VintageSax: Tenor Saxophones

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Angular arpeggios, bar honking, playing out, playing in...the tenor sax and its players have led the jazz world for more than 70 years. Any of the horns below could help you lead jazz in the next millenium.

Make Model Serial
Number
Finish Comments Price
Buescher True Tone
192xxx
Goldplate This is a rare and lovely gold-plated "True Tone" tenor from 1925. Gold plate is 95%+, with ornate engraving. Body is straight and true, no dents or previous damage is evident, and original gold-plated snap-in resonators are intact. This tenor is one of the earliest with the alternate front F key, and has a wonderful, dark, rich tone with good intonation. Call or write Vintagesax
Buescher True Tone
245xxx
Silverplate This is a later "True Tone" tenor (1929) with a few Aristocrat key changes such as the pearled thumb touchpiece on the octave key, and the F#/G#/Bis regulating mechanism. Its silver plate is original, showing little wear, and has gold plate in the bell interior, G# key roller, and original snap-in resonators. Neck is original and in fine condition. Original case included. These tenors are awesome players, with good intonation and a dark, rich, smooth tone. Scheduled for new pads, reusing the original resonators. Call or write Vintagesax
Buescher Aristocrat
274xxx
Silverplate Original silver-plated Aristocrat from 1936. Beautiful "Art Deco" engraving! Satin silver plating is 99%, bell interior is gold plated. Pads with original resonators appear new, and it has gold-plated Norton springs. Original neck is perfect. This tenor plays like a dream, with wonderful intonation. Call or write Vintagesax
Buescher Aristocrat
280xxx
Lacquer This 1937 tenor is a real workhorse! It has dark honey lacquer, Norton springs, original snap-in resonators, and its original neck and case. It has character, with a big, resonant sound and nice focus. It may not win a beauty prize but as a player it performs beautifully! Scheduled for a VintageSax pad job*. Call or write Vintagesax
Buescher Aristocrat
290xxx
Lacquer Here is an Aristocrat from approximately 1939. It is no longer beautiful, but it has a solid body and neck, and will be a fine player with good intonation. Scheduled for a VintageSax pad job*. Call or write Vintagesax
Buescher 400 325xxx Lacquer This Buescher 400 tenor is in museum condition! Original lacquer is 98%, and pads are new with snap-in metal resonators. Detailed engraving of a top hat and cane, and a castle beside a lake, as well as the raised "Buescher 400" lettering on the bell. This model is complete with gold-plated Norton springs, Buescher tone ring, original case, and its perfect, original neck. On sale! $4000
Buescher 400 326xxx Lacquer A Buescher 400 from 1950 with "top hat and cane" engraving, raised silver "Buescher 400" name, and a detailed engraving of a castle beside a lake. Lacquer is in good condition, with wear on many touchpieces. Nylon resonator pads are in good condition, and the original case is still around the horn. Norton springs and the Buescher silver tone ring on the bell are all present. If you are looking for a fine player with a fat, punchy tone, look no further. On sale! $2900
Buescher 400
684xxx
Lacquer Later 400 that still blows well, snap-in resonators, original lacquer in very good condition. $1400
Conn "Chu" 197xxx Brass This bare brass "Chu" tenor from 1927 has a beautifully straight body with no previous damage visible; neck is also perfect, with no pull-down. Rolled tone holes have never been filed. Has the crosshatched G# key, original pearls and rollers, and longer palm keys. Serial stamping is very deep, with no signs of buffing, so horn may have come from the factory in bare brass. Original Conn case included. Newer nylon resonator pads intact; I will go through the tenor thoroughly and make sure all pads are tight and in good condition. Call or write Vintagesax
Martin "Committee" 176xxx Silverplate An original, silver-plated "The Martin" tenor from 1951! Engraved "US", its pads are in good condition. It has nice, quick action with a great, punchy sound. Call or write Vintagesax
Martin "Committee" 208xxx Lacquer These "Committee" models (a.k.a. "The Martin") in original lacquer are difficult to find! This tenor dates to 1959, and is in very good condition; it has a few minor pings, but no real damage. The original neck, with matching serial number, is in excellent condition. The moveable thumbrest is intact, and the original case is in very good condition. It has older, flat metal resonator pads that are still tight and in good playing shape. Call or write Vintagesax
Selmer "Mark VI" 183xxx Lacquer Made in 1969, original lacquer, tight and fast key action, and original neck. Pads are in great condition with oversized Reso-tech brass resonators. This tenor speaks with a powerful voice and a nice balance of bright and dark. On sale! $5500

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