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Metalworking - the body

Metalworking - the bell

Metalworking - the bell

Metalworking - the neck

Mechanical operations

Mechanical operations

Pearl is fixed to the keys. PEARL
Used for the saxophone's keys, it is a natural product originating in an Australian pearl-bearing oyster species, the Pinctada Maxima. This oyster grows to thirty centimetres in length, and lives from around 9 to 15 years.
This species, used by jewellers for necklaces and in the haute couture industry for button making, is not protected by the Washington Convention. The formation of pearl is in fact a natural defense of the oyster against an implant introduced into its body to manufacture the pearl.

Finishing

Each individually adjusted key is checked to make sure of its airtightness : a light is shone from inside the bore to detect possible leakage between the pad and tone hole. SELMER PARIS QUALITY
Since 1998, the approach to quality has been strengthened and a number of actions taken to sensitize the personnel to the exacting requirements mandated by the world class position occupied by Selmer Paris saxophones.
Many quality controls are carried out throughout the production cycle, according to very precise criteria. A specific SQA (Selmer Quality Action) corresponds to each phase of manufacture. If the SQA is not good, the instrument is not allowed to continue in the production line. This allows any deviation in manufacture to be avoided, even from very early on in the process.