The Selmer company story starts in 1885 with two accomplished brothers. Alexandre Selmer was a premier clarinetist in France and then in the United States. Henri was a celebrated instrument maker who won many Medals in Paris Exhibitions for his clarinets. Alexandre became a well know musician in Boston and then Cincinnati while Henri was winning even more awards, now in the States, at the International Saint Louis Fair. The Selmer clarinet became much sought after, and they have never looked back.
By 1927, Henri Selmer was making and winning even more awards for saxophones and metal clarinets. Trumpets would eventually join the line. Musicians that used Selmer instruments, like John Coltrane and Benny Goodman, added to the legend. Today the company is still family-owned and is world renowned for quality and excellence. The maker’s 1970’s Mark VI saxophone soared to prominence and is still the professional standard. Today, Selmer Selmer-Paris’ AXOS model saxophone combines those Selmer attributes with affordability for the younger or less experience and learning player. Teachers simply love the S80 series alto saxophone mouthpiece and many of the clarinet mouthpieces. In fact, All of Selmer Paris’ mouthpieces, ligatures, caps and instrument cases are very popular with musicians and educators worldwide.