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by buescher.1927
(4 posts)
4 years ago

Buescher True Tone Low Pitch 1927 Alto Saxophone

I have an 88 yr old buescher true tone low pitch alto saxophone, made in 1927. It is currently in for repair and I am a bit confuzzled. I would estimate it hasn't been in for repair for about forty or fifty years. So far since I took it in for repair, it has been mostly buffed up and some of the original silver plating has come off. I am a bit concerned with that. I am contemplatng on whether I should re-plate it or just leave it. If i did, would it bring down it's worth and appearance? Please, any advice I will take into consideration!

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  1. by Saxquest
    (419 posts)

    4 years ago

    Re: Buescher True Tone Low Pitch 1927 Alto Saxophone

    Can you post a couple photos? Thanks!

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    1. by buescher.1927
      (4 posts)

      4 years ago

      Re: Buescher True Tone Low Pitch 1927 Alto Saxophone

      This is also because the silver plating is still present on some other keys, and I don't want it to look odd.

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  2. by buescher.1927
    (4 posts)

    4 years ago

    Re: Buescher True Tone Low Pitch 1927 Alto Saxophone

    I should have said too. I bought it on eBay for AUD$202. It was worth the price, needs a lot of work done to the keys and had a really bad build up of grime under the keys.  Sorry I didn't get many detailed images of the item and these are the two best I could get. The parts I want replated is one blemish about 4cm long on the bell, near the 'Buescher Elkhart, Indiana' engraving, and most of the keys which a bit of the plating has been worn off, with the brass showing through. 

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    1. by GFC
      (790 posts)

      4 years ago

      Re: Buescher True Tone Low Pitch 1927 Alto Saxophone

      Nice little horn for the money!  Replating isn't the hit against a horn's value that relacquering is, but it is time consuming and expensive.  A compromise might be to touch up worn spots with a brush or wand plating kit.  It won't be perfect, but it should look ok.  The ones that operate on house current reportedly work best.  

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  3. by joyofsax
    (1 post)

    4 years ago

    Re: Buescher True Tone Low Pitch 1927 Alto Saxophone

    Just got a 1929 Tru Tone alto, completely overhauled by Emilio Lyons, world-renowned Sax Doctor.  Mine is silver, looks like might have been replated, but a quick buff w/ silver polish brought out the depth and character of this wonderful old horn, and I'm sure I have an original finish.  New pads, new corks, proper key alignment and it is simply a joy to play.

    Struggled with a King Zephyr for more than year, Buescher is what I've been waiting for.

    Mouthpiece is Vandoren Jazz A35, 2.5 reeds, although will try to get aMeyer G  (5) on advice of mentor/teacher/bandmate Amadee Castenell, of New Orleans.

    Contact Emili Lyons (face book) or  phone 978-729-6334 or 781-862-6334, 

    or www.emiliolyons.com.  Hope you like yours!

     

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  4. by buescher.1927
    (4 posts)

    3 years ago

    Re: Buescher True Tone Low Pitch 1927 Alto Saxophone

    Heyo guys, just thought I'd let you know, I just got the horn back yesterday, and she looks and sounds FANTASTIC! There's a picture attached. I did not end up re-plating it, as apparently it would've cost well over AUD$1,200!!!! Thanks for all your concerns and help, it was very much appreciated! It was certainly worth repairing, it only cost me AUD$540!

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