From the 1929 Selmer - Talks to Clarinetists and Saxophonists:
The two main features in a saxophone are its Musical and Mechanical qualities:
MUSICALLY - the tuning and intonation were perfected by the finest saxophone talent in America and France. The Messrs. Selmer, world authorities on reed instruments, realized that the musical qualities - correct tuning and intonation, evenness of scale, brilliant and entrancing tonal properties - come first in importance and that they must meet the Selmer Standard.
MECHANICALLY - a drop forged (hammered out) key work and mechanism of fronze brass, mounted on ribs, similar to a fine silver flute. The fastest, closest strongest action ever applied to a saxophone - built to last a lifetime. Compare the action of any other saxophone with a Selmer (Paris) Saxophone for strength and lightning spreed. A hammered key is the three times as strong as a cast one, while the sustaining rib under each Selmer key and mechanism provides a foundation which adds another fifty percent to its strength and durability. This exclusive Selmer Method of Saxophone Manufacture is more than twice as costly as the ordinary method of applying cast mechanism without the sustaining ribs, and is several times as durable.
WE GUARANTEE: Best tuning - big, full tone, as large a volume as ever attained on a saxophone - strongest, fastest mechanism - greatest durability. Will improve your playing fifty per cent.
Who couldn't use a 50% improvement in their playing?
|Body/Bell Materials:||Yellow Brass|
|Neck Materials:||Yellow Brass|
|Instrument Weight:||5.5 lbs|
|Manufactured in:||Paris, France|