Dörfler & Jörka 1959 ‘Luxor Solo – Arta Guban’ Bb Tenor, #674k

1959 "Luxor Solo - Arta Guban" Tenor

"The Ram" - From Chadd's Collection

Price:  now $1,499.00
  • Year:  1959~
  • Make:  [Dörfler & Jörka]
  • Model:  Luxor Solo - Arta Guban
  • Status:  For Sale!
  • Finish:  Original
  • Serial Number: 674,14x

From Chadd's Collection: I am really fascinated by this sax. There are so many ornate features!

It has some of the most elaborate tube rings with 3D weave on the bell lip too! The sheet metal octave key on the neck is where she gets her nickname: "The Ram", the pearl bonuses are great--even on the neck screw!, I love the light engraving on the key guards and the G# too, the lucite pants guard like JK or older Kolhert, and the raise bell logo.

FINISH: 99% original satin/shiny Silver Plate with goldwash bell....well, I think the Bell is actually a lacquer judging by the flaking part. I still need to electro test that. It could have been gold but not sticking to the brass (at the lip where it pealed off). I also did spot silver plate 4 small areas that shows some wear. You won't find where.

DATING: Serial # 674,142 ballparks the year to 1959. I had also owned the Alto "Luxor Solo" (You can see it in Chadd's Collection) and it didn't have the matte silver finish. My 1959 dating is an educated guess.

Many thanks to my friend, Helen, at BassicSax for some info on this. Ironically, it's the exact sax she featured on her blog from many years ago but never in her possession if I recall correctly.

I don't claim to know this for fact:
The history here is a bit scarce and tricky. From my own brief research, they say these are hit-or-miss saxes.  Talk of Romanian makers, made in Timisoara, Romania to market in Hungry. Just a whole wild bit of cross-country marketing and imports (to Germany/Czech also?). There's so much more to be dug up.

The neck support also has the 3D weave! AND on the under-bell lip, around the bow connections, and on the bow ridge!

PADS: In great condition, hardly used. It was a new rebuild when I bought it. Unknown rebuilder. She has tan prestini (?)pads and 50% flat metal resos with rivet. The tone is very Czech-ish. Not as bold a Keilwerth but not gross and bright. She has some nice focus and power hidden in her sultry satin finish. Her acoustics hit the Mid-Trebles pretty hard and focused - so it's not a "quiet, mellow, muted, fat, vintage-sax tone".

For now, my only two complaints are the G# trill key is annoying (likely to get bent to a proper, playable location--lower) and the poor balance of the neck strap. You can see that someone else agreed enough to add and second one...IN THE WRONG SPOT...it needed to be 1.5inches lower. !@#$% I considered whether to fix that in time, but alas, I left if for now. THE OTHER BAD: The only thing that I have run into is a poor A2 venting -- "hissy octave" at times. Different mouthpieces will affect this pressue. The A2 comes out better/clearer WITHOUT the octave trigger.

CASE: a black, older protec in great shape - molded, not square.

Other testing notes: Helen was in the shop recently and asked if this one was for sale as she was having a blast with it's unique tone (she loves all saxes with something special). And she was giving it a hard, loud test run on her Dukoff. PS - she didn't even notice the A2 that I did. Perhaps that was my younger self testing it on the Brilhart Tonalin.

Sound files to enjoy:

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