The production Workshops

A historic link to our roots

Deeply rooted in a territory, the history of Henri SELMER Paris House has been built around emblematic places that have forged our identity.

Every day, our 500 craftsmen perpetuate the tradition of a unique know-how in our workshops in Mantes-la-Ville, near Paris.
First workshop, place Dancourt (Paris)
Ebony logs (Mantes-la-Ville, c. 1920)
Wood turning (Mantes-la-Ville, c. 1926)
Henri SELMER Paris craftsmen (Mantes-la-Ville, c. 1950)
Maurice and Jean SELMER (Mantes-la-Ville, c. 1950)

Iconic Places

Henri SELMER opened his first workshop in 1885, Place Dancourt, in the Montmartre district (Paris). Then it will be Gaillon, rue Myrha (Paris) and of course Mantes-la-Ville, which has been hosting our production workshops since 1919. At the time, they were selected for their proximity to the Seine (to facilitate the transport of goods) and to Paris (to keep in touch with the musicians).           

At the heart of our history Of Women and Men

          Outstanding entrepreneurial and family adventure, the success of Henri SELMER Paris instruments would not have been possible without the passion of these craftsmen who have passed on this special know-how from generation to generation.   
At the heart of our history
Of Women and Men
Outstanding entrepreneurial and family adventure, the success of Henri SELMER Paris instruments would not have been possible without the passion of these craftsmen who have passed on this special know-how from generation to generation.
Metalworking: from a brass sheet to the birth of the instrument
Manufacturing: to make all the parts of the instrument
Welding: to assemble with a goldsmith precision
Buffing, polishing, control, lacquering: aiming at perfection
Our master engravers work on each instrument"
Assembling and finishing: with dexterity and precision
Wood turning for the clarinets

More than 100 crafts Recruitement and training

We seek to enrich the SELMER house with multi-faceted talents, whatever their background, in order to share our history and grow together. Our craftsmen receive comprehensive training in our trades: rigour, tenacity and meticulousness are the skills that will enable them to ensure quality work, to learn and apply operating procedures in a technological craftsmanship environment.

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A subtle Alchemy

Mastering the elements is delicate: the fire will give shape to the saxophone under the flame of the boilermaker, the air will allow the drying of the wood giving it resistance and acoustic performance… but above all it must be channelled with precision to offer the best sound to the instrument.
Handling the flame with dexterity
Let the material breathe
Give life to the instrument
Striving for perfection
A subtle
Alchemy
Mastering the elements is delicate: the fire will give shape to the saxophone under the flame of the boilermaker, the air will allow the drying of the wood giving it resistance and acoustic performance… but above all it must be channelled with precision to offer the best sound to the instrument.
Play of lights
Material games
Brass sheets
Interior of a contrabass clarinet during the making process

the combination of Noble Materials

Brass for saxophones, ebony or rosewood for clarinets, but also leather, mother-of-pearl, cork… the materials we use have been selected for their characteristics in terms of acoustics, longevity and aesthetics.