This is a vintage Selmer Super Balanced Action tenor sax, serial number 50980. It is all original and looks (and plays!) incredible.
This Selmer Paris saxophone was built in October of 1953. This was a particularly defining time for the Selmer company as they were launching the NEW Super Balanced Action model of saxophone. This was the first Selmer to feature off-set key work between the right and left hand which would propell Selmer to become the undisputed leader in the saxophone market for the rest of the century and beyond.
There's good reason that the majority of the contemporary tenor player's began using Selmer saxophones in the late 40's and early 50's. The Selmer Super Balanced tenor generates great projection and resonance while maintaining a core sound that is not too spread but still allows great flexibility in terms of tone shaping.
This particular tenor is in near MINT original silver plate. There are no major past damage repairs and NO resolder joints. The original neck is stamped with the matching serial number and is in perfect condition.
It is absolutely gorgeous with rich ornate floral engraving that blankets the entire bell and half of the bottom bow. This horn is truly a work of art. The sax also has a factory original high F# key. This is extremely rare to find on an SBA tenor; and in this condition its almost unheard of.
You just can't beat the sonic character of the SBA tenor. This horn has a fast response that allows the player to easily shape the sound. It has a tremendous presence making it the perfect jazz solo vehicle.