1954 Selmer 'SBA-Super Balanced Action' Alto
- Year: 1954
- Make: Selmer
- Model: Super Balanced Action (SBA)
- Status: SOLD
- Finish: Original Lacquer (+second)
- Serial Number: 52,29x
(On Consignment--Plays Great)
Another superb alto sax. So first and foremost the lacquer on this sax is worth discussing. According to my expert opinion and microscope inspection I will say this: "Original lacquer, with wear and redness underneath what looks like another layer of a clear coat. It was tricky to formulate this opinion. You will notice the crisp engraving, and no buffing to the edges of the engraving or serial numbers. With that fact and the original resonators, plus info from the owner, I call it [original + second layer] lacquer." This sax was babied by the owner since about 1965 and I know they never did any finish modifications under their ownership (second owner). Serial number on the neck and body match.
TONE: Sultry, extra sweet, and would woo you over a Mark VI any day. Any legit alto player should consider this sax.
PADS: Currently in newer pads that play well. Original domed, metal resos were reinstalled (according to the owner).
CASE: A non-original hard case. In good condition. It does fit the sax, but the end plug makes the sax fit differently due to the top block for the end. There is plenty of room in the case for the sax to be safe.
Sound File.... coming soon....