A rare and precious instrument, available in Limited Edition, the SUPREME Modèle 2022 alto celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Modèle 22, the first saxophone to be manufactured by the Henri SELMER Paris workshops in 1922.
Produced in a limited series of 641 pieces -in reference to the number of parts needed to assemble it- this new version of the SUPREME alto benefits from the same acoustic, mechanical and ergonomic qualities, but is distinguished by a specific, innovative and creative design. Its exclusive matte dark gold finish is highlighted by the contrast of a palette of blacks on the guards, the body-to-bell grenadilla wood medallion, the pads and the mother-of-pearls. The patterns of its engraving, resolutely Art Déco, evoke the Paris of the Roaring Twenties, a euphoric interlude between the two wars, where the intense desire for transgression and avant-garde was an ideal setting for the saxophone, which was then just waiting to flourish. The gold-plated thumb rests, neck receiver climping ring and body-to-bell reinforce the precious character of this limited series, each piece of which being numbered.
The Supreme alto carries the qualities of all the models that preceded it. To mark this historical link, the name Modèle 2022 echoes the Modèle 22 released in 1922. The body and the keywork are lacquered in matte dark gold creating a unique light and reflections. Matte black chromed, the guards and the neck key are highlighted by the contrast with the gold lacquer. The mother-of-pearls are black, echoing the black of the grenadilla wood medallion and the chromed guards. The pads are made of black leather and the wave-shaped resonators are brushed lacquered.