Dating noblet clarinet
H&A Selmer (USA) remained the sole importer of Selmer (Paris) products, including saxophones and brasswinds once exports of such instruments to the USA commenced.In 1936 Selmer changed its distribution strategy, abandoning most retail and becoming a wholesaler of instruments and supplies.At the time, musical instruments and accessories were primarily hand made, and professional musicians found it necessary to acquire skills allowing them to make their own accessories and repair and modify their own instruments. in 1885, Henri began making clarinet reeds and expanded into mouthpieces In 1904, Selmer clarinets were presented at the Saint Louis (USA) World's Fair, winning a Gold Medal, and Henri Selmer's brother Alexandre was First Clarinetist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
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In response to the unavailability of Selmer (Paris) instruments after 1940, Selmer sought alternate sources for wind instruments and distributed them under their new student-line Bundy and intermediate Signet brands.