Saxophone/Tenor sax


I have a sax engraved on bell is "Rare Italy" numbers 1186. Cant find any info. Plz help. Thank you


Thank you for asking your question about the tenor saxophone that you have.

From the photo that you attached, it appears to be exactly as you have written. I have not encountered another saxophone with these markings before. That being said, the idea that "Rare Italy" being etched on the bell is also very different from anything I have witnessed or read about in research.

I believe that you have a stencil horn. That means that it was created at a prominent instrument factory that makes horns such as Conn but was given a "Stencil" for a different company such as "Rare Italy". This is extremely common and would also explain the very low serial numbers "1186" included in the engraving on your saxophone.

I hope this information helps you discover more about your saxophone.  


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I have been playing sax since 1977 where as a student of the clarinet I wanted to play the instrument of my Jazz heroes. I studied under Berklee College of Music renowned Jazz theorist Andrew Jaffe and I have a degree in Music Business from Berklee. I have traveled and performed in several countries mostly in Europe and North America. As an instructor, I have taught students from beginning through college/professional performance ability. I previously owned The Horn Doctor, a band instrument repair shop. Since 1998, I have been playing alto and tenor sax with the Dexter Thomas Band which is an 11-piece horn-band playing hits from the 60's, 70's and 80's. I play saxophone in the worship and praise band at my local church as well.

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