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Yep. definitely the wrong neck. And of course, it's Jimmy Dorsey. But I think this one is a Super with a later neck.
 

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Yep. definitely the wrong neck. And of course, it's Jimmy Dorsey. But I think this one is a Super with a later neck.
I can't remember what makes the so-called "Dorsey" model differ from the last iterations of the Super;
the so-called "Radio Improved" model . Is the neck and body a different specification ?

I'm sure the information is on here somewhere but I don't recall what thedifferences are .

This particular alto should have the one piece bell key guard though so I wonder if, like you said, it's just a Super w/ a VI neck.
 

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It's a Radio Improved. Nothing more, nothing less. The Dorsey models had the B/A style key guards and I believe some had a more built up Bb key on the LH pinky spat. I'm pretty sure those are the only differences between them and a "regular" SSS saxophone. This one is clearly a RI (look at the stamp on the bell) with a VI neck. Might be a nice playing horn, but I already like mine just fine.
 

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It's a Radio Improved. Nothing more, nothing less. The Dorsey models had the B/A style key guards and I believe some had a more built up Bb key on the LH pinky spat. I'm pretty sure those are the only differences between them and a "regular" SSS saxophone. This one is clearly a RI (look at the stamp on the bell) with a VI neck. Might be a nice playing horn, but I already like mine just fine.
Yeah, man .. I already own one too, so to blazes with it, goll durnit !!
 

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I have one of each (RI, Dorsey, BA).

- Both Dorsey Altos and Radio Improved Altos have the SSS included in the bell stamp.
- The serial number for RI’s is on the bell stamp like this horn.
- The serial number for Dorsey Altos is at the bottom of the body tube on the rear.

Other Dorsey features include the BA key guards, BA engraving pattern, and BA stamp but with the SSS added.
 

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Well, the listing was posted here. Say goodbye to a good deal on a Jimmy Dorsey model Selmer!
 

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Well, the listing was posted here. Say goodbye to a good deal on a Jimmy Dorsey model Selmer!
Mike, it's not a Dorsey model! It's a bone stock RI with a VI neck. Again.....potentially could be a great player, but it's really nothing special. See MDWade's post (#12) for more clarification!
 

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Dammit, I got all excited when I saw that auction yesterday and put a bid on, then I read this post this morning. Kind of hoping someone outbids me now, as I was hoping it might be something cool that would displace my 6.
 
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