A superb and totally original SELMER BALANCED ACTION alto saxophone, made in France in 1947, serial #33,631
Acquired by us earlier this year, together with half a dozen vintage saxes from a collector.
Cigar-Cutter Selmer, a good pre-war Balanced Action Selmer tenor, two M6 altos and a few other pieces. All are now in the process of being brought back to life, slowly, a pad at a time.
*** This BA was built for the French market, in original bright silver finish. Please note....no number stamped on the neck tenon. Price includes original cheap French case + a new ProTech.
*** Never dented or dinged, very clean original instrument. ALL pads and corks were new in November..
In 1947, Selmer built 2100 instruments; I'm guessing 2/3 were altos, one-third tenor.
This one's super clean, looks like it's never been played. Keywork still tight, NO wear to the original bright silver plate. Please note the ebonite buttons for key-pearls. Selmer couldn't get mother of pearl during the war years or just after. The buttons are original, never replaced, no wear showing the edges of the pearl-cups.
Original "Table C / Stentor" Selmer-Paris mouthpiece.
Intonation is perfect. The low notes are NOT sharp.
Superb intonation means low notes are NOT a quarter-step sharp. Use a VanDoren 2 1/3 or 3 on a modern Selmer mouthpiece and you'll be amazed at the warm and liquid tone-color.
We have no hesitation in recommending it to the most particular musician.
*** Better than a new one? In OUR opinion, ABSOLUTELY!
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