How to Date a Buescher Saxophone by Its Serial Number

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Determining your saxophone's age is crucial when evaluating its overall value. Buescher saxophone's are typically marked with a serial number during the manufacturing process that allows you to identify the year the saxophone was made. Using a computer with a working Internet connection, you can ascertain a Buescher saxophone’s age in just a few minutes and with little effort.

Locate the serial number typically found under the saxophone’s thumb rest — the piece that rests the weight of the saxophone on your thumb.

Write down the saxophone’s serial number on a sheet of paper or somewhere safe to avoid losing it.


Crosscheck the saxophone's serial number with an online serial number list (See References). Once you’ve ascertained the age of the saxophone, write it down somewhere to avoid forgetting it.


Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Computer
  • Internet connection