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Buescher True Tone Alto Saxophone

Postby Gerrald » Sun Dec 11, 2016 5:18 am

I have a Buescher Elkhart, Ind. s/n 80546  low pitch, true tone alto saxophone, in good condition with case. there is a triangle with a tuning fork on the back can you give me any information and the approximate value of this I want to sell it. Thank you
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Buescher True Tone Alto Saxophone

Postby abraham90 » Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:06 am

Hello Lonie, You have asked a good question for the All-Experts website. By the serial number it would be a Buescher True Tone. The Buescher True Tones were made from 1905 until 1932. Your Alto saxophone,(by looking at the serial number records), was made in 1921. The 1914 date is a patent date. The Buescher True Tone is the same kind of sax that the eminent saxophonist Sigurd Raschèr(1907-2001) played in his Raschèr Saxophone Ensemble, and it's featured exclusively during his classical saxophone career. These are wonderful handmade saxophones from the glory days of the American Saxophone Craze(1915-1930). Elkhart Industries, refers to the town of Elkhart, Indiana where the Conn, Selmer USA, Martin, and Buescher factories all were located. Here's some history for you, The Buescher Manufacturing Company was founded by Ferdinand August "Gus" Buescher in 1894. In 1926, the Buescher Band Instrument Company was joined with the Elkhart Band Instrument Company. Some people even claim that Buescher was bought out by the Elkhart Band Instrument. In 1963, Buescher was finally sold to H.& A. SELMER, USA, and all Bueschers became student horns. After the sale, Selmer restricted the use of the Buescher trademark to only selected products. Here's the good part...Lonie, your Buescher is the real deal, a very collectible wonderful saxophone from 1921 with lots of character. The value will continue to rise.

BUESCHER values...

TRUE TONE 5XXX – 254XXX These are very common horns, which play rather nicely when set up properly. The later examples have snap in pads and Norton springs. There’s a real oversupply of alto horns. Most of the examples you will find will be in a satin silver finish. Add 20% for gold plate.

Alto saxophone $900

Depending on the condition, it could be worth anywhere from $300(old junky beater) to $900 for a fully reconditioned silver or gold plated mint condition saxophone with original case, mouthpiece, neck, ligature and original lyre Screw. It's worth getting it fixed up if it's not in bad shape, but sometimes you find these saxes totally trashed, hanging on the wall of the local "Thanks Gods It's Fridays" restaurants. In that case, it's up to you to decide if it worth it to spend anywhere from $350 to $850 on a total overhaul. But keep in mind that it's a great sax with vintage vibe and it's perfect for jazz or classical! One of a kind! The best looking finish is the silver plate when it's shined up but don't go crazy, use care, or have it professionally polished. I wish you much happiness with your sax. Take your sax to a NAPBIRT certified repair tech.

Thank You Good Luck! Grant Koeller
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Buescher True Tone Alto Saxophone

Postby Yuan » Sun Dec 18, 2016 12:42 am

I have a Buescher Elkhart, Ind. s/n 80546  low pitch, true tone alto saxophone, in good condition with case. there is a triangle with a tuning fork on the back can you give me any information and the approximate value of this I want to sell it. Thank you
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