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This is a beautiful example of one of my favorite vintage tenors – the early Buffet SA-18, which has Selmer-like ergonomics, with a big, warm, smoky tone that is medium-spread. There’s a dent by the G key that looks as good as it’s going to without major work, and a spot of lacquer wear on the bell, probably from a mic. This horn has been relacquered, and it was done well, by the look of the engraving etc. It has just gotten several pads replaced and had some other adjustments made. There is still some play in the keywork, so if you wanted this horn to be perfect, it would need more mechanical work to make it as tight as it can be. It comes in good playing condition as is though. The neck is in great shape with no past damage. It ships in a nice, sturdy hard shell case. This is a good vintage tenor for the money. These horns are quite comparable with a Selmer Balanced Action or Super (Balanced) Action, for a lot less money. The Right hand keys are more spread than modern horns, so if you have small hands, you might want to look elsewhere, but if you have average size hands, you should be just fine.