SOLD/On Trial - $2,199.00 - Sarge's words: Rare early version of the Aristo, (with traits of TrueTone and Aristo) with the small bell for a more focused, sweeter sound. Original lacquer is good, over 80% present. Crisp, sharp beautiful Art Deco engraving. Think Johnny Hodges tone. Serial # 268,xxx, built about 1934. No major damage ever done to it. Neck looks great no pull down thanks to the art deco brace The snap in resonator system is intact, as are the Norton springs. I did a Premium Buescher snap in pad rebuild on it and was so pleased with the sound... I have tried it with several mouthpiece and it has a number of amazing tones, but most impressive was with my Otto Link "slant signature" hard rubber piece. The amount of volume/output with this sax is about double what you'd expect for a late thirties horn... very close to a "The Martin Tenor" in power, but then i put a Link Master on it and it went totally airy and smooth with a centered warm tone. really versatile.
This is probably built more for the collector, not the player--old buescher Tranny traits, side pip location experiments affect tuning. AND "No", the mouthpiece is not included, sorry, it's one of Sarge's and isn't for sale. If just looked cool in the photos. CASE: is the original Buescher case, purple interior. It's in good/great shape, minor edge frays but the condition matches the love of the sax's good condition.
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$2799.00 - Naked Lady Transitional era: Serial #251,xxx. These have a cult following as the first of the Naked Lady run. Body is in great overall shape. other than the evidence of mess pad glue, there is no past repairs or damage to mention. What a beauty! It has the very rare original, satin/shiny gold finish at 60%...and lots of silver under-plating is visible. (I believe this is a rare perma-gold example, not gold plated). The neck is mostly silver only now. It has Rolled Tone Holes and the fine tuning neck adjuster. It arrived in the original wood case that is in good condition and functional shape--double-pack case for [metal?] clarinet. It will get a Vintage Conn Rebuild with flat metal resos on Prestini pads and natural cork throughout.
SOLD - the ultra rate Tipped Bell, in original silver plate. Ser#204k has the pearl G#. It does have a little bend in the bell lip that i will round back out AND gold plate the interior. There is no major damage to mention, only one small ding that I will smooth out too. There is normal wear and tear on the arm tips and edges, and 2-3 zones up the tube that are showing the brass. Also in the original case! Super cool!
The bell lip look bent from the case (drop...sad), but I'll smooth that out more and goldplate a wash in there.
SOLD - Serial #249,xxx... ULTRA RARE example in original Nickel plating! 93% intact! ("Finish model #61" via Saxpics.com) ***think about it, "silver" look without the tarnish to clean!*** This is an early transitional model, and true example at that with flat-Chu G#, neck tuner, even the Eb trill key like the Chu!... The sax is in great condition, and will need a full rebuild to enjoy! We will do that for the price included, AND remove all the red brass you can see on the edge touches. Currently paired with a vintage hard case in good, usable shape. it doesn't look like a vintage Conn case, but you never know with a "transitional".