The Selmer House Our Mission

Founded in 1885 by Henri SELMER, renowned clarinettist with the Garde Républicaine and the Opéra Comique, the Henri SELMER Paris House perpetuates a tradition of excellence at the musicians service.

Designed in France for more than a century in our Mantes-la-Ville workshops, our instruments -clarinets, saxophones - and mouthpieces bear in themselves the demand of the musicians who design them and of the passionate craftsmen who make them.

Henri SELMER Paris, instruments of exception and emotion since 1885.

A family history Jérôme SELMER

“To me, it is an honour to contribute to this adventure which began some 135 years ago with Henri SELMER, my grand-grand-father, in his first workshop near Montmartre, Paris (France).

His inventiveness, his audacity and his human qualities have enabled him to create an authentic and a long-lasting relationship with musicians based on trust.

True to his values, every day we design the instruments of exception that will enable musicians to express their own “voice”.”

Jérôme SELMER, President.
“ My best reference is the ever-increasing
favour that professionals
show to my instruments."
Henri Selmer, Founder

Instruments of exception made with musicians for musicians

Since Henri SELMER, a renowned clarinettist himself, the role of the musicians designers is highly essential to the development of Henri SELMER Paris instruments.

Before leaving our workshops, our instruments are individually tested and certified by our professional musicians certificators.

Last but not least, the history of the Henri SELMER Paris House would not have been the same without the trust of all the musicians who, for more than a century, make our instruments resonate all over the world.

Key Figures

500
people
135
years of existence
615
musician ambassadors

A commitment at the service of excellence

Clarinet The founding instrument

The clarinet was the first instrument developed by Henri SELMER, renowned clarinettist at the Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine and the Opéra Comique.

Thanks to the constant relationship maintained with generations of clarinettists of all cultures and all levels, the Henri SELMER Paris House is able to offer each artist an original choice adapted to his musical personality.

Located in Mantes-la-Ville (France) for a century, today our workshops are the only factory in the world with the know-how to manufacture the entire clarinet family.
Discover our clarinets

Saxophone The universal reference

The SELMER name is above all associated with the saxophone, which represents more than half of our activity.

Since the release of the Model 22 in December 1921, each new model, from the Cigar Cutter to the Mark VI, including the Super Action and the Balanced Action, has highlighted the innovative strength of the Henri SELMER Paris House.

The contributions of the greatest names in jazz and classical and contemporary saxophone, from John Coltrane and Marcel Mule to Kenny Garrett and Claude Delangle, have gradually enriched the SELMER saxophone, with a sound that has become THE reference throughout the world.

Henri SELMER Paris remains the only factory in the world with the know-how to manufacture the widest range of saxophones (sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass).
Discover our saxophones

Mouthpiece A major historic actor

Henri SELMER started its activity in 1885 by making mouthpieces in its first workshop, in the heart of the Montmartre district in Paris.

Over the years, many mouthpieces have marked history (Air flow, Soloist…).

Today, the experience gained in the making of wind instruments is a further endorsement of the know-how of the Henri SELMER Paris House in the field of mouthpieces, the intimate knowledge of the instrument being the foundation for the design of a truly efficient mouthpiece.

A major accessory, Henri SELMER Paris offers a wide range of openings and tables for its mouthpieces (saxophones and clarinets). Each musician can thus, depending on their instrument, their morphological characteristics and their musical repertoire, obtain an optimum sound result.
Discover our mouthpieces
Clarinet
The founding instrument
The clarinet was the first instrument developed by Henri SELMER, renowned clarinettist at the Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine and the Opéra Comique.

Thanks to the constant relationship maintained with generations of clarinettists of all cultures and all levels, the Henri SELMER Paris House is able to offer each artist an original choice adapted to his musical personality.

Located in Mantes-la-Ville (France) for a century, today our workshops are the only factory in the world with the know-how to manufacture the entire clarinet family.
Discover our clarinets
Saxophone
The universal reference
The SELMER name is above all associated with the saxophone, which represents more than half of our activity.

Since the release of the Model 22 in December 1921, each new model, from the Cigar Cutter to the Mark VI, including the Super Action and the Balanced Action, has highlighted the innovative strength of the Henri SELMER Paris House.

The contributions of the greatest names in jazz and classical and contemporary saxophone, from John Coltrane and Marcel Mule to Kenny Garrett and Claude Delangle, have gradually enriched the SELMER saxophone, with a sound that has become THE reference throughout the world.

Henri SELMER Paris remains the only factory in the world with the know-how to manufacture the widest range of saxophones (sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass).
Discover our saxophones
Mouthpiece
A major historic actor
Henri SELMER started its activity in 1885 by making mouthpieces in its first workshop, in the heart of the Montmartre district in Paris.

Over the years, many mouthpieces have marked history (Air flow, Soloist…).

Today, the experience gained in the making of wind instruments is a further endorsement of the know-how of the Henri SELMER Paris House in the field of mouthpieces, the intimate knowledge of the instrument being the foundation for the design of a truly efficient mouthpiece.

A major accessory, Henri SELMER Paris offers a wide range of openings and tables for its mouthpieces (saxophones and clarinets). Each musician can thus, depending on their instrument, their morphological characteristics and their musical repertoire, obtain an optimum sound result.
Discover our mouthpieces

Research and development Innovation at the service of tradition

""Without getting tired, always do better"" was the motto displayed by Henri SELMER. Since his first gold medal clarinet at the Universal Exhibition in Saint-Louis (USA), the founder has left his mark on a culture of permanent research in favour of the musician.

Henri SELMER Paris integrates this approach on a daily basis in its workshops, in search of perfection for its instruments, from an acoustic, ergonomic and aesthetic point of view.