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by Grumpie
(4 posts)
9 years ago

Buescher Aristocrat Tenor

I,m looking at some Buescher Tenors. Serials are around 280xxx and 340xxx. First one is I think a New Aristocrat, second one could either be a Big B or a 140 I think (Big B without engraving??) How about brass quality story around s/n 340x and how about these two horns. Hope to have a long lasting relationship with one of these.

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  1. by Dave Dix
    (421 posts)

    9 years ago

    Re: Buescher Aristocrat Tenor

    Superb horns and dont worry about the brass quality rumours. I find the best seems to be the series 1 aristocrats with the smaller bell 267K-291K BUT THIS IS ONLY MY PREFERENCE. i also own a 156 tenor (after big B run but a big B without the B engraved) and is also a superb horn Dave

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    1. by Grumpie
      (4 posts)

      9 years ago

      Re: Buescher Aristocrat Tenor

      Thnx for the info Dave. I'll try to go testplay these horns next week. I read about the projection and power the series 1 seem to have and the 156 (340xx could be 156 or Big B, but they are the same I understand) being a bit more spread or even sweeter sound. Have to find out what does it for me, hope to know next week.

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      1. by Dave Dix
        (421 posts)

        9 years ago

        Re: Buescher Aristocrat Tenor

        Yes it could be either BIG B 291-355K 156 331-357K. Lets hope that both horns are set up well as a bad set up on either could give you a false reading Dave

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        1. by Grumpie
          (4 posts)

          9 years ago

          Re: Buescher Aristocrat Tenor

          I'm not worried about the set-up. I'm very happy with my saxshop and tech. That's were I'll be playing so probably the horns are already set-up the way they should and since the tech is always there and they know when I'll be there it is always possible to make some adjustments (would be surprised if that will be needed). I'm looking forward testing them. I will post the result and my possible switch from Martin to Buescher.

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        2. by Grumpie
          (4 posts)

          9 years ago

          Re: Buescher Aristocrat Tenor

          Played the horns today for a long time. Diffecult to choose between them, really wanted both of them, but the 156 came home with me, snaps, Norton's everything is there. I found the 156 to be a bit more free and open, seemed to be less resistance and I liked that. But the series 1 projection made me grab that one over and over. If I ever need an extra horn, I know what to look for.

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        3. by Dave Dix
          (421 posts)

          9 years ago

          Re: Buescher Aristocrat Tenor

          Glad it worked out good for you, they are extreemly fine horns and soooo undervalued Dave

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      2. by jwcarr252
        (1 post)

        2 years ago

        Re: Buescher Aristocrat Tenor

        I'm relatively new to the tenor, and I'm not sure what the "set up" is that I keep seeing on here. Can you help?

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      3. by birdlover
        (40 posts)

        2 years ago

        Re: Buescher Aristocrat Tenor

        The set up is the brand of sax, the particular model of that brand, the type of pads, the type of resonators, the type of mouthpiece, ligature, and reed, the spring tension (light or heavy) and even the height of the cups. Just for illustration a legit player will likely have a different set up then a jazz player or a rock musician. I wouldn't worry about it too much. If you have a sax that plays well spend your time practicing and listening to good players. If you are a newbie you already have your plate full learning about music and learning about playing the sax without worrying about set ups. Just to keep things in perspective a friend of mine bought a soprano that belonged to a very famous jazz musician. My friend said the horn was a dog so he resold it and kept the case because it had stickers from all around the world on it. There is also a flute player in a famous orchestra who has the first chair in the flute section and he played on a student model flute which pissed off the other players with their zillion dollar solid gold diamond studded flutes. Have fun, play music.

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