March 10, 2012
Buescher C Melody Pt. 5
Finally, here’s a glimpse at the inner bell. The sure don’t make’em like the used to.

Buescher C Melody Pt. 5

Finally, here’s a glimpse at the inner bell. The sure don’t make’em like the used to.

March 10, 2012
Buescher C Melody Pt. 4
A closeup of the engraving shows just how much time and skill used to craft this instrument.
Some day, if I can ever afford to manufacture instruments, I’d like to bring back dry point etching. Regardless of cost, the artisan touch says a lot about the maker and the musician.

Buescher C Melody Pt. 4

A closeup of the engraving shows just how much time and skill used to craft this instrument.

Some day, if I can ever afford to manufacture instruments, I’d like to bring back dry point etching. Regardless of cost, the artisan touch says a lot about the maker and the musician.

March 10, 2012
Buescher C Melody Pt. 3
Here’s the final product. Everyone was happy with the results, and the sax played with surprisingly good intonation considering design.
I made sure to play a few gospel tunes before making some final adjustments, and then got myself a Topo Chico at the corner store.

Buescher C Melody Pt. 3

Here’s the final product. Everyone was happy with the results, and the sax played with surprisingly good intonation considering design.

I made sure to play a few gospel tunes before making some final adjustments, and then got myself a Topo Chico at the corner store.

March 10, 2012
Buescher C Melody Pt. 2
After chem clean and polish this sax came out mint.
As the story goes, this sax was found at a small church in Alabama before being relocated to an antique shop in Colorado. The case was also in mint condition, and contained a pair of white gloves—no wonder the horn was still mint.

Buescher C Melody Pt. 2

After chem clean and polish this sax came out mint.

As the story goes, this sax was found at a small church in Alabama before being relocated to an antique shop in Colorado. The case was also in mint condition, and contained a pair of white gloves—no wonder the horn was still mint.

March 10, 2012
Buescher C Melody Pt. 1
This was my first saxophone overhaul. A lively and adventurous flutist came back from a trip to Denver with this Buescher C Melody Sax. Cosmetically it was in decent shape, but the pads were eaten by bugs, the corks crumbling, and the keys gummy.
After breaking down the sax I removed the old snap pads in favor of modern, and prepped the horn for a chem clean and polish. At the time I was excited, and knew the no one else took the job because 1) it was a C melody 2) with a bastard key. Needless to say, it was a learning experience.

Buescher C Melody Pt. 1

This was my first saxophone overhaul. A lively and adventurous flutist came back from a trip to Denver with this Buescher C Melody Sax. Cosmetically it was in decent shape, but the pads were eaten by bugs, the corks crumbling, and the keys gummy.

After breaking down the sax I removed the old snap pads in favor of modern, and prepped the horn for a chem clean and polish. At the time I was excited, and knew the no one else took the job because 1) it was a C melody 2) with a bastard key. Needless to say, it was a learning experience.

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