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This is a near mint, original lacquer Buffet Super Dynaction tenor saxophone SN#10xxx. It is near mint, and it just got a full overhaul done by Matt Stohrer, who is one of the best techs in the country. These are very tough to find in this kind of condition, and they are especially hard to find in the earlier serial numbers. This horn has no past repairs and no current damage at all. It was all original including pads, neck, and case, with a few goodies in there when I got it, so you can know that nobody ever messed with this horn in the past. It is about as pristine as they possibly get, and as close to walking into a music store and buying a new horn in 1964 as you could get. Matt Stohrer is both a Buffet fan and a purist in overhauls, and when he overhauled it, he was able to reuse the original resonators on the new pads, and he used the factory pad heights as a reference for the new job. This is some of Matt’s best work, in my opinion, and brings vintage Buffet saxophone overhauls to a new high water mark, even bettering the factory setup because of the presence of a few modern adjustment materials that increase the fluidity and consistency of the feel under the fingers across the different registers.
This horn is a SURPRISINGLY BIG player – one that I would be very happy keeping and playing myself as my main tenor. It is definitely the best playing SDA that I have played so far, with a bit darker and more focused tone than some later SDA’s, and with a really startling amount of resonance and life to the body tube. The horn just pops out harmonics like crazy and it is also super-loud. This is a horn that will take whatever you throw at it: its volume knob goes to 11.
Compared to a vintage Selmer (everyone always asks this) the tone is fairly similar, but it has a bigger sound, a slightly different but still “French” core and similar ergonomics (but the RH is a bit more spread than a VI, for instance, but only by a hair). It has a medium-dark core, on the tonal spectrum. Intonation is very good. If you like modern ergonomics, you’re interested in a more vintage tone, but you don’t want to have something that’s totally different from modern, (and you don’t want to spend a ton) then the Buffet SDA is what you want to get! I have read online a few times that Buffet tenors supposedly cannot be played at loud volumes, and I honestly have no idea what people are talking about. This horn has a far bigger sound than most Selmers (except maybe the BA) and it won’t back down. If you’re a collector or player looking for the cleanest possible SDA tenor, it would be hard to do better than this one! With a world-class overhaul already done, this is a turn key purchase for one of my favorite tenors to come through in a while. Includes the beautiful original Lifton case, and I would strongly recommend adding a modern case of some kind to protect the instrument in shipping. I sell BAM and Hiscox cases, which would both do the trick, and I’d be happy to discuss a good package deal with the case of your choice.