When the Henri Selmer Company was formed in Paris, France, in 1885, it produced reeds and mouthpieces for various types of instruments. In 1889, the Selmer Soloist became the company's first production clarinet, leveraging the practical experience of the musicians in the owner's family to create instruments designed for playing and enjoyment by serious instrumentalists. The company quickly earned a name for itself as a manufacturer of high quality instruments, particularly within the woodwind family. In the jazz and big band ages of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, a Selmer Soloist clarinet or saxophone became the first choice of greats like Benny Goodman, John Coltrane, and Charlie Parker. Manufacturing of the Selmer Soloist line included both the more popular Selmer Soloist alto clarinet and the deeper-toned tenor model. A number of reputable sellers on eBay offer vintage Selmer Soloist clarinets and saxophones, and purchasers have the choice of several convenient shipping options.
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