For sale is a holy grail 1952 Selmer Super Balanced Action Tenor sax in absolutely glorious original lacquer condition! This beautiful full package SBA has a FULL overhaul & pad job from one of Los Angeles highest end top tier tech that charges quite a pretty penny for his work.
This horn really is the real deal that everyone is out looking for. This horn is undisputed original lacquer with the most desirable highly engraved US engraving pattern. Shortly after this horn the engraving pattern was changed to a much simpler engraving more similar to the early Mark VIs. This horn is just a stunning example of US Selmer engraving Super Balanced Action. This horn has had every single pad fully replaced and meticulously overhauled.
The woodwind tech that worked on this horn has extreme knowledge and reputation for overhauling SBAs of this nature. The tech is obsessed with SBA key heights, venting, and maxing these horns out to there full potential. The pads on this horn arent simply thrown in the horn Its so important to stress the level of attention, care, detail and insane amount of hours that went into getting this bad boy where it is now. Work like this is VERY EXPENSIVE. Please understand and respect what this horn has to offer vs some dirty old horn needing extensive overhaul.
These saxophone really are insanely desirable and hard to find like this. There were some 300,000 Mark VIs made (round number) Yet there were only some 30,000 SBAs made.Thats 30,000 including all soprano, alto, tenor, baritone.. Just guesstimating that means there were some 15,000 altos, 10,000 tenors, and 5,000 total soprano & baritones. So all that being said out of the entire world of Selmer collectors are drooling over original lacquer matching serial number SBAs theres only just a few thousand up for grabs in the entire world.. So many of these original laq SBAs already have homes with players, sitting in collection hiding from the worldThese rarely come up. I personally think these SBA prices are just getting started out.
Words are in effable and dont exist to properly explain how playing this horn feels and sounds. These horns have cult following and it all comes down to the combination of how these horns sound in tone, feel in the hands, and allow flexibility while playing.. These horns are loud, powerful, in your face, ballsy YET also sooooooo delicate, flexible, whimsical and lyrical.
This horn is extremely easy to blow and create the pinnacle of sound with just the smallest amount of air blowing over the read being projected into the horn OR at the same time its insanely easy to be loud, voicestorous and melt faces. This horn has that known SBA dark, core, full body, musky sound.. Yet this horn also has bright partials and a jumpy flexibility that makes you feel like your on a rollercoaster.
This horn is insanely easy to angle, maneuver and get around the horn jumping from lower octave to top and move around the keywok. The key work is excellent and fits sturdy and strong under the finger. The Oleg bis riser is a huge improvement. As is the Selmer Mark VI style thumb touch!
For a horn of this nature at this value its worth flying in from NYC, Japan, Australia. If you are serious either book a flight and come for 24 hours, or a whole vacation around this! Matching Serial # on Neck. NO Pickups or patches on neck. Oleg F Key Rise Added.Mark VI style black plastic thumb touch added. The item "Selmer SBA Super Balanced Action Tenor Sax 5 Digit FULL OVERHAUL HOLY GRAIL" is in sale since Thursday, August 31, 2017. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Wind & Woodwind\Band & Orchestral\Saxophones". The seller is "saxstable" and is located in Los Angeles, California. This item can be shipped to United States.