This Selmer Balanced Action alto saxophone is in excellent condition with 75-80% of the original lacquer and some 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 mixture of older and newer and 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 U.S. 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 “Brevete France & Etranger” after that “Henri Selmer Paris” is engraved in laurel leaves and finally the words “Fabrique en France Par H. Selmer & Cie Place Danport.Paris Sole Agents U.S. & CAN. Selmer New-York, Elkhart” 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. The neck also has some speckle wear to the lacquer. It comes in a new Selmer case. No mouthpiece is included. The wooden neck plug 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.
Instrument Condition: The overall physical condition of this used instrument is excellent.
Playing Condition: This instrument is currently in excellent playing condition.
The Finish: It has approximately 75-80% of the lacquered finish.
Player Wear: Light general wear (possible surface scratches and/or minor dents/dings).
The Bell: No dents or evidence of bell edge damage.
The Bow: No dents in the bottom bow or bow guard.
Pad Condition: The pads are in combination of newer and older used condition.
Resonator Type: Metal resonators.
The Neck: The neck has approximately 70-75% of the finish remaining with very light general wear (minor if any surface imperfections).
The Mouthpiece: No mouthpiece, ligature, or accessories are included.
The Case: A new Selmer case is included.
Engraving: Brev. S.G.D.G. No 383.098 ENGL. PAT. No 11.824 U.S. Patent No 2.090.011. (above the serial number) Brevete France & Etranger Henri Selmer Paris Fabrique en France Par H. Selmer & Cie Place Danport.Paris Sole Agents U.S. & CAN. Selmer New-York, Elkhart (on the bell) H. Selmer Paris (on the neck).
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