Really hard to tell. It seems the owner would know. If they aren’t sure, I’d consider it relacquered for not knowing or not being forthcoming if they’re trying to hide it.
If it’s re-lacquered, at least it was done well.
Whaler's right: "If it's relacquered, at least it's well done."
You can often tell a relacquer job by looking at the outer edges of the bell design, e.g., to the left of the Selmer logo and below, down to where the bell engraving ends just above the Bb cup. If any of the engraved lines there look at all blurred, it's most probably a relacq.
Of course, if you just want a horn to play, rather than as a collector's investment, relacquer is GOOD.
A forum community dedicated to saxophone players and enthusiasts brought to you by Harri Rautiainen. Come join the discussion about collections, care, displays, models, styles, reviews, accessories, classifieds, and more!