This Selmer Balanced Action Silver Alto Saxophone 1938 Serial #26407 is in fantastic condition with 95% of the original silver plating and a gold wash bell. It has just come from the shop where it was cleaned, adjusted and repadded so it plays wonderfully. There is very light player wear across the horn. The only noticeable plating wear is on two bottom keys and the left-hand octave key. Please see the pictures for more details. There is one tiny ding below the left-hand palm keys on the back of the body. There is a picture of it, but even in real life it can only be felt but not seen. Other than that there are not any dents in the saxophone or evidence of major repairs. The serial number is 26407 making this a 1938 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 reads “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 Dancourt.Paris No26407.” As you can see the serial number is actually on the body and the bell on this particular saxophone. It comes with the original “H. Selmer Paris” neck that is also in great condition and has no evidence of a pulldown. This saxophone comes in a new Selmer case. No mouthpiece is included. This saxophone really plays wonderfully.
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 is really a matter of preference. These are not 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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