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Hello Dolnet fans,

I have recently aquired a Royal Jazz alto, serial #59k. Beautifull looking horn that plays really nicely with no major intonation issues. Quite a unique sound compared to other altos I have played. A mellow, husky sound that was described to me as easy listening.
The Dolnet is heavier than others I have played, I estimate 10% more. It also has the offset bell and mircotuner neck. Ergos are fine for me except that I occasionally bump some of the extra keys that are not on my other horns. No big deal, just take some time to adjust to the layout.
This horn is a keeper. I really like it.
 

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I too have a Dolnet Royal Jazz, but the tenor version.
Mine is two toned with lacquered brass body and nickel plate keys.
They sure are a heavy horn and I also find myself bumping into those extra keys.
Intonation seems very good except for low C, but this only really becomes a problem when using higher baffled pieces.
A sweet but powerful sounding horn.
Now if only I could make it sing like Don Byas.
P.S. Maybe if I get the snakes head on the octave key it will help?
 

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We just bought a Dolnet alto sax, #59xxxJ. According to the saxpics site, it appears to be Bel Air model with F#. Other than the rosette and sideways Fluer de Lys engravings on the body and "Dolnet Paris, Made In France" no other model-identifying marks. Laquered brass color (single tone), still with original red pads, very little lacquer wear (only around some of the finger pad things). Don't know much about saxophones (bought it for our beginner 10yr old son) but it sounds very nice and in what appears to be in excellent condition. Even if it had some hidden repairs, etc, it sounds wonderful even to an untrained ear (I'm a pianist) so we're not too concerned with that bit of non-information.

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Beautiful.

A time capsule. Of course needs to be checked by a technician because there might be leaks. You want your kid to start on a horn that works well. Some lubrication will also be required.
 

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Beautiful.

A time capsule. Of course needs to be checked by a technician because there might be leaks. You want your kid to start on a horn that works well. Some lubrication will also be required.
Yup. bought it from a trusted and reputable sax specialist store with well-known sax techs, and checked over by a friend who is a lifelong semi-pro sax player :) none of them could see any traces of major repairs on it. We intend to bring it back for maintenance after end of next school year. Our other avid sax player friend was amazed that it had a wood plug, and the mouthpiece seemed original too... (our son likes it, so he'll keep using it until whenever...)

I just loved the sound. very mellow.

I don't play sax, and I am envious. may be I should get my own mouthpiece and learn how to play it too :toothy8:
 

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Yes, they are very mellow.

Ergonomics take some getting used to but then again your kid probably is not used to another saxophone and will learn on this so won’t notice the difference.

The original mouthpiece is better kept as a memory since they were often too closed to be good players. Your kid will be better off with a good Selmer or a Meyer.

The sax will need some lubrication if that hasn’t been done before by the shop that sold you the horn. Despite its new look, the rods and mechanism can only benefit from being take apart, cleaned and oiled.

You’ve done very well indeed.
 

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Hey all together,
I recently purchased my second Dolnet Tenor. The first is a M70, silver plated, exactly the one, which Laurie Pimblett has shown and described on saxpics.com, I bought it from him. For two weeks now I own a Royal Jazz, which is a beautiful horn. I like them both. The Royal Jazz is in golden color, which according to an old product brochure is kind of a zinc dichromate called perma-gold (well the brochure calls it permgold, but looks like it is the same coating that SML used at the time instead of golden paint. The keys are silver chrome. And I like the sound of it.

Cheers, gerhard
 

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…according to an old product brochure is kind of a zinc dichromate called perma-gold…
Thanks for the review. I have always been interested in the M70 models. It seems you have an actual catalog. That is cool. How do you compare the appearance of perma-gold to a regular brass lacquer saxophone?
 

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The keys of the royal jazz are simply nickel-plated not silver chrome ( whatever that is).

This is mine.

 

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I acquired a Dolnet baritone to low A recently serial nr 80xxx without any letter.
Works very well on the original red pads with my very vintage
Lawton mpc marked .115!
What I like to ask in the forum: which are the tones on a low A bari that are less focused (like the middle D on tenor). I only know the low Bb bari.
 

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What I like to ask in the forum: which are the tones on a low A bari that are less focused (like the middle D on tenor).…
probably middle D and Eb, but it depends on your instrument.
 

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probably middle D and Eb, but it depends on your instrument.
Thanks for the reply!
On my instrument the middle and high C is a bit different in terms of focus. I have to force those tones more than all the others around to get the same tone quality.
I don't encounter that on my Martin Troubadour bari.
 

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Yes, Shihab is great!!
Maybe my C tone problem is just temporary since I only played on the Dolnet for a couple of hours....
Update: I found out that the response for the C depends on reed choice mostly! Could fix that!!
Besides, the Dolnet roars even with the old pads that still have some life...!!
Intonation is IMHO very good except low A is too high but this can easily be compensated with looser embouchure.
 

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Hey every one! I recently purchased this dolnet tenor universal (got some advices here on another thread)

After searching internet got to say i didnt find many dolnet universal on this shape (didnt find many of them anyway :p). spended 55 euros to get new corks and to balance it and voilá (my teacher playing it)...


;) this dolnets are good and it seems there are plenty of them here in portugal. Found an M70 yesterday for 300 euros in a store (not in so good shape as this one) but still pretty good... Will try to get some cool photos but i dont have a decent camera ;/
 

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I just got in a 1950 Dolnet Tenor that someone wanted me to sell for them on consignment. I played a few notes and bought it for myself on the spot. I love some things about this horn. This particular one is very well setup and has a nice crisp tone that is similar to an SBA. I may sell it in the future but it is a lot of fun to play for now.
I have a tenor en route [..not sure of the year]that I'm hoping has some of that flavor, but it will need an overhaul .
Always wanted to try a Dolnet .. this one has a serial # of 25,xxx.

Some preliminary rough photos here:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dolnet-Saxo...3f7e6fd06:g:Qt0AAOSwpLNYBYAA&autorefresh=true
 

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No one can be sure of the date of any Dolnet (unless it comes with the original purchase documents) because there are no charts showing the SN= Production Year. The archives were destroyed and they used the same SM for all woodwind and brass which they sold. We don’t even have any idea of the significance (or not) of the letters in the Serial, the only one are the M70 ( and Universal) which start with M70... .
 
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