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Selmer Balanced Action
Tenor Saxophone

Serial Number - 23063 (1937)

Pictures below.

SOLD

When the folks at Selmer - Paris went to recreate the playing characteristics of their renowned Balanced Action tenors, what did they model their modern reproduction on?
The answer: The 1936 Balanced Action. That is the source for their modern Reference 36 Tenor.

This horn I have for sale here is a 1937 Balanced Action.

The modern Reference 36 Balanced Action goes for $6200 as seen in is this writeup at Saxquest
and at WWBW.com.

Why settle for a reproduction when you can get your hands on the real thing?

This horn plays like a vintage Selmer should. A local pro who owns and plays Mark VI horns, testplayed this Balanced Action and says:
"Intonation is great, wished my Mark VI played in tune as well."
"It has a darker, centered sound...a little less spread than my Mark VI tenor."

This sax is an older relacquer.
The engraving is of a Cabin Scene.

There are wear marks from placing the horn in a stand as show below in the section called "Stand Wear"

The horn is straight.
The only dent I could find was a little crease which is probably where a dent was removed a long time ago.
The bow is nice and round. The neck looks good, no signs of having been "pulled down".

I repadded this horn using Saxgourmet black kangaroo hide pads.
I reused the oversized domed metal resonators that were on the horn when it came into my care.
I believe that these are the original Tone-X resonators that were on the horn from the factory.
Four or five had plastic or non-original resonators. Those I replaced with very similar seamless domed resonators.
I say oversized because they are as big as you can get without hitting the tonehole rims.
Here are some pictures of the resonators and pads.

Keypans leveled on jewelers anvil
Toneholes leveled and smoothed
Pads glued in with clear shellac
Keys carefully fit to eliminate slop, endplay, lateral play, etc.
Keys regulated
Key height openings adjusted for voicing and intonation.

One of the unique things about this 1937 Selmer Balanced Action tenor is that the upward travel on the lower stack keys is not limited by the corked keyfeet hitting the body or the posts. In fact, the keys do not even have 'feet'. There are adjustable 'stops' above the keypans that limit their upward travel.
This is detailed in 5 photos in the section below, labeled "Lower Stack Key Stops".

I believe this Balanced Action (s/n 20947) on Saxpics has the same sort of arrangement.

This WEBPAGE compares and contrasts this horn (23063) with another one which was made approx. 500 horns later (235xx).

Here is ONE CLOSEUP of the stops
a SECOND CLOSEUP
and a THIRD CLOSEUP
These three photos were taken before the horn was cleaned.

Comes with the orginal black wood (ebony? Grenadilla?) neck plug and even an original lyre.
Photos below under "Accessories"

While the case is an authentic Selmer case, it is not original to the horn, it is substantially newer.
It is in very good condition. The main handle is sort of beat. While I have replacement handles, I wanted a nicer one, so I have it on order and will install it when it arrives.
The case comes with two keys.

Additional info:
In addition to the serial number 23063 engraved on the bell, the number 15774 is engraved on the body. This is not unusual.

The distinctive scrollwork on the body also appears on the scrollshank selmer mouthpieces.

Selmer Balanced Action Tenor



Engraving


Miscellaneous


Lower Stack Key Stops


Miscellaneous


Stand Wear


Neck


Accessories


Case

 

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