hi all, at some point in the near future I would like to try a Dolnet sax. Any reviews or opinions on these saxes and price etc? I have heard that the intonation is sketchy on some of these horns. I was thinking of saving up for one!
Dolnets M70 is a good sax but IMO it's feels differnt comparing to a Bel Air or a a Dolnet from the 60's. I got the same feeling when I compared a late King Super 20 (UMI) to a Super 20 from the 50's. With my Martins it's different. A Comm I from the late 30's has much in common with a Comm III from the 60's when it comes to tone and quality. Of course the ergonomic is better on the late Martins.
I've heard (not confirmed) that the M70 model was made by Weltklang (DDR) and put together by Dolnet???? Maybe this is way the sax is so good!!! They knew how to built saxes behind the iron curtain. Lots of good stencils were made in DDR or CZ and put together by the selling company. This sounds logical to me. A small saxophone manufactor suddenly appeared with a new saxophone model/line just before they closed down??
Off topic again. Yes, the Dolnet M70s are good. A player and a looker.
if i remember rightly don byas played a dolnet tenor saxophone ! but is one had the crook octave lever in the shape of a hissing snake i believe its still on display at the institute of jazz studies new jersey us
just a recollection sorry