New Member - question on identifying an old Buescher
I picked up a rough old Buescher alto sax and I'm having a hard time making an exact identification. My horn says Buescher True Tone by the serial number and Aristocrat on the bell. The serial number (336xxx) seems to indicate that it was made in 1950-51. However, the design on my bell is not the top hat. It's more of a flourish or feathers with Buescher Aristocrat Elkhart IN. Also, 140 is stamped under the serial number.
While the horn does play and actually doesn't sound too bad, it looks pretty rough. I'm not sure if it's worth paying someone to overhaul it or just move it on down the road. My kid has not expressed a lot of interest in playing it unfortunately, and I am more of a clarinet player.
Just looking for a little advice as to what I should do and/or in identifying my horn. What's the going rate for a complete (or partial) overhaul? If I opt to let it go, it would be helpful to know what it's worth. I got it for a steal at a church rummage sale so I don't really have a clear notion of its value. And it's been many years since I bought a horn on the open market.
Many thanks in advance.