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This is quite a rare 1945 build Selmer
Balanced Action alto saxophone. There were few made with these black
touch points (bakelite) and this horn is in unusually good original
condition. It is a very late Balanced Action and was made as Selmer
were getting ready to transition to the offset keywork introduced on
the Super Balanced Action.
The saxophone is in remarkable shape
with nearly all its original silver plating remaining. The only wear
spots are around the finger touch points. There are a couple of
minuscule dings on the left side of the bottom bow and one right
above the side F# tone hole. The side F# key guard has what is most
likely a re-solder as indicated by the lack of plating right on that
The neck is in perfect shape and was
never pulled down or damaged. The bottom bow and bell flare are
equally well preserved and shows no signs of any past damage, dents
It has a recent pad job and is well
regulated. All pads are soft and pliable, sealing from top to bottom
and the saxophone is an effortless player.
The sound just pours out from this horn
with a rich and resonant quality. It is a somewhat “weighty” tone
with a great sense of power and projection.
This is quite the collectible saxophone
to have and it is a really enjoyable horn to play as well!