Differences between Alto saxophone Aristocrat Buescher 'Big B' bodies
MRO saxophones recently started on the overhaul of an alto saxophone Buescher Aristocrat "Big B'. Because we also have an almost identical spare body of a the same type of horn I did some research on any differences. Here they are:
Sax A: Serial Number 303 311 (built February 1945) => Body Only
Sax B: Serial Number 330 679 (built in November 1959) => for overhaul
(Model years are indicative: I used the serial lists of Saxpics.com)
1) Sax A has a different engraving and adding "US" above Big B on the bell. This saxophone is made for the US military in the final phase of World War II. See the detail pictures of the engraving below.
2) Sax B has a nickel-plated thumb rest. Sax A is the standard (bare brass) version.
3) Sax B has type designation '140' under the serial number. Sax A does not have this. See pictures.
The keywork of a normal Aristocrat 140 will fit this Big B body. I might have one somewhere around....
4) The connection rings for the bell (solder joints) are shaped somewhat differently. See pictures.