This Selmer Balanced Action Silver Alto Saxophone 1940’s Serial #33017 is in mint condition with 95% or more of the original silver plating. It has just come from the shop where it was cleaned, adjusted, and repadded so it plays wonderfully. There are no dings or dents in the saxophone or evidence of any major repairs. The only noticeable plating wear is on a few of the touch spots on the keys and one little spot on the bow. Please see the photos for more details. The serial number is 33017 making this a 1946-47 vintage alto saxophone. Above the serial number is engraved “Brev. S.G.D.G. No. 383.098 ENGL PAT No 11.824”. Also note the black key buttons. This sax was made right after WWII when they were still having trouble importing pearl key buttons so they made them black plastic. The engraving on the bell is incredibly elaborate and encircles the bell and runs down onto the bow. The engraving reads: “Brevete France & Etranger” and “Henri Selmer Paris” engraved in laurel leaves and the the words “Fabrique en France Par H. Selmer & Cie Place Dancourt. Paris.” All around the words are swirling leaves and flowers. This alto saxophone comes with the original “H. Selmer Paris” neck in great condition and has no evidence of a pulldown. It also comes in a new replacement Selmer case. No mouthpiece is included.
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 Lamborghini or a Ferrari. It is really a matter of preference. Check out the video below to hear this saxophone.
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