Improved Selmer Saxophone Model Chart

Here is a cool chart of the serial numbers and models of Selmer Saxophones through the last 100 years.  This chart was researched by Douglas Pipher  and shared on SOTW today.  The cool aspect of this chart that I have never seen before is that Douglas has included the quantities of each type of sax with each model run.   I think this is so cool!

There is a serial number chart on the Selmer website  which breaks the serial numbers down by year but doesn’t go into detail about the types of saxophones made nor how many.  I always wondered how many Selmer Super Balanced Action (SBA) tenor saxophones there were and according to this, there were 9,100 made of which I have one. There were 83,530 Mark VI tenor saxophones made.  That gives me hope that there has to be one in someone’s garage or attic up here in Vermont somewhere……..I’ll have to keep looking and stopping at those garage sales……..Thanks for the research and chart Douglas!   Very interesting!

P.S.  I would love to see this chart broken down by year also.  Not sure if that is even possible but it would be cool to know that my sax was from 1951 and 600 tenor saxophone were made that year for example……….

Improved Selmer Saxophone Model Chart

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Steve Neff has been playing and teaching saxophone and jazz improvisation around the New England area for the last 25 years. He is the author of many effective jazz improvisation methods as well as founding the popular jazz video lesson site


  1. Interesting to learn that the overlap numbers where sometimes due to the US and Europe market switching model at different time. In fact my SBA Tenor French assembled is 55xxx while there were same Transitinal Mark VI starting at 54xxx in the US.. I’m not sure if the overlap numbers between Mark vi and VII are due to the same reason..

    Thanks for sharing Steve! And I’m sure there are plenty of Mark VIs in Vermont, the question is: even you find one, would you ever move from your amazing SBA to a Mark VI? I doubt it 🙂

  2. Douglas Pipher says:

    Thanks for the kind words.
    Yes is is possible to break down this chart by year.
    I plan to do exactly that in an upcoming book.
    Douglas Pipher

  3. Thanks for the hard work Douglas! Looking forward to the book!

  4. I’ve never played a Mark VI I like better than my SBA but I am curious to try some 5 digit VIs as I have never tried one of those……..All the ones I have payed have been 6 digit.

  5. Scott Rutledge says:


    What’s been added/changed/improved to this list, beyond the existing legacy serial number list that Selmer has maintained and had available as the official list?


  6. Scott,
    It’s broken down by type of saxophone. The Selmer list just says 1951 45101-48300. That it! We don’t know how many tenors, altos, sopranos, etc….. This list gives a breakdown of how many saxes of each type were made. Steve

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