Buescher Trumpets



  • I have only had a handful of Bueschers over the last 3 years, but am extremely impressed with them. The first 2 were "400's" so it was expected to be a good horn. Got my first "Aristocrat" recently, their student line, and It appears to have gotten the same valve block as the 400. Damn near a work of art. This was roughly a 59 model. 60 years old and cleaned up nicely. No dents, just a rough finish. Shame their isn't a better market for them. Appears to be better built than even the Olds models of the same era. Around 63, Buescher was sold, and the name was around a while, but they were not the same quality.



  • Its also braced more like an Olds Special. Probably why it tends to resonate more......


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    @N1684T said in Buescher Trumpets:

    Got my first "Aristocrat" recently, their student line

    Well, from what I've seen and played, to describe their Aristocrats as "student line" is erroneous. They had a student line called "Elkhart by Buescher" - still very good instruments, but not on the same top level as the Aristocrats.



  • Might explain it. Probably is a mid line or intermediate.


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    @N1684T Nix. The Aristocrat instruments that I have are all top-notch.



  • I will post some pics later. Might even get this thing refinished. Really seems to come alive, even with my meager skills;)



  • I've never had my hands on an Aristocrat, but I have a 1947 Buescher 400 Model 225 and it's a great horn. Looks as good as it plays.



  • The early 60s Aristocrats were STILL good quality horns.... by the time the 70s rolled around, they were "good" horns, but not made with the LOVE and craftsmenship of previous years.


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    @Osren said in Buescher Trumpets:

    The early 60s Aristocrats were STILL good quality horns.... by the time the 70s rolled around, they were "good" horns, but not made with the LOVE and craftsmenship of previous years.

    I'm with you there. But the "real" Aristocrats were the instruments of the 1930s and 1940s. My 265 cornet is dated 1931...



  • I know somewhere in the mid to late 60's, they no longer used that classic Buescher valve block. Kind of a generic looking one. Probably used up all the parts they had then something else. Just HOW MANY brands did Selmer buy out? Obviously, Selmer was run better and was profitable, and most likely other brands didn't adapt fast enough.


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