Selmer Saxophone Serial Number Chart. The complete guide to finding out when your saxophone was made and manufactured.

Selmer Saxophone Serial Number Chart

Written by Greger Hillman, Saxophone teacher and music educator

With this Selmer Saxophone Serial Number Chart you are able to lookup when your Selmer sax was manufactured. As you can see below there are several Saxophone models and serial number ranges listed.

Each Selmer Saxophone has it's unique sequential number, ensuring no duplication across instruments. This serial number provides a definitive link to the saxophone's manufacturing year.

Model

Start #

End #

Start Year

End Year

Prototype & Stencil

1

750

1904

1920

Modele 22

750

4,45

1922

1926

Modele 26

4,451

14

1926

1931

Adolphe Sax

11,951

18,7

1928

1935

Super Series

14

28

1931

1939

Balanced Action

20,9

35,8

1935

1947

Padless (Selmer USA)

27

30

1938

1941

Super (Balanced) Action

33,401

55,2

1946

1954

Mark VI

55,201

378

1954

1985

Mark VII

231

315,5

1974

1981

Super Action 80

315,501

378,8

1981

unknown

Super Action 80 Series II

378,801

unknown

1986

unknown

Reference

unknown

unknown

2001

unknown

The official Henri SELMER Paris Serial Numbers List helps you determine the approximate year of production for each instrument.

However, it's important to note that this is only an estimate, given the lengthy manufacturing process of a SELMER Saxophone.

The exact moment when the body is stamped with a serial number is not explicitly defined, hence the year of production is estimated.

Because of this, the list is best used as a reference for the production year, and more accurate data can be obtained by requesting access to the SELMER Archives through the specific saxophone's serial number.

The transition between different series is also somewhat ambiguous. For example, even after the Mark 7 (Alto and Tenor) was officially introduced, the production of Mark VI models continued. This could be due to the use of remaining materials, fulfilling outstanding orders, or evaluating the market response to the new model.

I have an Selmer Mark IV from 1956 which comes into that 63001-68900 range of serial numbers. However, it's hard to tell exactly when the saxophone was manufactured as mentioned.

One thing is certain though… It's an amazing saxophone to play and I practice on it almost daily.

Fun fact: In addition to these standard models, there are occasional “transitional models” in the Selmer Saxophone Collection. These unique Selmer Saxophones blend elements from both predecessor and successor models, like the SBA/Mark VI Transitional.

It's also good to know that while the serial number list can only provide an estimated production year, determining the specific model can be done by examining the instrument's equipment features, markings, or structural details.

That's beside looking at the bell where some models are written out. To accurately interpret the Selmer Serial Number List it's worth noting that the serial number adjacent to a particular year represents the last saxophone assigned in that year.

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