Dating buescher saxophone
In most cases the reason is for the one stated above, but it is always worth checking when buying an instrument.Ask the seller privately for the number and do a search for that instrument.Most seem to have the "Upsidedown Nike" Bell Logo and are model BU-7.Selmer must have done a serial number "reset" at some point.This may just be paranoia as I have never heard of this happening, nor can I understand how it could happen.
If you see one of these horns and the owner is claiming they are from the 1920s or 1930s or before, then they are using the wrong serial number chart.
This may be the reason that Ebay prices of vintage saxophones seem to have dropped recently – there are now some bargains to be had, although it seems there will always be people who will pay inflated prices for a Selmer MKVI without even trying it out, only to find that the good ones do not get sold very often.
There are certain qualities that vintage classics such as the Conn “Naked Lady”, Buescher 400, Buescher Aristocrat, King Super 20, Selmer SBA and the Selmer Mark VI have to offer that you cannot find in a modern horn.
The Valve Block on these instruments are made by Elkhart and thus have a completely different numbering system.
Any Trumpet or Cornet with the engraving of an ELK (see below) will NOT match up on the Buescher Serial number list.I will be adding more soon, as well as checking for accuracy and updating these with more historical and instrument information.