This SML Standard Tenor Saxophone Serial #S-15157 is in excellent condition with around 85% of the original lacquer. The pads are a mix of old and new but all of them are in good condition. It has just come back from being cleaned and adjusted at the shop, so it plays well. There is some medium plating wear on the back of the body the side of the bell. There are a few small dents in the bow and a brace has been re-soldered but there is not any evidence of major repairs. Please see the photos for more details. The serial number is S-15157 making this a 1970’s vintage tenor saxophone. The engraving on the bell is crisp and reads “SML Standard Strasser Margaux 144.146 Boul. de la Villette Paris France”. This tenor saxophone comes with the original neck, which is in good condition with no evidence of a pulldown. It also comes in the original case in good used condition. No mouthpiece is included.
The makers of SML worked for Selmer and broke off in the early 1960’s to make their own horns. The SML saxophones are therefore extremely similar to Selmer’s 5 digit Mark VI’s. At this level of a professional saxophone deciding what saxophone you want to buy is a little like picking between a Lamborghini or a Ferrari. It’s really a matter of preference. Check out the demo below to hear this saxophone.
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