Product ID: 3422OldsOperaTenor
This is a fantastic vintage F.E. Olds Opera model tenor saxophone, serial number 3422. While Olds was based out of Los Angeles, this tenor was produced by Buffet and is even stamped “Made in France” near the serial number. It is very similar to a vintage Buffet Dynaction tenor.
This sax is in incredible shape. The original lacquer is a solid 95% with only minor lacquer wear here and there. The original neck has never been pulled down. The horn has had a couple minor dings removed and a resolder or two, but no major dent work, no past trauma. It is straight from top to bottom. The bell flare and bottom bow are perfect. This tenor was recently full repadded, while retaining all of the original Buffet metal screw-in resonators. It feels very open under your fingers with lighter spring tensions. It is ready to go!
Sonically, this tenor plays exactly how you want and expect from a Buffet of this vintage. It has a warm sound with good power and projection. Slightly more focused, but still plenty of “oomph” and edge. I think it would be a great sax for players who play classical, but also do a fair amount of jazz on the side, who need a versatile horn and want a darker sound. While this tenor has not been through our shop for a set up, it is playing great and we are passing it along at a great price!