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Title: Selmer Signet Special
Post by: kewald on November 13, 2020, 12:24:12 PM
I just obtained a Selmer Signet Special Clarinet, SN: 38126 which I shall refurbish.  Any idea of it's date of manufacture? 


This is the first Selmer that I will work on.  Any other information about it's reputation, quality, etc. would be welcome.


Thanks
Title: Re: Selmer Signet Special
Post by: LarryS on November 13, 2020, 03:30:11 PM
Very nice
Title: Re: Selmer Signet Special
Post by: DaveLeBlanc on November 15, 2020, 03:58:29 PM
These are cool. Probably 60s. Quality wise better than a Bundy but worse than an E11. It’s sort of like an advanced beginner instrument by all accounts

Title: Re: Selmer Signet Special
Post by: DaveLeBlanc on November 15, 2020, 03:58:54 PM
Value tends to be around $250 in perfect condition. “As-is” $50-75 usually
Title: Re: Selmer Signet Special
Post by: 350 Rocket on November 18, 2020, 02:45:43 PM
I'm fairly confident it's from the early 1960s.

I've never worked on a Signet but the Signet Special is regarded by most as a decent step-up model - something suitable for an advancing student's first wood clarinet. Selmer USA keywork was better in the early '60s than in later production, so this ought to be a good one to work on.
Title: Re: Selmer Signet Special
Post by: GrumpyMiddleAgedMan on December 02, 2020, 01:36:14 PM
I picked up a SIG special about 5 months ago. It was a fire sale so to speak, only 20 bucks so i figured it was a good deal. Was missing tenon corks but pads were in good shape and looked like it was shined up recently as well. Some of the plating was missing on the rings but over all it is a nice piece of wood. 73xxx so puts it about mid to late 60s.
I noticed on mine that the lower does not have serial or special on it, not too sure if that is uncommon.
Title: Re: Selmer Signet Special
Post by: DaveLeBlanc on December 02, 2020, 03:41:38 PM
The bottom section tends not to be marked special, and Selmer USA is sort of iffy on placing serials