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RARE Original Silver Plated Buescher Top Hat and Cane Alto Saxophone, Serial #356372

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Our Price: $ 3,400.00

Product ID: 356372BuescherTHCAlto

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Buescher THC - Silver Plate

This is a rare, original silver plated Buescher 400 “Top Hat & Cane” engraved alto sax, serial number 356372. You don't often see these in original silver, and this one is in particularly good cosmetic shape, with little finish wear.


The original silver plating on this alto is 98%+ intact, with only minor scratches and scuffs for its age. There is no real plating wear to speak of, even on the usual touch points. Physically, the horn shows some past dent work in the bottom bow, as seen in the photos, that we'll try to clean up a bit in our repair shop before shipping. There's also a tiny ding here and there that we'll remove. The bell was slightly bent at the front of the horn, but the metal ring that Buesher uses around the bell lip prevented any serious damage. The tube is straight, and the horn shows no past trauma to the bell-to-body brace. The original neck, with underslung octave key, is in flawless physical condition.


This alto received a full overhaul recently, using good firm leather pads, fitted with brown nylon resonators (the original snaps are unfortunately lost). The sax still has most of its original gold plated Norton springs. The newer pads are all in like-new shape and sealing well, and we'll give the sax our pro set up while cleaning up the above mentioned dent work. It will ship in perfect regulation.


The TH&C altos were arguably the best jazz horns Buescher ever made, and this silver plated model plays with all the resonance and open feeling you'd expect from a quality Buescher, but with added richness and color due to the silver. It really adds depth to its already rich tone. Great little player, for players and collectors alike.