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"400" - "Top Hat & Cane"
Model B-11
Tenor Saxophone

Serial number - 326416 - (1949)


This is a clean and correct Buescher 400 “Top-Hat & Cane” tenor saxophone...the photos are below.
Manufactured in 1949, it has made it amazingly unscathed over its 64 years.
It is designated as a Model B-11, also referred to as a “Series 1” Buescher 400.
“Top-Hat & Cane” refers to the bell engraving of a gentleman's top-hat, cane and gloves. Tres sophistique.

The bell of the horn features:
- A raised nickel silver “Buescher 400” logo
- An engraving of a castle on a seaside cliff.
- And ornate floral patterns on the bell and bow.
The engraving is pushes the boundary between craftsmanship and art to the vanishing point.

The Buescher 400 has some unique features.
The neck octave key is underslung and the neck brace is one-of-a-kind.
This horn has all the original gold-plated, screw-in Norton Springs which screw into the posts instead of the standard press-fitted arrangement.
All the original amber-colored rollers are intact.
All the pads have their original snap-on metal resonators, all intact. The octave vent pads are too small for resonators.
The low B and Bb bell keys are uniquely on the back of the bell, facing the player. They are thus protected by the main body of the horn, eliminating the need for a keyguard.
Beneath the rim of the bell is a nickel silver “tone ring”.
The key shafts, strap ring, left- and right-hand thumbrests and the tone ring under the bell rim are nickel silver, adding rigidity increasing resistence to wear and giving the horn a nice two-tone contrast to the lacquered brass.

This is an original lacquer horn with the lacquer coverage well over 95%.
There is some spotting of the lacquer by the serial number.
The engraving is crisp and sharp with some oxidation as shown. This is normal as the engraving was cut into the lacquered horn.

This horn has older pads which are in very good condition. The body and keys are straight and true. The horn plays top to bottom.
The only dent I see is on the bow, right HERE .
The horn comes with a vintage, period hard-shell case. The case covering is a lizard/reptile skin pattern with contrasting trim. Not sure if it's original to the horn or not, but is is from the correct period.

Buescher 400 "Top Hat & Cane" Tenor Sax


Serious offers only, please. I reserve the right to reject prospective buyers.
I ship worldwide, however, International Buyers take note: I cannot control nor track shipment beyond the borders of the United States.
Although I will make every effort to see that your purchase is shipped quickly and safely to you, I cannot be held responsible for shipment beyond the us border. I do, however, pack horns very well.
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However, all funds must clear our bank account before item is shipped.
Wisconsin buyers pay sales tax.
The price listed is the purchase price of the horn and case only. Shipping is at the purchaser's expense. Shipping insurance is mandatory.
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