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"ANTIQUE HENRI SELMER FRANCE PROTOTYPE ALTO"

pete

Brassica Oleracea
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Helen

Content Expert Saxophones
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Well at first blush what told me it wasn't a Selmer was the name "Selmer" engraved on the right side of the bell. I have never seen the shape of the "S" in Selmer like this. If we go back to the company's article on how to spot fakes, engraving was one of them... This would qualify IMHO.

Also, the serial # makes no sense. Simply put. It is not now, or ever was a Selmer. There are no build similarities between it and Selmer Paris saxophones that I can see.

That said, what is interesting is that for as much time as you, me, and a whole bunch of those people over at SOTW, spend looking at vintage horns, none of us have come across something that looks exactly like this. This leads me to think that perhaps this was a prototype of some kind.

Wherever it came from, it seems to have been played a lot. Perhaps it's not a bad horn. Maybe it's even decent. But it certainly isn't a Selmer Paris saxophone.
 

pete

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There are no build similarities between it and Selmer Paris saxophones that I can see.
It's made out of brass and has keys and toneholes.

:p
 
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