After having found a great sounding modern tenor saxophone in mt B&S 2001, I am now in the process of selecting a vintage one to diversify my collection.
Having checked the most reputable online sellers, I have narrowed down my selection to the following (most expensive first):
1. Buescher Aristocrat "Big-B"
2. Couf Superba I or II
3. Buescher Super 400
4. The Martin Tenor
I need your advises because I am not too familiar with vintage saxophones other than the Mark VI or Conn 10M which are far too expensive for my budget of 2000$ max.
How would you compare in general terms their sound? Can you compare the tone and playability of those to any modern tenor?
I am in search of a very warm and mellow tone, it doesn't have to shake walls for my tastes and has to be suited for jazz playing only, given that I am not planning to play R&B, Blues or contemporary music.
I made some research and I am currently leaning towards The Martin tenor.
Your input is greatly appreciated.
Any one of those you mentioned are great horns. I would also suggest a King Zephyr of 613. The Big B is the deluxe of the Aristocrat series Buescher. They have a great sound for blues and funk. They sound similar to a 10M only slightly darker/warmer.
I ended up purchasing a Martin "The Music Man" tenor.
Looks as it is a very rare The Martin Committee version, if I won't be thoroughly impressed perhaps I'll sell it on Ebay without too much loss.