Selmer Saxophone

The Selmer Saxophone - Setting the Standard

Selmer Saxophones have their roots in a small clarinet repair business founded by Henri Selmer in the late 19th century in Paris, France. Henri eventually opened up shop as a horn maker in the early 1900s. Henri's brother Alexandre, who was by then the principal clarinetist with the New York Philharmonic, went on to open a small store in New York around 1910. Henri returned to France in 1918 giving George Bundy, an employee, the distribution rights for Selmer horns in the US.

The first Selmer saxophone was called "Modele 22" and was released in the early 1920s. These horns were often elaborately engraved, a common characteristic of vintage saxophones. Among the early models of Selmer sax was the C melody, a type of saxophone tuned to the key of C instead of B flat or E flat. These horns are no longer in production. Vintage Selmer saxes are known for their professional quality and are much sought after by serious sax players.

The next Selmer sax model in official production was the Modele 26. These horns had a much clearer sound than their predecessors. They carried an elaborately engraved stamp of the Selmer trademark, but were otherwise much plainer than the Modele 22. Selmer began experimenting after Modele 26, producing the "Selmer Super Saxophone" in an effort to rise to the top of the industry during the swift rise in popularity of the saxophone during the Roaring Twenties and big band jazz eras. These horns came to be known among professional players as "cigar cutters" or "pea shooters" because of the unusual octave key mechanism; those are the names that have stuck with these horns throughout the years. During this period Selmer also produced the Radio Improved Model, the last model to be produced in the 1920s.

Selmer revolutionized the saxophone industry when it released the Balanced Action sax. This Selmer saxophone would evolve into the standard saxophone as it is known today. The new Selmer sax design featured radically redesigned bell key placement, significantly re-engineered octave key mechanism, palm key redesign, and front F key. To complete the package, the US version of the horn was ornately engraved and sported a G# key inlaid with mother of pearl.

During the years that followed, Selmer would go on to refine their saxophone design until they became the leading producer of high quality saxophones. Models included the Selmer Alto Saxophone, Selmer Tenor Saxophone, and the Selmer Soprano Saxophone.  In 1956 they released the Mark IV, dubbing it their greatest saxophone ever. They would eventually buy out Buescher and several other well known US horn makers.

Selmer is still in business today as a leading producer of horns in both the US and Europe, their latest offering in the saxophone market is the Selmer LaVoix II Saxophone.  One of the most popular Selmer Saxophones happens to be the Selmer Mark VI Saxophone.

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French Henri Selmer Saxophone 54 Alto E Flat Sax Professional Newest UPS FREE


French Henri Selmer Saxophone 54 Alto E Flat Sax Professional Newest UPS FREE

$380.99

Killer Clean Unused Alto Selmer AS500 Sac Saxophone W Case Extras Wow


Killer Clean Unused Alto Selmer AS500 Sac Saxophone W Case  Extras Wow

$1,500.00

Selmer Alto Saxophone By Beuscher New Yorker 1920s Original Case


Selmer Alto Saxophone By Beuscher New Yorker 1920s Original Case

$249.99

Selmer AS110 Alto Saxophone USA MADE


Selmer AS110 Alto Saxophone USA MADE

$1,500.00

Overhauled Original Lacquer Vintage 1971 Selmer Mark VI Eb Alto Saxophone


Overhauled Original Lacquer Vintage 1971 Selmer Mark VI Eb Alto Saxophone

$5,000.00

Bundy II Alto Saxophone by Selmer Company in hard case SPG025015


Bundy II Alto Saxophone by Selmer Company in hard case SPG025015

$267.75

Vintage Silver Plated Selmer Super Alto Saxophone


Vintage Silver Plated Selmer Super Alto Saxophone

$5,895.00

Henri Selmer Professional Alto Saxophone 802 Eb Flat Gold Sax Full Set with Box


Henri Selmer Professional Alto Saxophone 802 Eb Flat Gold Sax Full Set with Box

$359.00

SUPERB SELMER PARIS ALTO SAXOPHONE SUPER ACTION 80


SUPERB SELMER PARIS ALTO SAXOPHONE SUPER ACTION 80

$3,395.00

Liberty Selmer LAS100 Alto Saxophone w Case MINT Free Shipping


Liberty Selmer LAS100 Alto Saxophone w Case MINT Free Shipping

$459.99

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