Buescher The Buescher Aristocrat True-Tone Alto Saxophone with Art Deco 1938 Serial #285469

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90% original lacquer. Polished, and serviced for excellent playability. Vintage ’38 model, True-Tone trademark engraving.  Bell with unique geometric Art Deco engraving. Rich, vibrant sound, good intonation. Original neck in great condition. Ideal vintage sax for enthusiasts seeking quality performance.


This Buescher The Buescher Aristocrat True-Tone Alto Saxophone with Art Deco engraving is in great condition with 90% of the original lacquer and light wear across the horn. It has just come back from the shop where it was polished, cleaned and adjusted so it plays great. The pads are a mix of old and new; all of them are in good condition. There is a dent directly in the middle of the bottom bow.  The bow guard does not have any dents. The back thumb rest has been pushed in slightly and there are some light dents along the leg side of the bottom bow.  There is evidence of one or two key guards having some re-solder work done. It has telephone pole key guards, nearly all of its Buescher snap in resonators and the brown cellulose rollers.  The serial number is “285469” with the “True Tone” triangle and tuning fork along with the words “True-Tone Trademark Registered Low Pitch License Pat. Dec. 8, 1914” engraved beneath. This horn is a 1938 vintage horn made before the “400” model with a matching lacquered neck plug. The engraving on the bell is gorgeous and goes down the entire bell. The lines on the engraving are very angular and geometric as compared to most other Buescher engravings which tend to be much more flowing. Near the top of the bell are the words “The Buescher Aristocrat Elkhart-IND.-U.S.A.” “Buescher” is engraved on the G# key. This horn comes with the original neck, which is still in great condition with no pull down and has almost no lacquer remaining.  It comes in the original “Buescher” case in older used condition. No mouthpiece is included. This alto saxophone has a rich vibrant sound along with great response and good intonation.

Additional Information:
Instrument Condition: The overall physical condition of this used instrument is very good.
Playing Condition: This instrument is currently in very good playing condition.
The Finish: It has approximately 90% of the lacquered finish.
Player Wear: Light general wear (possible surface scratches and/or minor dents/dings).
The Bell: No dents or evidence of bell edge damage.
The Bow: Light to medium dent in the bottom bow or bow guard.
Pad Condition: The pads are in a combination of newer and older used conditions.
Resonator Type: Buescher snap in pad/resonators.
The Neck: The neck has almost none of the finish remaining with very light general wear (minor if any surface imperfections).
The Mouthpiece: No Mouthpiece, ligature, or accessories are included.
The Case: Older used condition (Still usable but significant signs of physical wear).
Engraving: True-Tone Trademark Registered Low Pitch License Pat. Dec. 8, 1914 (under the serial number on the back of the horn) The Buescher Aristocrat Elkhart-Ind. -U.S.A. (on the bell) Buescher (on the G# key).

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Additional information

Weight 20 lbs
Dimensions 29 × 17 × 11 in