1949 Buescher 400 Top Hat and Cane Tenor Saxophone, Fresh Overhaul, Original Lacquer, Video
1949 318,xxx Buescher 400 Top Hat and Cane tenor saxophone with original lacquer. This sax just received a full mechanical overhaul from Eric Beach, who is one of the best in the business.
This sax arrived with original snap-in pads and resonators. Many players want the horn to be preserved with the snap in pads. However, the feel becomes mushy. With this overhaul, we decided to honor this tradition of keeping the snap-ins while giving it better feel. Eric used Pisoni Pro pads for the overhaul along with the original snaps and metal domed resonators. Eric also added shellac to the back of the pads, which to me is a huge upgrade and gives the pads a better, firmer feel. Eric had another TH&C tenor that he previously overhauled using just the snaps and no shellac, and the difference in pad feel and response was huge.
These are legendary horns, and it's especially a treat to play on one that is so locked in from a fresh top of the line overhaul. There's a combination of both power and sweetness that is unique to this vintage of Bueschers. The way this horn takes on air is tremendous, and it can absolutely knock down a wall when you push it. What a horn!