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  1. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    Hey Guys! Was doing some research to see if I was getting a fair deal on an estimate a local shop gave me. Assuming nothing crazy or out of the ordinary is wrong with the instrument, what do you feel would be a fair price for this overhaul? Assuming it only has one tiny dent about a quarter of...
  2. Buescher
    I've just got a Buescher 400, Selmer 1st Gen. serial #520XXX It seems it has Norton springs, they are threaded and not tapered. One seems gold plated. Not sure if they are original. My question is do you think it used to have also snap-on pads? The previous owner changed them to leather pads...
  3. Buescher
    I have a Buescher 400 tenor from 1967 that I like more and more as I get better. But due to the difficult LH pinky stretch on the table keys I've been wanting to try a horn reputed to have top ergonomics. So I tried a brand new Yamaha 82Z custom which was the best horn my Seattle area shop...
  4. Sax Body and Finish
    Hi, I have the opportunity to get this 321xxx, circa 1949, Buescher 400 Tenor in what seems good original condition and with original case, for around 1.2 K. Since I am buying long distance and have never had one in my hands, I am not sure if the tone of the laquer or the condition of the...
  5. Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification
    There have been one or two posts addressing the difficulty of hitting C# on the LH pinkie cluster. I've taken my 1968 Buescher 400 tenor to a very good tech, and he's lightened the action as much as he can. But it hasn't made enough of a difference because it didn't address the leverage problem...
  6. Buescher
    A while backjimEjoe posted on a Top Hat & Cane that he thought he had an opportunity of buying for $350. I had offered more for it, though I was not local. We (jimEjoe & I) determined that the seller may have inadvertently said yes to him, and in the end I was able to buy the sax. I do have to...
  7. Sax vs. Sax, Mpc vs. Mpc, etc.
    Hey all, I am looking for a tenor and my local tech just got two trade-ins that need some work, a 400 and Zephyr. I will be trying them out and they are both around the same price range. I currently play on a Selmer SA80 and really enjoy that horn. What it boils down to is two questions: How do...
  8. Cases
    Hi everyone, I've got a late '70's Buescher 400 Bari with Low A that I'm looking at getting a flight case for. Unfortunately the sax shop that I frequent doesn't have any cases that will fit my sax. I've only tried the BAM hightech and Selmer flight cases and both have the same problem in that...
  9. Cases
    Anyone have a case that actually fits this sax? Currently, I have a really beat up Protec case that is tearing apart. I'm not really a fan of the zippers, so I was thinking about getting a Jakob Winter flight case or the SKB case. BAM cases are way out of my budget. If someone could help me out...
  10. Necks
    Hello all, Im borrowing a friends Buescher 400 bari while he goes off to play with the military but I have one problem. I'm too short to play it. The neck is angled slightly up and its pretty long. Is there another neck that might be angled more down or curved? Where shouls I go to look for...
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