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Saxophone/Buescher True Tone Tenor Sax 1925


Can you tell me the estimated  value and age of instrument.    Buescher True Tone    Low Pitch
#197069     I purchased it back around 1950 and used it in H.S. , college and dance bands.
Is there a market for these?
 Thank You


Hello Edward,
This is a 1925 Buescher True Tone..
Here is some info from the web...
"The first Buescher horns (pronounced more like "Bisher" as the name was originally spelled with an umlaut over the "u") were manufactured in 1888. Serial numbers up to approximately 4000 were produced prior to the fire at the Elkhart, Indiana Buescher plant in 1905, when all records are believed to have been destroyed. The "TrueTone" model was one of the most popular saxophones of the 1920's and one of the few saxes of it's day with very good intonation. The TrueTone was updated in 1926 with the addition of a front F key. These saxes are mostly seen in satin silver plate but there are quite a few in gold plate.   Most believe that the Buescher models made by the Selmer Co. (after they purchased Buescher in 1963) were not up the quality of the earlier versions. After Buescher was purchased by Selmer,in 1963, the "400" eventually became the "Signet" and the "Aristocrat" became the "Bundy"; same looks but drastically different bore dimensions. The original Bueschers were each "handmade" instruments, and incorporated Adolphe Sax's unique design of a parabolically curved bore design. Buescher saxes of the late 20's, thru early 50's are among the best saxophones ever made in America."
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Yes Ed, there is a demand for Buescher saxophones for classical and jazz. Your sax, in perfect condition could be worth about...
Tenor $1200
Please get it checked out by a NAPBIRT certified repair tech...
these are wonderful saxophones when setup properly...
good luck!
Grant Koeller


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I'm a Professional Jazz Saxophone soloist recently retired from 23 years with the USAF Band Of Flight, WPAFB, OHIO, experienced in performance, technique and equipment. I'm not a buyer/seller or dealer. I have 40 years Alto, Tenor, Soprano and Bari Saxophone performance experience with additional years on the Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bass Guitar, Piano, Drum-set, Guitar and Voice. I'm a third generation professional military musician, my father, Bill Koeller(1939-1997) was in the USAF 1958-1962, and played Jazz Hammond B-3 organ from 1957-1997, and my fathers Uncle, Alfred Koeller (1912-1993), was a professional Acoustic Bassist in the Army Air Corps in WWII, and also performed on Jazz Guitar, Hammond organ, Piano and tenor saxophone.


Professional Saxophone Soloist, 23 total years with the USAF Bands, 6 years with the USAF Band of Flight, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, performing on Tenor, Alto, Soprano, Clarinet, and Flute. 4 years in Japan, at Yokota AFB with the USAF Band of the Pacific. An Avid Composer and Arranger for the Night Hawk Protocol Combo. Former Lead Alto Saxophonist with the USAF Night Flight Big Band performing the music of Glenn Miller as well as other hits of the Big Band Era. I collect LP records of Jazz, blue's, classical and rock, and have over 12,000 records.

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