This Selmer Super Balanced Action silver baritone saxophone is in mint condition. It has just been completely overhauled and re-silver plated. It was completely re-padded when it was overhauled. It looks amazing and plays beautifully! Please see pictures for details. The serial number on this saxophone is “51280” making this a vintage 1952 horn. Anyone who loves vintage saxophones knows, this serial number and ones similar are Selmer’s holy grail of saxophones. The serial number appears alongside the patent numbers at the bottom of the body near the bow. It reads “Made in France 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 beautiful with scrolling leaves and flowers all the way down the bell and bow. The words “Brevete France & Etranger” are engraved near the top of the bell followed by “Henri Selmer Paris” engraved between laurel leaves and “Fabrique en France par H. Selmer & Cie Place Dancourt. Paris Sole Agents U.S & CAN. Selmer New-York. Elkhart Made in France”. This baritone saxophone comes in a new MTS case, and no mouthpiece is included. This horn is not only in mint condition physically but also it has an incredibly vibrant sound. It has a great presence in both the upper and lower registers with fantastic overtones and great intonation.
Selmer’s Balanced Actions, Super Balanced Actions and 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 Lamborghini or a Ferrari. It is really a matter of preference. For this particular horn, we can tell you that it 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.
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 99%+ of the original key plating remains.
The Finish: It has approximately 99%+ of the silver finish.
Player Wear: Very light general wear (minor if any surface imperfections).
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 very good used condition.
Resonator Type: Plastic resonators.
The Neck: The neck has approximately 99%+ of the finish remaining with very light general wear (minor if any surface imperfections).
The Mouthpiece: No mouthpiece, ligature, or accessories are included.
The Stand: If pictured, not included.
The Case: Good used condition (General wear with some edge wear and visible surface scratches).
Engraving: Made in France BREV. S.G.D.G. No 383.098 ENGL. PAT. No 11.824 U.S. PATENT No 2.090.011 51280 (on the back of the horn) Brevete France & Etranger Henri Selmer Paris Fabrique en France par H. Selmer & Cie Place Dancourt. Paris Sole Agents U.S & CAN. Selmer New-York. Elkhart Made in France (on the bell).
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