I recently purchased a Buescher True Tone Alto Sax. It is in poor condition. How much would you recommend spending on fixing it up? I plan to playing this saxophone, not sell it.
Answer Hello Matthew,
If it was me, I would spend whatever I could afford. This is a great classic saxophone Made in America. If you can afford a total overhaul for around $600, that is all new pads, corks and felts, plus any dent removal. or you could get a "make play" overhaul, that is where they fix it to get it up and playing. It could be 3 or 4 pads replaced and a new neck cork. I recommend NAPBIRT repair technicians. Go to google and type in NAPBIRT.
Here is some history for you...
The Buescher Band Instrument Company was a manufacturer of musical instruments in Elkhart, Indiana, from 1894 to 1963. The company was founded by Ferdinand August "Gus" Buescher (born Elk Township, Noble County, Ohio 26 April 1861; died Elkhart, Indiana 29 November 1937). He accompanied his family to Goshen, Indiana and then to Elkhart in 1875. In 1876 he found employment with C.G. Conn's fledgling band instrument factory, and in 1888 he was promoted to foreman. In 1890 while still employed with Conn, he began producing band emblems at home and was setting up his own shop. In the fall of 1894 he opened the Buescher Manufacturing Company at 1119 N. Main Street which made band instruments and other metal products, in partnership with John L. Collins, a clothing merchant, and Harry L. Young, a salesman. In March 1901 he patented a cornet unusual in that the valves were of unequal lengths.
In 1903 there was a disastrous bank crash which affected Buescher's factory and a number of other local businesses. In 1904 the business was reorganized and renamed the Buescher Band Instrument Company. After the reorganization, the company limited itself to producing band instruments. In 1916 Buescher sold a major share of his company to six businessmen including Andrew Hubble Beardsley. Buescher remained president until 1919 when Beardsley assumed that title. Buescher was vice-president and general manager of the company until 21 January 1929 when he resigned these positions, remaining on staff as a consultant engineer.
In 1926 Buescher Band Instrument Company was joined with the Elkhart Band Instrument Company (some claim that Buescher was bought by Elkhart Band Instrument), a company founded two years previously by Beardsley with Conn's Carl Greenleaf as secretary-treasurer. In 1963 Buescher was sold to H. & A. Selmer Company, (now Conn-Selmer). After the sale Selmer restricted the use of the Buescher trademark to selected products, and rebranded some instruments with other names. The quality level of the Buescher horns gradually decreased after the 1963 buyout as Selmer USA began to concentrate on the student horn market.
Though Buescher manufactured many kinds of brass instruments, the company was known primarily for its saxophones which competed successfully with Conn and Martin. It is believed that Buescher was the first company to produce them in America.
True Tone (1905–1932), used by orchestras including Boston Symphony and Paul Whiteman
New Aristocrat (1932–1934), split bell keys, black rollers, "The New Aristocrat" engraving; used by Sigurd Rascher and briefly by Charlie Parker
Aristocrat series I (1934–1941), left-sided bell keys, yellow or tan rollers, "The Buescher
Aristocrat" engraving; used by Bud Freeman, Earle Warren, Ike Quebec, Elliot Riley
Aristocrat series II "Big B" (1941–1955), left-sided bell keys, yellow or tan rollers, large "B" plus "The Buescher Aristocrat" engraving; used by Johnny Hodges and Al Sears of the Duke Ellington orchestra
Aristocrat series III (1951–1963), left-sided bell keys & 1955-59 bell keys behind bell, yellow or tan rollers, "Buescher Aristocrat" engraving
Buescher 400 "Top hat & cane" model (1941–1959), extra-large bell, silver ring around bell opening, bell keys behind bell, yellow or tan rollers, engraving with castle and top hat, "Buescher 400" in silver on bell.
Aristocrat series IV (1964–1983), student model
Buescher 200 (1964 - later), student model
Buescher 400 (1964 - later), intermediate model
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