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Beverly Music Company

Selmer Paris Grand Prix 23B

Regular price $1,050.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $1,050.00 USD
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Selmer Paris made one of the finest trumpets money could buy (and one of the most expensive). From the iconic "C" Shaped pinky hook to the art-deco valve block, these horns had style like no other. Selmer starting making trumpets in 1932 after acquiring the Millereau Paris factory. Their early designs included the Grand Prix model (similar to an F. Besson) and the balanced model made famous by Louis Armstrong. 

 

These trumpets are a product of their time, and have a tone that is incredibly rich and powerful. The valves were built using Selmer's patented design, which involved inserting a liner into the piston casing after it has been brazed together, so that the inner sleeve was harder than the annealed casing, making it a smoother and more durable surface for the nickel-plated piston to slide against. The inner tubes and leadpipe are made from nickel-silver, a corrosion resistant alloy, meaning this horn will never get red rot in the leadpipe or inner slides. The rest of the trumpet features some great art-deco inspired ferrules and braces, which really set this instrument apart.

 

Overall, condition is fair for its age. This trumpet has been relacquered, and the 3rd slide has been rebuilt with non-original braces and a patch on the inside of the crook. The engraving is visible, but not as crisp as an original example. This is a Grand Prix model 23, with a .456" bore. The .456" bore size was preferred by French soloists. The pistons show wear in the nickel plate, including minor plating loss on the 3rd piston.