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1904-2004 : hundred years of Selmer clarinets

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B-flat and A Saint Louis clarinets

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Detail of a Saint Louis clarinet

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Cover of the Saint Louis brochure

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Excerpt of the Saint Louis brochure

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1904, SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI, USAAt the turn of the 20th century, to celebrate the centenary of the Louisiana Purchase, the United States organized one of the most successful world fairs. On over 1,200 acres, it brought together more than sixty nations that came to exhibit their latest technology and creations in various fields. Several pavilions built especially for the occasion housed a range of activities.The ‘Palace of Liberal Arts’ was more specifically dedicated to artistic activities. There, Alexandre Selmer, then clarinettist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, displayed the very first SELMER Paris clarinets, manufactured in France by his brother Henri. These met with great success for their acoustic qualities and the perfection of their craftsmanship. In fact, the Saint Louis authorities awarded them a gold medal at the close of this prestigious event. This was the beginning of a long story.
2004, PARIS FRANCEThe quality of Henri SELMER Paris' craftsmanship is internationally renowned. Through an intensive Research and Development policy, constantly improved organization and production techniques and a commercial network established worldwide, the SELMER Paris instruments are played by the greatest musicians in the world and have earnt an unrivalled level of popularity. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the clarinets’ presentation at the Saint Louis World Fair and its first gold medal, SELMER Paris released the ‘Saint Louis’ clarinet. This ‘Saint Louis’ Anniversary model embodies the 100 years of technical expertise and experience in manufacturing achieved by SELMER Paris, and is the successful outcome of unceasing dialogue and communication with artists. The Bb and A ‘Saint Louis’ clarinets own a versatile personality which will meet the needs of a broad range of playing styles. They feature a rich, open sound, easy blowing, broad dynamics, balanced tuning and carrying power, and represent the unmatched quality that so aptly characterizes the SELMER Paris clarinet philosophy.