I have just been converted to Buescher and thought everyone may find the following interesting about the gold plated (90% in tact)true tone alto I have just purchased.
1. The serial number is 152xxx which to my calculations puts it around 1924/25?
2. From all accounts these saxophones did not have the alt f key however this one does.
3. I was also under the impression that this horn was too early for snap in pads but it also has snap in's!The snaps are also gold plated.
The intonation is perfect, it does need a few new pads and some springs which you would expect on a horn of this vintage. Any tips on how to replace springs? They are not screw in springs.
I love the sound!!! I have owned quite a few mark 6's over the years as well as new model horns always searching for that sound I had in my head. I never thought about buying a Buescher until recently when I was thinking about just having an old horn to "tinker" with. Man what a surprise! The key mechanism is great, the intonation is spot on and that sweet sweet sound! I am a fully converted Buescher man - I can't believe how much money I wasted over the years on mark 6's!!