This Selmer Super Balanced Action Silver Alto Saxophone 1951 Serial #47417 is in excellent condition with 95% or more of the original silver plating. It has just come from the shop where it was cleaned, adjusted and re padded so it plays wonderfully. There is some light player wear across the horn but almost no plating wear. You can feel that the bow is slightly out of round, but the tiny dings causing it are almost impossible to see. There is also one tiny ding in the bell by the bell brace and one tiny ding on front of the bell just under the lip in the flair of the bell. However, there are no major dents in the saxophone or any evidence of major repairs. The serial number 47417 is making this a 1951 vintage alto saxophone. Above the serial number is engraved “Made in France Brev. S.G.D.G. No. 383.098 ENGL PAT No 11.824 US Patent 2090011”. The engraving on the bell reads “Brevete France & Etranger” after that “Henri Selmer Paris” is engraved in laurel leaves and finally, the words “Sole Agents US & CAN Selmer New York Elkhart Made in France”. It comes with the original “H. Selmer Paris” neck that is in good condition. The neck does have a little more plating wear than the rest of the saxophone, but, it has no evidence of a pull down. This sax also comes in a new Selmer case. No mouthpiece is included. This saxophone really plays beautifully.
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. On the page, we can tell you that this particular Super Balance Action has that rich, dark, iconic Selmer sound. These are not Yamahas that are cranked out; each saxophone has its own character and presence that is almost impossible to describe on paper.
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