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Hagster69

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Hi,
I've been offered a Boosey and Hawkes Predominant tenor sax, price witheld ;), with a serial number 359xx.
It's in mint condition in silver and was a Royal Marines Band instrument from the 1950's.
I know there's been discussions before on these but I can't find any definitive info on these saxes anywhere.
I keep going around in circles trying to find even the basic info.

Can anyone help?

Thanks
 

nigeld

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Pictures would help.

I think some military bands used a different pitch (452), so you want to make sure that it is at A=440.
 

Hagster69

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I haven't got any pics yet, just been offered it so I'm trying to research the model
 

stitch

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This from the B&H Yearbook, 1941. Appears to be a cheaper alternative to the high end XXC model (surprisingly still being advertised, considering both the 32 and New Century models had been produced in the meantime).
I have a later Predominant alto, marked as sold by B&H, which I'd put a fair amount of money on being made by Pierret.
Given that your prospective one is military, it's more likely B&H-made.
 
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Hagster69

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This from the B&H Yearbook, 1941. Appears to be a cheaper alternative to the high end XXC model (surprisingly still being advertised, considering both the 32 and New Century models had been produced).
I have a later Predominant alto, marked as sold by B&H, which I'd put a fair amount of money on being made by Pierret.
Given that your prospective one is military, it's more likely B&H-made.
Thank you, this is the most I've seen about them :)
 

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"Super handsome case" Wow! "Quadruple plated". A very rare element quadruple is.
Like any horn have a hands on and a blow if possible and negotiate hard. Sounds very nice imo.
 

nigeld

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From what I have seen the saxophone might have been made by:
B&H - probably good
Pierret - very good
Amati - not so good
A.N.Other - who knows?
If it's an Amati it should be recognisable by the bell key guards.
 

Hagster69

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From what I have seen the saxophone might have been made by:
B&H - probably good
Pierret - very good
Amati - not so good
A.N.Other - who knows?
If it's an Amati it should be recognisable by the bell key guards.
Does this tell you which it is?

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stitch

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I'd say bona fide B&H-made. RTH too. Very similar to the ad I posted earlier. No brace on the neck, but apart from that, looks the same.
Nothing about it says Pierret, and way too early for Amati.
 

thomsax

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Looks like a Pierret made sax. I had an "Oxford" tenor for many years ago. Also with RTH and bell keys to the left. A more modern neck with brace on mine. Good saxes.
 

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