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I just bought a Buescher Alto. From about 1927. Then neck is loose on it and cannot be tightened down. Is there any quick fix for this until I can get it to the shop?

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A single rap with tape of some kind. Scotch tape even works well for the neck if it's not too thick.
 

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A wrap with teflon tape is a good idea. I also use it if the neck cork is too thin to fit the mouthpiece. Works great!
 

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Of course, the sooner you get it to the shop, the better. This is a very quick and easy fix for a tech, assuming that's all it needs. My guess is, if the neck is loose there may be some other problems worth fixing.
 

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That depends how meticulously it is done, and whether the socket is distorted. :)
 

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Sometimes that's all it needs (i.e. the neck tightened) and it's not quick and easy. Not often, but sometimes.
When I said 'quick and easy' I should have added the term relatively, and I'm referring to a good tech. I've had loose necks on my horns in the past. Took the horn in, then waited about 15 minutes while the tech did whatever it takes. A minimal charge and I was on my way. If the socket is seriously distorted or the neck seriously bent, then I doubt putting tape on it will help much. My only point is don't mess around. Take the horn in and get it fixed. Assuming you want to play it.
 
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