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One of my SBAs has the following words engraved below the Selmer logo on the bell: "Sole Agents", "British Empire", "Ex Canada". I realize the original neck has no number.

Is this sax assembled in UK or sold in UK? Any difference between its French or US counterparts?
 

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If memory serves, Elkhart imported saxes for both Canada and U.S.

That's why you see the 'Ex Canada' stuff on the bell. London handled the UK, except for Canada.

Offhand, I don't know if UK horns were assembled in London or Paris, but I would guess Paris, as posts here and elsewhere don't mention much about a real operation in London, just an importer. Plus, with France just across the channel, it wouldn't make much financial sense to mount a large operation in London, whereas in the U.S. it was a much different situation(distance, large market, import duty financial considerations, etc.).
 

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I have horns that are either. The sole agents means that they were the distributors for selmer, in australia we mostly see the brittish empire horns but the selmers bought in the US have the other written on them.
 

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I have horns that are either. The sole agents means that they were the distributors for selmer, in australia we mostly see the brittish empire horns but the selmers bought in the US have the other written on them.
Exactly, one of the SBAs I have is bought from an Australian. That SBA has the wordings aforementioned.
 
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