Saxophone

Henri Selmer Paris

Established 1885

Founded in 1885 by Henry Selmer, Henri Selmer Paris is a manufacturer of musical instruments, best known for its professional-grade saxophones and clarinets. Famous saxophonists such as Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Paul Desmond, Sonny Rollins and Coleman Hawkins have played the Selmer saxophone.

First introduced in 1954 and in production until 1974, Selmer’s most iconic saxophone is the Mark VI. The Mark VI was available in sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone and bass saxophones. The Mark VI has set the industry standard for all saxophones that followed. The quality and ergonomics of the keys can still be seen in current saxophone designs: most modern saxophones have keys that are more or less identical to the basic Mark VI design.

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