If I ever get back down to Seattle, I think Carlo Cennamo of Cennamo Woodwinds could give a good opinion about my saxophone. www.cennamowoodwinds.com
During 2014 Carlo did a restoration of a 1930 gold-plate Buescher alto for me, with black "Joey" pads that was an amazing piece of work.
This 1926 saxophone sure looks cool, to me; so I don't want to get too radical messing with success. The instrument's key-body is what seems questionable; as if the factory had left that somehow unfinished, that's really different from the bell and bow parts of the saxophone. Once the octave mechanism where that links to the neck mechanism is unbent, the horn's playability will be able to be determined. I think I'm sold on this era Buescher altos, and this one in particular.
My next project is to try to create some squares of soundboard, like two-foot by two-foot, or sixteen inches; and cover the walls of a room with these so I can practice without annoying anyone, and if I move just take them with me. There is a new sort of clear tape advertised on television which could easily allow this; while soundboard cost only $8 for a 4' x 8' sheet about twenty years ago, which still ought to be affordable?
I sent away for an inexpensive tripod which will mount a smartphone, so as soon as that's here I'll try to take some more pictures out of doors. Perhaps Alan Signs here who is going to do the necessary work on this horn to get that playable, may also have an opinion about the unusual looking instrument? www.bellinghamhornshop.com
Unlike Carlo, Alan is not a saxophonist; who plays a large lower brass horn, in size between a baritone horn and a tuba.