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The story of the Selmer Company dates back to the 1800's with brothers Alexandre and Henri Selmer's graduation from the Conservatoire de Paris. In 1885, Henri began making reeds, mouthpieces, and clarinets in Paris. Alexandre Selmer moved to the United States performing as the principal clarinetist for the Boston Symphony. The Selmer clarinets grew quite a following and in 1904, even received a gold medal at the World's Fair in St Louis.

In 1909, Alexandre moved to New York City as the principal clarinetist for the New York Philharmonic. Alongside his performances, he opened a Selmer retail store in downtown New York with teaching and repair facilities. George Bundy began working in the store under the guidance of Alexandre Selmer.

In 1911, Alexandre returned to Paris to assist the family business, leaving his US interests in the hands of George Bundy. Bundy expanded the business to incorporate selling and distributing instruments from other companies such as Vincent Bach, Martin, Ludwig, and Musser.

In 1920, Bundy moved into the area of flute manufacturing. Hiring George Haynes, he began operating in Boston under the names "Original Haynes" and "Master Flute". In the early 1920's, Bundy moved his operations to Elkhart, Indiana in search of a stronger labor pool. With production by C.G. Conn in Elkhart, it was known as the "Band Instrument City of the World." In the late 1920's in response to growing demand for the flutes, Bundy brought a young flute craftsman, Kurt Gemeinhardt from Germany to work for him.

In the late 1920's Bundy purchased the American business from the Selmer brothers, while maintaining the exclusive distributorship of Henri Selmer Paris products in the US. In 1948, Selmer produced the first successfully molded plastic clarinet called the Bundy Resonite 1400. The clarinet was modeled after the famous Selmer Paris BT clarinet used by notable artists like Benny Goodman. The clarinet established a reputation for affordability and high quality and by 1978, sold over one million units.

The Selmer Company continued to grow acquiring other legendary brands and makers such as Vincent Bach, Buescher, Glaesel, Ludwig, Musser, Emerson, and William Lewis & Son.

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  • Selmer Model 132 Intermediate Bassoon

    Selmer Model 132 Intermediate Bassoon

    The Selmer 132 Professional Bassoon features a maple body, rubber-lined wing and boot joints, nickel-plated key...

    $7,189.00
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  • Selmer Model 1432B Intermediate Bassoon

    Selmer Model 1432B Intermediate Bassoon

    The Selmer 1432B bassoon has a durable Resonite body that will not crack. This new Maple-based material has been...

    $5,149.00
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  • Selmer Intermediate Clarinet

    Selmer Intermediate Clarinet

    The internal bore design of the Selmer CL Series clarinets compares to many professional handmade clarinets. The...

    $2,100.00
  • Selmer "La Voix II" Alto Saxophone

    Selmer "La Voix II" Alto Saxophone

    The Selmer LaVoix II story is about sound. Your sound.

    Express yourself through a voice based on the...

    $2,749.00
  • Selmer Alto Saxophone - Copper Body

    Selmer Alto Saxophone - Copper Body

    The Selmer LaVoix II story is about sound. Your sound.

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    $2,969.00
  • Selmer Alto Saxophone - Silver Plating

    Selmer Alto Saxophone - Silver Plating

    The Selmer LaVoix II story is about sound. Your sound.

    Express yourself through a voice based on the...

    $2,969.00
  • Selmer Baritone Saxophone

    Selmer Baritone Saxophone

    The Selmer LaVoix II story is about sound; your sound. Express yourself through a voice based on the great Selmer...

    $5,999.00
  • Selmer Soprano Saxophone

    Selmer Soprano Saxophone

    The Selmer SSS311 soprano saxophone is a well-constructed instrument ideal for beginner or doubling use. The model...

    $1,499.00
  • Selmer Soprano Saxophone

    Selmer Soprano Saxophone

    A new soprano voice has been added to the Selmer La Voix II (pronounced: La-VWA) saxophone line. Conn-Selmer, the...

    $2,499.00
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  • Selmer Tenor Saxophone

    Selmer Tenor Saxophone

    The Selmer LaVoix II story is about sound. Your sound.

    Express yourself through a voice based on the...

    $2,999.00
  • Selmer Tenor Saxophone

    Selmer Tenor Saxophone

    The Selmer LaVoix II story is about sound. Your sound.

    Express yourself through a voice based on the...

    $3,239.00
  • Selmer Tenor Saxophone - Copper Body

    Selmer Tenor Saxophone - Copper Body

    The Selmer LaVoix II story is about sound. Your sound.

    Express yourself through a voice based on the...

    $3,239.00
  • Selmer Tenor Saxophone - Silver Plating

    Selmer Tenor Saxophone - Silver Plating

    The Selmer LaVoix II story is about sound. Your sound.

    Express yourself through a voice based on the...

    $3,239.00
  • Selmer CL301 Student Clarinet

    Selmer CL301 Student Clarinet

    Based on the original designs of George Bundy's student clarinets, Selmer clarinets offer construction that is built...
    $1,737.00
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  • Selmer Student Oboes

    Selmer Student Oboes

    Featuring a high-impact plastic body, the 1492 is great for the beginning oboist. The silver plated, basic...
    $3,089.00–$3,639.00
  • Selmer 1400B Student Clarinet

    Selmer 1400B Student Clarinet

    Based on the original designs of George Bundy's student clarinets, Selmer clarinets offer construction that is built...
    $1,469.00
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  • Selmer "Aristocrat" Student Bb Clarinet

    Selmer "Aristocrat" Student Bb Clarinet

    The CL601 features a small, complex bore that gives students a well-controlled tone. Complex bore will produce better...
    $1,069.00
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  • Selmer SAS301 Student Alto Saxophone

    Selmer SAS301 Student Alto Saxophone

    SAS301 Series saxophones from Selmer will help you play like a pro right from the start. Priced to make it easy for...
    $2,509.00
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  • Selmer "Aristocrat" Student Alto Saxophone

    Selmer "Aristocrat" Student Alto Saxophone

    The Selmer SAS201 is the perfect instrument for all the beginning players out there who want to learn how to play the...
    $2,549.00
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  • Selmer STS301 Student Tenor Saxophone

    Selmer STS301 Student Tenor Saxophone

    STS301 Series saxophones from Selmer will help you play like a pro right from the start. Priced to make it easy for...
    $3,373.00
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  • Selmer "Aristocrat" Tenor Saxophone

    Selmer "Aristocrat" Tenor Saxophone

    The Selmer STS201 is the perfect instrument for all the beginning players out there who want to learn how to play the...
    $3,099.00
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  • Selmer BS400 Baritone Saxophone

    Selmer BS400 Baritone Saxophone

    The 400 Series baritone saxophone offers all the great features of the 400 series saxes – double bracing on the...
    $4,999.00
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  • Selmer Alto Saxophone - Black Lacquer

    Selmer Alto Saxophone - Black Lacquer

    The Selmer LaVoix II story is about sound. Your sound.

    Express yourself through a voice based on the...

    $3,151.00
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