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I’m a Buescher virgin.
I have no experience with Buescher saxophones whatsoever.
Today I came across a series ii alto.
At least that’s what I think it was.
Didn’t have my glasses with me so couldn’t read serial number etc.
It was a silver plate horn with front f and g# trill.
Left side bell keys etc.
A bit of a search of images leads me to believe it is a series ii.
Needs a full overhaul but it seems dent free and little to no damage.
I was after a guide to its value in this state.
No I have no pics to share so just a general guideline would be appreciated.
Thanks Nick.
 

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Series II would be a Big B which are the more desirable of the Aristocrats and are easy to tell from the engraving. A couple of years ago I sold a Big B alto in great condition (original lacquer, no dents, sharp engraving with no wear) for $1500 USD. If you figure silver plate would be a bit higher ~$1700 USD. If it only needs an overhaul then I would subtract the cost of an overhaul in your area from that (by me it's around $650 for a full overhaul so I'd say value is around $900-$1000 USD).

I would check sold/completed listings in your area and online as well to see what they go for in various conditions and you can try to match it up to a similar one.
 

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Thanks for the input guys.
I plan on having another look at it in the next few days.
This time with my glasses.
I will get a serial number and pay more attention to the engraving also.
Thanks.
Nick.
 

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These are great horns and well worth the market rate they go for.

Basically, I'd say it's value would be whatever you are willing to pay INCLUDING the price of a full overhaul. Just like with any horn, you want it in top playing condition.
 

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so many great altos made in Elkhart Indiana prior to the big war. definitely a buyers market. the Big B is well regarded and rightfully so. if you're looking for a top horn at a friendly price, it's a solid choice.
 

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Thanks guys for everything.
I’ll organise to see it again in the coming days and let you know how things pan out.
There’s a chance it is actually a series i aristocrat.
Am I right to think that at a glance, series I had round wire keyguards and series ii had ribbon styled keyguards?
Or is there more to it?
 

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Damn, now I want a Buescher alto too. Thanks for nothing. :|

P.S. Post pics!
 

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There’s a chance it is actually a series i aristocrat.
Am I right to think that at a glance, series I had round wire keyguards and series ii had ribbon styled keyguards?
Yes, the series one had round wire key guards (see photo below). The 'Crats with Big B engraving have ribbon style.

The series one horns are fantastic. Except for engraving & key guards I think they are basically the same as the early Big Bs (prior to the '140' Aristocrat).

Photo of a series one alto with art deco engraving:
http://www.vintagesax.com/images/bsch272abbell.jpg
 

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I’m now thinking it may have been a series I.
I might even drive back out today and have another look.
If I get it, I’ll post some pics.
 

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I have a series 1 alto and big b tenor. Both are great. The alto originally cost me 300 but it needed a serious overhaul. I paid a somewhat excessive charge for that, but still worth it. Can't go really wrong with a Series 1 alto.
 

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I drove out there again this morning to have a proper look at it.
Turns out it is an early series I serial 274***.
Although a straight horn, it has many seized keys, barrels etc.
Also no case and a few missing springs.
I made an offer that I felt it was worth in it’s condition, but the seller would not budge.
His price was more than I felt it was worth.
So I walked away without the alto, but found a nice Protec styled tenor case for $35 on the way out, so not a completely wasted trip.
Thanks for all the information guys, much appreciated.
 

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Parts horns are worth between $50 and $500, depending on just about everything, including the degree of lunacy of the buyer. Given your description, this sounds like a $250 horn to me.
 

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Parts horns are worth between $50 and $500, depending on just about everything, including the degree of lunacy of the buyer. Given your description, this sounds like a $250 horn to me.
Thanks.
This is about the value I put on it also.
It certainly could be transformed into a great horn, but as I can’t do all of the work myself it would likely be a better option to find one in better shape.
 
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