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by innocuousmilk
(3 posts)
17 years ago

Buescher True-Tone Sopranos

I'm looking into buying a vintage soprano (most probably a Buescher TT, because I've heard really great things about them!), and I had a question. I'd prefer to try a saxophone before buying it, but I've found a really good deal on a Buescher --- it may need a little work, since it's been in storage for approximately forty years. I'm fairly certain it's silver-plate (did they lacquer TTs at all?), and doesn't show much wear. (Which on one hand is a good thing, but Would it be worth it to buy a sax like that with no trial and no returns, and what's worse, no idea of the tone?

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  1. by innocuousmilk
    (3 posts)

    17 years ago

    Re: Buescher True-Tone Sopranos

    Oh, and I also wanted to ask for opinions on King and Martin Handcraft sopranos, if anyone has any thoughts.

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    1. by Dave Dix
      (421 posts)

      17 years ago

      Re: Buescher True-Tone Sopranos

      Buescher made the best vintage sops and nearly all were silverplated ,some were pitched in C but most were Bb horns. I wouldn,t bother with a king as the early ones were not the best intonation wise. Martin made a very nice soprano and their stencilled horns were good as well. A lot of the martins only went up to high Eb but not all of them. Try for the buescher true tone you wont be dissapointed. I have a very nice curved conn from around 1922 that is a very fine horn whitch virtually is as new and this one has great intonation but are getting harder to find in good condition Dave

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      1. by innocuousmilk
        (3 posts)

        17 years ago

        Re: Buescher True-Tone Sopranos

        Thanks for your opinions! I haven't had a chance to actually play any of saxes from those makers, so it really helps. Becca

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        1. by knighttrain
          (31 posts)

          17 years ago

          Re: Buescher True-Tone Sopranos

          Second opinion - Can't speak for all Kings, but My King Soprano plays in tune - and with a modern mouthpiece (Runyon Custom Spoiler). Maybe it's a matter of adjustment.

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        2. by knighttrain
          (31 posts)

          17 years ago

          Re: Buescher True-Tone Sopranos

          Second opinion - Can't speak for all Kings, but My King Soprano plays in tune - and with a modern mouthpiece (Runyon Custom Spoiler). Maybe it's a matter of adjustment.

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        3. by knighttrain
          (31 posts)

          17 years ago

          Re: Buescher True-Tone Sopranos

          Second opinion - Can't speak for all Kings, but My King Soprano plays in tune - and with a modern mouthpiece (Runyon Custom Spoiler). Maybe it's a matter of adjustment.

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        4. by knighttrain
          (31 posts)

          17 years ago

          Re: Buescher True-Tone Sopranos

          Second opinion - Can't speak for all Kings, but My King Soprano plays in tune - and with a modern mouthpiece (Runyon Custom Spoiler). Maybe it's a matter of adjustment.

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        5. by Saxon
          (100 posts)

          17 years ago

          Re: Buescher True-Tone Sopranos

          I have a Buescher curved sop. It only goes up to Eb (1926) An annoying trait but... I have had so many comments about the nice tone!

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        6. by knighttrain
          (31 posts)

          17 years ago

          Re: Buescher True-Tone Sopranos

          Second opinion - Can't speak for all Kings, but My King Soprano plays in tune - and with a modern mouthpiece (Runyon Custom Spoiler). Maybe it's a matter of adjustment.

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        7. by knighttrain
          (31 posts)

          17 years ago

          Re: Buescher True-Tone Sopranos

          Second opinion - Can't speak for all Kings, but My King Soprano plays in tune - and with a modern mouthpiece (Runyon Custom Spoiler). Maybe it's a matter of adjustment.

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        8. by knighttrain
          (31 posts)

          17 years ago

          Re: Buescher True-Tone Sopranos

          Second opinion - Can't speak for all Kings, but My King Soprano plays in tune - and with a modern mouthpiece (Runyon Custom Spoiler). Maybe it's a matter of adjustment.

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        9. by knighttrain
          (31 posts)

          17 years ago

          Re: Buescher True-Tone Sopranos

          Second opinion - Can't speak for all Kings, but My King Soprano plays in tune - and with a modern mouthpiece (Runyon Custom Spoiler). Maybe it's a matter of adjustment.

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        10. by knighttrain
          (31 posts)

          17 years ago

          Re: Buescher True-Tone Sopranos

          Second opinion - Can't speak for all Kings, but My King Soprano plays in tune - and with a modern mouthpiece (Runyon Custom Spoiler). Maybe it's a matter of adjustment.

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        11. by knighttrain
          (31 posts)

          17 years ago

          Re: Buescher True-Tone Sopranos

          Sorry - don't know why my entry posted multiple times

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