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I just found this forum and it seems like a wealth of information, I hope someone can help me identify my sax.
It was my fathers Eb Alto that he passed on to me. I can remember him playing it when I was a young boy in the late 50s, so he had it since then or before.

It is an Elkhart lacquer model, with the Elk enclosed by a heart. Also Elkhart Band Instrument Co and Elkhart Ind are engraved on the bell. There is a serial number(?)30150 engraved also. Nowhere on the horn is the name Buecher.

From what little i was able to read I have to look at shape of keys or tone holes to determine exactly who made it and when?Also I read about "stencil" and second line models so I am confused at this point.

Thank you in advance to anyone who can point me in the right direction to ID my horn.
 

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At that time, Elkhart with the heart engraving was the second line Buescher and similar to the Aristocrat. I think the line disappeared around 1955. A good student line horn and better than most now.
 
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