LeBlanc Rationale Tenor Sax
This is a wonderful vintage horn, made by Beaugnier in France.
Original lacquer at 99% coverage. Two-tone (silver tone keys and lacquered brass body).
Serial number 746 puts manufacture of this horn at late 1960’s.
Very few of these horns were made and of those, the majority were altos.
The LeBlanc Rationale (Rationnel, Semi-Rationnel, Systeme, Model 120) key system has all the standard fingerings and can be played with the same fingerings as every other sax. But it additionally has some extra alternative fingerings. These can be a real help when playing particularly difficult passages, notably with the Classical repertoire. Essentially, when playing any note on the stack, you can hit anything on the lower stack to drop it a half note. From A to G# (no LH pinky touch needed), from C# to C, from C to B.
The horn also has a “forked” Eb and “forked” Bb alternative fingerings. The horn is keyed up to High F# (which on this horn is logically located up amongst the left-hand palm keys instead of down at the right hand). All these alternative fingerings can be ignored and played the same as any other sax.
Pads have all the original screw-on resonators. The high E key had a leak, so I repadded it. You can see how the resonator is set up by looking at the four photos I took.
The neck has a tenon with a large 30mm outside diameter. There is a lot of mass at the junction of the neck and the body.
This horn has a full tone which is even across its entire range. The horn largely complies with the Boehm system and as a result, the intonation is very good.
This is a beautiful horn with an elaborate engraving.
The horn come with a contoured hardshell Gator case in very good condition.
Shipping is an additional cost.
This would be a wonderful horn for the serious professional player or for a collector.
There is more information at Saxgourmet HERE.