.....How does it compare to those old stalwarts, the SBA, MkVI, SA80 (I & II)?
According to my friend who visited the Selmer factory this week, Guenne is correct, the tube is exactly the S80 Series 2. In addition I will repeat my opinion that the keywork feels entirely the same as any good modern Selmer; positioning seems most like the Series 2, therefore going back and forward to my Ref54 I have no issues.No,
I think it is a Super Action body....As is said, for me it is a SA II....Cheers, Guenne
I recently emailed Erik Claeys, Sales & Promotion Manager at Selmer to compliment Selmer on the Axos; I don't think he would mind if, for your interest, I quoted those emails to you as follows:-
I thought you would like to know that I have recently been trialling the new Seles Axos alto sax. I think it is an absolutely fantastic instrument.
Intonation is superb, sound is thick and total ‘Selmer’, keywork is indistinguishable in quality of feel to that of the S2 and S3.
My heartiest congratulations to Selmer for this excellent instrument. I will probably buy this instrument and may well end up playing it in preference to my Reference 54.
What I would like to know is this:- will Selmer be producing a full Professional version of this instrument, and if so, how soon!?
Very best wishes
I am very happy with your positive feedback in regards of the SeleS AXOS alto sax. We are also convinced that this instrument is absolutely representative for everything that Selmer stands for and I am very pleased to read your comments confirming us this.
In our vision AXOS is a professional instrument with its own characteristics. It is an instrument build in the Selmer tradition, but with the particularity that the cost of building it is controlled in a different way what results in a more affordable price setting.
At my knowledge there are no plans to make other versions of this instrument.
I thank you for your confidence!
Very best wishes,
For further reading on the minutiae of the Axos, please refer to this very comprehensive review: SeleS Axos Alto Saxophone Review ~ The Diligent Musician