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  1. Advice on Buying or Selling a Saxophone
    I'm getting back to playing saxophone again after about 7 years away. Playing used to be such a major part of my life but life, school, and finances got in the way. But i'm back and ready for that part of my soul to be fulfilled. Only been half alive without this. Currently, i'm looking at...
  2. Buescher
    Hello Everyone, I have been playing since '89 with a huge hiatus the last 12 years (marriage, kids, career) and am just getting back to playing with all the excitement of a new student. I have always played Selmers. Started with a Bundy II tenor (not really a Selmer) then to a '56 Mark VI alto...
  3. Buescher
    I have the opportunity to purchase an Aristocrat 654XXX for $400 CDN/$315 USD which (according to the serial lists I've seen) seems to be c.1975-6. It is in excellent condition, a closet queen, and comes with a Brilhart MP. I haven't played it yet because some of the corks between the keys and...
  4. Buescher
    Hi everyone, I have a Buescher baritone saxophone that I bought quite a while back. I liked how it played, and wasn't overly concerned with what I was purchasing at the time. Now, I am a bit more interested and would like to figure out exactly what it is that I have. Its serial number is...
  5. Necks
    My tech recommends that I try to find a new neck but I don't know where to look. The sn of my 'crat is 342515 which puts it around 1951. Any ideas where to find one?
  6. Buescher
    A local seller has an Aristocrat alto, sn 354xxx, for $300 (with neck and mouthpiece). Let's assume the horn needs a total overhaul. Would you go for it? I haven't yet seen the horn and the seller doesn't know anything about saxes (left over from an estate sale). I'm checking it out Saturday...
  7. Buescher
    I just switched from a P. Mauriat tenor (PMXT-66RUL) to a 156 #342xxx (1952?). This is a real players horn, not a "like new" looker. Due to it's looks I got a great deal. I liked the P. Mauriat's sound but didn't like it's somewhat stiff key movement or that it was so heavy (weight). My 'crat...
  8. Buescher
    I went to get my Aristocrat big B alto put back into playing order and was told that it wasn't even worth repadding much less the two broken springs and a couple of corks. I had been under the impression that Big B's were very desirable horns and worth much more than the $400 he estimated the...
  9. Buescher
    Is this one called 155 or 127? It dates from 1947
  10. Buescher
    I just bought this beauty from 1936, i'm so happy!
  11. Buescher
    After many different horns over the years, from Mark VIs to 6Ms, I find myself without an alto again. After many good experiences with trying out Buescher horns and having used to play a late 400 bari and a TT tenor way back when, I have decided to pick up a series I 'crat alto. I found a decent...
  12. Buescher
    I found a Buescher Aristocrat Tenor with serial nr 235xxx. The serial nr charts say that the Aristocrats start at about 264xxx, but the engraving sais Aristocrat. Who can tell me more?
  13. Buescher
    I did use the search function, however I couldn't find The exact information I wanted and I know there is a lot of opinion involved. The number is 553388 Which puts it right in the 70s and yes after the Selmer buyout. I got this at $200.00 even after shipping and it has been professionally...
  14. Buescher
    I understand the Big Bs are seen as the best of the Aristocrats. Never owned one, but I just picked up my second Series III Aristocrat. I previously had a 1957 and this one dates from 1950. I was impressed with the 1957 and regret having sold it, so I'm looking forward to the 1950. Is the Big B...
  15. Sax Body and Finish
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  16. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    The octave lever lifter screw-in rod on my alto got broken. :( Where can we buy a replacement rod? I see Yamaha and Buffet rod kits for sale "out there," but would these fit my Buescher Aristocrat? (Sorry if my vocabulary isn't up to snuff. I am a very new sax player--just two years under my...
  17. Buescher
    I have a question about a saxophone that I just saw on eaby...It is a buescher and the serialnumer is 304XXX wich according to saxgourmet http://www.saxgourmet.com/VINTAGE_SAXOPHONE_VALUE_GUIDE.htm would be a Big B Aristocrat. Is this for sure, was all the saxophones that was made between 290XXX...
  18. Advice on Buying or Selling a Saxophone
    Is $475 a good deal for a beuscher aristocrat? Also would it be a good fit for me? I play a lot of bebop jazz and I tend to have a pretty big tone. I would ideally like to take it to college with me and have it be my tenor for the rest of my life. Is this a professional horn?
  19. Buescher
    Okay, I am starting to see Bueschers in my sleep... LOL Can I get some feedback on the various types of Buescher tenors and their quality of sound and play? As well as a bit more understanding as to post buyout, prebuyout (other than after Selmer purchased and before Selmer purchased) The...
  20. Buescher
    I have an Aristocrat Alto that has been overhauled at least once back in about 1976. It is either a 335xxx or a 385xxx very difficult to read the serial. I played the heck out of it through college and then put it away (1988) in pretty worn out condition. My son is now playing and ready for...
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