$5,799.00 - A drop dead gorgeous TMB - original lacquer at 98%, $1,000 Bam flight case, Newer pads, 1-2 Mouthpieces included. You don't see vintage horns like this that often.
$324.00 - a great large chamber mouthpiece made of hard rubber mouthpiece from the golden era. The original tip was refaced by Bob. Notice the lower walls cutout for comfort - cool!
$269.00 - A great large chamber mouthpiece made of hard rubber mouthpiece from the golden era. The original tip was refaced by Bob. Notice the lower walls cutout for comfort - cool! Other notes: There is a "France" marking on the side. And Bob expertly filled in a tooth groove. There is a small nick in the shank but its of no concern since the metal band is a great part of this era - it protects!
Baffle: it is more scooped out (lower) than a Conn Eagle. Very low baffle.
$229/324.00 - The original tip is 0.062" right now. Help direct us to how best to size the time to you (It will likely not go higher than 0.100"). Notice the lower walls cutout for comfort - cool! A great large chamber mouthpiece made of hard rubber mouthpiece from the golden era. If you want it closer to original with minor inspections and enhancements, the price will be $229.00. I offer this for the more traditional player...or those with less air.
These were commonly paired with New Wonder I or II saxes originally.
$2,499.00 - WWS REBUILD in buescher snap-in pads, Finish: Original Lacquer at 50%.
Serial number 351xxx. 60+% Original Lacquer, The Big Bs are famous for a BIG warm sound with rich low notes--resonant low end the fills the room, probably due to some help from the big bell flare. Mid-range gets a little thin but the low notes make up for it. These fit very well in jazz or concert bands. Intonation is pretty good all-round, C# is non-articulated, but my biggest complainant on the model is the lack of pants-guard on the backside. Beyond that, the Big B Baritones have a cult following who seek that fat warm sound.
This sax has a a WWS Rebuild on it. We originally sold it to a local customer who chose to sell it back to us due to their life changes. I will happily tune our pad-work up and send it out playing as good as I remember it.
CASE: It came back with the original case (working, yet poor condition). We can talk about case options for this one.
$2,699.00 - Vintage 1960s lacquer bari in silver plate and the solid sheet keyguards and plastic pants guard design (keilwerth indicators). Ser. #44K dates it to about 1962. The sax has some dings and wear that I'll give my love. The plastic pants guard has gone missing, so we'll solve that; the neck screw will get replaced; there are a few resolders to mention but overall, "The sax was used, not thrashed" which is about normal for baritones. This model has good ergos compared with other vintage saxes. So when you're after good intonation, solid tone, and good ergos.... these are some of the best you can get for 1) under $3000, but #2) you'll have to give the the Low A key wishes.
SOUND: mid core bark and evenness; not completely resonant like a Buescher/Martin, but not as timid either.
CASE: nice wood case in ok/good shape; shows signs of medium wear and use. Good latches.
Item #: WWS1E1.7E4.74.10301.7-0
$299.00 - Custom Reface (WWS/BC) included in the price! Hard Rubber; large chamber; looks like a vintage 40s Buescher design. Original tip on arrival at 0.071", however I know you'll want to get it refaced and sized to your desired tip size. I plan to pair it with a basic, metal ligature.
$5,399.00 - Strong Selmer build, keyed up to F#, down to low A... Here's a real gem. Save your money from the Series II and strongly consider this Series I. Ser#376k dates it to 1985. In original lacquer and overall in good condition. This horn was loved and used all at the same time and has been in the closet for 10 years. There are a few bumps to mention: Eb guard had foot resoldered, and bell lip shows signs of straightening work, also some other common dents/dings from chairs and use.
PADS: Currently it is in the original pads (tan with metal resos). They do play well to Low A but I would recommend some near-immediate maintenance. (PC bill: $200+). They could be stretched longer and a full rebuild is optional, not required.
CASE: A hard case with the Buffet logo on it. It is in good condition.
REBUILD: Optional! - This listing is for "as is", but I would advise a new owner to plan to put in $200-400 of small repairs into it. Or you could hire WWS to rebuild it as part of the purchase. Depending on how the numbers work out, you basically end up with a -$200 savings off a regular rebuild price. please inquire.