This Buescher The Buescher “Big B” Aristocrat alto saxophone is in mint condition with around 90% of the original lacquer. There is some light speckle wear across the horn. It has just come back from the shop where it was polished, had some pads replaced and adjusted so it plays great. There are no dents or dings in the horn and no evidence of any major repairs. The serial number can be found on the back of the body and reads “314432” with the words “140 Buescher True Tone Reg.U.S. Pat.Off.” engraved beneath. The serial number dates this as a 1948 vintage horn. It also has the signature “Buescher” G# key. The engraving on the bell is gorgeous and goes down the entire bell and onto the bow. Near the top of the bell the signature Big “B” is engraved surrounded by scrolling leaves and elaborate engravings. Below that are the words “The Buescher Aristocrat Elkhart IND. U.S.A.” This horn comes with the original neck, which is still in great condition showing no pull down. It also comes in the original case, which is still in good condition and has the original keys. No mouthpiece is included. This alto saxophone has that beautiful Buescher “Big B” sound that is so sought after with great overtones and fantastic intonation.
Instrument Condition: The overall physical condition of this used instrument is excellent.
Playing Condition: This instrument is currently in excellent playing condition.
The Finish: It has approximately 90% of the lacquered finish.
Player Wear: Very light general wear (minor if any surface imperfections).
The Bell: No dents or evidence of bell edge damage.
The Bow: No dents in the bottom bow or bow guard.
Pad Condition: The pads are in combination of newer and older used condition.
Resonator Type: Buescher snap in pad/resonators.
The Neck: The neck has approximately 90% 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: Good used condition (General wear with some edge wear and visible surface scratches).
Engraving: 140 Buescher True Tone Reg. U.S. Pat. Off. (on the back of the body under the serial number) B The Buescher Aristocrat Elkhart Ind. U.S.A. (on the bell) Buescher (on the G# key).
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