Selmer Balanced Action Silver Alto Saxophone 1938 Serial #26407


1938-1939 Vintage saxophone with 95% of the original silver plating. This is a perfect instrument for a professional player.


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This Selmer Balanced Action silver alto saxophone 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 you can only see it in the right lighting making it more felt instead of seen. There is a nearly invisible dent in the bell just off to the right and down from the engraving.  If you do not have it in the light just right you would not see it but you can feel it as an extremely minor dent.  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. N. 383.098 ENGL. PAT. No 11.824 U.S. 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.

Additional Information:
Instrument Condition: The overall physical condition of this used instrument is excellent.
Playing Condition: This instrument is currently in excellent playing condition.
The Key Plating: Approximately 95%+ of the original key plating remains with light player wear to the touch spots. There are two keys in the lower stack that have some imperfection to the finish as you can see in the pictures.
The Finish:
It has approximately 95%+ of the silver finish.
It has approximately 95%+ of the gold wash bell finish.
Player Wear: Very light general wear (minor if any surface imperfections).
The Bell: Almost no dents and no evidence of bell edge damage.
The Bow: No dents in the bottom bow or bow guard.
Pad Condition: The pads are in very good used condition.
Resonator Type: Metal resonators.
The Neck: The neck has approximately 95%+ 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. N. 383.098 ENGL. PAT. No 11.824 U.S. Patent No 2.090.011. Brevete France & Etranger Henri Selmer Paris Fabrique en France Par H. Selmer & Cie Place Dancourt.Paris No26407 (on the bell) H. Selmer. Paris. (on the neck).

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Additional information

Weight 20 lbs
Dimensions 29 × 17 × 11 in