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Beaugnier Special Perfect Tenor Sax
Silver-Plated....Lapis Lazuli inserts!

S/N 54xx (Doctor Sax Stock #1033)

The Beaugnier factory in France made the Vito's and Noblets and LeBlancs in the 1950's and 60's
until handcraftmanship of this type proved to be too expensive.

The pictures are below

New pads, felts and corks…ready to go.


Engraving says:


This silver-plated, made in France Saxophone has:

    - Oct. 2010 - I am repadding this horn with Music Medic "Precision" pads.
    - All new corks and felts.
    - Adjusted and regulated
    - Silver-plate at maybe 75%, maybe less? Keys missing a lot of silver. Many fingertouches have all silver worn off. There is a thin stripe of missing silver-plate across the engraving...not a scratch...not sure how that may have happened. (A correspondent writes: "am pretty sure that at a certain time one sping was broken or mis-adjusted, and then the owner had a rubber band wrapped around the bell, to give the key the right action. Then the saxophone had been resting in its case, and voila, next time it was taken out to be played the rubber has etched the silver away........") Clothes guard missing all silver at touch point. Neck missing a lot of silver.
    - It was missing the Low B keyguard on the bell, so I made a new one. I have subsequently found a replacement keyguard. It is nickel-plated brass instead of silver-plated, but it should fit in better than the one I made.
Some of the keyguard screws are replacements, consequently they are brass and not silver-plated.
    - The decorative mother-of-pearl inserts were missing from the four keyguards that should have them. I had Burnie's Rock Shop here in Madison cut four pieces of lapis lazuli (blue stone) to take their place. IMHO I think they look very striking against the silver.

A potential customer has requested that I replace them with mother-of-pearl.
    - The case says Couesnon on it. But really the case is cheap and flimsy. It'll do to ship the horn if packed with a lot of cushioning, but it would be no good for carrying the horn around day by day. Best to pitch it I say.
    - Nice fast key action. I had no trouble hitting the low notes when I tested it. Seems like this horn has been played a lot over the decades. You can see the wear under the thumbhook.
    - There are very minor dents here and there...some are barely ripples. Bell and bow and body and neck are really in good shape.

August 2008 - A young tenor-player from New York came in and kindly test-played a bunch of my tenors.
Here's what he had to say about the Special Perfect:
-- Projects really well, without being bright, focused and pure...
-- Excellent ballad horn...
-- Very expressive...
-- Pure, with lots of fundamental


Picture one. You can see 3 of the lapis lazuli inserts and the keyguard I fabricated.


Picture two. A little closer of two lapis lazuli inserts and the replacement keyguard.


Picture 3. Two of the lapis inserts look white due to reflected light.


Picture 4. The engraving was extremely difficult to capture. I need to rethink my camera setup and lighting.


Picture 5. The bow is in good shape.


Picture 6. The bell brace has that typical Beaugnier/Noblet/early Vito look.


Picture 7. Silver-plate almost entirely off the clothesguard from wear.


Picture 8. This picture and the next few,through picture 12, all try to capture the engraving. Also you can see the stripe where the silver is missing. Not really a scratch...not sure what happened there.


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Picture 12. Engraving and another closeup of the fabricated guard (the lower one).


Picture 13. Stately.


Picture 14. Majestic.


Picture 15. Whatever.


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Picture 18. Here you can see the fingernail file touch of the sliding lever that allows the player to control the G# key articulation as to whether it engages the bell keys or not. Your choice dude.


Picture 19. This shows the cunning G# lever linkage to the G# key. I love it!


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