Video presentation of the new brand SeleS www.seles.fr
Henri SELMER Paris launches a new brand SeleS to complete its range of musical instruments, respecting the values held by the SELMER family since the creation of the company in 1885.
Since the beginning, the production of Henri SELMER Paris instruments has taken place at their factory in Mantes-la-Ville, France, using world-renowned know-how, their production is unique and authentic as much for the quality of their design as for their respect for the traditional craft of instrument manufacturing.
To respond to the ever-changing needs of musicians, Henri SELMER Paris now offers, with its brand SeleS, a range of instruments adapted to various budgets.
To do this, Henri SELMER Paris has met numerous challenges through its investment in research and development, which has allowed the company to streamline their manufacturing process and to standardize certain procedures. The company has also invested in new manufacturing tools in order to optimize production time. Furthermore, external industrial collaborations enable Henri SELMER Paris to offer a larger range of instruments.
In order to perpetuate their history and tradition, instruments destined for exceptional use continue to be wholly manufactured using our longstanding instrumentmanufacturing traditions in our factory in Mantes-la-Ville, under the brand Henri SELMER Paris. Instruments made using the most recent technological and industrial innovations appear under the brand SeleS, created for this occasion by the Selmer family.
Selmer Paris today
A FRENCH, FAMILY OWNED COMPANY 125 years of experience, following the opening of Henri SELMER's first workshop in Paris.
The first french wind instruments manufacturer.
The worldwide leader for professional saxophone.
A universally recognized brandname and presence. A broad base of activity, distributed over three product categories: saxophones
A 100% FRENCH MADE PRODUCTION, TOTALLY INTEGRATED
20.000 square meters of production facilities, based in Mantes-la-Ville (France), the cradle of wind instruments manufacturing. A team of 600 people, with strong experience and know-how. One of the major employers in the Mantes region utilising a wide diversity of skills. An annual production of 22.000 professional instruments (woodwinds and brass) and more than 100.000 mouthpieces for clarinet and saxophone. A highly efficient and up to date manufacturing process, for a balanced mix of cutting edge technology with individual craftmanship. A strong export activity (80% of total production). An environmentally respectful strategy.
AN ACTIVE RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT POLICY
Besides the musical profile of the company's founder, the willingness to continually innovate has undoubtedly been the main factor in Selmer Paris' historical success. This drive has contributed to make the company one of the major leaders in wind instrument development in the 20th century. Today more than ever, we adhere to the same philosophy, guaranteeing the credibility and the influence of our brandname.
The solid link with the musical world and high level collaborations with many artists combine to place the musician at the very heart of our research organization. A specialized team, precise technical approach and state-of-the-art production techniques provide strong and ongoing support within this dynamic.
Though wind instruments undergo relatively slow evolution, there are still many parameters open for development : acoustics (sound, tuning, emission etc.), ergonomics (keywork, weight and mechanical performance) as well as aesthetics (design and finishing) include some of the fields being refined.
A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MUSICAL WORLD
As a wind instruments manufacturer, Selmer Paris tasks itself with a true artistic mission and is able to play a major role within the musical world :
support for artists participation in and support of musical events (concerts, festivals, symposiums etc.) support for the repertoire : commissioned pieces, recordings activities encouraging the development of instrument playing amongst youth "Concerts à la Fontaine" in the concert room of Selmer Paris
SAXOPHONE : THE UNIVERSAL REFERENCE
The SELMER Paris name is indelibly linked to that of the saxophone, which represents more than half of Selmer's total activity.
From the release of the very first saxophone (Modèle 22) in December 1921, every new model since has showcased the innovative capabilities of the company - from Cigar Cutter to Super Action, Balanced Action, Mark VI and through to more recent releases.
The greatest names in jazz, classical and contemporary saxophone, from John Coltrane and Marcel Mule to Kenny Garrett and Claude Delangle, have all contributed to the enrichment of the Selmer saxophone.
Thanks to its long experience over the years as a wind instruments manufacturer and deep knowledge of the saxophone world, Selmer Paris has become the reference point and sets the standard for today's saxophone sound.
CLARINET : THE FOUNDING INSTRUMENT
The clarinet was the first instrument ever designed by the founder of the company, Henri Selmer.
Ever since, Selmer Paris has developed strong relations with generations of clarinet players, from differing cultures and levels. Thanks to this experience the company is now working on the entire clarinet family (from Eb clarinet to Bb contrabass) and is able to offer each artist an original proposition, adapted to their personality and taste.
This woodwind expertise has also led Selmer Paris to the development of bassoon manufacturing, of which it is a fervent proponent.
MOUTHPIECES : WORLDWIDE LEADERSHIP
The manufacturing of mouthpieces was the very first Selmer Paris venture.
Perfect knowledge of the acoustics of the instrument is a precondition to the design of a good mouthpiece. The Selmer Paris experience in that field, today, makes it an even more credible mouthpiece maker. This is undoubtedly why the brand has acquired a leading position on the mouthpiece market.
The mouthpiece is a decisive accessory for every player. The Selmer Paris range offers a wide choice of openings and table lengths so that everyone can obtain an optimized result, according to his or her morphological features and musical preferences.
SELMER Paris, "Living Heritage Company"
Henri SELMER Paris Warranty & Maintenance book SeleS Warranty & Maintenance book
All our instruments are covered by a two-year warranty, from date of purchase, for any defects in workmanship.
The original invoice should be produced for the warranty to be valid.
Warranty does not cover accidental damage, misuse, negligence, improper maintenance nor modifications.
There will be no refund nor exchange of the instrument under warranty.
The two-year warranty is valid only if repairs and maintenance are carried out by an authorized Henri SELMER Paris dealer or technician.