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I am beside myself; been looking for that clip for years. Love Byas. Thanks -
I edited the video from this long YouTube video including a fascinating film documenting Byas's visit to the US.


The video starts with another nice film of a Benny Goodman small group with Zoot Sims, Clark Terry, Hank Jones, Milt Hinton etc...
 

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Thanks for posting these here . I'd watched that Goodman/Byas film after you'd posted it before

Don Byas was just an incredible musical spirit .. there's really no one else like him .
 

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But what is that thing on his octave key? Whatever it is, I've got to have one because he's definitely getting the Dexter sound out that Selmer! :)

Wait...its not a Selmer. Dolnet?
 

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I call it "Orgasm"!

cut to 2 extremely bored women in the audience.
 

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I edited the video from this long YouTube video including a fascinating film documenting Byas's visit to the US.


The video starts with another nice film of a Benny Goodman small group with Zoot Sims, Clark Terry, Hank Jones, Milt Hinton etc...
That was great. I listened to the whole thing while I was putting dinner together. Thanks for posting it. I've been a Goodman fan since forever. I started on clarinet in fifth grade and Goodman was the gold standard. It's fun to watch him interacting with these guys who he's not played with as a group before and to see how well they played together with little or no rehersal. Amazing stuff. Not to mention how there was a hint of racial tension amongst those men, given it was 1970 and there was still a lot of racial strife going on in the US of A.
 

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Thanks for sharing Liam, always good to see some DB!

I especially liked Round Midnight. Also great to see his facial 'movements' in the close-up part just after 9:25.

But what is that thing on his octave key? Whatever it is, I've got to have one because he's definitely getting the Dexter sound out that Selmer! :)

Wait...its not a Selmer. Dolnet?
Byas played a Dolnet tenor at that time and 'the thing' is a serpent/snake that he had welded on his octave mechanism (it has been discussed before on SOTW).
 

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I’ve got a silver plated Dolnet Belair that I’m planning to repad when time permits.
I’ve done about 4 of these horns and each one has been awesome.
I might put a snakes head in this one as I plan on keeping it this time.
Don Byas was a master.
 

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Yeah, I was surprised by the Conn-style depth in the middle register - an interesting mouthpiece too - I think one like it was discussed recently but I don't remember what it was. Tell you what, I wouldn't want to have a damn snake looking me in the eye all night long! There used to be Don Byas music books for sale in the music stores - he was a very well-known player and I see why.
 

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Yeah, I was surprised by the Conn-style depth in the middle register - an interesting mouthpiece too - I think one like it was discussed recently but I don't remember what it was. Tell you what, I wouldn't want to have a damn snake looking me in the eye all night long! There used to be Don Byas music books for sale in the music stores - he was a very well-known player and I see why.
I think he used a Berg 120 at that time.

Not fully sure about the opening, because he seems to have told different stories about that (Byas lived here in Amsterdam for many years with his Dutch wife and their kids). I once heard from Hans Dulfer (a well known tenor player here in NL and the father of Candy) that Byas told him he played a huge Berg tip mouthpiece, but Dulfer once tried or looked at it (I'm not sure anymore) and found out that it was much smaller than what Byas told!
 

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You can see on the video that its probably a .095 or .100, and if its a Berg, its one of the very early ones - I'm certainly not a Berg Specialist although I did play an incredible 130/0/M for a few years in the early '60s. This one has a longer beak and a very short shank - I really don't think its a Berg at all.
 

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Don Byas is my favorite sax player! Every time i invite some friends, don byas is my music choice! My main horn is a Dolnet Royal Jazz Tenor which was the dolnet top line but i believe Don Byas played a customized bel air. Or at least no f# or extra keys on his horn!

Here is some photos of my dolnet and 2 short clip with a 10mfan robusto 9* so you guys can see how this horns taste...

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Video 1 link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1fNeHzrKnVAD6TZ50J-rIgMoE-OpSBNBS
Video 2 link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1FIGvlbXI3rJkcj9jt0ulzTIs_Fl636U6

Just for curiosity, i tried a RCazzani R1 Silver and i found the sound quite similar to my dolnet...
 

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You can see on the video that its probably a .095 or .100, and if its a Berg, its one of the very early ones - I'm certainly not a Berg Specialist although I did play an incredible 130/0/M for a few years in the early '60s. This one has a longer beak and a very short shank - I really don't think its a Berg at all.
I am impressed; how can you tell the opening by seeing it on film?
 
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