- St. Mary's
For anyone interested in the development of the saxophone, the thoughts of some of its greatest exponents etc. I would recommend "The Devils Horn" by Michael Segell.
My daughter bought it for me about a year ago and only in the last couple of weeks I dipped into it and found it to be a fascinating read.
My late maternal grandfather bought his first saxophone, a brand new Buescher True Tone silver plated alto in 1926 when he was 19 years old and it cost half a years wages, at the time he was playing trombone in a dance band and the bandleader thought it might be a good idea if somebody in the group learnt to play this 'new' trendy musical instrument - my grandfather draw the short straw...perhaps if he hadn't I might not be playing the sax today...funny enough the first sax I ever played at 15 years of age was that 1926 silver plated Buescher True Tone alto, and the first tune I played was "Bye, Bye, Blackbird"...happy days...
Apparently the horn was one of the first Buescher saxophone imported into New Zealand...
" thats it, we can never hear you, your going to have to learn sax". He put his guitar down, went outside to his old car, opened the boot and pulled out this gorgeous 1934 Buescher new aristocrat alto.
Long story short i payed him $150 dollars a week later ( it was 1979 at the time) and the rest is history.
i wish i still had that horn today. i've got plenty of original vintage Bueschers around the same serial number, however it would be great to still own my first sax.
the bad part of this story is that the horn got reversed over while i was washing my car one Sunday afternoon. that's enough bad memories for one night!