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by Mactenor
(102 posts)
10 years ago

1951 BUESCHER TENOR 400 TOP HAT AND CANE

I AM TOLD THAT THESE HORNS ARE AMONG THE BEST EVER MADE. PLEASE GIVE ME YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS "LEGENDARY TENOR"

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  1. by connsaxman_jim
    (2336 posts)

    10 years ago

    Re: 1951 BUESCHER TENOR 400 TOP HAT AND CANE

    I recently traded a Selmer Series III Soprano for a 1949 Buescher 400 Top Hat & Cane model in mint condition, and I have been playing this Buescher quite a bit. My main horn is a 1948 Conn 10M. The Buescher has a great sound. The intonation and tuning doesn't seem quite as tempermental as the 10M. It has a dark, very bold, full sound like the 10M, but seems to be a little warmer and more mellow, particularly in the upper octaves. The action and keywork is very similar to the 10M, and is very good. I like the neck and octave key design on the Buescher, which is also very similar to the King Super 20.

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    1. by Mactenor
      (102 posts)

      10 years ago

      Re: 1951 BUESCHER TENOR 400 TOP HAT AND CANE

      CONNSAXMAN JIM THANKS FOR YOUR INPUT. I TOO HAVE A 10M A 1935 NAKED LADY... AGREAT HORN. I LIKE IT BETTER THAN MY MARK Vl. PLEASE ...ALL YOU BUESCHER GUYS AND GALS....GIVE ME YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS GREAT SAX.

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      1. by definition
        (963 posts)

        10 years ago

        Re: 1951 BUESCHER TENOR 400 TOP HAT AND CANE

        The horn is amazing! I played a freind's a few times in High school, never owned one though, always loved it. If you can get one, GRAB IT!

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        1. by TANGO SIX ONE
          (255 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: 1951 BUESCHER TENOR 400 TOP HAT AND CANE

          The knights templar will give you our view on these horns.The knights are jazz players,the only other role we ever consider is out and out blues.so in both these capacities this horn is very capable of doing an excellent jobWe have played a couple , one with that silver ring round the bell.In essense they border in sound to us between elements of super 20 and original Buescher.They have power thats for sure and the sound we describe is possible with fairly average set ups.How ever it all depends what your after.Our own Opinion regarding Buescher horns and if this is where you want to go, The true tone with vintage ebinite selmer d or e can mirror Desmond. Aristtocrat,with vintage link, mirror bird The 400 with meyer Ny, mirror Cannonball.With those set ups you can make these horns work well.Its not our prefered horn but Buescher made good horns(Bird Lives)

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        2. by TANGO SIX ONE
          (255 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: 1951 BUESCHER TENOR 400 TOP HAT AND CANE

          The knights templar will give you our view on these horns.The knights are jazz players,the only other role we ever consider is out and out blues.so in both these capacities this horn is very capable of doing an excellent jobWe have played a couple , one with that silver ring round the bell.In essense they border in sound to us between elements of super 20 and original Buescher.They have power thats for sure and the sound we describe is possible with fairly average set ups.How ever it all depends what your after.Our own Opinion regarding Buescher horns and if this is where you want to go, The true tone with vintage ebinite selmer d or e can mirror Desmond. Aristtocrat,with vintage link, mirror bird The 400 with meyer Ny, mirror Cannonball.With those set ups you can make these horns work well.Its not our prefered horn but Buescher made good horns(Bird Lives)

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        3. by Mactenor
          (102 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: 1951 BUESCHER TENOR 400 TOP HAT AND CANE

          TANGO SIX ONE THANKS FOR YOUR INPUT, IT IS APPRECIATED. WHAT IS YOUR PREFERED HORN?

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