Question I have a Selmer USA Tenor Sax that has Paris features. It has a serial number of 822944. It also has on it US N right below the USA marking meaning it was a Navy horn.
Don't know what model it is or what it could be worth. Any info is quite helpful!
Answer I believe you have this...Professional features for less.
This is a new saxophone by Selmer USA that positions itself in a price range and quality level that is getting bigger all the time, that of the introductory professional. There are thousands of saxophonists for whom the Selemer TS-44 is perfect. It is designed for someone who loves the saxophone and stays in good shape on the instrument, but mostly plays in church or at home and still wants a great sounding instrument. Is it designed, maybe, for you?
This horn features a genuine Henri Selmer Paris neck and mouthpiece, a beautiful BAM backpack case and a warm, rich sound ideal for both classical and jazz playing. The body is a fully ribbed design and features Pisoni pro pads and blue steel springs for great reaction time and durability.
It is the first collaboration between Selmer US and Henri Selmer Paris that has resulted in an affordable saxophone with unexpected performance. The Selmer TS-44 possesses many features that are common for professional instruments and uncommon for student instruments. It possesses all of the dynamic and timbral range a professional musician needs to deliver an expressive performance, but stays in a price range that is within reach of more musicians than would be a Reference 54 or a Series III.
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Selmer TS44 Professional Tenor Saxophone
Henri Selmer Paris neck
Body/Neck/Bell: Yellow Brass
Finish: Clear Lacquer
Key Material: Brass
Aux Keys: High F#
Tone Holes: Drawn
Pads: treated leather
Springs: blue steel
Thumbhook: metal adj
Henri Selmer Paris MPC
BAM Backpack Case
Thanks for the great question. You have a Selmer USA. The Selmer(USA) Omega line of alto and tenor saxophones were superb professional instruments rivaling the Selmer(Paris) line. They have distinctly full bell engraving and may or may not say "Omega" on them, these are late 1970's and early 1980's models. Later Omega horns have less bell engraving and are not as desirable for Selmer USA horns, though they are excellent intermediate horns. Key indicators are the neck. If the neck support is a think 'beam' type it is the later model. If it is the type similar to Paris horns it is the desirable model; also the engraving is much more extensive on the earlier models. Anything with model number including MG is not their earlier pro horn..From the early 1980s until approximately 2001 Selmer USA made their top-of-the-line saxes in Elkhart, Indiana. the The Model 162 Omega alto sax was the first model introduced. The Model 164 was the first tenor introduced around serial number 823000 (notice the lack of the "Omega" title. The model designation was changed to either TS100 or TS-100 when it was realized that professional players were not buying this "pro" line. The TS100 used a different numbering sequence starting with 1xxxxxx (1 million +). In the early 80s, the serial numbers were around... 828xx tenor, then in the late 80's/early 90s, 820011 - 1288792 alto and tenor, This is what you have. The early saxes had a dark lacquer and many Selmer Paris mk VI key-work styling. Later horns had brighter lacquer reminiscent of the Paris Selmer Super Action 80 and late mk VIIs. Earlier horns had a brass high F#, later models had a pearl high F#. Your tenor was made in the late 80's early 90's. It's a great sax, perfect for the seasoned professional player. Play this horn proud! It's not a Selmer Paris but it's still the USA version of the Paris Selmer. I bet it plays great! Have fun!
I'm a Professional Jazz Saxophone soloist recently retired from 23 years with the USAF Band Of Flight, WPAFB, OHIO, experienced in performance, technique and equipment. I'm not a buyer/seller or dealer. I have 40 years Alto, Tenor, Soprano and Bari Saxophone performance experience with additional years on the Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bass Guitar, Piano, Drum-set, Guitar and Voice. I'm a third generation professional military musician, my father, Bill Koeller(1939-1997) was in the USAF 1958-1962, and played Jazz Hammond B-3 organ from 1957-1997, and my fathers Uncle, Alfred Koeller (1912-1993), was a professional Acoustic Bassist in the Army Air Corps in WWII, and also performed on Jazz Guitar, Hammond organ, Piano and tenor saxophone.
Professional Saxophone Soloist, 23 total years with the USAF Bands, 6 years with the USAF Band of Flight, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, performing on Tenor, Alto, Soprano, Clarinet, and Flute. 4 years in Japan, at Yokota AFB with the USAF Band of the Pacific. An Avid Composer and Arranger for the Night Hawk Protocol Combo. Former Lead Alto Saxophonist with the USAF Night Flight Big Band performing the music of Glenn Miller as well as other hits of the Big Band Era. I collect LP records of Jazz, blue's, classical and rock, and have over 12,000 records.
Organizations USAF,Phi MU Alpha Sinfonia, Men's National Music Fraternity, Johnny Mack Super Big Band, Tom Daugherty Orchestra, Kim Kelly Orchestra, Dayton Jazz Orchestra, Eddie Love Big Band, Gem City Big Band, Jazz Central Big Band, Shin Sings Orchestra, Kim Kelly Orchestra,USAF Night Flight Jazz Ensemble, Different Hats Big Band, Jimmy Baker Blues Band, This Side Up, Freelance, KING KOELLER Quartet, Jazz Central Big Band, GB Work, Sax On The Web,
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Education/Credentials North Texas State University School of Music, Jazz Studies 1982-1986
Lead Alto, Lab bands 1982-83 and small group leader 1983-1984,
Jazz Radio Host WVIK 90.1 FM NPR affiliate Rock Island, IL
United States Collegiate Wind Band European tour 1980
Augustana College, Rock Island IL, Liberal Arts Music
Mentors/Teachers:My father Bill Koeller, a Jazz Hammond B-3 Organist (1939-1997)
Great Uncle Alfred Koeller, Acoustic Bass 1912-1993
Awards and Honors Paul Shartle Musician of the Quarter Spring 2008;
Glenn Miller Festival, Clarinda, Iowa featured soloist;
McDonald's All-American Band and Jazz Ensemble 1979;
US Collegiate Wind Bands,Paul Lavalle Conductor, tour of Europe,1980;
John Phillip Sousa Award, 1980 Dimond HS Anchorage, Alaska;
USAF National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star;
USAF Achievement Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters;
USAF Good Conduct Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters
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