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Selmer's next models were blurred into each other. Research and development were in full swing, so no official model name was assigned. The serial ranges are the only way to define what type of horn it is, although many players group these (28,000-50,000) horns as Super Balanced Actions, or simply Supers. In my opinion the horns produced between 28,000 and 32,000 are the best of all of the pre-Mark VI horns. My Alto (serial number 28,164) plays incredibly well in tune, and has a rich, resonant sound. These horns had pictoral scenes engraved on the bell, refined action and a slightly darker tone than earlier balanced actions. The horns produced after the 32,000 range lost the pictoral scene and gained rod guards on the back of the horn. Alto saxophones produced in this range had a single bell guard instead of two separate ones.
Good question and the answer that was posted by our moderator is a desrciption of the Super Balanced Action merging into the Mark VI and this was about 1954 or thereabouts...
The horn you're asking about (soprano, alto, tenor, or baritone?) was made after the dismal 1970s run of the Mark VII. The original Super Action 80 production run started around 1980 and ended early (about 86). With the improved Series II being developed and eventually introduced, the Super Action 80 models became consistently better and, to prove that point, the series II soprano is still made today. Like all Selmers, each horn has its own unique qualities, even certain Mark VII horns are excellent players. Try out the horn you're asking about it may turn ot to be a great playing and sounding horn.
Originally posted by sunburstbasser Seems that it was a pretty nice horn.