My New Jubilee Alto

I am very pleased to announce the newest addition to our musical instrument family.

I also have my 1997 “Serie III” 62 alto, which still plays great after 21 years and I love it.

But, as much as I play and practice alto saxophone, it was time for a new instrument.

And I needed another horn of my own to be covered in case the “Serie III” 62 went down for whatever unforeseen reason.

KMEA Conn-Selmer Booth
Photograph by Terri Anderson Burnett

I have always played Selmer and am still convinced Selmer Paris makes the best saxophones.

I chose the “Serie II” 52 based upon the experience of playing one during the recent KMEA convention.

I can instantly tell the developments Selmer has integrated into this instrument – it plays great!

Thanks to Conn-Selmer for helping me find an instrument so quickly.

Check out some photos of my new 2018 “Serie II”…

She’s a beauty…

The Jubilee Edition saxophones replace the standard Super Action 80 Series II and Super Action 80 series III saxophones. Jubilee Series instruments are more aesthetically elegant and offer redesigned features that are lighter and more responsive. The Series II Model 52 Jubilee Edition Alto Saxophone is an update of the most popular Selmer Paris saxophone ever. There is a reason the Series II has been THE standard in professional saxophones for a generation.

The Super Action 80 Series saxophones have been the professional choice for a generation and continue to be the most popular professional saxophone in the world. The reasons are clear: they all possess a flexible but centered tone that is natural in almost any playing situation. Yellow brass body tubes and keys resonate across the entire timbre spectrum: full-ribbed construction enhances their durability. The Series’ superior intonation characteristics make these saxophone a natural choice for any professional or those who aspire to be.

125 years of experience have enabled Selmer Paris to create the acoustic and aesthetic alchemy of the saxophone and become the main architect of its evolution. With the jubilee celebration saxophones, Selmer lays the foundation for a new visual identity of the instrument, while keeping intact its sound conception and the creativity of its ergonomics.

In keeping with the French jeweler’s tradition, the new engraving is thinner thanks to a new outline technique, comes to decorate the bell and the bow, doubled on the bell-to-bow ring by the original signature of the Founder, Henri Selmer. A new lacquer optimizes the quality of the play of light through shades of “gold” tone in the instrument’s reflection.

The neck key is redesigned through a lighter mechanism and subtly thinner outlines, thus becoming more elegant. In order to fulfill this new visual balance, the geometry of the “S” neck is imperceptibly modernized on a deep blue background even more recognizable.

Includes an S80 C* mouthpiece.

Detailed engraving…

Case and accessories…


  • The S80C mouthpiece offers dynamic aesthetics and an optimized acoustic resonance
  • Gold tone lacquer offers more warmth and presence
  • A new style of outline engraving highlights a thinner, more elegant and elaborate design from the bell to the bow, with
  • Henri Selmer’s signature on the connecting ring.
  • A redesigned octave neck key has a lighter mechanism and subtly thinner outlines
  • The bow-to-bow ring displays the original signature of Henri Selmer
  • 100% French manufactured
  • The included accessory kit features the latest Selmer Paris top-of-the-range accessory line including strap, swab, cloth, and cork grease


Thanks to my Selmer District Manager, Sophie Rojas, and my local Conn-Selmer Inc. Dealer, Eric Rathburn at the Tune Shop for getting my new Selmer (Paris) Jubilee alto saxophone to me on Good Friday!


My local Conn-Selmer Inc. Dealer, Eric Rathburn of the Tune Shop, Inc.