With the tone holes perfect and the mechanism perfect, we can fit the instrument with a higher end pad. More than with any other model, condition is everything. Toward the high end of the serial number range you begin to see some examples that look like 400 bells on Aristocrat bodies. Very dark tone, great workmanship. The original creator of these works maintains any copyright. Please email if you have questions about this page.
The main thing you learn from serial numbers is the age of the instrument of course. If you are wanting to sell your Selmer saxophone, we are always buying vintage saxophones. I can send more other detailed pictures, if you think it would be helpfull to better know those monsters. They will always have snap in pads and Norton springs. There seem to be very few people outside of a few collectors buying these horns.
The keywork changes change at different times — the altos always change first, then tenors, and finally soprano, baritone and other voices if ever 3. I have based my valuations upon the following assumptions: 1 the instrument is in perfect playing condition and needs nothing in terms of repair 2 the finish is original and completely intact 3 the original case is intact 4 the instrument has not been altered or modified from its original condition, having the correct style pads, springs, no neck pickups etc. I would encourage those critics to do their own research and publish their own findings. Between the 5300 and 7299 range, most of the saxes were sold in 1927. Selmer is not very good at keeping track of their models.
Pristine examples bring top dollar. He is now retired and no longer playing bari sax. I think these horns are undervalued. The D keyguard feet have been resoldered at some point in the past see photos and there is worn lacquer in the spots that are commonly work see pictures. So saxophones may not be numbered sequentially. The later examples have better intonation in the upper end than the earlier examples. We refit every key to every rod, not just between the posts.
It was designed by my good friend and legend Santy Runyon. A look at the 1927 chart to the left makes the answer quite clear. Silver examples bring about a 20% premium; gold plate about 30% more. I did not consider auction sales such as E-Bay ; private sales between individuals who are not regular dealers; pawn shop or other irregular sources, or any anecdotal stories. These are the very best of the Aristocrat series. They are often beautifully engraved. Here are some measurements: Outside Diameter of tenon: Selmer — 22.
This Minor Overhaul will replace about 10 pads, re-regulate the whole horn and treat the remaining pads. Rotated Body tube for offset reach comfort ,. Losing a parent is never easy, but it is nice that you are able to share the love that your father had for his saxophones. There are many reasons for this. Use of any of the files in this site without prior permission of copyright holder is strictly prohibited. No other stamps on her boddy or connecting rings.
Silver plate commands a 20% premium; gold a 30% premium. The existing serial number chart showed a range from 5601 to 7850. At least that is their domain name. That horn was not even a late model horn. You sometimes see these in nickel plate. You likely have a 1256 which has a range to low Bb, or a 156 with a range to low A. There are, of course, a very few Super 20 baritones, some with silver necks add 15% and I have seen one with a silver bell.
It seems unlikely that every new model was introduced exactly at the beginning of a new year. Better feel and intonation than the Balanced. The backwards facing stamping might be what signifies this as a prototype. It quickly became obvious that an improved chart was needed. Keilworth were distributed at various times by W.
Individual saxophones with custom finishes or features would naturally take longer to build, thus delaying their completion date. Fat sound and great intonation. Douglas Pipher is a Canadian saxophonist, collector and researcher who has spent the last several years studying Selmer instruments with the goal of improving our understanding of Selmer history through primary research. From the Committee on, they are almost always lacquer. There are a few silver add 20% plated ones, and a very few add 30% gold ones. Nothing else is quite like it. The range from 7300 to 7800 also showed less than half of the sales in 1927, with most of the remainder being sold in 1928.
I think your horn would be from the 1980's, or perhaps late 1970's. Under exceptional circumstances weather, strikes, customs delays it can take longer. I understand there were a few made with sterling silver bells. I was googling it and your post came up first. By simple subtraction, 2249 saxophones were allegedly built in 1927. I am well aware that some will question my figures and criticize my findings.