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Martin made many saxes for Lyon & Healy, but ,although one of the tone holes looks broadly beveled, the rest aren't beveled at all, so it's probably not a Martin. Could be a 1920s Buescher relac. Looks like original pads, whatever the make, so perhaps you'll have to figure adding another $300-$400 to the price. Could be a nice player, when it's all fixed up, though, regardless of who made it.
 

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Betelsax...if this was what you were going to buy, what would your max price be onthis one? Thanks for the input on my earlier question.
 

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Looks like an early martin horn , nice but thwart with danger like dodgy intonation and will need a full re-pad
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This one looks to be a Buescher. L&Hs were mostly Buescher or Courturier which they bought in 1928. This horn needs a complete redo. I have 3 of the later L&Hs and they are very similar to a Martin. IF you need a Buescher Alto needing no work, let me know. It seems like there are a lot of L&H horns around lately.
 

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IF you need a Buescher Alto needing no work, let me know. It seems like there are a lot of L&H horns around lately.[/QUOTE]

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Bruce , you are probably correct as it has the typical buescher lyre holder but at a glance the bow rib looked martin style and the curved low pitch
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Oshawya, no need to look at all these stencils or off-brand horns. If you want a top-notch alto with a great sound at a great price, look for a late '20s True Tone. There are lots of them out there and they are still way under valued, compared to the Aristocrats and other comparable horns.
 

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If you really want a great Buescher that's ready to play, you might want to try junkdude ( www.junkdude.com). Although his horns are priced a bit over market value, its much better than taking a chance on a ebay horn. At last count I think he has two True-Tones, a Big B, and a Aristocrat 140 (the 140 is a great value btw). Lol I sound like I'm endorsing him, but I have no affiliation whatsoever (I did just buy a Buescher alto from him, and he was really helpful).
 

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By the way, that first TT alto he has is absolutely gorgeous (100% original satin silver plate), and is probably great for the money too. I was actually considering this one before settling on my NA.
 

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So the sax went for $223.51 plus $30 shipping. I have a bare-brass Martin Handcraft alto in better condition, and I might get a bit more for it because of the pedigree. But for $223 and a $400 overhaul, the buyer just might have a very nice sax to play. That's the thing a lot of people don't get: you can spend well under $1000 and have a sax that will blow with the best of them.
 
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