H. & A. SELMER, Paris


Trumpets:

Serial Number Year Manufactured
251 1931
265 1932
571 1933
785 1934
1177 1935
1459 1936
1633 1937
1979 1938
2472 1939
3146 1940
3350 1941
3380 1942
3939 1943
4160 1944
4308 1945
4700 1946
5409 1947
6441 1948
7477 1949
8521 1950
9641 1951
10569 1952
12200 1953
13600 1954
15000 1955
16990 1956
18402 1957
19839 1958
21223 1959
23038 1960

Clarinets:

Serial Number Year Manufactured
L Series:
L1000 12/1/31
L2100 1932
L3250 1933
L4300 1934
L5500 1935
L6600 1936
L7750 1937
L8800 1938
L9900 1939
M Series:
M1000 2/1/39
M2400 1940
M3400 1944 (during)
M6000 1945 (during)
M8000 1946 (during)
N Series:
N100 10/1/46
N1000 2/1/47
N2800 1948
N4900 1949
N6600 1950
N8100 1951
P Series:
P1200 1952
P4200 1953
P7400 1954
Q Series:
Q1100 1955
Q4350 1956
Q7290 1957
R Series:
R1200 1958
R6100 1959
S Series:
S1150 1960
S4160 1961
S7390 1962
T Series:
T1400 1963
T5800 1964
U Series:
U1100 1965
U5700 1966
V Series:
V1000 1967
V4800 1968
V7900 1969
W Series:
W1700 1970
W5900 1971
X Series:
X1500 1972
X6400 1973
Y Series:
Y1200 1974
Y6300 1975
Z Series:
Z1100 1976
Z5200 1977

Saxophones:

Serial Number Year Manufactured
Selmer Bari Sax #969 4/1/27
Selmer C Melody #4000 4/1/27
Selmer Alto #4300 9/1/27
Selmer Soprano #5000 4/1/27
6,000 - Alto 11/1/27
7,000 - Alto 4/1/28
8,000 - Alto 12/1/28
9,000 - Baritone 11/2/28
9,000 - Soprano 9/25/28
10,000 6/12/29
11,000 10/8/29
12,000 2/28/30
13,000 9/1/30
"CIGAR CUTTER"
14,000 4/1/31
15,000 10/1/31
16,000 4/7/31
17,000 11/15/32
18,000 7/15/33
19,000 4/1/34
20,000 3/27/35
21,000 11/15/35
"BALANCED ACTION"
22,000 4/10/36
23,000 12/18/36
24,000 5/1/37
25,000 1/27/38
26,000 10/10/38
27,000 5/15/39
28,000 9/8/39
29,000 12/15/39
30,000 10/15/40
33,000 6/1/47
34,000 10/6/47
"SUPER BALANCED ACTION"
35,000 1/30/48
36,000 11/1/48
37,000 11/8/49
38,000 4/30/49
39,000 11/25/49
40,000 5/11/50
41,000 6/20/50
42,000 12/5/50
43,000 5/15/51
44,000 11/9/51
45,000 8/29/51
"LOW A BARI SAX"
46,000 3/1/52
47,000 7/7/52
48,000 8/28/52
49,000 12/9/52
50,000 7/24/53
51,000 11/23/53
52,000 2/10/54
53,000 4/1/54
54,000 7/30/54
55,000 10/1/54
56,000 11/11/54
"MARK VI"
57,000 1/7/55
58,000 4/27/55
59,000 8/1/55
60,000 10/21/55
61,000 12/19/55
62,000 2/25/56
63,000 5/22/56
64,000 9/20/56
65,000 11/1/56
66,000 2/21/57
67,000 4/8/57
68,000 6/20/57
69,000 10/9/57
70,000 12/3/57
71,000 2/11/58
72,000 4/10/58
73,000 6/24/58
74,000 8/20/58
75,000 11/3/58
76,000 2/1/59
77,000 5/1/59
78,000 7/1/59
79,000 9/1/59
80,000 11/1/59
81,000 1/25/60
82,000 2/10/60
83,000 3/1/60
84,000 4/10/60
85,000 5/5/60
86,000 6/28/60
87,000 7/10/60
88,000 8/1/60
89,000 10/5/60
90,000 3/16/61
91,000 4/10/61
92,000 7/20/61
93,000 11/1/61
94,000 1/2/62
95,000 2/1/62
96,000 3/2/62
97,000 4/1/62
98,000 5/1/62
99,000 6/10/62
100,000 7/14/62
101,000 10/25/62
102,000 11/18/62
103,000 1/1/63
104,000 3/1/63
105,000 4/1/63
106,000 7/1/63
107,000 9/10/63
108,000 10/15/63
109,000 11/1/63
110,000 1/2/64
111,000 2/10/64
112,000 4/1/64
113,000 5/1/64
114,000 6/1/64
115,000 8/1/64
116,000 9/28/64
117,000 10/15/644
118,000 11/17/64
119,000 12/15/64
120,000 4/23/65
129,000 1/2/66
137,000 1/2/67
149,000 1/2/68
160,000 1/2/69
171,000 1/2/70
182,000 1/2/71
192,000 1/2/72
204,000 1/2/73
218,000 1/2/74
231,000 1/2/75
"MARK VII"
243,000 1/2/76
256,000 1/2/77
272,000 1/2/78
282,000 1/2/79
300,000 1/2/80
327,300 1981
"SUPER ACTION 80"
340,200 1982
353,300 1983
366,400 1984
378,800 1985
391,000 1986
"SUPER ACTION 80 SERIES II"
406,000 1987

Important Dates:
1924 - Modele' 1924 Serial No. 957 shown in folder
1924 (late) - Modele' 22 Serial No. 980 known to exist
1930 - New "Large Bore" models
1931 - First Super Models manufactured; often referred to as "Cigar Cutter"
1935 - Balanced Action model
1947 - late 1954 - Super Action Saxophone
1951 (late) - First Low A Baritone Saxophone
1954 - Mark VI
1975 - Mark VII
1981 - Super Action 80
1986 - Super Action 80, Series II

The first Selmer clarinets were made in 1890. By 1900 Selmer was also manufacturing Alto Clarinets, Bass Clarinets, Flutes, Oboes, and English Horns. In 1904 Henri joined with his brother Alexandre to form H. & A. Selmer. Alexandre was an accomplished clarinetist and was able to help Henri while a clarinetist with the Boston Symphony. Henri died in 1941; Alexandre in 1951. At about 1918, George Bundy retained the rights to American distribution.
While Selmer manufactured Mark VII Alto and Tenor saxes they continued to make Mark VI Soprano and Bari saxes for some time.

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