Re: tenor sax
Congratulations on your new saxophone. It definitely is a Selmer, but not to be confused with Selmer Paris. You have a good Taiwanese made saxophone and nothing should be taken away from that. Its just confusing with the dual Selmer name in the USA and in Paris. Selmer USA (which is now a division of Steinway called Conn-Selmer) has nothing to do with Selmer Paris except for having the sole distribution rights for Selmer Paris horns in the United States. Selmer Paris is still operated and controled by the Selmer family in Paris.
Its confusing because Selmer USA will have saxophones made in Taiwan and then stamp a Selmer name on them such as Selmer USA, Selmer AS100, Selmer Artist, etc..... while at the same time import and distribute saxophones that come from Paris that are stamped Selmer Paris. The unsuspecting customer may thing they are buying a saxophone made in Paris when they buy a Selmer Artist or what not without fully understanding that Selmer Paris has nothing to do with it what-so-ever.
The same was the case back in the day when Selmer started making the Selmer Bundy. Only the Selmer Bundy was actually made in Elkhart at the north main street Selmer factory not imported. But that saxophone was marketed as a student line saxophone through and through. Now, with Selmer Artist I've even seen some dealers advertise them as professional model Selmers and that's where things really get confusing.......... especially with a model name like "Artist Limited". So long as they are advertised honestly and priced accordingly, there should be no problem. For example, I think the store you purcahsed it from should have been more than forthcoming about this being a saxophone manufactured in Taiwan. It should be a point stated with pride because Taiwan is making some great saxophones today.
That all being said, it is definitely a step up from your old Bundy and I wish you the best if your saxophone studies.