Re: Aristocrat Serial 831557. When made?
PICTURES WOULD DEFINITELY HELP
The serial numbers here are for the more vintage pro models. There are a number of manufacturers and some models, in general, that just go ignored here. It is a very incomplete total picture. As someone that deals almost exclusively in vintage American horns, I find a good percentage of what is voiced as truth to be somewhat more heresay
Your horn is from the later years, probably around the time Selmer USA took over Buescher. Your horn became the Signet or the Bundy II. So, it is one of the final runs under the Buescher name, but basically a student level horn of the time.
The lack of information on these later made horns seems to just be missing and not given any value, which I myself think should be corrected by someone. But, that is where we are.
As the Asian market takes off and there are a number of new manufacturers, this site is just becoming more and more primitive to use. What was considered a crappy manufacturer 3 years ago are now putting out top notch instruments.
You are probably better off just typing Aristacrat 200 alto into a google search to get all your desired information. It may not even be made by Buescher.