This Selmer is not just a piece of history. It is a high performance, beautiful instrument that will give the flexibility and character that any saxophonist could crave.
From the 1927 Selmer Woodwinds Catalogue:
The wonderful French brass, of which Selmer saxophones are made, if softer than that used by most manufacturers, and adds brilliance to the tone. The attacks in piano passages (low register included) are certain and satisfying.
Drawn Tone Holes
Henri Selmer is the first French manufacturer of saxophones to utilize drawn tone holes. By a special mechanical device the walls of the tone holes are drawn as heavy and thick as the main instrument tube or body, and tops of tone holes positively will not cut the pads.
The pads are of hard-pressed felt, covered with the finest quality French kid. They are absolutely flat, perfectly fitted and cover at the slightest touch. These pads positively will not become mushy and soft - as done the aver saxophone pad - after a certain amount of use.
Drop Forged Keys
All keys are drop forged and hand finished, insuring maximum strength and durability. Selmer mechanism will be in fine working condition long after the cast or molded keys of an ordinary saxophone are worn out.
Lay of Keys
The pearl inlaid keys fit the fingers like a fine Selmer boehm clarinet = with easy working roller keys in correct position for the little fingers. the very "feel" of its fine mechanism inspires confidence, as it minimizes playing effort.
Of the H. Selmer (Paris) Saxophone is close and quick, resembling that of a fine Boehm flute. The springs are of specially tempered blued steel - the keys have only about two-thirds the lift of the ordinary saxophone action. Heavy finger pressure is unnecessary.
The Saxophone refined to the utmost degree. Every food feature is preserved and enhanced - all questionable features eliminated. There are no mechanical contrivances to cause difficulty and get out of order. Each key and piece of mechanism is drop forged - designed to give a lifetime of uninterrupted service.