Product ID: 23310SelmerBAAlto
This is a very sweet 1937 vintage Selmer Paris Balanced Action alto sax, serial number 23310. This alto is a tremendous horn, and in excellent physical condition despite being nearly 80 years old.
Physically, you don't see old Selmer BA's much nicer than this one. It has been relacquered, but done well. Most of the engraving, even the very fine details, are crisp, proof of minimal buffing. The best part about this sax is its physical condition. I see absolutely no evidence of any past damages or repairs anywhere. The body is straight, no past dings or dents in the bottom bow, and the bell flare is perfect too. The original neck has never been pulled down either. A tremendous package all around.
This alto came to us in older pads, so the sax is currently in our repair shop in line for a full overhaul. We will go through it top to bottom, replace all the pads and corks throughout, and adjust the spring tensions and key heights as well. It will play like a new horn when we are done with it.
I'm excited to see this horn finished, these early Balanced Action's have the same color and warmth that you expect from a vintage Selmer, but with a more spread characteristic. This makes them very emotive instruments, allowing the player to do more in terms of expression. A fantastic professional Selmer from a different era!