This Selmer Super Balanced Action Silver Alto Saxophone 1950’s Serial #48176 is in absolutely mint 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. This saxophone features the articulated low F# key, along with the high F key and Selmer’s signature ring brace. There is evidence that a small dent was taken out of the bow and there are two tiny dings on the back of the body below the left-hand thumb rest and a tiny ding near the bottom bell key, but there is no evidence of any major repairs. The serial number is 48176 making this a 1951-52 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 No. 2.090.011”. The engraving on the bell is super crisp and reads “Brevete France & Etranger” after that the words “Henri Selmer Paris” are engraved in laurel leaves and finally the words “Sole Agents U.S. & CAN Selmer New York Elkhart Made in France.” This alto saxophone comes with the original “Selmer H. Paris” neck that is also in mint 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. 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. It has to be heard; it has to be felt.
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