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SWEET Vintage Selmer Paris Radio Improved Alto Saxophone - Serial # 20170

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Our Price: $ 2,950.00

Product ID: 20170SelmerRIAlto

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Very nice 1935 vintage Selmer Paris Radio Improved series alto sax, serial number 20170. This alto was recently repadded in another shop and is playing up a storm on like-new pads with matching seamless metal domed resonators. It is a fantastic find for players who love the classic earlier vintage Selmer horns.


Like the vast majority of pre-SBA Selmers, this alto has been relacquered at some point in its life, but the work was done extremely well. All of the original factory engraving remains clearly visible with no signs of heavy buffing. The “newer” lacquer is in great shape too, with most of the wear found on the keys and back side of the body tube and bell. The sax feels great, with a slightly more open feel than what you'd typically find on a more modern horn; exactly what you want on a Selmer of this era.


This old Selmer Radio Improved's are a blast to play. It takes your air extremely quickly without a lot of back pressure, and tonally it is more spread than a Mark VI or most modern altos. While it is more open, it still has that warm core that is instantly recognizable as a Selmer. A very cool instrument for lovers of vintage pre-war saxes or Selmer aficionados.