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Original Lacquer Buescher 400 'Top Hat & Cane' Alto Sax - Serial # 323762

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Product ID: 323762B400Alto

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Very nice condition, original lacquer Buescher 400 “Top Hat & Cane” alto saxophone, serial number 323762. This alto dates to 1949 and is in great shape. This was Buescher's top-of-the-line jazz horn, and it is a great player.


The original lacquer on this alto looks great, somewhere in the 90-95% realm, with only light lacquer wear from normal use. The sax has a couple tiny pings but no serious dents or past dent repair. The original thumb hook has been swapped from a more modern, swivel rest, as seen in the photos. There is missing lacquer from the heat of the work in that spot, but that's the majority of the lacquer wear on the whole instrument. The original thumbrest is included in the case if you ever wanted to swap it back. The sax does have its original neck with underslung octave key, and it has never been pulled down. For collectibility's sake, it even has an original white Buescher mouthpiece included.


This alto was recently repadded in another shop, using premium firm leather pads and all of the original snap-in metal resonators are still with the sax. It also has nearly all of the original gold plated Norton springs (I see just 1 that has been swapped). Pads are in new condition, and the sax will get a once-over in our repair shop to make sure it is sealing right before we ship.


This 400 plays with a big, powerful, resonant sound. Slightly spread but still overall a warm tone, it takes all of the air you can move through it. The resonance on this alto cannot be overstated, you can feel it under your fingers when playing at high volume. A very fun and lively instrument to play. Ships in a like-new Protec case.