For years I have thought about getting my tech to make a floor peg for my bass saxophone. Then this morning I happened across something very interesting on eBay: this telescopic floor peg for Buescher True Tone bass saxophones, which is hand-made by someone in Italy.
This concept is by no means new. Quite a few new bass, and even baritone saxophones come with floor pegs. There are threads on SOTW dedicated to players discussing making their own for their baritone saxophones (1 & 2).
However, none of the floor pegs that I have come across in my research of the topic thus far are quite like this one from Italy. The fellow who made it specifically created his as a telescopic floor peg for Buescher True Tone bass saxophones.
This is how the fellow who made this accessory, and is selling it, describes it:
I sell, just behind your order, REALIZED PROFESSIONALLY (MY DESIGN), AN SPECIAL TELESCOPIC END PIN, EXCLUSIVE FOR BUESCHER SAXOPHONE,
THE ONLY ONE IN THE WORLD, DESIGNED FOR BUESCHER BASS SAXOPHONE !!!
THE END PIN, APPLY, INTO CONTACT (NO WELDING OR MODIFICATION IN SAXOPHONE!) AND DESIGNED TO NOT INTERFERE WITH THE BELL SONORITY.
The TELESCOPIC END PIN, allows adjustable extension, both to store the sax on his stand, both for storage into the case,
without removing it every time, both to play seated, both for playing while standing !!!!!!!!
It is possible also achieve the PIN END, tailored for other brands of bass saxophone (eg for CONN BASS SAXOPHONE)
with the same principle that is to say, into contact without welding.
Naturally in this case it will be necessary precise measurements of the engagement point connected by welding,
which is in relief between the bell and the curve.
Also you have to wait as long as necessary for the realization that it could also be quite long, due to work, previously booked at your order of the END PIN.
NATURALLY SAXOPHONE SHOWN IN THE PHOTOS AND THE END PIN ALSO, ARE NOT FOR SALE
BUT THEY ARE ONLY, FOR EXAMPLE, TO SHOW THE APPLICATION OF THE END PIN, ON THE BASS SAX, ONCE IT WILL BE ‘MADE.
Since the PIN END FOR BASS, is handcrafted, by a professional work and tailored,
if your bid is not for the END PIN SPECIALLY DESIGNED for Saxophone Buescher True Tone,
please before you make your bid on this auction, to ask whether it is possible to realize it, for the brand of the bass sax that you possess.
Available upon request photos of the details of the prototype.
The designer of this telescopic floor peg for Buescher True Tone bass saxophones, makes some interesting claims about his product. He addresses some of the main concerns that I have always had about adding a peg to my Buescher bass:
- It doesn’t interfere with the instrument’s sonority.
- It allows for the instrument to be played both seated and standing.
- It doesn’t need to be removed when the instrument is stored in its case or stood up in its stand.
- The added bonus is that it appears to attach without the need for welding.
Obviously based on his description, the telescopic floor peg for Buescher True Tone bass saxophones is custom-made upon ordering. Since the designer says he is willing to send more photos of the prototype upon request, I’m going to ask him to send me some. If you does, I will post them here when they arrive.
In the meantime, if you have Buescher bass and have been looking for a floor peg for it, then this might just be what you were looking for. What does it cost? The seller is asking €580.00, which xe.com currently estimates to be $647.00 US.
The auction for this telescopic floor peg for Buescher True Tone bass saxophones is scheduled to run until July 20.
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