Henri Selmer from 4 Place Dancourt Paris. No. 18795 SSS. How much is it worth?
Is it ready to take to a recording session or does it look like it was hit by a bus? Please read my posting on "how much is it worth."
You can start playing on it right away. It would look better by a little polish. It is defininitley not hit by a bus but it has two small dents.
Well, that's a Super Sax or "Radio Improved" (right on the cusp) from 1933-1934. Not worth a small fortune like the Selmer models that were produced later (Balanced Action, Super Balanced Action, Mark VI, etc) but an "okay" vintage horn. If you were trying to sell it over the Internet, you'd have to post plenty of pictures.
Not sure if it actually could be played right away unless it has been serviced in somewhat recent times. Are you a sax player? If so, have you tried to play it? Point is if it has been sitting for many years, it will likely need new pads, felts, corks, maybe springs, as well as mechanical regulation (adjusting how the keys close and open). The most reasonably priced local technician I know of charges about $300 for that service, provided there's no soldering or dent removal to be done, and if the neck is undamaged. Some charge twice that and more!
Most sax players will take into account what they will have to invest in a horn when making an offer on it.
There is almost always a market for Selmer saxes -- even the older ones, so I would highly suggest posting a bunch of pictures. Also, be sure to mention where you are located in case there is a player in your area who would want to have a personal look at it.
Does that help?
Thank you Steve for your time and your good answer. I was offered 560 USD yesterday by an interested buyer who inspected the Saxophone. He said he planned to invest the same kind of money in it. It functions allright now. Do you think it is far from a decent price? I am not looking for every cent I can get from it - just want to know if it is in the right range.
My husband is the saxophone player. He has been playing all his life and he is telling me that pads and mechanical regulation works fine - even if it has not been played for maybe 10 years.
$560 is a bit low if it is in decent condition and needs just the usual pads, corks, and felts. $1000 to $1200 might be a better idea. Again, I say that without knowing first-hand what its exact condition is.