Selmer Paris Series Iii Model 53 Jubilee Edition Professional Soprano Saxophone - Gold Lacquer

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Clear Lacquer
Body material
Selmer S80 C*
Leather with Metal Resonators
Manufacturer part number
Case/gig bag
Blue Steel Needle
Thumb rest
Plastic (left-hand), Adjustable Metal (right-hand)
Auxillary keys
Front F, High G
Neck type
2 x Detatchable Necks (striaght, curved)
Bell decoration

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The Magisterial Selmer Paris Series III Soprano

The Selmer Paris Series III is considered the industry-standard 2-piece soprano sax by many accomplished players. The reasons become manifest from your very first notes on this masterful instrument. The Selmer Paris Series III Model 53 Jubilee Edition professional soprano saxophone leverages its unique alchemy — a brass allow with a higher concentration of copper — to deliver a lusciously rich, warm tone that works brilliantly in any musical context, from jazz to classical to pop. As with all Selmer Paris horns, meticulous attention has been lavished on the keywork ergonomics. Combined with the optimized Series III body acoustics, this gives you the immediate response you need to finesse the most demanding passages. This splendid horn even comes with both straight and curved necks to suit your preference. If you’re in the market for a truly superb professional soprano saxophone, the Selmer Paris Series III Model 53 Jubilee Edition soprano has what it takes to go the distance in your career and nurture your growth as an artist.

Related Videos: Series III Model 53 Jubilee Edition Professional Soprano Saxophone - Gold LacquerFlawless ergonomics, impressive versatility

Flawless playability is a hallmark of Henri Selmer Paris saxophones. To that end, the Series III Model 53 Jubilee Edition soprano is handcrafted with pristine keywork featuring compact key positioning that’s closer to the body and directly under the hand to facilitate economy of motion and confident fingering during challenging passages. Versatility is one of the attributes of a great professional saxophone, and the Series III soprano is a stellar example, providing a primed canvas for forging your signature sound. Saxophonists who play both jazz and classical, for instance, can choose an appropriate mouthpiece and reed to customize their horn for the music at hand. Further, the inclusion of both straight and curved necks gives you the ergonomic latitude to comfortably cover any live gig or recording session. However you set it up, the Series III soprano delivers a fluency of tone with a crisp transition between notes. The instrument’s solid tonal core and sweetly lyrical, beautifully emotive voice owe much to the Selmer’s modified post-to-rib body construction.

The benefits of ribbed body construction

Integrating the multiple key posts into a single plate, ribbed body construction gives the tube higher mass (and hence, more rigidity and durability), and requires somewhat more effort from the player. The Series III Model 53 soprano employs a proprietary modification of this principle, so-called “mini ribs,” that makes the horn blow with lighter resistance than fully ribbed designs. This gives you the best of both worlds: a solid fundamental with rich tonal color along with the speed required to execute difficult passages. For experienced saxophonists with a more developed embouchure and sound concept, a free-blowing tube with moderate resistance provides a definite advantage. Although this type of construction typically presents a slightly increased initial resistance, it effectively gives you another level of resonance — an extra “gear,” if you will — to blow through for additional dynamic range and expression. Simply put, you can push your Series III soprano further, and it will go exactly where you want it to go.

Straight and curved necks included

In their wisdom, Selmer Paris has included both straight and curved necks with the Series III Model 53 soprano sax. Why two necks? For alto or tenor players looking to double on the soprano, acclimating yourself to the instrument is an interesting experience. Although the fingering is the same, the soprano’s form factor dictates a different approach to holding it as you play. While straight soprano necks are more popular than curved ones, there are advantages to each. Straight necks offer less blowing resistance than curved necks; and while a curved neck may require more effort, some players will find the ergonomics more comfortable, as it positions the horn at a lower angle relative to your torso, making it less tiresome to support the horn. Obviously, this a highly personal decision — one you needn’t make with the Selmer Paris 53. It gives you the luxury of time to experiment with the included straight and curved necks to determine what’s right for you in any given playing scenario.

Handcrafted in France

Honoring the Henri Selmer Paris tradition of old-world craftsmanship, the Series III Model 53 Jubilee Edition soprano sax benefits from premium materials and proprietary construction techniques developed over Selmer’s century-plus of wind instrument design expertise. This exceptional professional horn incorporates performance-enhancing details like specially treated kid leather pads with metal resonators that provide a leak-free, airtight fit while delivering a big, bright, and assertive tone that brings your notes to life. With its smoothly ergonomic keywork and responsive action powered by blue steel springs — the professional standard for durable, perfectly tensioned keywork — the 53 is a true player’s horn. Not surprisingly, considering it comes from the company that perfected the modern saxophone, the horn offers superior ergonomics and playability, crisp intonation, and rich, precise sound that reflects every expressive nuance of your playing. It’s equally at home in jazz, classical, fusion, and pop settings, and it will elevate your technique and unlock new worlds of musical expression.

The Selmer legacy of quality and innovation

As all modern saxophone designs are based on the Selmer platform, it’s instructive to take a look at the company’s history to understand its considerable influence on the instrument as we know it today. Conservatory-trained clarinetist Henri Selmer founded Henri Selmer Paris in 1885. Fashioning reeds and mouthpieces in his small workshop, he soon took on instrument repair and modifications, which eventually let to the design and manufacture of clarinets. In 1900, Selmer opened a retail shop in New York (the beginnings of Selmer USA). In 1922, Selmer introduced its first saxophone: the Model 22. In the ensuing decades, Selmer released industry-leading designs such as the Balanced Action, Super Action, Mark VI, and Reference 54, which have set the standard for what a modern saxophone should be. Listen to any iconic jazz recording by John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Paul Desmond, (late period) Cannonball Adderley, Wayne Shorter, Michael Brecker, Branford Marsalis, or Joshua Redman, and you will hear one of these legendary horns in action. Delivering exceptional value at every level, from student to professional, Selmer USA and Henri Selmer Paris offer a full line of woodwind and brass instruments. Sweetwater is proud to bring you Selmer’s rich legacy of quality and innovation.

Selmer Paris Series III Model 53 Jubilee Edition Professional Soprano Saxophone Features:
  • Series III body acoustics optimized for immediate response
  • Includes both straight and curved necks
  • Brass alloy, mini-rib construction
  • Front F and high G keys
  • Compact, ergonomic key positioning
  • Left-hand thumb rest: plastic
  • Right-hand thumb rest: metal, adjustable
  • Adjusting screws: high E and F, G# key, F#/G# lug, F#/G# adjusting bar, low C#, low B, side C, side Bb
  • Tapered pivot screws
  • Blue steel needle springs
  • Treated kid leather pads with metal resonators
  • Selmer Paris Signature hand engraving
  • Includes Selmer S80 C mouthpiece with ligature and cap
  • Premium BAM case included
  • Handcrafted in France
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