Selmer has been the name in Saxophone for almost a century. Each horn has it's own character, sound and personality that creates an amalgam necessary to play music at it's highest level. The history of this 1929 Bari Saxophone is particularly interesting.
From the Selmer Historian, Mr. Pipher, "This Baritone was a German - market instrument shipping in December 1929 as a part of a shipment of 10 Selmer saxophones. Of the nine other instruments, this Baritone saxophone features the optional extended low Bb key, but does not have the alternate trill key that was featured on all of the other horns in the shipment. This instrument was shipped silver plated"
Mr. Pipher also describes this instrument as been of the Large - bore era baritone saxophones.
As a player, this Bari is butter. A big sound reminiscent of early American baris, but with the comfort of Selmer ergonomics. As this is an older instrument, the key work does have slight variations to modern ergonomics, most notably the lack of a left hand, front F key and a round, pearled key for the G#. With that being said, this horn plays from Bb all the way into the stratosphere with incredible ease. The intonation of the horn is surprisingly consistent throughout the range of the horn.
This bari is a unique and wonderful instrument that will make a player profoundly happy.