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by kimdsl22
(3 posts)
4 years ago

Buescher Aristocrat Series II "Big B"


i would like to know more about this buescher I got a few days ago.


The guy let it go for $600.00


The bell has the engraving of the "Big B" and the serial on the back says "322, XXX and 140", the horn is in very good conditions a few scratches, no dents or dings. Any review on this horn? value, etc.?


 


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  1. by GFC
    (794 posts)

    4 years ago

    Re: Buescher Aristocrat Series II "Big B"

    From 1949, one of the prime years for that model and worth over a grand in top condition.  Score!

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    1. by kimdsl22
      (3 posts)

      4 years ago

      Re: Buescher Aristocrat Series II "Big B"

      So is this a Pro horn? What would be the averege value?

      Take a look at the pics to see the conditions 

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      1. by Saxquest
        (419 posts)

        4 years ago

        Re: Buescher Aristocrat Series II "Big B"

        Fully restored you see these selling in the $1500-$2000 range. $2k for the nicer ones which it appears that yours is. Factor into that an overhaul which will run between $800-$1000 for a professional job. So, "as is" its probably worth about $1000. The $600 price you picked it up for is a no-brainer and definitely a score. Its difficult to find these in nice original lacquer and I think they are currently under valued a bit in terms of what the open market will bear.

        If you're considering a shop to restore it, check out Saxquest.

        Cheers,
             Mark Overton
             www.saxquest.com

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    2. by jon henri
      (19 posts)

      4 years ago

      Re: Buescher Aristocrat Series II "Big B"

      these horns got a big sound. the finish is so nice one might suspect it was relaquerded.
      the only thing that keeps me away from these horns is.. the norton screw in springs, hard to find. matt stoher has some reviews on horns by buescher in this era  https://youtu.be/c71Ro_ou25g      
       but it looks like a good deal. enjoy

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      1. by kimdsl22
        (3 posts)

        4 years ago

        Re: Buescher Aristocrat Series II "Big B"

        I do a research on this type of buescher and  they make 3 different finishes (Gold, silver & tan ) I don't think it was relaquered.

        Is this a pro horn?  

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        1. by GFC
          (794 posts)

          4 years ago

          Re: Buescher Aristocrat Series II "Big B"

          Yes it is a pro horn.

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