All profit supporting special needs music education and Help Musicians

Saxophones Buescher Alto True Tone Low pitch sax, 1920's

arock

Member
Messages
110
Locality
Northern California
Does anyone out there play a Buescher True Tone Low Pitch Alto?
I purchased two horns. Could not resist the condition they were in. One is a 1925 and the other is a 1928.
The 1928 looks like is was put away at an early age and never used again.
I may sell one to get the other put in perfect condition.
Just curious as to how much money I should limit myself to. I think the 1928 could be worth $1000 US in excellent condition. It has 100% Silver on it. It plays but need pads. The pads look original and still play after 85 years.
Al
 

jonf

Well-Known Member
Messages
3,724
Locality
Betelgeuse
Yes, I’ve got one, and an equivalent straight soprano as well, both from 1925. The alto is really nice, plays very sweetly, although the ergonomics are poor. In particular, the left hand palm keys are ridiculously low. Anyone with long fingers like me will find them very clumsy to play without risers. The tone is great, and it plays well with modern mouthpieces.

However, in the UK at least, they’re not valuable horns. I don’t know about the US, but over here they tend to go for £300-£500 ($450 to $750) in a private sale if in really good order. If needing lots of work, like a repadding, I’d guess on £150 or so. I got mine six years ago for £100, in playing order needing just a few minor tweaks. I think they’re currently the most undervalued vintage saxes on the market – not that mine’s for sale at any price anyway.
 

jbtsax

Well-Known Member
Café Supporter
Messages
8,690
Locality
Beautiful Springville, Utah USA
The highest price a silver True Tone in excellent condition sold for on Ebay in the U.S. in the past 90 days was $599. The average price out of 17 sales was $304. A gold plate went for $650. The ceiling seems to be $700 in the current market.

I did a complete restoration of a True Tone a few years back with white roo pads including touch up with a silver brush plater. If I remember correctly, it only brought $700 on Ebay. There are just too many on the market which keeps the prices low.
 

arock

Member
Messages
110
Locality
Northern California
I appreciate the info.
I agree with the number that are on the market, but many of them aren't worth taking home for the price that is being asked.
I think the Silver plated ones look real bad when the silver wears off, and there isn't much that you can do about it.
My 1928 "series 4" has 100% silver still. The 1928 has a front F key and the left pinky key rollers.
The 1925 (pre-roller key) seems to be selling for less around here.
I will limit my investment. I am into the two about $500 U.S.
Thanks for the input.
 

jonf

Well-Known Member
Messages
3,724
Locality
Betelgeuse
I appreciate the info.
I think the Silver plated ones look real bad when the silver wears off, and there isn't much that you can do about it.

Agreed, although the silver plate appears to be of pretty good quality and thickness. Mine still has 99%, and although it tarnishes, if I can be bothered polishing it, it shines up nicely.
 

Members online

Popular Discussions

London
Paris
New York
Los Angeles
Sydney
Moscow
New Delhi
Top Bottom