In recent years the cost of Selmer Flute parts have risen dramatically! There are numerous speculations as to the reasoning. Many contend that this is due to the well known strike that occurred a few years ago that left Conn-Selmer without many workers to produce the Flute. Whatever the reason, it is quite obvious to both consumers and professional repair technicians that Selmer Flute replacement parts are ridiculously expensive. We are attempting to combat this by rounding up as many used Flute parts as possible. This can be quite difficult as it is often more profitable to buy a single (expensive) Flute replacement part in order to sell a cheap investment Flute bought from a yard sale or pawn shop.
Selmer and Bundy History
Many people confuse the three names: Bach, Bundy and Selmer. We will do our best to explain and clarify the differences. In the early 1800s two brothers by the name of Alexandre and Henri Selmer of Paris France began manufacturing woodwind reeds, mouthpieces and eventually clarinets. Henri was considered the master craftsman of the pair. Therefore, Alexandre moved to the United States and opened a store in which he sold the wares of his brother Henri. The Selmer name grew in popularity and even won a Gold medal at a worlds fair. Alexandre Selmer eventually returned to Paris to further assist his brother with fine clarinets and eventually saxophones and even brasswind instruments. When Alexandre returned to Paris, he left the Selmer business in the hands of his student George Bundy. Mr. Bundy expanded the USA business and sold instruments created by Vincent Bach, Martin and Ludwig. Mr. Bundy also created the Bundy flute, Bundy trumpet and other instruments with the Bundy name. Many of these instruments were created via the help of two young and aspiring technicians: Kurt Gemeinhardt and George W. Haynes. Further, the oboe and bassoons were created via the assistance of The Lesher woodwind company. Mr. Bundy eventually bought the Selmer USA company from the brothers and they were exclusive distributors of one anothers products. The Paris, France models of Selmer instruments were considered (and still are considered) some of the highest quality instruments money could buy. Many were hand made and designed with the professional musician in mind. However, the Selmer Bundy or Bundy USA models were mass produced and less expensive lines geared mostly toward students.
Bundy 1531 Cornet - The best known student cornet manufactured during the Elkhart period. Simply put, the Bundy cornet is a Bundy trumpet valve section with a cornet bell soldered to it.
Bundy 1530 Trumpet - The best known student trumpet manufactured during the Elkhart period. The Bundy trumpets of this era were often played by professional musicians as well. However, the quality of this particular model has regressed over the years.
Selmer Paris Saxophone Models - From The Company Files**
Selmer Model 22 Saxophone - 1922 Adophe Sax instruments still in production. Serial Number #957 is on the alto saxophone shown in the original Selmer catalogue.
Selmer Modele 26 Saxophone - 1926 Now known as The Pea Shooter due to the small bore. First serial number shown is #3373
Selmer UNMARKED Saxophone - 1930 The catalogue describes this saxophone as New Large Bore Alto. A transition model saxophone produced by Selmer for a single year.
Selmer Cigar Cutter Saxophone - 1931 You will notice the unusual cut above the octave key mechanism, a flat plate with the hole (reminiscent of the cigar cutter that men carried at the time) gave this model it's nickname. This saxophone was really the first Super model. First serial number is #14222
Selmer Super Saxophone - 1933 The octave mechanism for this saxophone was changed about serial number #18,600. However, he body of this saxophone and the playing characteristics were not changed.
Selmer Balanced Action Saxophone - 1935 This saxophone brought about many mechanical changes. The bell keys were placed on the righ hand side of the bell.
Selmer Super Action Saxophone - 1947 Another transition model saxophone. Some changes were made in key leverages. Otherwise this saxophone was the same as the Balanced Action saxophone.
Selmer Mark VI Saxophone - 1954 The development of this saxophone brought about much greater refinement. The mechanisms and many tuning resolutions were made to this saxophone.
Selmer Mark VII Saxophone - 1975 The bore and taper of this saxophone were changed to facilitate production of the extremely high altissimo register. There were also minor improvements to the intonation of this saxophone.
It is interesting to note that since the saxophone, as are most instruments, is a compromise in respect to producing a “perfect” scale. Each step closer to “perfection”, taken by a manufacturer, takes more time and produces less in the way of measurable change. Of course, the “perfectly tuned” saxophone would have to have twelve separate vents, and an impossible key mechanism to operate.
** Information Provided By Ralph Morgan, Woodwind Technician, Selmer Co.
We Might Buy Your Used Flute!
Currently, we only advertise new Flute parts. However, we are always interested in a reasonably priced used Flute to part out. If you have a non-working or even a severely damaged Flute that nobody has an interest in, a closet Flute or even a wall ornament Flute or scrap metal Flute that you would be interested in selling; Please email us so that we can get it torn apart, buffed and parted out to resell to those that need the Flute parts. Email us at email@example.com and help us put an oldy-but-goody Flute back into playing condition.
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