Trying to ID an old Buescher Baritone
Several years ago now, I bought a vintage Buescher bari. I thought I had it pinned as an old Aristocrat, but I've started to doubt that, for a variety of reasons. It needs some complicated repairs, so I'd like to determine what model it is to better look for help.
It is a Bb with the "old" low-key configuration (you know, low B in the middle of the left pinky bunch). Serial number is 273xxx. There's no evidence that the serial has been tampered with. It has the Aristocrat name on the bell and says "True Tone" under the serial. It had snap-on pads until my shop was forced to grind down the snaps earlier this year because they couldn't find the right pads. :(
Does anybody know if my horn is considered a "True Tone", an "Aristocrat", or something else? Date approximations are also helpful.