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That is excellent. Very cool to see the variations. All gorgeous horns!!

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There were variations from horn to horn in the same flight of saxes coming from France and being lacquered in Elkhart, from slightly different lacquer mixes and varying styles of application, resulting in darker and lighter-tinted saxes. The ones done in France are typically more consistent and tend to be lighter in color. There's not much to be learned from these old horns that have all been treated differently, had differing levels of exposure to sunlight and have been rubbed to varying extents with different kinds of cloths with many possible kinds of polish/wax/abrasives/solvents in them. I mean we can obviously appreciate the differences and the beauty of old lacquer but it does not mean that another sax from the same flight will look anything like it.
I picked out a tenor at Selmer, Elkhart in 1966 by playing several, and it happened to be a 'blonde' (lighter tint). Others in the room that day were darker or the same.
 
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