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oh. Dad. ANOTHER one? You haven't gotten the first one back together yet!
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I went in mostly out of curiosity, and came out with the junker I'd hoped for.

And this:
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which might be worth finding a neck for!

Probably not worth having a shop do the work, but certainly good enough
to fix up and play. Especially since the bari player in the household
says that tenors are 'stupid'.

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teenage sons are "fun".
 

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You’re taking a big gamble if it doesn’t have the neck.
 

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oh. Dad. ANOTHER one? You haven't gotten the first one back together yet!
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It’s true- finding even a junk neck will set me back more than the horn did.

I was really going in for a Shooting Star junker for parts. But for the same money, I couldn’t leave this one there.
Its serial puts it in the middle of 1918…

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Its serial puts it in the middle of 1918…
Elkharts have their own serial numbers. The usual Buescher serial number chart is not accurate for these. It is not nearly that old.

thats a 1960,s built horn
It's not that new either. According to the extensive research done by @badenia, Buescher dropped the Elkhart brand in 1958. The "Built by Buescher" engraving was introduced in 1950. Therefore this sax should be from the 1950s.
 

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I was really going in for a Shooting Star junker for parts. But for the same money, I couldn’t leave this one there.
Its serial puts it in the middle of 1918…
Elkhart had their own sequence, so if it appears to be in 1918 on the Buescher chart, it's actually from the late '40s or early '50s.
 

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I may have offered $20, because once had, it becomes a drive for a neck and a case, along with the overhaul it requires. Even DYI you are going to be hundreds of dollars into an instrument that you can sell for maybe a few hundred of dollars.
 

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oh. Dad. ANOTHER one? You haven't gotten the first one back together yet!
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Yep. Of course. Not everything is done for profit.

"Elkharts have their own serial numbers. "
My Google-fu is failing me-
Can someone link me to a list?

thanks,
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"Elkharts have their own serial numbers. "
My Google-fu is failing me-
Can someone link me to a list?
There isn't a published list, at least not yet.

At risk of causing yet another scandal, here's at least a start for postwar instruments:

30000 1946
36000 1948
44000 1950
52000 1952
71000 1954
81000 1956
102000 1958
 

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I may have offered $20, because once had, it becomes a drive for a neck and a case, along with the overhaul it requires. Even DYI you are going to be hundreds of dollars into an instrument that you can sell for maybe a few hundred of dollars.
Not everyone is looking to flip an instrument.
 

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Neither usually am I, having sold like maybe two or three over twenty years. However, I'm not sure why people think it isn't something that you should keep in mind.
I don't know about everyone but I know that I seem to have too much money because I keep buying frivolous stuff that I don't need. It gives me a good feeling when I can rescue something that probably does not yet have much value. Every now and again I discover something really good like the gold plated Conn C-mel I got on Shopgoodwill. I figure that probably there will come a point that whatever it is that it will be valuable to someone sooner or later. Besides a 1950s, American made musical instrument, even a student one has at least nostalgia going for it. I would even venture to say that put back in playable condition will out perform the inexpensive offerings on Amazon.
 

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However, I'm not sure why people think it isn't something that you should keep in mind.
It certainly was a thought, but the thought quickly turned to
"that's less than half of what a set of pads for it are going to cost"
I like fixing them- I suppose that's the carrot, here. Even with a cheap
Bundy clone neck, I'll have less than $200 into it, and if it plays OK
when I'm done with it, I'll be a happy camper..

And thanks, Stocker-
that's plenty close for a 'reuse' find!
We'll see what the Bari player has to say
about it!

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