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Buescher 1928 ‘True Tone’ Eb Alto, series IV Silver-stunning #246k (Archived)

SOLD - If you buy a TT series, this is the one to get (roller G#), Serial number 246k. GORGEOUS original silver plating at looks at 99% and the later engraving change. This is a beauty with satin vs shiny contrast, no goldwash bell--There is NO WEAR on the sax. I only see some neckstrap wear, but there is no silver loss on even the palms or thumbrest. You just feel better holding this one. There were no Norton springs this early but the blue steel needle springs look to be much newer...sweet! This model has a great tubby-warmth to the sound --Sigard Rascher made this one famous! Neck #1 . They have a tone that is uniquely 'Buescher' for early vintage saxes--very woody--but intonation was not perfected well on these 1920s horns; NEWER PADS! The Snap In system look fully intact, but I can't say if the pads used were Metal-backed without taking it apart. It comes in an original Buescher case in great shape to match, but the handle was wrapped in tape to fix.

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LeBlanc 1962 ‘Rationale’ Bb Tenor, #513 (Archived)

SOLD - From Sarge's Collection: This is an amazing and rare Leblanc Tenor saxophone, a pro horn with the unique Leblanc mechanism, where the G# tone hole is at the rear and all the front pads remain open - the fingerings possible on a Leblanc are far more versatile than a conventional sax allowing for easier transitions in what are usually difficult passages - as well as multiple false fingerings and a greater range of altissimo fingerings. The Leblanc has a strong individual voice and speaks extremely well, one of the great advantages of the system is that normally stuffy notes like middle D and E speak with a clear open voice - the uniformity throughout the range is simply unachievable in any other horn. This one has at least 95% original lacquer and is in top notch condition. I haven't had to do too much to it, except a minor tune up. It even has the original green print case in great shape! Serial #513.

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SML 1955 ‘Revision D’ Bb Tenor, Perma-Gold, 99% #12k (Archived)

SOLD - These are superb tenors, made in France and rare as well. This one is in original perma-gold plate that I will call 98%. The Rev D is very well respected and known for a uniquely special tone. This sax has a nice engraving and I love the shiny vs matte look SML created in this original setup. Serial # 12xxx = 1955, Gold Finish was SMLs top option and super rare, thus the price. SML saxophones have a big Conn 10m like sound, but the advantage of french mechanical design, so they are more ergonomic. The SMLs really do have a sound all their own--French focus crossed with American Beef--Superb! Did I mention that my personal alto is a Rev D?!?! The case is currently a none original vintage case is nice shape. This one has yet to be rebuilt but it completely deserves "The Sarge Special Rebuild"--Premium with larger resos (Resotech-gold ones!). Price includes the deluxe rebuild!
This sax is one that I wish I would have kept.

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