1948 Buescher 'Top Hat and Cane 400' Tenor
From Sarge's Collection!
- Year: 1948+/-
- Make: Buescher
- Model: Top Hat and Cane 400
- Status: SOLD
- Finish: Original
- Serial Number: 325,180
One of the sax world's favorite saxes - Original finish - with an earlier serial number #325k dates it to 1948. There's no need to talk this one up. It was originally from Sarge's Collection and a main horn he loved to put in the gig rotation. I had the opportunity to buy this back from selling it the first time; I jumped at that.
In Sarge's own words:
"Serial number 325,180 makes it a 1948 or so. The top hat is a lovely horn to look at, or play. It has a warmer sound and does a beautiful job with ballads, but is flexible enough to do jazz with the right mouthpiece. i've had this one quite a while... it's real nice, but it's not mint, so i don't mind taking to some of the blues clubs we play. there were a few chair dents in the bow and when i smoothed them, they stayed a little ripple-y... but i don't mind at all. The engravings are just a joy to look at, i often find myself mesmerized by them. I rebuilt it with a premium rebuild, to improve the feel, with teflon and ultrasuede... my pad selection for this one was Saxgourmet pads and I kept the stock snap-in metal resonators intact, throughout. Really not for sale. I like to play it with this mouthpiece below, the two make a super rich/fat combination of tones"
Chadd comments: Properly rebuilt with a custom Black pad rebuild with original snaps and pads glued in (I believe, Sarge may have mentioned). A HUGE TONE! luscious sweetness. One of a kind B400.
It has a few bumps and bruises from the decades, but personally I like it like this to help me feel calm about taking "pretty yet playable" saxes out to a gig.
CASE: Now with an upgraded Walt Johnson case ($400+) in excellent condition.
Sound Files on Buescher 400 Tenors!
- 1.TENORS-Three_Buescher_400s-Late 1970s #644k,1955 #356k Aristocrat IV-157, Sarge's 1949-#325k Top Hat & Cane THC(black pads!) - on a rubber Berg 110-2-SMS, Sound File 07-20197:01
- 5.TENOR- VI_ChuTranny_B400THC2:24