Written on: 18/07/2008
I was overall very pleased with this instrument. Mine is supposedly a "2009" model. I've read some unflattering comments on the web about Selman instruments, but decided to take a chance. Over the years, they must have gotten their act together because the instrument I got was very nice. Fit and finish is perfectly fine. Valves are very smooth. Slides function perfectly. The mouthpiece is also very nice (I wasn't expecting that at all). Overall, the instrument is very solid and has a nice feel to it. It's definitely not going to fall apart anytime soon as far as I can tell. Intonation also seems quite satisfactory.
For $235 (that's what I paid for mine, new, on eBay), a person shouldn't be expecting a $6000 compensating Besson. The only thing, though, that I would mention is that the case I got with it probably won't hold up to a lot of abuse. The inside is molded foam with some fabric over it. I'll be careful with it, though, and it should do the trick. I do see in some of the Selman pictures that some of their instruments have more of a Samsonite style molded case. Maybe that's what they're going toward for the future. I guess a person should keep in mind that you can spend well over $235 for a euphonium case, with no euphonium!
As I said, I wasn't sure howv my Selman Nickel Plated Euphonium purchase would turn out, reading some comments I've seen. I think this company has come a long way, though, and is now making a very nice instrument. From what I can tell, a lot of the people that speak badly about these have never even tried one. I also read some reports of these Selman instruments having a lot of manufacturing crud inside and needing to be flushed out before use (or valve scoring would occur). That was completely not the case. I checked it carefully before I played it, and the inside of the instrument was clean as a whistle. The valves and slides were nicely lubricated from the factory. Also, from everything I can tell, I believe this Selman 2341L is the same euphonium as the Schiller 400 that's being sold by some retailers for more than three times the cost of the Selman. For the money I paid for this instrument, I'm more than satisfied.
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