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Awesome! Vintage Selmer Paris Balanced Action Tenor Sax, Serial #21863

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Product ID: 21863SelmerBATen


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A Real Players Horn! Selmer BA Tenor Sax - 1936
This is a very serious player! Selmer Paris Balanced Action tenor sax, serial number 21863. If you are looking for a powerful and free blowing player this 1936 Balanced Action is going to be hard to pass up. It plays with a colorful voice with crystal clear projection. In comparison to the tenors made later by Selmer these earlier models have a slightly bigger sound base and are typically darker players. This one is no exception and showcases a deep dark sound. While the sound is on the darker side it also features a beautiful sweetness as well. The subtone has a plush velvet quality and comes out effortlessly. It should also be noted this saxophone is an open player with very little resistance. 
The tenor has been professionally played and maintained for many years. It was last re-padded with a nice set of leather pads and gold metal resonators. The pads are in great shape and have a lot of life left in them. This saxophone is also in line to be professionally set-up in our shop. The set-up will include a disassemble and cleaning of the horn followed by a precise key regulation. This sax currently has a set of cork palm risers which we will also remove as part of the set-up. If you would like those left on there please just let us know. 
This Balanced Action is in solid physical condition showing some history of repair. There has been a handful of standard re-solders to the key guard feet and thumb rest. The original neck with the tenor has also had some past repairs. It was once pulled down and then corrected and patched with a brass patch on each side. The previous owner also had the bell angel on this saxophone modified. It is now slightly offset which is more akin to the angle of a modern Selmer. It looks like there has been some smaller size dings removed from the bow in the past but nothing to serious. The bow cap itself is in excellent condition and has never been pushed in. Like most of the Balanced Action tenors out there this one was re-lacquered. The work was mostly done a very long time ago. Its current finish shows off the proper dark honey tint which is nicely complemented by the floral engraving. 
While it is not the prettiest tenor around it most definitely has it where it counts. If you are looking for a lush tenor with a lot of character you will not want to pass up on this 1936 Balanced Action.