Vintage Buescher 400 “Top Hat & Cane” model alto sax, serial number 336282. This alto is a solid horn for the player looking for a big sound out of a small budget. It has been a solid workhorse for the previous owner, and is now ready for a new player to take home and enjoy.
This model 400 is arguably the best alto Buescher ever made, and it is certainly the most popular to this day. It features a bigger bell than the traditional Aristocrat lineup, and while it plays with the same warmth and resonance you'd expect from the other Buescher altos, it definitely has a bigger, fatter sound. It's a great jazz instrument through and through.
This alto has been maintained over the years by Carlo Cennamo, who did the previous overhaul a few years ago. The sax was chemically stripped (no buffing) and the engraving remains crisp and detailed. All new white leather pads were installed, fitted with oversized, slightly domed metal resonators. The work is holding up great and the pads have lots of life left in them. We'll do a final adjustment on the alto before shipping, where we'll make sure it sealing properly and that it is overall in excellent regulation.
Physically, this Buescher shows some minor past repairs, minor dent work in the bottom bow, but nothing major. The neck was previously slightly pulled down, but it has been corrected. There is no serious past trauma or repair to the horn, and it is solid top to bottom. Ships in its original hard case.