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by Hillbillysax
(6 posts)
1 week ago

Pillar repair for sopronino

Anyone know if it would be expensive to repair a pillar on a mark Vi sopronino?

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  1. by JonHuff
    (82 posts)

    1 week ago

    Re: Pillar repair for sopronino

    It's not a Mark VI, AND I don't think that's a sopranino. Looks like it could be a c soprano, but can't really tell from the 1 photo. To answer the repair question, replacing that 1 post isn't a huge deal, in the grand scheme of restoring the rest of the horn. Whether it is worth the cost of restoration or not tho is a different matter. 

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    1. by Hillbillysax
      (6 posts)

      7 days ago

      Re: Pillar repair for sopronino

      The serial # 97xxx indicates it was made in 1961. Did Selmer make another model beside the Mark VI ?

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      1. by JonHuff
        (82 posts)

        7 days ago

        Re: Pillar repair for sopronino

        In the history of the saxophone, dozens of companies have used that serial number. What is the name engraved on the bell? 

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        1. by Hillbillysax
          (6 posts)

          6 days ago

          Re: Pillar repair for sopronino

          The engraving on bell says Selmer New York

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        2. by JonHuff
          (82 posts)

          6 days ago

          Re: Pillar repair for sopronino

          Selmer New York is actually a stencil made by Buescher. It was not made by Selmer Paris. 

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        3. by Hillbillysax
          (6 posts)

          6 days ago

          Re: Pillar repair for sopronino

          Would it be worth fixing this horn ?  I don't want to do a full resto just repair the pillar. If a full resto was done would the horn be worth the money put into it?  Is  Buescher a good horn? Thanks

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        4. by historicsaxwhisperer
          (435 posts)

          6 days ago

          Re: Pillar repair for sopronino

          https://www.saxophone.org/museum/saxophones/specimen/1492

           

          Buescher made wonderful sopranos.

          If you use a tech that is familiar with vintage saxophones, they may have the post in parts from old horns. We seem to gather parts after years of refurbishing vintage saxophones.

          It should not be an expensive repair to solder a post the correct size in place.

          But, it is still going to be a horn keyed in C, not B flat or E flat as a sopranino would be.

          Would it be "worth the money to refurbish it"? Only to someone looking for a soprano keyed in C.

          The link above is from the museum tab in the upper left corner here.

          Most answers concerning what type of sax you come across can be answered with a little investigating on this site.

          If you wanted to sell it and advertised it as a Buescher C soprano stencil horn missing a post, you would be able to sell it to someone who probably has the part and knows what they are getting into.

          Good Luck.

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        5. by Hillbillysax
          (6 posts)

          2 days ago

          Re: Pillar repair for sopronino

          Thanks for the info , the "c" turns out to be best horn for what ill be using it for. Its kind of half flute half sax.

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