This horn was torn down, cleaned out, body and keys polished, body and keys separately treated with a powerful anti tarnish substance (better than a clear lacquer as it is transparent and non inhibiting sound-wise and doesn't peel or flake off with age), then rebuilt replacing all its original white pads with new brown leather snap pads. I even saved the original white pads that were replaced in a clear plastic bag for the new owner to see. Many of the original white snap pads were still functional! Since these original pads would not have held up very well in the future and would tend to leak quickly, I decided to change them all out anyway, but save them as a novelty and keepsake.
A veritable time capsule, this horn was purchased and played for perhaps a few years, if that long, back in the twenties to be put away unplayed for seventy years until reawakened very recently. I played it with a tuner and its neat to see when you play a "C" it says "C". It seems to be just as in tune as more modern horns, maybe even more in tune then some newer horns. Bueschers are known to be among the best for intonation versus other makes of that period. It has such artful design and shape like the "Man in the Moon" neck brace Bueschers had. These horns seem to have some of the best characteristics of altos and tenors all in one. The size has enough brass and length to produce a dark mellow tenor type tone, yet its action is tight and the horn sits closer where you can sit it on your knee to play. Great for all those who think the alto is too small and the tenor too big and hate transposing music into E flat or B flat. For these reasons it would make a good alternate practice horn. Shame they quit making this size altogether so many years ago.
No mouthpiece comes with this sax, however I am a Runyon reseller and I may have a new Runyon C Melody mouthpiece in stock that will fit the tenor sized mouthpiece neck cork. This sax comes with its original deluxe hard case with plush lining which is in good original condition just like the sax.
Another note, this anti tarnish treatment on the entire horn I perform is extra work but should keep this horn cleaner and much more tarnish free for some years to come. I can also say this is the most pleasant sounding C Melody saxes I have ever restored.
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