raf: Unfortunately, your Buescher BU-3 is a VERY inexpensive Chinese-made (maybe Taiwanese - not sure about that) saxophone. It is not associated with the great instruments of the past made by Buescher of Elkhart, Indiana.
I've only seen one BU-3 and I didn't even try to play it because it looked so poorly made. Maybe they've improved since the one I saw a few years ago.
I don't mean to rain on your parade - maybe yours will play decently enough, but that's my opinion of them. I hope it is better - and that you enjoy it. DAVE
I have a Buecher Bu-4 Alto that I purchased about four years ago. In my opinion they are a solid student level horn. I would suggest using a quality mouthpiece, make sure your reeds are the correct hardness for your embouchure, and use a tuner, often, to see if there are any notes that are really out of tune.
They are actually OK horns but the mouthpieces are usually junk. You may want to try some at a store to see if it works better. Remeber to use Soprano reeds and not clarinet reeds. I like the Selmer mouthpieces in a D or E opening but if you are on a budget, get a BARI Esprit for under $20.
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