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Summer Fine Art & Antiques Auction - Day 1

Sat, Jul 8, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 640

1937 Henri Selmer Balanced Action Alto Saxophone

Estimate: $800 - $1,000
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1937 Selmer balanced action alto saxophone, serial 24947, with engraving of florals surrounding a scene of a cabin by a lake. Lacquer is 50%, missing predominantly on the bell area; all keys function; newer Bonade ligature on Selmer mouthpiece, fits snugly on cork at neck, which shows no evidence of pulldown. This playable saxophone is relatively early in the production of the Balanced Action, desirable for players worldwide. Housed in period blue felt lined case, likely original to the instrument. 26" L; Case is 26" x 12" x 7". Note: When it was introduced, the Balanced Action saxophone was a departure from traditional saxophone design as was the first saxophone to change the positions of harder to reach keys and incorporate them into a more ergonomic design, one that heavily influenced saxophone design moving forward.


Good working order, lacquer shows spots of wear; likely needs new pads and a professional setup. Low Eb keycage bracket needs resoldering.

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