Buescher 1934 ‘Aristocrat I – Early Transitional’ Bb Tenor, #268k (Archived)

1934 Buescher "Early" Aristocrat Tenor

From Sarge's Collection:

Price:  SOLD
  • Year:  1934
  • Make:  Buescher
  • Model: "Early" Aristocrat 1
  • Status:  SOLD
  • Finish: Original Lacquer
  • Serial Number: 268,xxx

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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