Dorsey Alto 286xx
The Sax Proshop is excited to Uberhaul this beautiful 1939 Selmer "Dorsey" model alto. For those of you who don't know, this is a very rare Selmer. The body tube is all Balanced Action, while the bell is from the earlier Radio Improved models, including retro-fit left hand table and bell to body brace.
The classical Balanced Action floral engraving is beautiful. It's pretty clear that this horn was re-lacquered as the engraving is not as sharp as it would have originally been, but it looks like a very old, well done re-lacquer.
Another sign that this is a second series Dorsey model is the sheet metal Low B/Bb key guard with adjustable bumpers, which is soldered over the wire guard. Apparently the first run was only a wire guard, much like a Radio Improved or earlier Selmer.
The second run of the Dorsey models placed the portrait engraving of a sailboat in the front center of the bell as seen below.
The retro-fit Radio Improved left hand table is shown here. It is said that Dorsey's sax players preferred this system to the newer Balanced Action left hand table.