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French, Beaugnier-made
Noblet "Standard" Alto Sax

S/N 118xx (Doctor Sax stock #1024)

Sorry, this horn has been sold!

  Made in the Beaugnier factory in Mantes, France, by French artisans.
I painstakingly removed the lacquer from this horn using neither chemical nor mechanical (buffing) means.
How did I do it, you ask?
For $19.95 I will give you the complete secrets of my 'methode francaise'.
Just kidding...I tell you about it below.

The pictures are below

The 'Standard' model is nicer than the Noblet 'Serie Maville' model. I think 'Standard' refers more to 'set the standard' rather than 'standard issue'.

The sax is engraved with:

DN
Noblet
STANDARD
PARIS

With just the serial number, 118xx, on the backside, below the thumbhook.

No idea when it was made...maybe the 60's?

The 'Standard' has a G# articulation selector which slides back or forth under the G# keytouch, and has the 'nail file' lever so that the G#/C# linkage can be engaged or disengaged on the fly.
Early Vito Saxes were also either built in the Beaugnier factory and shipped to the USA or assembled in Kenosha, WI from parts fabricated at the Beaugnier factory. Consequently they have the same selector, bell brace, etc.

Further, the G# has a special adjustment bar that connects the key touch lever to the actual G# and allows for the G# key action to be adjusted independently.
Another feature is that the F# key linkage bar (linking it to the G#, as well as the Bb in the upper stack) has adjustment screws.
Also it has a elegant pivot (seesaw) bar octave mechanism; key guards attached by screws (instead of soldered on); and it has screws that cinch down the connection between the bow and the upper body.

Engraving is in very nice condition.

When I got this horn, the body was physically in good shape, but it was real dirty and the original lacquer was very poor and flaking off. When I washed it, the lacquer looked so bad that I decided to rinse it with extremely hot tap water and that removed almost 95% of the original lacquer. It must have been some sort of cellulose based lacquer and the hot water loosened the the lacquer enough that I could remove it. It still took a fair amount of hand labor. The lacquer tended to stick at the bottoms of every post and guard. There is lacquer left on the neck (mouthpipe), and some posts and elsewhere. So, essentially, this is a hand polished, bare brass horn. It was not mechanically buffed nor subjected to that sort of trauma. Consequently, you can expect the bare brass to take on a patina as the sax is used. It certainly won’t look like a shiny cheap toy.

I leveled the toneholes first using dent tools and then ‘dressed’ them lightly with a file, removing a minimal amount of brass.

I removed the old pads and corks. Some of the keys were frozen on the rods and took a fair amount of work to get off the horn. All move smoothly now. I used Feree’s Nickel Key buff to clean up the backs of the keys. The keys had significant ‘brassing’ before I buffed them. Some of the key touches, like 2 of the palm keys and the G# sharp, some key tubes, key pan edges. This is where the nickel plate has worn through to the brass. I would call this a cosmetic problem. Someone really liked this horn and played it a lot.

The old pads had flat metal resonators so I replaced them with flat metal resonator pads. The pads were treated with TDL treatment I got from SaxGourmet. With these resonators the sax projects well. They guy I had test play it for me said the upper end sound a bit stuffy, so I adjusted the upper stack (left hand) key heights a little higher than I normally do and he liked it better. (I think it was owing to the mouthpiece he was using, but what are you going to do?) It has all new pads and corks and felts.

There are a few dings and ripples in the brass, but nothing major. The worst thing on the horn was the bottom post of the low C# key (#20) had been hit at some point, pushing it in and tilting it. The only dent work I did on the horn was to push the post back up and align it so that the C# key hits the tonehole properly. It works well now.

The lyre post was unsoldered from the neck at some point and I chose not to solder it back on. The post and lyre are included though and should be fairly straightforward to solder back on.

The horn comes with what I believe is the original case. It is marked with a metal LeBlanc emblem. The case is structurally sound but not pretty. Has some faded writing on it, adhesive from peeled off label, rust on the metal hardware. Red plush lining not too bad.


I replaced, I don’t know, 6 or 8 pads. I used Feree's rivet pads to match the existing pads.
All new corks and felts.
I pushed out the worst dents, but some dents are still there

 

 

Picture one - You can't tell much about the detail with this size photo.


 

Picture two - But I gotta give you a photo of the whole thing. My older brother told me to do so. Don't it look shiny though?



Picture three - Seriously though, the engraving is like new. New pads too.



Picture four - Again...looks good but you can't really see that much detail.



Picture five - Here's the bow.



Picture six - I accidently circled the adjustment screws in the original photo.



Picture seven - See-saw pivot octave mechanism.



Picture eight - Good shot of G# articulation selector 'nailfile' lever.



Picture nine - Another shot of it.







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