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QWales

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Can anyone tell me anything about this Sax please? It seems to play well in the right hands, I couldn't do much with it myself but 2 more experienced people in a class I take made some great sounds with it. I bought it described as 1950's but the guy who played it reckons 1920's.
 

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20s or earlier I would think. Low B only and possibly up to Eb - can't see the palm keys but no rh side keys. High pitch?

Thinking about it - if there were any palm keys they should be visible in the last pic. So only up to C#. Sure it's a baritone?
 

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Thanks Nick, that's what it was sold to me as, what else could it be?
 

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Bass. Looks about bari size but can't tell the scale from the pics. Does it play in tune?

Is there a serial number?
 
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It played really nicely when the guy in my class had a go. It was sold to me with the following info " Buescher Academy baritone saxophone, a lovely example of an interesting horn, quite unique the horn only plays down to a low C#" but there's no guarantees that is correct. I'll have a look for at the serial number when I get home.
 

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Are there any low B or Bb? I can't see the low keys. Keyed C to C? A baritone home model?
 

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I don't think so, there are very few keys on this
 

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" Buescher Academy baritone saxophone, a lovely example of an interesting horn, quite unique the horn only plays down to a low C#"

A student horn apparently. Bit of a challenge to find all the missing notes. :)
 

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Are there any low B or Bb? I can't see the low keys. Keyed C to C? A baritone home model?
A "C" Bari? Possible. Maybe an "F" horn?
Is there a patent number on it #Qwales and did you check with a tuner what it was doing?
Curiosity Overdrive!
 

QWales

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Is there a patent number on it #Qwales and did you check with a tuner what it was doing?
Curiosity Overdrive!

Will get back to you with more info, I think it was Eb as mentioned below.
 
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QWales

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It's an Eb baritone but with a lot of keywork left off to make it easier for a student.

Sounding pretty confident there Nick, so that's it then, it's a standard Eb Bari with the extra key work removed? I forgot to mention that there is a small, perfectly formed, 5mm ish hole roughly opposite the lowest of the 6 main keys, so located on the back of the lower part of the bell. I guess this was a mounting for the missing keywork?
 

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Sounding pretty confident there Nick, so that's it then, it's a standard Eb Bari with the extra key work removed? I forgot to mention that there is a small, perfectly formed, 5mm ish hole roughly opposite the lowest of the 6 main keys, so located on the back of the lower part of the bell. I guess this was a mounting for the missing keywork?
See here.
 

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Very odd. The octave key appears more modern than 1920s. If it only goes up to Eb or C# then why the apparent aux F?
 

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