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BUMNOTE

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Hi everyone,have been looking for a bari sax for a while,my partner while out went into local music repairs and they have just had in the above named bari sax,has had total repad and having bit more work on it,not sure what yet,they showed her the sax and it has some lacquer wear,but no obvious dents or dings,what she could see.So any of you experienced people out there,any thoughts on these sax,anyone played them,problems etc.Iwill be going too take a look on monday at the sax myself,they are asking between 2,500-3,ooo.Thanks Bumnote.:)
 

milandro

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Not all saxophones called “ Cigar Cutters! were really Cigar cutters in the real sense of the world ( the term is born from the particular shape of the octave key.....which, I think, wasn’t the case in he baritones). Make sure this is not a 22 or a 26, even less desirable.

It could be a very good saxophone!

BUT


Despite the fact that these horns are Selmers they are NOT as expensive or sought after as later models.

I find the price that you are mentioning on the heavy side ( and quite a bit on that side too!), whatever the condition of this horn are!
 

helen

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Not all saxophones called “ Cigar Cutters! were really Cigar cutters in the real sense of the world ( the term is born from the particular shape of the octave key.....which, I think, wasn’t the case in he baritones).

+1. Exactly my friend. BTW, nice to see another familiar face here.

The term "Cigar Cutter" was not used by Selmer itself, but rather is a nickname that was given to the first of the series of Super Series horns because of the unique design of the octave mechanism. This design appears to be unique to the first 2000 or so alto Supers. After that, the shape was changed back to a more conventional shape. In the words of sax historian Pete Hales:

Remember: the one thing that separates a "Cigar Cutter" from a regular Super is the octave mechanism. If it doesn't look like a cigar cutter, it's not a "Cigar Cutter"!

There were no "Cigar Cutter" baritones (or tenors or sopranos for that matter).

Because I don't have 5 posts yet, I can't insert a link yet, but if you follow this trail of breadcrumbs from my signature line, you will find photos of Super Saxes in the photo gallery portion of my website:

Bassic Sax Pix > Selmer > Super Series
 

B Flat

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I'd be very interested to hear what you think of it.
How it plays etc.
I have an early 1932 Selmer tenor that has the best tone of all my horns. the ergos aren't as bad as some might think either.
Good luck with it.
 

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