Released in 1926, the Model 26 was the last that Selmer released before significant design changes that really modernised the saxophone. Less than 10000 were made between 1926 and 1930, when the Cigar Cutter replaced it. This silver plated sax was made in 1928 and is most definitely a player’s instrument. There are number of small nicks and scratches which indicate it has been well used, but the plating is almost perfect (see video below.)
This instrument has been completely overhauled with all new pads and resurfaced tone holes. It’s an absolute joy to play, with that creamy, authentic vintage sound, which is closer to Adolphe Sax’s concept than the modern saxophone. The left hand C is little flat, but the overall pitch is right on A440 and with a bit of care, you can play nicely in tune. The thing that really struck me when I was testing it after finishing the work, was how easy it is to play. The response is quite even throughout the range and the low notes speak amazingly easily and in tune. The palm keys are located a bit differently to a modern sax which took a bit of getting used to, but they speak easily and well in tune.
I love the Model 26 and this is a great example.