1939 Selmer Balanced Action BA Tenor Saxophone, Fresh Overhaul
1939 Selmer Balanced Action tenor saxophone, s/n 27,xxx. Here is a freshly overhauled Balanced Action tenor that is in excellent overall condition. The lacquer has a beautiful dark honey golden hue and is approximately 90% intact. The horn was fitted with top of the line reusable TM resonators. The sax comes in the original case which is in good overall condition. The neck is original to the horn and in perfect condition, never having been pulled down. This BA has an uncommon art deco engraving with a treble clef just above the low Bb key. These were originally sold in the Australian market.
My repairman and I have concluded that this is most likely not original lacquer, although this is a tough one to tell. The engraving is all there and the color seems right on for this vintage. However, the engraving is just a bit lighter than what we expect to see. To play it on the safe side, we have concluded that it's not original, but the lacquer is certainly old.
This horn plays like a good BA should. The sound and response is effortless and full from top to bottom. It has a warm spread sound that sounds and feels like a great vintage Selmer. This is a fun and engaging horn to play.