My daughter started band 2 1/2 years ago, and I figured i'd buy her a nice student sax to start her out with. I started on a crappy conn with the shooting starts that was in bad disrepair and was very discouraged and almost quit till i played on a good horn, it made all the difference in the world, so I wanted to give her a good start. I bought her a selmer 400 series new with an S90 C* mouthpiece. I played it after she received it and was surprised at how much I didn't like it (I'd played many varieties of selmers in the past, including student horns and always thought they were great previously). I found the spatula keys very cumbersome and just no personality to the sound whatsoever, not freeblowing at all. She liked it however (I think because it was shiny and new and most kids had pre-used rental horns, she didn't know enough at that point to have an opinion on tone) so she has played it since starting 6th grade, now in 8th. I've played it a few times while helping her with practice when I didn't feel like getting my own sax out and hated it every time. She told me the other day the thumb hook was loose and needed tightened. When i got down there to tighten it, I noticed below the thumb hook it said "Made in Vietnam". When did selmer start making horns in Vietnam? I wouldn't have ever thought selmer would be producing horns there so never checked. I'm very disappointed in the quality of this horn still after 2+ years. We had a pad fall out, a mother of pearl inlay fall out, cork came off the neck 2 months in, and now the thumbhook won't stay tight. Just curious if anyone knows when this change happened and if all their horns are produced there or just student models? I could've saved a lot of money and bought her a taiwanese sax of much better quality. The deed is done, but just looking to learn a little more at this point.