Selmer Balanced Action Alto Saxophone, Just Serviced, Video
1937 Selmer Balanced Action alto saxophone, s/n 24839. This is a great playing vintage Selmer saxophone, especially when you consider that it's 85 years old. It has that focused, sweet sound that BA's are known for. My tech just serviced the sax prior to sale, and replaced 12 pads, the neck cork, 6 felts and 21 key corks. The rest of the pads are on the older side, but are sealing well. The horn plays effortlessly down to low Bb. The neck is original to the horn and is in great condition. As with most BA's, this one does not have the original finish. However, the engraving is still present and looks great. There is a metal patch under the RH thumb hook that a previous owner added. This is a typical wear point given the relative small size of the thumb hook of this model. There are no visible cracks on the inside bore of the saxophone, so I'm guessing that this was installed for cosmetic reasons to avoid excessive wear and tarnish on the original body. The patch is unobtrusive to the eye and looks professionally installed.