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I have been searching for information regarding #1 necks and unlabeled necks for Buescher Tru Tone Altos. Are there differences? I noticed two different ebay ads mentioning the 1 neck, but I was under the impression that Tru Tone necks were the same. All my searches yeiled New Aristocrat neck information. So are the 1 necks on the True Tones really rare? Or is it just playing off of the 01 neck fame?
 

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Dweekie said:
I have been searching for information regarding #1 necks and unlabeled necks for Buescher Tru Tone Altos. Are there differences? I noticed two different ebay ads mentioning the 1 neck, but I was under the impression that Tru Tone necks were the same. All my searches yeiled New Aristocrat neck information. So are the 1 necks on the True Tones really rare? Or is it just playing off of the 01 neck fame?
I tried out two True Tones yesterday: a goldplated one (serial 188 xxx) with an unlabeled neck that played really sharp when getting to palm Eb and higher and a silver one (serial 155 xxx) that stayed in tune, but had a #1 neck.

So I'm just browsing this section of SOTW looking for the same information about these necks on True Tones (haven't found any yet).
Anyone who can help?

Thanks!
 

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If i remember rightly, Grumps has provided some useful info about this b4. There are probably several others. I suppose you could PM his Grumpiness..
 

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If i remember rightly, Grumps has provided some useful info about this b4. There are probably several others. I suppose you could PM his Grumpiness..
Thanks RootyTootoot. I just finished going over all 48 pages of the Buescher section to find out that a #1 neck mostly improves the intonation. No idea how rare this neck is (if it's indeed the original neck and not a NA), but since it played well in tune, that's not really important.
 

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rambert said:
I just finished going over all 48 pages of the Buescher section to find out that a #1 neck mostly improves the intonation.
No. You really must distinguish between the "1" True Tone neck and the "01" Aristocrat neck. Many blur the distinction and refer to the 01 Aristocrat neck simply as the 1 neck when comparing it to the "*", the "**" and the "3"; and this is incredibly misleading. I also saw an Ebay dealer claim the 1 neck for a True Tone was rare and/or highly desired, but this was pure puffery, as the "1" neck was standard for later True Tones. So basically, from my experience, it is the "01" Aristocrat neck that can improve intonation on a True Tone originally equipped with a "1" neck.
 

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What Grumps said. I've seen one particular eBay vendor noting the "1" neck on TT as though it's of special significance. I don't think he actually knows any better; his auctions are a little Kooky.

However, I do think the "1" necks on the later TT altos play more in tune than on the earlier horns that didn't have a stamp. But that could be because of other changes Buescher made to the later TT horns.
 

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Grumps said:
No. You really must distinguish between the "1" True Tone neck and the "01" Aristocrat neck.
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So basically, from my experience, it is the "01" Aristocrat neck that can improve intonation on a True Tone originally equipped with a "1" neck.
Thanks, Grumps. I couldn't wish for a clearer response to my question!
 
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