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Leblanc Rationale Protoype Alto Saxophone WORLDS FAIR!

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Ended: Jul-29-05 10:41:31 PDT
Start time: Jul-22-05 10:41:31 PDT
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Item location: Bellevue WA
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In 1939, Leblanc introduced their innovative 'Rationale' model saxophones to the world at the 1939 Worlds Fair. These instruments featured an advanced key system that was so complicated, they produced a repair manual to go with it! All different kinds of keys on these instruments, combined with a silky smooth tone made these instruments well ahead of their time. After they were introduced, Leblanc refined the design slightly and produced the Rationale model saxophones, which were unfortunately not well received. This instrument is THE PARTICULAR ALTO SAX that was exhibited at the 1939 WORLDS FAIR by Leblanc. It has all of the features of the Rationale except it is missing one of the right hand pinky keys (see pics and compare to I purchased this instrument from the Leblanc company museum, and I will include the original museum card documenting that this horn was exhibited at the world's fair. This horn is in excellent condition. It appears to have been lacquered, likely after exhibition. The neck is unlacquered, and I believe bare brass was the original state of this instrument. I have just had this horn completely repadded by BRAD WHERRY of NORTHWEST WINDS in Seattle, and it plays very very well. Don't miss this opportunity to own a vital piece of saxophone history! Includes a gig bag, but not the one shown (that's a tenor bag-I'll put it in a new alto bag). Pics tell the rest of the story! Winning bidder to pay $40 shipping. Please feel free to email with additional questions. Bid early, bid often!!!

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