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Vintage Original Lacquer Buescher 400 TOP HAT & CANE Tenor Sax - Serial # 325268

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Our Price: $ 3,950.00

Product ID: 325268B400Tenor

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Excellent original lacquer Buescher 400 “Top Hat & Cane” engraved tenor sax, serial number 325268. This model remains a very popular horn among the jazz crowd. Featuring a bigger bore than Buescher's Aristocrat lineup, this tenor plays with a big, warm sound and has excellent projection.


The Top Hat & Cane is arguably the best pure jazz instrument Buescher ever made. It is a fun horn to play and they are built very well. This example is in decent original lacquer. It shows typical wear but still has excellent original lacquer coverage. There are a smattering of dings in the bottom bow, but no other repairs of note, and that includes no resoldered joints. The original neck shows lacquer wear but doesn't appear to have ever been pulled down.


This tenor came to us on old pads, well past prime, so it is currently in our repair shop in line for a fresh overhaul. We'll fix up the minor dent work in the bottom bow, clean the sax inside and out, and replace all pads and material. The sax still retains all of its original snap-in metal resonators, so we'll reuse all of those. It currently has all of the original gold plated Norton springs too, and as long as they are still strong when we test them, we'll keep those as well. Once complete, I expect nothing less than a dynamic, brilliant sounding horn, great for lead tenor and any jazzer who likes the warmer, darker traditional jazz tones. Ships in a good hard vintage Buescher case.