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    Default Selmer Clarinet model and age

    Some time ago, I inherited my grandfather's Selmer clarinet.

    The bell says "BRITISH AGENT" below the customary Selmer logo and then another logo that says "SELMER LONDON" followed by a "MADE IN FRANCE" etching. The only numbers I can find on the body is "XM555" and it appears on both the upper portion and lower portion. I can't find any reference that give me a clue how old it is, what model it is or how much it might be worth.

    I know that Selmer Saxophones, especially early Mk VIs like my dad's are quite valuable, but I know nothing about clarinets.

    Can anybody help?

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    Default Re: Selmer Clarinet model and age

    Post some photos.
    The website clarinetperfection might have something similar for you to compare age/serial #/logo...
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    Go here. Are you sure the second (figure x(M) is really an M. I've never seen a Selmer serial with 2 letter, but my experience is limited.


    http://www.clarinetperfection.com/clsnSelmerParis.htm

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    The Selmer London distributorship was established in 1929, so it's likely no older than that.
    2001 Yamaha 23 tenor, 1963 King Zephyr tenor, 1957-ish Cleveland tenor, 1964 Conn 12M baritone
    1923 Conn New Wonder C-melody, 1925 Martin Handcraft alto, 1953 Martin Indiana alto
    1930s? Wurlitzer American (EBICo-Martin) C-melody, and a pile of cheap clarinets

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    Quote Originally Posted by bandmommy View Post
    Post some photos.
    The website clarinetperfection might have something similar for you to compare age/serial #/logo...
    I have tried to take pictures, but it is impossible to get a good clean image.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spike421 View Post
    Go here. Are you sure the second (figure x(M) is really an M. I've never seen a Selmer serial with 2 letter, but my experience is limited.


    http://www.clarinetperfection.com/clsnSelmerParis.htm
    yes. It is definitely XM555. It is very clear on the upper part of the body. The s/n on the lower part is a little more obscured, but I can tell that there are two letters and three numbers.

    I checked the website and couldn't find anything similar.

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    Default Re: Selmer Clarinet model and age

    Selmer UK could be possible too
    They were Malerne's, which were made in France
    http://www.clarinetperfection.com/clsnSelmerUK.htm


    the question is which Selmer logo is the horn imprinted with?
    and of course, pictures would be nice too

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