De Villiers

De Villiers Tenor

Serial #: 11XXX
Finish: Lacquer

  Source: Helen Kahlke

This is the sax that started me down the road of Dörfler & Jörka research. In February 2009 I saw this vintage horn hanging on a wall in a local music store. It was sitting amongst a bunch of old, shitty students horns that cost twice much—horns like a Grange tenor circa the 1970s. What drew me in to take a closer look at this horn, was its dark gold lacquer colour, and the large mother of pearl buttons on the key guards.

To read more about this horn, how I came to buy it, and what my first perceptions of it were when I took it to its first rehearsal with Deception, check out the De Villiers page on this site under the Unusual Saxes section.

To date this is the only Dörfler & Jörka-stencilled De Villiers that I have come across. I have however, seen a number of Asian-made De Villier—notice the lack of “s”—saxophones, but don’t know if there is any connection to the original company that ordered my De Villiers from D&J.

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