This Selmer Balanced Action Alto Saxophone 1930’s Serial #26974 is in excellent condition with 80% of the original lacquer and light speckle wear across the horn. It has just come from the shop where it was cleaned and adjusted so it plays wonderfully. The pads are a mix of old and new, but all in good condition. There are no dings or dents in this saxophone or evidence of any major repairs. Please see the pictures for more details. The serial number is 26874 making this a 1938-1939 vintage alto saxophone. Above the serial number is engraved “Brev. S.G.D.G. No. 383.098 ENGL PAT No 11.824 US Patent No. 2.090.011”. The engraving on the bell is incredibly elaborate and encircles the bell and runs down onto the bow. The words read “Breverte France & Etranger” after that “Henri Selmer Paris” is engraved in laurel leaves and finally the words “Sole Agents U.S. & CAN Selmer New York Elkhart Made in France.” All around the words are swirling leaves and flowers. On the front of the bell there also a lake and mountain scene complete with tiny sailboats. This alto saxophone comes with the original “H. Selmer Paris” neck that is also in great condition and has no evidence of a pull down. It also comes in a new Selmer case. No mouthpiece is included.
Selmer’s Balanced Actions, Super Balanced Actions and early Mark VI’s are the Stradivarius of Saxophones. At the end of the day deciding which to buy is a little like picking between a Lamborgini or a Ferrari. It’s really a matter of preference. These aren’t Yamahas that are cranked out; each saxophone has its own character and presence that is almost impossible to describe on paper. It has to be heard; it has to be felt.
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