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Here you'll find answers to the following questions in an easy to navigate format: To return here, click on the FAQ button on the  navigation buttons on the left side of your screen.

About saxバrte ?

  • Who owns saxバrte?
  • Do you have a retail store? 
  • Do you take trade-ins?
  • Can I return a horn I purchase if I don't like it?
  • How do I get in touch with you if I have a question?

About the saxophones

  • Where do these instruments come from?
  • Are these saxophones brand new?
  • What if I'm not happy with the saxophone I ordered?
  • What will I receive with my instrument?
  • Is the instrument guaranteed?
  • What do I do in the event of a problem?
  • Does the same company make all Selmer saxophones?
  • What can you tell me about the differences between Mark VI, Serie III and the new R馭駻ence series saxophones?
  • What finish options are available from Selmer?
  • Which cases are available from Selmer?

About auctions on eBay

  • What is your reserve price?
  • If you are bidding, here is information for bidders who may be new to eBay.

About methods of payment

  • When do I have to pay you?
  • What about special orders?

About packaging and protecting your saxophone in shipment

  • How are your saxophones packed for shipment?

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About saxバrte...

Who owns saxバrte ?

saxバrte is owned and operated by Mathew Aaron. For 24 years I worked in the tire industry for Michelin, most recently managing their US$800 million BFGoodrich brand in the USA. I started selmersaxman strictly as a hobby in mid-2000. And in 2001 it became my full time career. As of early 2003 the business name was changed to saxバrte to reflect the wide variety of Selmer (Paris), Yamaha, Yanagisawa and Keilwerth saxophones offered. Since that time we have added Rampone & Cazzani (Italy) hand-made saxophones to our offering.

I've been a sax player for over 30 years and I use the knowledge I've gained over the years for others' benefit. I expect a new instrument to be, well, NEW and unused. It seems that the volume of high-end instruments sold is so low in retail stores that dozens of people play them before one ever sells. The result is that dealers often sell less than new instruments as new. It's just a business necessity. 

My specialty is in offering horns that are in absolutely top-notch condition. I sell saxophones because I have found that it was really difficult for me, personally, to find great quality instruments AND great prices AND instruments in great condition -- two out of three maybe, but never all three.

I have received great feedback on eBay and outside of eBay. The raving fans section of this web site is a terrific indicator of the experience I deliver with new saxophones.

This business is both serious and enjoyable and I challenge you to find anyone more interested, more capable and more willing to go the extra mile to make you happy with your purchase. I wouldn't be doing this if I couldn't differentiate myself from dealers. And it just wouldn't be satisfying to me either.

Do you have a retail store?

saxバrte is located in a non-retail location. Let's face it, saxophones are not an impulse purchase so the wisdom of a fancy retail location is questionable and accounts for why dealers with traditional retail locations tend to charge so much for the instruments they sell.

Do you take trade-ins?

No.  I do not offer anything but factory-fresh horns in perfect shape so trade-ins are not possible. You'll always do better selling your used horn yourself, in any event.

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Can I return a horn I purchase if I don't like it?

I'm sorry, but no. I sell brand new saxophones in perfect shape. Having them played and shipped back and forth is not what I have in mind as part of the offering. My representation is that the saxophones I sell (unless otherwise specified) are perfect in every respect. I play test them  to be sure of what I am selling and that they are exactly as they are intended to be.

How do I get in touch with you if I have a question?

Please e-mail saxバrte or call 864.449-4444.

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About the saxophones

Where do these instruments come from?

We are authorized dealers for Selmer (Paris), Yanagisawa, Julius Keilwerth and Rampone & Cazzani saxophones in the USA.

Are these saxophones brand new?

If you've been looking at "new" horns in dealerships that have been on display, handled and played by dozens of people, often for months, then the saxophones I sell are far better than "new". They have been thoroughly set-up in a way I only wish my saxophones had been set up when I used to pay to have this work done for me. They are play tested to ensure playing perfection. Before a saxophone is ever offered for sale it MUST satisfy my picky standards.

What if I'm not happy with the saxophone I ordered?

My representation is that the saxophones I offer are new and play as well as any like model horn sold. Fortunately, saxophones from the top makers (Selmer (Paris), Keilwerth, Yanagisawa, Yamaha and Rampone & Cazzani) are very consistently made. This is not true of older horns and horns from lesser makers (especially from Taiwanese and Chinese factories) . Gone are the days when you had to try several saxophones to find a good one. And I will not sell a saxophone that I am not satisfied with. With extensive playing experience, I can guide your selection to help you select the best make and model for your needs and budget. 

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What will I receive with my instrument?

Each manufacturer offers a different selection of standard accessories. All makers include a very good quality case and we will not offer a saxophone without its case.

Click here for a picture of the Selmer Paris accessories.

Note:  No mouthpiece is included in most of our Selmer Paris alto and tenor saxophone prices because I believe that buyers of instruments of this caliber usually have their own mouthpiece preferences. However, we  can provide brand new mouthpieces if requested, at additional cost. See our mouthpieces page for a list of types available.

Yanagisawa saxophones include:

  • Yanagisawa Deluxe padded hardshell case
  • Yanagisawa ebonite mouthpiece with ligature and cap
  • Yanagisawa neck strap

Click here for a picture of the Yanagisawa accessories.

Keilwerth saxophones include:

  • Keilwerth Saxmover case
  • Keilwerth 7* jazz mouthpiece, ligature and cap
  • Keilwerth neck strap
  • Keilwerth instrument body swab
  • Palm key adjustment wrench
  • Key clamps

Rampone & Cazzani saxophones include:

  • Rampone & Cazzani Deluxe hard shell gig case
  • Rampone & Cazzani mouthpiece, ligature and cap
  • Rampone & Cazzani neck strap
  • Rampone & Cazzani instrument body swab (all except bari)
  • Rampone & Cazzani neck swab (alto and tenor)
  • Rampone & Cazzani cork grease
  • Rampone & Cazzani polishing cloth

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Is the instrument guaranteed?

Yes, saxバrte guarantees that all saxophones wil be free of material defects and workmanship deficiencies for a period of one year from purchase. Click here for more info on the various warranties.

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What do I do in the event of a problem?

First, please realize that before you ever see the instrument it will have been verified by several qualified technicians at the manufacturer's  factory, and by saxバrte . Only then, will it be shipped to you.  In the event that minor adjustments are needed, these are your responsibility and are usually very inexpensive to have performed by a local technician where you live. 

In the event of a problem that is covered by the guarantee, please contact saxバrte so I can counsel you on the most effective means to resolve the problem. I will assist you in every way possible to ensure that the terms of the guarantee are promptly respected.

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Does the same company make all Selmer saxophones?

"Henri Selmer et Compagnie" is a very old French company located in Paris France. The Selmer, Elkhart, Indiana, plant was never owned by Henri Selmer et Cie of Paris, France.  Conn-Selmer USA is a completely separate company from Selmer Paris.  Conn-Selmer USA distributes Selmer Paris instruments in North America. 

At the turn of the century, Alexandre Selmer opened a small retail shop in New York City to sell his family's instruments in the US.  This shop was run by one of his students, George Bundy.  When Alexandre returned to the family business in Paris in 1918, he sold the exclusive American distribution rights for Selmer Paris instruments to George Bundy.

Bundy recognized the need to leave New York City in order to expand his flute manufacturing operations.  The flute manufacturing was moved to Elkhart, Indiana to draw on the skilled labor pool in the 1920's.  The exclusive distribution rights for Selmer Paris instruments was still owned by Bundy but he was then headquartered in Elkhart instead of New York City.  A New York City showroom remained open until 1951.This may explain why early Selmer instruments were marked "Paris, New York, Elkhart." 

IMPORTANT: Today, Selmer (Paris) saxophones are considered the world's best instruments, while Selmer USA horns pale in comparison. Please do not confuse the two. Interestingly, "Conn-Selmer" and "Henri Selmer et Compagnie" are, effectively, competitors, both manufacturing their own instruments.

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What can you tell me about the differences between Mark VI, Serie III and the new R馭駻ence saxophones?

Tenor players, please read
this page.

Alto players, please read
this page.

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What finish options are available from Selmer?

The detailed Finish Availablilty Chart is accessible here.

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Which cases are available from Selmer (Paris)?

Cases available for all Selmer saxophones are viewable here.

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About auctions on eBay

Current auctions on eBay

What is your reserve price?

This is the question eBay sellers love to hate. Read on. Reserve price auctions serve a purpose. It's unfortunate, but few eBay buyers are willing to bid on an item that has no previous bidding history. So, for a seller, setting an opening price lower than the reserve encourages bids and helps overcome this objection potential bidders may have. 

I know it sounds stupid, but it is a fact borne out by experience. You only have to look at the commercial dealers to see that practice in use to the extreme. They typically list their horns at foolishly low prices to open (like $5 to $200) and, I suppose, they attract equally stupid bids. But, ironically, these bids serve to create credibility for the auction as the price rises into a reasonable range. Gathering bid action is an important objective for someone selling on eBay. Please understand, this isn't designed to trick you.

My advice to you... bid what you think the horn is worth to you... and no more. If your bid does not meet the reserve price, you'll be advised immediately, on the very next eBay screen,  and you will have no commitment to buy, whatsoever. There is absolutely no risk, nor does it take a long time to find out if you've met the sellers reserve price.

At the same time, be sure to have reasonable expectations as well. Remember, my saxophones are brand new, legally obtained, legally imported, thoroughly verified and covered by both a Selmer (Paris) and the authorized dealer's warranty.

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If you are bidding, here is information for bidders who may be new to eBay

Please be aware that another bidder can swoop in and outbid you, even with just seconds from the end of the auction. For this reason, I recommend one of 2 bidding strategies:

1) Do your research on what these saxophones are worth and then be sure to bid the most you are willing to pay for the horn, knowing that eBay will not reveal this amount to anyone unless another bidder forces the use of this ceiling. In other words, if no one else bids on the sax, the higher bid amount is kept hidden and you will pay what is showing now. If someone out bids your currently showing bid amount, eBay will use only enough of your higher bid to surpass the competing bidder by one bid increment, and no more. It's a cool way to bid competitively without having to be at the computer as the auction closes. And it's automatic.

2) Alternatively, tune in to the auction with 20 minutes to go and see where you stand. Refresh the page often. For faster refreshes, use the bid history page. You can always watch to see if you're outbid and decide then if you want to compete. It's fun, but again, I've watched people come into the auction with seconds remaining and walk off with a sax. So strategy #1 is a more effective way to go if you know your ceiling. It's also a more disciplined way to go -- you set your max and stick to it.

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About methods of payment

When do I have to pay you?

Purchases must be paid for in full prior to shipment. I accept:

    • Money orders
    • Bank certified checks
    • Cashiers checks
    • Wire transfers 
    • Major credit cards can be accepted via www.paypal.com as long as shipment is made to a Paypal CONFIRMED address

Shipment is generally made the day following receipt of payment.

What about special orders?

For special orders, I will generally ask for a non-refundable deposit prior to placing the order for you to encourage your completion of the transaction. This amount is usually $400. This deposit will be made with the understanding that the transaction must be paid for and the item shipped to you by a certain date. This is to protect both of us you from waiting an unspecified period of time for your saxophone to arrive and me from having to pay and hold on to your instrument for a similarly, unspecified period of time. Once the saxophone arrives, full payment of the balance is due before shipment can be made to you.

If you would like to special order a saxophone, I will send you a brief written agreement that details your and my responsibility in the transaction.

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About packaging and protecting your saxophone in shipment

How are your saxophones packed for shipment?

Better safe than sorry. We are known for our optional "Overkill" packaging, using double cartons and with additional cushioning between cartons to cushion the shock and prevent damage in the event the carton is dropped or punctured. Beware of sellers who use small cartons! 

Did you know you can damage an instrument in its case with a shock which does not apparently damage the case? Try it some time. Take your sax, in its case and drop it to the ground from 6 feet. Try playing it now.

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