Buescher Aristocrat Alto
I"m hoping to get some input from the experts on this forum. I've been playing sax (off and on) since grade school. When I started, my original sax was a Buescher Aristocrat Alto (Serial 601446) and I'd say it dates back to mid-70's.
The sax definitely shows its age -- scratches, a few small dents, etc. and it has not been repadded in at least 20 years.
Recently started playing with a band and decided to pull it out and start playing sax again. Amazingly, I find I still can play fairly well (skills are rusty but still there) and all things considered, the sax is very playable and doesn't sound too bad.
My question(s) are: (1) Can someone tell me about this sax - is it a student model? Is it worth much in today's market? approximate value? and (2) It is worth repairing and what would you recommend in terms of a repair (total overahaul, repads, tune-up, etc.)? Approximately what should I expect to pay to get it to where it should be?
Also, would it make more sense given all of the above to look at a new/replacement sax vs. investing in this one and if so, given what I described about my level of play, what recommendations would you have?
I know this is a lot but I've been away from the sax scene forever and I know things have come a long way so I could really use expert advice here.