This is a fabulous Selmer Paris Super Action 80 SII alto saxophone, serial number 395168. The Selmer SII has long been a go to choice for some of the worlds finest pro players. They are loved for their quality construction and overall reliability as one of the most versatile saxophones available. This one does show wear of a lot of performances over the years but is physically in very solid condition.
The SII takes the air in quick and easy producing a beautiful medium warm focused sound. Its key work is ultra smooth under the fingers allowing for an ultra fluid playing experience. These altos are known for have an exceptionally balance timbre and precise intonation, this one is no exception. In comparison to the majority of other SII's we have had in this one is just a little bit brighter. A very rich and lively player for sure!
This alto is best described in the photos. The lacquer shows decent wear from years of play but it is all original. The sax has had some minor dent work here and there, and a couple re-solders on a couple posts and the neck strap ring. The original neck is with the sax. It was previously pulled down but was professionally back up to its true position and is now in excellent condition.
This alto was overhaul in the Saxquest shop in 2015 with Valentino Pro leather pads, brown plastic resonators and premium key materials. Since then the sax was played and professionally maintained by a St. Louis player. The pads and set-up on it is still excellent. We will go through the horn once more before shipping it out and make sure it is set-up in perfect playing condition.