Buescher 1951 ‘Aristocrat III – “156”‘ Bb Tenor, #342k (Archived)

 1951 Buescher Aristocrat III '156' Tenor

Price: SOLD
  • Year:  1951
  • Make:  Buescher
  • Model:  Aristocrat III, 156
  • Status:  SOLD
  • Finish:  Original Lacquer
  • Serial Number: 342,2xx

Sultry Buescher sound that lots of people love on the affordable Aristo III! This is the little brother to the more famous Big B (Aristo II). These are light weight with a sound that is bigger than that illusion. A nice tenor under $2, 000 - It won't last.

Serial #342,2xx dates the sax to about 1951-52.  This sax is Original Finish.  A few mentionables: need to mention the neck has some dings and pull-down in it's past. This doesn't concern me too much because it has been realigned. The 3x palm keys lost their snap resos--all too common. Those 3 pads have plastic resos. The Pads were installed elsewhere and have quite a bit of life left. It looks like all pads were glued in, which makes me think they were not metal-backed ones.

CASE: The original case is in functional shape. If you would like a Protec upgrade, I can help with a discount, but the only fit is the Protec XL.

SOUND: warmth, sultry, very very close to the Big B(series II), just add a bit more treble tones in the clearness of tone.

Although the pads are a little used, they will tune up nicely (included). So I'll go through the sax and give a great bill of health before it leaves.

One of the best bargain saxes!