SELMER Saxophones have throughout their history always proven themselves to be good investments. In the vast majority of cases the former owner achieves a selling price that is often markedly higher than the original purchase price.
This trend is seen in no other brand – it is a SELMER phenomenon. Whether or not this development will continue, nobody can say with one-hundred percent certainty. Nonetheless, empirical values drawn from both history and contemporary developments speak clearly in its favor.
Whether Balanced Action, Super (Balanced) Action or Mark VI, price development has for years been moving in one direction only: uphill! Compared to the USA, where in the meantime it is no longer a rarity for good exemplars of these models and series to bring in 10,000 or 15,000 US$, we here in Europe still have a fair, albeit steadily increasing, price level. A good Mark VI Tenor Saxophone, for instance, is priced not very much higher than the current SELMER “Reference 54” fresh out of the factory. Later Mark VI exemplars (200,000-serial numbers) cost sometimes pretty much the same or even a bit less.
Saxophones in the Balanced Action and Super (Balanced) Action series have clearly increased in value in recent years, and have approached the Mark VI price level, and exhibit a tendency to surpass it.
But whether trade-in value or investment, one way or the other, your money is well invested when you fulfill your dream of your own personal Legendary Saxophone.