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Vintage Selmer Super Balanced Action Alto Sax w/ American Engraving, Serial # 43655 - 1950

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Our Price: $ 5,200.00

Product ID: 43655SBAAlto

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Ships with Fresh Saxquest Overhaul

This is a 1950 vintage Selmer Paris Super Balanced Action alto sax, serial number 43655. This alto features the beautiful floral American style engraving on the bell, extending down onto the bottom bow, and is overall in excellent shape. It is currently in our repair shop in line for a fresh repad, and will ship fully adjusted and backed by our one year mechanical warranty.


This alto is an old relacquer, and honestly one of the best jobs I've ever seen. The engraving is absolutely perfect, with no signs of buffing. It is the original engraving, and is crisp and defined, looks great. Physically the horn shows no major past damage, just a couple tiny dings in the past. Two resoldered joints are the only previous repairs. The neck is original to the horn, with matching serial number. It has a couple minor dings which we will remove during our repad, but has never been pulled down.


When we received the alto, pads didn't look bad, but it had brown nylon resonators and we really wanted to put metals in there for a more authentic, original-like response. So the sax will be completely overhauled in our shop, and that work is included in the price. We'll replace all pads and material, using premium firm leather pads and seamless, slightly domed metal resonators. We'll also optimize key heights and spring tensions throughout.


This SBA plays with a definitive warmer, colorful sound, but still takes your air well and response is clean. While it has a darker tone, it never felt stuffy or inhibiting to me, and resonance is good from low Bb up into the altissimo. This is a very fun alto to play! Ships in a good hard Selmer case.