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Almost certainly a Bb tenor...judged by the relative lengths of the body tube to bell length.
The bell of a C tenor would be longer.
Nice looking horn.
 

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Yes, it's almost certainly a Bb tenor, one picture definitely shows the bottom leg of the bell 'B' guard is literally on the bell-to-bow joint, on every Buescher C-Mel I've seen (including the two I have here at the moment) it's about an inch further up the bell, well clear of the joint - there is a very obvious difference.

My 'split' Martin vintage Bb tenor 'B leg' is also on the bow joint, whereas a C isn't.

(And I've just stabbed my thumb on a bl**dy spring, checking, grrrr and ouch, blood everywhere...)
Was it not you who advised us to always slide a piece of small tubing, like electrical wire insulation, over the springs to prevent just that? :mrgreen:
 

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You could do that. You'd need about 800 of 'em per sax, though. And they'd want to fall off, and then it's sneak attack time!
None of my saxes has 800 springs....I slide off enough insulation to cover the length of a spring.
 

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Pardon the hyperbole - if they've told me once they've told me 1000 times: "don't exaggerate." :lol:
Good word "hyperbole"...hardly the most phonetic of words. I have a distant aunt named Persephone who was frequently called Percy-Phone by those who had seen her name only in print.

Needle springs.....Is there a real need for them to be so pointy?
Clearly they are tapered to allow a progressive bend along their length.....Bowyers called it Tillering.
There is surely no need for them to finish as a point....that could be cropped off to save injuries.
Come to think of it, there is no need even for them to be tapered... as their operation does not permit enough angular displacement to make this necessary...they would work just as well as lengths of spring wire.
Perhaps sax "techs" are meant to suffer for their craft.
 

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I should point out that I was just having a gentle dig at some of the long-established 'professional' contributors to the 'Sax Repair, Maintenance and Modification' section, who do seem to frequently ramp up the testosterone to alarming levels...

I'm pleasantly surprised that they have the spare time to (often) go into such long diatribes. Thank goodness our own young Mr Howard refrains from the verbal scrummage that often ensues between the continents and colonies.

Enjoyable, and very enlightening, tho' :soapbox:
Yes....it can become quite fiery on that board.
The vast majority of the repairers are modest & competent...realising that their skills amount to good detail fitting.
Others however, consider their skills on a level with Amati or Stradivari. Recently one know-it-all became embroiled in an argument over Bueschers with jaicaro...no chance; rather like the local curate arguing against evolution with Dickie Dawkins.
On one occasion I had the temerity to suggest that, possibly, man made materials would make better pads than bits of dead animal....&, predictably, I was submitted to the wrath & scorn of the prima donnas.
So pleased that the C tenor board is so gentle.
 
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