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Selmer Serial Numbers – a Fresh Approach

Douglas Pipher, June 20, 2017

The existing Selmer Serial Number Chart has been available on the internet for years. Many saxophonists use it as the authority for determining when an instrument was made. But there are problems with the existing chart, such as the timing of the introduction of the different models. It seems unlikely that every new model was introduced exactly at the beginning of a new year. It also seems unlikely that each year’s production ended at a conveniently round number. Was the chart built from specific data or was it just someone’s estimate; a guess which eventually became assumed to be an absolute truth? With these questions in mind, the need for a fresh look became clear, to see if there was a way to measure the accuracy, or inaccuracy, of the existing chart. Douglas Pipher decided to take on the challenge.

Clearly the first step was to collect as much primary data as possible. It is well known that Selmer Paris possesses some archival records but they are not available to the public. With a background in statistical analysis and an established record in the study of Selmer history, Douglas was able to secure access to these archives. Once there, the daunting nature of the task became apparent. The archives are comprised of a series of very old and fragile notebooks, written by a variety of people, in a variety of handwriting styles. Some were neat and detailed and others were nearly illegible and of course, it is all written in French. But, the fact that all the data still existed was like finding a treasure.

The archive records contain four key elements:

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– Instrument type (Alto, Tenor etc)
– Finish and custom features
– Shipping date
– Destination

In most cases, there was no mention of what model was being produced. The data started at serial #5000 and continued for over 75 years. Whether earlier notebooks were lost or were never kept is unfortunately unknown.

The first phase of the research was to study the records from the beginning up to the end of the Mark VI era. (1927 to 1975) After several trips to Paris and several thousand hours of research and study, the original shipping data was collected and organized. Finally, it was possible to do a detailed study of each year’s actual sales and compare them the to the information suggested in the existing serial number chart.

Low audio device volume windows 7. Let’s take a look at 1927, the earliest year for which full data was available.

The existing serial number chart showed a range from 5601 to 7850. By simple subtraction, 2249 saxophones were allegedly built in 1927. A search of the actual shipping dates for this serial number range revealed the following:

Only 1537 saxophones within this range were shipped in 1927. An additional 404 were shipped in 1928 and 27 more were shipped even later than that. Dividing the actual number (1537) by the alleged number (2249) revealed that the serial number range for 1927 was only 68% correct. Clearly, there was room for improvement.

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Forgotten city skyrim guide. This process was repeated for each year up to 1975. The average accuracy for the entire existing serial number chart was a disappointing 66%. That’s only two out of three! So about a third of the people using the list got the wrong year for their saxophone. It quickly became obvious that an improved chart was needed.

Fortunately, the primary shipping data could now be used to rebuild the serial number chart from scratch. Beginning with a list of all the actual 1927 sales, they were sorted by serial number. Next, they were grouped into serial number ranges of 100. (5000 – 5099, 5100 – 5199 etc) and the total number of 1927 sales within each group was calculated.

The chart at left shows that less than one quarter of the saxes in the 5000 to 5299 serial number range were sold in 1927. Most were sold in 1926. The range from 7300 to 7800 also showed less than half of the sales in 1927, with most of the remainder being sold in 1928. Between the 5300 and 7299 range, most of the saxes were sold in 1927. This range became the initial boundary for 1927 production. By taking a closer look, right down to individual instruments, the starting and ending points of the range were modified as needed. The most accurate serial number range for 1927 was finalized as 5300 – 7280. Repeating this process for each year up to 1975 resulted in the development of a chart with an average accuracy of 82%. For searches of Alto or Tenor only, the accuracy rose to 86%.

Why is the new chart not 100% accurate? A look at the 1927 chart to the left makes the answer quite clear. As mentioned above, the 1927 range was determined to be 5300 – 7280, so the 1928 serial number range logically started at 7281. But many saxophones from 7300 to 7800 were sold in 1927. The majority of the horns in this range which were sold in 1928, but clearly not all of them. There are many reasons for this. Different distributors had different specifications, which affected delivery times. The US-Market horns, for instance, were not normally engraved, padded or lacquered in France. This meant that US-Market horns shipped earlier than others.

The more unusual types of saxophones, such as the Sopranino or Bass, were often sold months or even years later than one might expect. Individual saxophones with custom finishes or features would naturally take longer to build, thus delaying their completion date. In building as complex an instrument as a saxophone, there are many reasons why and individual sax’s completion date could be delayed by days, weeks or months.

The improved serial number chart is by no means flawless. But it’s does allow for a far greater level of confidence for Selmer owners and enthusiasts. Douglas’ ongoing primary research continues to extend the scope of the improved chart, into the Mark VII range and beyond. Douglas Pipher is a Canadian saxophonist, collector and researcher who has spent the last several years studying Selmer instruments with the goal of improving our understanding of Selmer history through primary research. He can be reached at: [email protected]

Henri Selmer Paris
IndustryMusical instruments
FounderHenri Selmer
HeadquartersParis, France

Key people

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ProductsWoodwind instruments: saxophones, clarinets and mouthpieces

Henri Selmer Paris company is a French-based international family-owned enterprise, manufacturer of musical instruments based at Mantes-la-Ville near Paris, France. Founded in 1885, it is known as a producer of professional-grade woodwind and brass instruments, especially saxophones, clarinets and trumpets.

Selmer Paris instruments have been played by many well-known saxophonists such as Marcel Mule, Claude Delangle, Frederick Hemke, Charlie Parker,[1]John Coltrane, Paul Desmond, Herschel Evans, Zoot Sims,[2]Michael Brecker, Sonny Rollins, Ornette Coleman and Coleman Hawkins. Among famous Selmer Clarinet players is Benny Goodman in his early career.

  • 1History
    • 1.1Timeline
  • 2Historical list of Selmer instruments
    • 2.4Brass instruments




  • 1885: Creation of the Selmer Paris company: Henri Selmer begins manufacturing reeds and mouthpieces.
  • From 1898, with the help, Henri Selmer starts manufacturing clarinets and settles his workshop at 4, place Dancourt, Paris. The same year his younger brother, Alexandre (b. 1864), joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra as a clarinetist, remaining until 1901.


  • 1900: Henri wins his first Bronze Medal in the Paris Exhibition.
  • 1904: The Selmer Paris clarinets are presented for the first time at the International Saint Louis Fair (USA), where Henri wins a Gold Medal. During this period Alexandre Selmer, Henri's brother, has been first clarinetist in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for two years. From 1903, he plays the clarinets his brother is manufacturing in France. This will strongly contribute to the development of their sales in the US.
  • 1905: Paul Lefèvre and his son Henri, who had been working for Maison Robert (a clarinet manufacturer), join Henri Selmer's team. Henri takes over the Barbier Company (a flute manufacturer, rue du faubourg Saint Denis, in Paris). The following year, Alexandre officially establishes himself in New York USA, where he starts selling the Selmer Paris clarinets. This first structure will later become the H&A Selmer (USA) company.
  • 1909: Alexandre Selmer joins the New York Philharmonic Orchestra as first clarinetist. There, he has the opportunity to play under the conductor Gustav Mahler.
  • 1910: Maurice Lefèvre, Paul Lefèvre’s second son, joins the Selmer Paris team. Alexandre, after having opened his first shop in the United States, decides to return to France, entrusting the management to one of his students, George Bundy.
  • 1919: Opening of a new factory in Mantes whose technical direction is headed by Maurice and Henri Lefèvre, both sons-in-law of Henri Selmer. Other saxophone manufacturers, like Dolnet and Evette-Scheaffer, are already established in this city.
  • 1922: 31 December 1922, the first Selmer saxophone is finished: a 'Series 22' alto. The 'Series' 22 makes way for the 'Model 22'. The whole family is offered, including a c-melody saxophone. Selmer then counts 50 instrument makers who manufacture 30 saxophones per month.
  • 1923–24: Selmer's New York retail operation incorporated as H&A Selmer Inc. with Selmer (Paris) retaining a minority interest. Extension of Mantes factory. Three new workshops are constructed: one for reeds, two for saxophones. The workshop at Place Dancourt is reserved for welcoming musicians.
  • 1926: A new logotype 'Henri Selmer Paris' is adopted: the laurel wreath replaces the lyre. Stamped on all Selmer Paris instruments, this original logo is still used today as the seal of authenticity for the original 'Henri Selmer Paris'. Saxophone 'Model 26' introduced. Around 136 workmen work at Selmer.
  • 1927: Metal clarinet comes out. Grand prize at the International Exhibition of Geneva, for the production as a whole. George Bundy buys out Selmer's and C.G. Conn's interests in H&A Selmer Inc., gaining full ownership. There was no remaining financial connection between the Selmers, in Paris, and Selmer in America. Bundy was appointed the sole distributor for Selmer (Paris) instruments in the United States.
  • 1928: Creation of the company 'H. Selmer & Co', in S.A.R.L. form. 'Model 28' saxophone introduced. Creation of Selmer–Canada.
  • 1929: Purchase of the almost bankrupt workshops of Edouard Sax, direct descendant of Adolphe Sax. Production of the 'Adolphe Sax' model saxophones continues under Selmer until 1935. Release of the 'New Largebore' model saxophone, establishing the fundamental design of the 'Super' series. Creation of Selmer-London. Presentation of a special model of saxophone (no. 9909) with 12 amethysts for the Barcelona International Exposition.
  • 1930: Manpower rises to 175 people who manufacture 300 instruments per month. Grand Prize at the Exhibition of Liege. Variant of the 'Super' saxophone released, nicknamed the 'Cigar Cutter' because of a slotted plate on the octave mechanism that resembles a cigar cutter.
  • 1931: Acquisition of Millereau, a brass manufacturer.
  • 1932: Selmer branches out into guitar manufacture in partnership with stringed-instrument maker Mario Maccaferri. They run a workshop where the 'Selmer - Maccaferri', guitars are made that were immortalized by Django Reinhardt.[3] Octave mechanism on the 'Super' model saxophone changed towards the end of the year, ending the 'Cigar Cutter' designation. Production of this model continued through 1938.
  • 1933: Release of the 'Armstrong' trumpet model later known as 'Balanced', and of the model 'Harry James.'
  • 1934: 'Radio Improved' variant of the 'Super' model saxophone distinguished by engraving. Selmer trumpet and mouthpiece given to Louis Armstrong by King George V of England.
  • 1935: 'Jimmy Dorsey' variant of the 'Super' model saxophone distinguished by engraving and sheet metal keyguards.
  • 1936: Selmer Paris revolutionizes the mechanics of the left hand cluster with the new 'Balanced Action' model saxophone. France encounters social troubles and the factory is occupied.
  • 1939: Coleman Hawkins returns to the USA from Europe, using Selmer Paris tenor saxophones. Tremendous popularity of Hawkins following his recording of Body and Soul establishes the brand strength of Selmer saxophones in the USA.
  • 1941: Death of Henri Selmer. Maurice Selmer becomes president of the Selmer company. Release of Saxophone N° 30,000.
  • 1946: By the end of the war, manpower had fallen to 80 people, but from 1946 the production went up to 250 instruments per month.
  • 1948: Release of the 'Super Action' saxophone (often referred to as the 'Super Balanced Action' model to avoid confusion with the later 'Super Action 80' models). The saxophone featured offset left and right hand stack keys, establishing the basic layout of the modern saxophone.
  • 1950: The production rises to 650 instruments per month.
  • 1951: Release of the Soloist mouthpiece.
  • 1952: Production of the Selmer-Maccaferri guitars is stopped. Initiation of the Selmer Artist program, a highly effective promotion among professional musicians for Selmer Paris instruments.
  • 1953: Death of Alexandre Selmer. Jacques Selmer, youngest son of Maurice Selmer, incorporates the company. The third generation of Selmers, Jean, George and Jacques, are in place.
  • 1954: An exceptional season, with the release of three legendary models: 'Mark VI' range of saxophones, developed with Marcel Mule, the 'Centered Tone' B-flat clarinet, and the 'K-modified' trumpet. The same year, Selmer also starts to market the 'Clavioline' (Constant Martin).
  • 1955: Annual production of the Mark VI is over 4000 instruments.
  • 1958: Transformation of the company from S.A.R.L. to a public company. 370 employees manufacture 1000 instruments per month.
  • 1960: Release of the B-flat and A clarinets model 'Series 9' and 'Series 9*'
  • 1961: Henri Lefèvre is named president.
  • 1962: Release of the 'Deville' brand for brass. The 'Bolero' and 'Largo' trombone models, developed with Gabriel Masson, are also put on the market the same year. Saxophone n° 100 000 is produced (June 28, 1962). Annual production of the Mark VI is over 7000 instruments.
  • 1963: Exclusive distribution rights obtained in France for 'Vincent Bach' (U.S.A.) brass.
  • 1964: Release of a microphone especially intended for the amplification of woodwinds (saxophone, clarinet and flute)
  • 1965: Installation of a new head office, rue de la Fontaine au Roi in Paris' 11th district. Selmer Paris takes over exclusive distribution of 'Premier Percussion' instruments in France. Annual production of the Mark VI is over 10,000 instruments.
  • 1966: Production of Series 10, alongside series 9 and 9* clarinets
  • 1968: Death of Henri Lefèvre. Georges Selmer is named president. Release of the trumpet model 'Radial 2'.
  • 1971: Release of the clarinets B-flat and A 'Series 10' model in the US
  • 1974: Release of the 'Mark VII' alto and tenor saxophone models, developed with the assistance of Michel Nouaux and Frederick Hemke.
  • 1975: Release of the Marchi system clarinets, in collaboration of Joseph Marchi.
  • 1977: Release of the clarinet model '10S' and the trumpet 'Series700'. Brigitte Selmer, daughter of George Selmer, enters the company the following year.
  • 1981: Release of the 'Super Action 80' saxophone model, replacing Mark VI and Mark VII models. The Myrha street factory is closed and brass manufacturing transferred to Mantes. The following year, Jerome Selmer, son of Jacques, starts at the company.
  • 1983: In collaboration with the instrument maker Ernest Ferron, Selmer launches Variospec, an impedance variator.
  • 1984: Release of the 'Recital' clarinet, developed with the assistance of Guy Dangain.
  • 1986: Launch of the alto and tenor 'Super Action 80 Series II' saxophones
  • 1990: Release of the 'Series 1100' and 'Series 1200' tenor trombones.
  • 1993: Launch of the B-flat clarinet 'Prologue' and '10S II'. The 'Super Action 80 Series III' soprano is presented at the 10th International Saxophone Congress in Pesaro, Italy. Saxophone n° 500,000 comes out of the Selmer Paris workshops on July 19, 1993: it is a 'Super Action Series II' alto saxophone, gold plated and engraved. Bill Clinton and his Selmer Paris saxophone enter the White House.
  • 1994: The bass clarinets evolves: the models '23/II' and '25/II' replace the '23' and '25'.
  • 1995: Release of the B-flat trumpet, 'Chorus/80 J' model. The 'Series III' Soprano replaces the 'SA 80/Series III'.
  • 1997: Release of the 'Series III' tenor saxophone.
  • 1998: After Georges and Jacques Selmer's retirement, the baton is passed to the fourth generation: Patrick Selmer as president; Brigitte Dupont-Selmer as vice president; Jérôme Selmer as general manager. Opening of the new factory (+3,000 m²): the Mantes production site now extends over a 20,000 m² area. Release of the 'Signature' clarinet, developed with Jacques Di Donato.
  • 1999: Release of the 'Series III' alto saxophone. Presentation of the '53 M' bassoon, developed with Philippe Hanon. Launch of the Super Session Soprano mouthpieces and the CP100 clarinet mouthpieces.

2000 to the present[edit]

  • 2000: A limited edition available in three instruments for the year 2000: the Signature clarinet (gold plated), the Series III Alto saxophone and the Chorus 80 J trumpet (sandblast silver-plated).
  • 2001: Release of the 'Reference' tenor saxophones and the 'Concept' trumpet and flügelhorn
  • 2002: Two new models round out the range of clarinets in B-flat and A: the 'Odyssee' and the 'Artys'. New editions of the 'Soloist' mouthpieces are released.
  • 2003: Release of the 'Reference' alto saxophone. Launch of the 'Pro-Line' range of military band instruments.
  • 2004: 1904–2004: one hundred years of Selmer clarinets. Release of a special edition anniversary model: the 'Saint Louis' clarinet. Release of the 'Privilege' bass clarinet. Opening of the showroom and concert hall at the head office, rue de la Fontaine au Roi. Revival of the Selmer Editions.
  • 2005: Selmer holds its third 'Selmer & Friends' concert at the Olympia music hall to celebrate its 120th anniversary. 'Limited Edition' Reference 54 saxophones with bird-themed engraving introduced, establishing the market value of thematic cosmetics. Variants of the series produced through 2010.
  • 2006: Release of the clarinet 'Arthea' model.
  • 2007: Release of the trumpet 'Sigma' model.
  • 2008: Release of the 'Series III' baritone saxophone and B-flat and A clarinets 'Privilege'.
  • 2010: Selmer Paris celebrates its 125th anniversary with 'Jubilee Edition' Super Action 80 Series II and III saxophones: new lacquer, new engraving, new octave key and a large price increase. Release of the mouthpieces 'SD20' and 'Spirit'.
  • 2013: Release of the mouthpiece 'Concept'.
  • 2014: Release of the intermediate-priced sub brand SeleS, featuring the SeleS Axos saxophone and SeleS Presence clarinet. Price of the Axos saxophone is roughly equivalent to pre-Jubilee Super Action 80 Series II/III saxophones.
  • 2015: Selmer celebrates its 130th anniversary and explores the limits of theme-based pricing with a retro-themed 'Adolphe Sax Tribute Limited Edition' alto saxophone.
  • 2017: Sales figures reveal approximately 7000 saxophones sold over the year, representing a decline of over 60% over 20 years.
  • 2018: Selmer announces its acquisition by the Argos Soditic investment firm. Objective of penetrating the east Asian saxophone market announced.

Selmer UK[edit]

A semi-independent branch of Selmer for the United Kingdom was created in 1928 under the leadership of two brothers, Ben and Lew Davis. They concentrated primarily on licensing, importing and distribution rather than manufacturing, and by 1939 had grown to become the largest company in the British musical instrument industry.

In 1935 Selmer UK began producing sound reinforcement systems under the Selmer name. They expanded their manufacturing facilities by purchasing another P.A. company called RSA in 1946. By 1951 they were manufacturing electric organs and in 1955 they gained the exclusive licensing rights to make Lowrey organs and Leslie organ speakers for the UK. They were also the primary importers and distributors for Höfner guitars, a well-known German guitar company, from the early 1950s through the early 1970s. In 1967, Höfner actually produced a small range of semi-acoustic and acoustic guitars for Selmer UK These were badged with the Selmer logo and most had a Selmer 'lyre' tailpiece. Model names were the Astra, Emperor, Diplomat, Triumph and Arizona Jumbo.

With the growth of skiffle music and the arrival of rock and roll in the mid-1950s, Selmer UK began producing guitar and bass amplifiers. In the early 1960s, despite Selmer's apparent market domination, The Shadows' and The Beatles' endorsement of Vox amplifiers relegated Selmer guitar amplifiers to a distant second place in sales. The management of the company made various lukewarm attempts to gain endorsement from aspiring musicians but became increasingly distant from the developments in pop culture from the mid-1960s considering that its role was to support 'real' or established professional musicians and not the headliners of the pop industry. This was the beginning of the end for Selmer UK.

By the early 1970s Selmer UK had been purchased by Chicago Musical Instruments, then the parent company of Gibson Guitars, which Selmer was distributing in the UK. By this time Marshall guitar amplifiers had cornered the market, and the Selmer manufacturing facility was an expensive drain on resources. During this period, the Selmer range of Treble & Bass 50 & 100 valve amplifiers appeared to be stylistic relics from pre-1959 and the decision was made to move the manufacturing facility to a disused brush and coconut matting works dating from 1914, based in rural Essex. The factory which purchased from Music and Plastic Industries. This was a disaster, coupled as it was to an uninspiring reworking of the Selmer range of speaker cabinets and the introduction of a poorly designed range of solid state power amplifiers.

After being passed around several other owners, Selmer once again found itself owned by the Gibson Guitar parent company, this time through a holding company called Norlin Music USA. The marketing policy adopted by management involved allowing its distributors to arrange short-term loans of Gibson instruments on a trial basis. This was considered an excellent marketing ploy had it been controlled but the reality of the situation was that instrument loans were made freely available to any musician and bands who made a request. The consequences were that these very expensive musical instruments were used, damaged, and returned unsold to the UK warehouse, where attempts were made to repair them with the limited facilities on hand, as the distribution agreement with the manufacturing base in Kalamazoo, Michigan, did not allow for the return of defective items. At one time in 1977 there were over one thousand damaged, broken and disassembled Gibson guitars stored in an unheated warehouse in Braintree, Essex.

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The factory in Braintree also developed the manufacturing of Lowrey keyboards from KD kits exported from the Chicago manufacturing base of CMI. These instruments were technically advanced but the build quality was poor compared with keyboards which were just beginning to reach the UK and European markets from Japan. To supplement earnings the company took the decision to import a low cost Italian designed organ marketed as a Selmer product which was distributed in large numbers by catalogue sales. Again the return rate, this time due to damage in transit, was significant. In spite of a rebranding as Norlin Music (UK) the management of the company failed to address the key factors preferring to effect a range of cost-cutting measures. In 1976 Norlin Music Inc., faced with mounting debts, began dismantling Selmer UK piece by piece, until the only facility was a repair center for Lowrey organs with a single employee. This shut down in the early 1980s.

Despite being largely unknown in the U.S., Selmer guitar amplifiers from the early 1960s have begun to gain a reputation as vintage collectibles among valve amplifier enthusiasts.

Selmer guitars[edit]

In 1932 Selmer partnered with the Italian guitarist and luthierMario Maccaferri to produce a line of acoustic guitars based on Maccaferri's unorthodox design. Although Maccaferri's association with Selmer ended in 1934, the company continued to make several models of this guitar until 1952. The guitar was closely associated with famed jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. (see also Selmer-Maccaferri Guitar and About Selmer-Maccaferri guitars)

Historical list of Selmer instruments[edit]


  • Modele 22 (1922–1925)
  • Modele 26 (1926–1929)
  • Modele 28 (1928–1929)
  • Selmer Adolphe Sax (1929–1935)
  • New Largebore (1929)
  • Super 'Cigar Cutter' (1930–1932)
  • Super (1932–1933)
  • Radio Improved (Super) (1934–1938)
  • Jimmy Dorsey Model (Super) (1935–1938)
  • Balanced Action (1936–1947)
  • Super Action (1948–1953)
  • Mark VI (1954–1975 for alto and tenor, 1954–1980 for all other types of sax)
  • Mark VII (1974–1980)
  • Selmer Super Action 80 (1980–1985)
  • Super Action 80 Series II (1985-)
  • Series III (1994-)
  • Reference 54 / Reference 36 (2000-)[4][5]
  • Edition Limitée (2014–2015)


  • no model name, often called 'Breveté' (1900s, 1910s and 1920s)
  • no model name, often called 'Déposé' (1930s, 1940s and 1950s) These are often differentiated by the letter at the beginning of the serial number and referred to as 'K-series', 'L-series', 'M-series' or 'N-series'. A 'Déposé' from the N-series will have characteristics very different from those of one from the K-series. The Breveté mark and the Déposé mark were never meant to describe or label the clarinet; they are just French terms meaning, roughly, 'certified' and 'registered', respectively.
  • Radio Improved or RI (ca. 1931–1934) the K series of serial numbers after K7000
  • Balanced Tone or BT (ca. 1935–1953) the L, M and N series (both with and without the *BT* emblem on the top and bottom joint)
  • Master Model (metal clarinet) (1927 – c. 1939)
  • 55 (ca. 1939) One year only *(M serial numbers, 1st appears in 1940 Selmer brochure, 15.00 mm bore, large toneholes, Tone Control Chamber register vent, Transition to Centered Tone)
  • Centered Tone (c. 1954 – 1960) large-bore clarinets. Serial# N, O, P, Q cylindrical bore 15.00 mm/15.10 mm. Serial# R & S slightly reduced bore 14.90 mm reverse-taper design
  • Series 9 (1960s, 1970s and 1980s) large-bore clarinets (14.90 mm bore with Reverse Taper bore design)
  • Series 9* (1960s) with undercut tone holes and reducing bore diameter. *(Undercut tone holes only in upper joint. Bore measurement 14.65 mm)
  • Series 10 (1970s—cylindrical bore) *(undercut tone holes throughout both joints, small reverse-taper bore measurement 14.52 mm)
  • Series 10G (1970s and 1980s {and 1990s?}) Designed by Anthony Gigliotti. In the December 1999 issue of The Clarinet, Gigliotti wrote: 'The first time I went to the Buffet Crampon factory in France was in 1953 and I remember trying 55 Bb clarinets. After selecting the two best ones I then spent countless hours with Hans Moennig tuning and voicing them until I could finally try them in the orchestra. My reason for becoming involved with the Selmer Company was to make it possible for a student or professional to buy an instrument that didn't need all that work and it has resulted in the series 10G which was based on my Moennigized Buffet which I played for 27 years.' (Not an exact copy of Buffet acoustically: smaller bore size, more undercutting to tone holes, tone hole placement different, with Moennig's reverse-taper barrel standard with 10G. 1st generation 10G 14.52 mm bore, 2nd generation 10G 14.60 mm bore. Selmer Paris only clarinet with 'poly-cylindrical bore) Series 10G poly-cylindrical bore versus regular Series 10 & Series 10S/10SII reverse-taper bore
  • Series 10S (1970s and 1980s (and 1990s?))
  • Series 10S II (1970s and 1980s (and 1990s?)) Smaller bore than 10S.
  • Recital (1980s–20**) *(very small revere taper bore 14.35 mm, extra thick bore walls produces dark sound)
  • Odyssée
  • Arthea
  • Prologue I and II
  • St. Louis
  • Signature
  • Artys
  • Privilège

Selmer Paris sold less-expensive clarinets under the names Barbier, Bundy (Paris) and Raymond until ca. 1935, after which they focused exclusively on professional clarinets.

Note: Selmer Paris harmony clarinets (sizes other than B♭ and A soprano clarinet) are mostly called by their model number rather than a name, but there are, for example, RI bass clarinets and Series 9 alto and bass clarinets.


  • (need list)
  • Maltiao
  • Guitar with a special seven strings. Selmer decided to make a guitar for chamber music. $950.00 to any price.
  • X8J
  • Series 666: Selmer's best guitar in production
  • Signet series ended in 1970 (rare) especially 12 strings.

They are usually custom made guitars for professionals. Their cost aredepending on wood and upgrades like tuners, frets, size, etc.

Brass instruments[edit]


  • Armstrong/Balanced (1933)
  • K-Modified (1954
  • Deville (1962)
  • Radial 2˚ (1968)
  • Series 700 (1977)
  • Chorus
  • Concept
  • Sigma


  • Special
  • K-Modified
  • Bolero (1962)
  • Largo (1962)

Other instruments[edit]

  • Invicta
  • Invicta lugano
  • English Horn (Cor Anglais)- Selmer Paris

See also[edit]

  • Conn-Selmer the American firm

Signet Selmer Clarinet Serial Numbers


  1. ^Tercinet, Alain (1998). Parker's Mood (in French). Editions Parenthèses. p. 25. ISBN978-2863646113. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  2. ^Balliett, Whitney (2006). American Musicians II: Seventy-One Portraits in Jazz. Univ. Press of Mississippi. p. 344. ISBN978-1578068340. Retrieved 27 July 2018 – via Google Books.
  3. ^Dregni, Michael (1 November 2004). Django: The Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend. Oxford University Press. p. 109. ISBN978-0198037439. Retrieved 27 July 2018 – via Google Books.
  4. ^Christensen, Tom (June 2001). 'Selmer Reference 54 and 36 Tenor Saxophones'. JazzTimes. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  5. ^'Référence 36'. Retrieved 7 January 2014.

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