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Selmer Short Shank Scroll Airflow Table C Tenor Mouthpiece Circa 1920-30’s (Ref 202)****SOLD****

Selmer Short Shank Scroll Airflow Table C Tenor Mouthpiece Circa 1920-30’s (Ref 202)****SOLD****

Selling on behalf of the Estate of the late great jazz player and teacher, George Galway R.I.P., who carefully selected this mouthpiece for his personal collection many years ago. 

Here’s a great opportunity to take ownership of this vintage Selmer tenor sax mouthpiece.
Generally faded but in good useable condition. Tips and rails in good condition with no damage.

Late 1920’s early 1930’s.
The first Air Flow mouthpieces had a metal ring around the shank, a very big chamber, and small tip openings. These are popular among classical players but are often considered too ‘dark’ by others. The very first version had a fancy banded shank and a metal logo on the back. This only lasted a year or two though.
Selmer soon switched to a simple metal band and scribed writing on the back.
In the late 1920s these models lost the metal band and moved to a scroll work band around the shank. The floor became a little higher. They still maintained a very large chamber. The first year of production mouthpieces had a serial number on the side. These all had the tip opening marked on the table. For example, as per this piece, Table C.
Tip Opening: Table C (1/100mm = 175), 0.069″ or 69, Chamber = Large round.

Includes: mouthpiece, no ligature or cap.

Description

This mouthpiece is part of the Estate of George Galway who passed away aged 79 in October 2020.

He began playing the saxophone professionally while still in his teens, as part of many dance showbands in late-1950s Belfast. 

He moved to Manchester in the 1970s and began a successful career as a music teacher, but still gigged constantly all around the country. 

George didn’t slow down in any way until about 2015, and having lived the world of jazz for nearly seven decades, he had built up an immense repertoire and wealth of knowledge about the saxophone instrument, with its many brands, series, metals, construction and playing techniques, mouthpieces and so on.
He carefully selected each piece over the years – both for their monetary investment value, as well as the personal joy he got from using them on one of his many saxes.

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Tenor

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