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This is a relacquered, early Buffet Super Dynaction tenor saxophone. The SDA is one of the best vintage tenors made, in my experience, with a big, complex, dark tone with a French core; excellent intonation; and much more modern ergonomics and feel than most other vintage horns (if the latter is important to you). This SDA is both early (1962) and structurally clean. There are no dents, no dings, no past repairs, nothing resoldered etc. The neck is in great shape and has not been pulled down.
The previous owner of this horn was obviously a meticulous guy, and sent this to Buffet in the 1970’s to be relacquered (because that’s what you did back in the day when your lacquer started to show a few signs of wear). They did an excellent job: this horn looks as good as an original lacquer Buffet, with no buffing to the engraving even in the finest lines. It also plays easily as well as the original lacquer Buffets in a side-by-side comparison. The pads are in good condition, and the horn is ready to go out of the case.
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 (impossible to describe) and similar ergonomics (but the RH is a bit more spread than a VI, for instance, but only by a hair). Intonation is very good on these, as a rule. 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 want to play loudy. It ships in the original case in good condition.