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1937 Vintage Selmer Paris Balanced Action Alto Saxophone - Serial # 22657

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Our Price: $ 3,650.00

Product ID: 22657SelmerBAAlto

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Ships with Fresh Saxquest Overhaul

This is a sweet early vintage Selmer Paris Balanced Action alto sax, serial number 22657. This horn dates to 1937, early in the Balanced Action run. It was relacquered many years ago but done very well. It will also come with a fresh repad from the Saxquest repair shop.


This Selmer looks very nice, with good lacquer coverage. The “newer” lacquer was applied a long time ago and has the same dark look as an original. There was no severe buffing during the work, and all of the engraving remains crisp and defined, including the pictorial scene on the bell. The sax shows some history of minor dent work in the past, on the tube and bottom bow, but nothing severe. The original neck does not appear to have ever been pulled down or damaged.


This alto came to us on old pads well past prime, so we are in the process of completely restoring this horn to maximize its potential. It will ship with a set of premium firm leather pads and brown nylon resonators, precisely adjusted top to bottom for a comfortable, fluid feel. We'll have it playing better than the day it left the factory in 1937.


I really like these Selmer BA horns, and this one is no exception. It plays with a more spread characteristic than what you find on newer Selmers, and while the sound is more diffuse, it doesn't lack any power or punch. When our proper setup is complete, it will take your air very quickly with a lightning quick response. If you like the Selmer core sound but looking for something a little more open feeling, this is a great option.