I have a new-to-me mid 70s Bundy One Tenor with what my tech calls "floating pads". I wonder if these were original to this horn. How are they repaired? Anyone?
On the 70s Aristobundy horns, avoid the gold painted ones as they look terrible and are hard to sell and RUUUUUN away from the ones with the adjustapads (or whatever they were called). This was an stupid idea where they used rubberish pads on pivots that were supposed to self level. I think it lasted about a year.
All in all some of these horns can be good players. If you find one that has little use (remember they were meant for 12 year olds) you may have a good starter horn or one for your outdoor jobs.
Pull out all the old goofy pads and replace with a good quality conventional leather/felt/carback set of pads.I have a new-to-me mid 70s Bundy One Tenor with what my tech calls "floating pads". I wonder if these were original to this horn. How are they repaired? Anyone?
But you wouldn't really have to 'scour' very far at all, and you probably need go no further than a few hundred miles. Because there are a good half dozen better models which jump to mind which can be had for under 8 bill$ and are typically readily available. So, even in terms of an instrument investment, it isn't the best use of your $ or energy; and it isn't difficult to spend that $ more wisely.If you pay $300 for a Bundy in basically OK condition that needs new pads, and you pay $500 for a basic repad, you have spent $800 on a reasonably good playable instrument. You can probably do better if you scour the world.
Agreed on both the economics and fallacy of investment/worth, and Bundy IIs being a badge of shame but shouldn't be. With an Aristocrat heritage, and righthand bell keys, they really should have a better reputation, but just don't. I played one with the adjusta pad floating pads, interchangeably with MVIs and [then new] MVII's, 23's, Kings, Conns - it measured up, and that's just the facts, even if we don't want to believe it. As sentimental and eccentric as I am, and as much as I love myth busters, I can't bring myself to own a Bundy II, much less play one out. And I kinda hate myself a little for feeling that way...So, 75% of the time I concur. But 25% of the time the criticism is actually apropos, IMHO; there are some models which are just kryptonite on the used market, and the Bundys are one of them (from a resale value point of view). Which is too bad.