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Selmer Paris Professional Model E16R Eb Soprano Clarinet

About the Model E16R

Selmer Paris has a long history of creating the highest quality professional clarinets. The E16R Selmer Paris professional E-flat clarinet offers a beautiful sound, even scale, and incredible intonation due to its unique bore design. Each E16R features high quality, leather pads, that creates a perfect seal and helps players achieve smooth technique.

Silver plated keys have more texture than nickel, which makes it easier to finger fast technique High quality aged grenadilla wood produces the most beautiful tone and is less prone to cracking Left hand alternate Eb/Ab key will eliminate the need for ""sliding"" in tough technical passages 13.5mm bore designed for beautiful tone and even intonation 2 barrels, 43 mm and 45 mm will give players the option to adjust tuning with any ensemble Adjustable thumb rest to help players find the most comfortable position High quality leather pads get a perfect seal, but are soft enough to prevent "slapping" key noise

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In 1885 following graduation from the Paris Conservatory, Henri Selmer began making reeds, mouthpieces, and clarinets in Paris.  In 198, Henri’s brother, Alexandre left for the US and began selling clarinets as he toured with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  These instruments would gain in popularity in Europe and America winning awards at the 1900 Paris Exhibition and in 1904 St Louis World’s Fair.  In 1905, Henri took over the Barbier Company, a flute maker in Paris. 

1908_HSelmerFactory.jpgIn 1922, Selmer introduced its first saxophones under the name “Series 22”.  The Selmer brand continued to grow strength in woodwinds.  In 1931, Selmer Paris acquired the brass manufacturer Millereau and began making trumpets.  Later Selmer Paris would even begin manufacturing guitars in partnership with Mario Maccaferri.  It wasn’t until the release of the Balanced Action saxophone in 1936 that Selmer Paris truly established their position as the leader in saxophone design.  The Balanced Action and Super Action saxophones would follow leading up to the introduction of the Mark VI in 1954.

Between 1954 and ’74, Selmer Paris would sell over a quarter million units of the Mark VI.  Even today, it is the chosen ‘vintage’ instrument by professionals around the world.  As times changed, so did Selmer Paris’ models and the Mark VI evolved to the Mark VII, the Super Action 80, the Series II, and Series III.  In 2003, Selmer Paris launched the Reference 54 saxophone which is based on the feel and response of the Mark VI with the intonation refinements of today. 

Today, Selmer Paris is a leading manufacturer and the choice instrument of clarinet and saxophone professionals around the world.  The instruments continue to be hand crafted in Paris with the fourth generation of Selmer family members leading the company. 

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