For your consideration is a 1959 -1960 Buescher 400 model S-5 professional alto saxophone.
Known for its "fatter" tone that really projects, Buescher saxophones are a staple in American made altos especially during the 1940 - 1960's. A fantastically well built saxophone with great tone and intonation. This S-5 model appears to have what is left of its original lacquer. As pictures reflect the lacquer is spotted throughout the entire horn. Minor indication of resoldered neck tenon and post here and there (see pictures) This saxophone has its original snap-in pads and the Norton springs.
Serial number indicates this instrument to have been produced in the range of 1959-1960 (361110). This would mean that it was among one of the last of the pre-Selmer made Buescher's based on Selmer purchasing the Buescher company in 1963.
Cosmetically, this instrument does show signs of wear and a few minor dents present ( Neck, side of bell) SEE ALL PICTURES. But all in all is in good condition for a saxophone of this age and being sold as is. This Buescher 400 saxophone would be a fantastic purchase for any Buescher collector/fanatic or someone looking for the Buescher iconic tone.
The saxophone had a re-pad in our repair shop about 2-3 years ago. All leather pads show no skin rips and even the low Eb pad is still relatively clean. We tried to take pictures of as many pads as possible.
NO case is included - saxophone will be wrapped completely in bubble wrap with packing peanuts also used to protect the sax during shipment.
Matt Stohrer the well respected Saxophone repairman published the following video about these exact S-5 Buescher 400 saxophones and matches. our opinion that these are very underrated Professional Saxophones. Close to identical to the Buescher 400 Top Hat & Cane model that pre dated this S-5 model.