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looks like ( from other pictures, see below, where the entire right side of the saxophone is visible) that it is a Selmer BA ( in that case Douglas Pipher may offer some information ) with a TEA KETTLE octave pip

I've also checked the archives (one should always do this!) and you aren't the first to notice this

https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?136473-Odd-vintage-selmer-tenor-neck-(charlie-ventura)
https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?232933-BA-tenor-with-a-funky-octave-system

we even have a member Patrick 62 with this neck as an Avatar ( non active since 2011)
https://forum.saxontheweb.net/member.php?28602-Patrick62

these aren't unique , I have found a couple of other examples on line

https://www.ebay.com/itm/SELMER-Bal...a-kettle-serial-28969-1939-RARE-/163670744576



https://www.saxophone.org/museum/saxophones/specimen/1513





I have seen the "Tea-Kettle" neck on tenors from just before 20,000 (during the Radio Improved Run) to about 29,500. Timewise, this represents production from roughly December 1934 to Mar 1940.
They seem to appear on about 5% of the Tenors I have seen during this serial number range.


 

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Yes ... It's a balanced action Selmer with a tea kettle octave pip.

I have the same horn. Plays fantastic!

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I saw one of those on Ebay a while back and wondered whether that unusual neck had a positive or negative (or neither) influence on value, but I couldn't tell from how that auction finished. Certainly unusual-looking. I suppose it was meant to have some positive effect on sound or venting?

(I followed the links Milandro sited and there's discussion but no specific answers. There is even speculation that may have been after-market but that seems to have been refuted. Mystery.)
 

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