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Early Series Selmer Paris Balanced Action Alto Sax w/ New Pads - Serial # 23181

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Product ID: 23181SelmerBAAlto


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This is an earlier vintage Selmer Paris Balanced Action series alto sax, serial number 23181. This horn is a looker and a player, and has recently been fully overhauled. With new pads and a fresh pro set up from our shop, you can have confidence that it will going strong for you for a long time to come.


The serial number dates this horn to 1937, within the first couple years of this model. Like the vast majority of Balanced Action's, this alto was relacquered at some point in its life. It is definitely a factory job, as the engraving is absolutely perfect: even the finest detail of the engraving remains crisp with no signs of buffing. Physically, the alto is in fine shape. There's a couple minor resolders, done so well that you've really got to look hard to spot them, and no other prior repairs that I can see. The neck is perfect. This alto had recently received a pro overhaul before coming to our shop, using premium firm leather pads and brown plastic resonators, and to ensure it is up to our standards, we'll do a fresh pro set up before shipping. Everything will be tightened and tuned up so you get it playing just right.


This Balanced Action plays exactly as a good example of this model should. It has a free and open response. While it has a strong core, it is more spread than a Mark VI or more modern Selmer. This flexibility allows for more tone shaping on the player's part, so you can really dial its sound in to what you want it to be. Great horn with a lot of versatility, you can take this one to any gig that will come up.