Re: Buescher True-Tone Low Pitch?
True True!! Perhaps Apple Bee's wall hanger was not fair. But that has been the fate of many of these. Check out some of the recent recordings from Dave Pietro on c-melody. He sounds absolutely great on c-melody. He plays a Selmer Modele 26, which is rather difficult to find.
C-melody is actually a wonderful instrument and it does have a small but dedicated fan base. However, the sad truth is that there are way more c-melody saxophones still in circulation from the American 1920's sax-craze than c-melody players today. I see them in estate and garage sales all the time for $25-$50 (all brands Conn, Buescher, Martin, King, Wurlitzer, Selmer NY, Pan American, etc.......). Just know that if you put the money into restoring it (~$600-$800, depending on what it needs and who does it), you'll have a difficult time getting that back out of it if you decide to sell it. In other words, if you're interested in playing it or restoring it for family sentimental reasons, go for it. But if you're looking to sell it, then don't put the money into it and sell it "as is". Best of Luck!!