Selmer Super Action 80 Alto Saxophone, Just Serviced
Selmer Super Action 80 alto saxophone, s/n 365479. Here is a 1980’s vintage Selmer that was made shortly after the Mark VI and VII horns. Some refer to this model as a Series I, but its official name is a Super Action 80. It’s in excellent original condition.
These are fabulous horns that are a bit overlooked, since relatively few were made. It’s an interesting playing horn that is unlike any other Selmer model. They tend to have a more focused and compact sound than a Series II, but are on the darker side. For this reason, I think they make a fabulous crossover horn that can do both classical and jazz equally well. It’s as easy to make this horn sing with a New York Meyer as it is with a Selmer Concept mouthpiece. Few horns can do this as well as a Series I.
My repairman just serviced this horn, so it's playing very well from top to bottom. The previous owner repadded the sax and the pads are still in good condition with a lot of life left in them. The sax has its original lacquer and is developing a beautiful, darker finish that is common on vintage Selmers.
Here's a video of another Super Action 80 that recently came through the shop. It should give you a great idea of what this model sounds like.