Bought new in 1972. Been all over h e double toothpicks and back with me. I know it inside and out. Been completely overhauled (no relac) 4 times. It has about 35% lacquer left, and that was rubbed off by weather and my own hands. Worn out three cases.
My current B&S made tenor and alto are the best I've owned... although I had a SX90BN alto and a Buescher True Tone alto that were killer too.
No doubt in my mind about the B&S tenor though. I've had a 5 digit VI and still have 49 Big B. I think the Big B may have been better at one time, but these days my Big B is tired and could use an overhaul, so it's tough to gauge it's potential.
silver plated conn alto tranny (mostly 6M)...unbelievable power and such a pro tone...only had it for a few months...I had too many horns and my wife was not happy (I was still making monthly payments to Sam Ash for another alto sax at the time) so I had to sell the Conn.
Fortunately, the one I have now. Allora (B&S) tenor. I could not ask for more. Before that I played a Selmer Super for 19 years. It looked like a pile of crap but was a great sax and VERY reliable. The Super was getting pretty long in the tooth so I began the quest, vascillating between an expensive overhaul/restoration, another vintage unit or a shiny new one.
I bought a nice condition Conn 10M and hated it. Then a Black nickel B&S which knocked me out. Except the finish. I wasn't nuts about it but the horn played superbly. Took a gamble and bought a clear lacquer version, which played just as well. Sold the blackie, the Conn and the Selmer.
That was a weird, breif period. Old horns ,new horns, changes. If the Allora serves as well as the Selmer it will be my last sax.
Best horn ever owned by me was/is a Henri Selmer Paris Super Action 80 Series II Alto Sax. She has a "I was made for you" feel to her. She gets positive comments on her solo, as well as section, sound from local professional musicians and so far none of the "you need to really focus on your intonation."
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