buescher Aristocrat 140 Alto 339934 Great Deal Original Lacquer Plays on Older Pads$ 850
Buescher Big B Alto Saxophone Original Lacquer Good Condition 324407$ 1,600
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.
Buescher Big B Model 140 Alto Saxophone 321761 Original Lacquer Very Good Condition$ 1,600
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.
Buescher Big B Tenor Saxophone 293523 Original Lacquer Fresh Full Overhaul Excellent!$ 3,500
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.
Only one available.
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 $1500 off the price because it has a new coat of lacquer. That’s a great deal.
Only one available!
Buescher True Tone Alto Saxophone 202609 Original Gold Plate Very Good Condition$ 950
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 $3k not including the sax! This is a great serial range for a true tone. Many of my favorite playing Bueschers have been around 180-220k serial. This horn is looking for someone to adopt it and get it going on its next life. Saxophones really don’t wear out if they are cared for. This one has spent decades in a collection, and it is now ready to be repadded and loved and enjoyed.
Only one available!
Buescher True Tone Bass Saxophone Getting Overhauled Now Very Good Condition$ 7,500
This bad boy is getting the works – full mechanical overhaul. It has the snaps and spuds by the way, for those of you who want that stuff. It’s going to be one of those vanishingly rare bass saxophones that actually plays effortlessly down low softly. You only get that by seriously spending some time and money on the overhaul, but it’s worth it. New photos coming after the overhaul. It’s in excellent condition to start with though. Very light lacquer wear and no serious past damage. The overhaul price is included in the asking price! I don’t have a case for it currently, but I prefer to double box bass saxophones and ship them in no case anyway. It’s the safest way to do it and it works great.
Buescher True Tone C Soprano Rare Original Gold Plate! Old Pads 86473$ 2,150
the Buescher Elkhart Ind. Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece F74$ 75
I have a soft spot for “the” branded things. Buescher at some point thought that this mouthpiece was the one that epitomized their brand. Scooped sidewalls, large round chamber, no baffle. Tip opening measures 0.068″. Classic swing era dark tone. high resistance, low to moderate projection. This would look great on your Aristocrat.