The first Selmer alto saxophone


Alexandre Selmer presents shows off the first Selmer saxophone : the Series 22

After the war, Henri Lefèvre adapted new manufacturing techniques for the saxophone. He systematized the drawing of tone holes which were previously welded into the body of the instrument. This new technique simplified manufacture, eliminated leakage problems and introduced an improved standardization of manufacture.
“Series 1922” – an alto and the first great saxophone series manufactured by Selmer – was launched officially on December 31, 1921 at a time when the saxophone was very much in vogue in the United States.