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Bell Engraving
Description: Bb Tenor
Manufacturer: Dolnet
Stencil Name: La Chambre
Serial #: 79XXXC
Finish: Lacquer (gold plated?) with nickel plated keys
Source: eBay.com

Although the seller claims this horn is gold plated, it does appear more likely to be lacquered to my eyes. Perhaps the seller got the idea that it was gold plated from SOTW's Bruce Bailey, who he quotes as follows:

"In case you don't know the history on these. Emil LeC imported these to Miami via Puerto Rico (some customs thing) and finished them in his repair shop. He had a bunch of investors (local players) and the idea was to beat Selmer. The problem was that the price was higher than the Mark VI, he had no idea how to market horns and he really had no money! Basically these are the same as a Dolnet but with a better fit to the keys and the padding was good. As I recall most were gold plated with nickel keys. I recall he started around 1967 and was gone by about 1971 or 72. Even though he was doing repairs when I was, I have no idea what ever became of Emil. Most of the investors ended up taking horns for money owed and quite a few were sold in south Florida in the early 70s. Nice horns.

This horn is interesting, because it is extremely minty still, and comes with its original endplug, lyre, registration card, and what the seller says is the original case. If this is the original case, that would be be interesting, because that would mean that Emil LeC sourced out a German case company to provided sub-par cases for his high-end French instruments.

These cases are the ones originally supplied with D&J, Hohner, and Hammerschmidt saxophones. These cases are very poorly made, and DO NOT protect the horn worth a damn.
Keywords: Tenor, Dolnet, Stencil, La-Chambre, Vintage, French
Date: 25.11.2011 00:04
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EXIF Info
Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Model: NIKON D40
Exposure time: 0.0125 sec(s)
Aperture value: F/5.6
ISO speed: 400
Date created: 09.03.2011 18:18:31
Focal length: 55mm

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352Mbob
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Join Date: 10.06.2012
Comments: 1
Re Dolnet La Chambre Stencil.

The La Chambre pictured here was purchased out of Florida by me in 2011, and now resides in Queensland, Australia. This instrument would be considered extremely rare over here. and is in exceptional condition. It is in fact gold plated, as the silver plate below the gold can be seen on the neck strap ring. I consider myself very privilaged to own this fine French sax.
12.06.2012 03:29 Offline 352Mbob



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