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 ISO Selmer Low C bass
Author: tdufka 
Date:   2019-07-09 01:24

In search of a gently used Selmer low C bass, with even intonation, excellent sound, and in fine condition.

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 Re: ISO Selmer Low C bass
Author: jdbassplayer 
Date:   2019-07-14 06:23

Any year in particular? I have a 1954 in excellent condition that I just finished tuning and restoring.


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 Re: ISO Selmer Low C bass
Author: tdufka 
Date:   2019-07-14 22:23

Hi JD,

Yes, I was seeking something from 2004 or later, but might consider an older horn.

Tell me a bit about it. What is the series letter and serial number? Have you performed with this instrument? How is the intonation, for instance on the low E and middle B? How are the keys for the lower notes (Eb-C) laid out?

Any cracks or pins? How would you rate the overall condition of the keys in terms fo plating wear?

What sort of case is included? Photos?

Where are you located, and what are you asking for the instrument?

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 Re: ISO Selmer Low C bass
Author: donald 
Date:   2019-07-15 12:12

I have no idea about this bass, but would mention that I know a Bass clarinet player in a professional symphony orchestra who still uses an old Selmer bass from around that time- he has tried other ones but never found a reason to replace his old instrument (which I believe he bought already 2nd hand in the UK many years ago).

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 Re: ISO Selmer Low C bass
Author: jdbassplayer 
Date:   2019-07-16 22:13

Here is the bass, as you can see it is an older model with unplated keys, which I personally prefer because there is no risk of plating wear. There are three thumb keys for the basset notes. They are fingered by playing a low Eb and touching one of the keys to play the lower notes. There are no cracks and very few dents/dings. The pads are all new sheepskin pads and the corks have just been replaced and are nice and tight.

In addition to this I have also done a lot of tuning work. There are a lot of tuning crescents as well as a few other modifications to make this instrument play almost as well in tune as a new Privilege. The middle B is only about 10 cents sharp and the low E is about 15 cents flat. Other than that everything is very well in tune.

I was asking $6000. I am in Connecticut. Let me know if you might be interested


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 Re: ISO Selmer Low C bass
Author: tdufka 
Date:   2019-07-18 01:28

Hi JD,

Thank so much for your description! It sounds like you have lavished a lot of care on this instrument.

I am going to keep looking for a more recent bass however, and wish you the best of luck on selling yours!

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