The serial no is 61xxxC, which probably puts it in the mid to late 1950s, but it's hard to know for sure. It looks identical to the Bel Air model and has a rich and beautiful sound. It's quite heavy compared to modern horns and feels great under the fingers.
Check out the video I created of me playing it in various styles to demonstrate. The intonation is very good and the whole range pops out with ease. Please note that this instrument has some vintage style keywork and the low C# needs some strength in the little finger.
When I acquired this saxophone it was in very poor condition. I have done some extensive restoration to bring it back to long lasting playing condition, whilst respecting the need to preserve as much of it's originality as possible. The low Eb key guard was missing and I have made a replacement part, taking care to blend in the look of the original. I lowered the position of the strap ring slightly to the more modern balanced position this stops the mouthpiece hitting you in the mouth! I also removed several dents and leveled out the tone holes.
The original lacquer is only about 30% there and I have resisted the temptation to polish the whole thing and left it without any additional lacquer. Some places are shinier due to work on the instrument, but this will soon get a patina and look like raw brass.
The engraving is still there, but the poor lacquer masks this somewhat. Better that than to try and polish it.
It has a new set of Pisoni Premium Deluxe pads. The horn comes with a neck receiver plug (crafted from cork) and what I believe to be the original case.
You will also need a mouthpiece, reeds, cleaning pull-throughs and cork grease. Thanks for looking and have a nice day!
Jean Cartier Tenor Saxophone Demo. Video will open in a new window.The item "Jean Cartier Artist Tenor Saxophone by Dolnet of Paris VIDEO" is in sale since Sunday, June 20, 2021. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments\Wind & Woodwind\Band & Orchestral\Saxophones". The seller is "tr0mb0ne" and is located in Derby.
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