When I recorded my new CD with my band, Willi Henkes and Rudie Blazer of Antique Acoustics, Germany were so kind to lend me a vintage Selmer oval hole guitar (no. 645) they have in the shop at the moment. I had never heard a real Selmer in real life before and all I can say is: wow! This one has it all: loudness, crisp and yet full tone, and I have never played a modern remake that sounded anything like it. It can sound like "instant Django" but is also much more versatile. I used it to overdub some solos (mostly the not so quick ones, because the playability is not the best, as it has a huge, rather square neck that would have taken a longer time to get used to).
When we had almost finished the recordings I decided to record a solo piece that would showcase the incredible sound of this instrument and to also make a little movie clip. I chose a rather unusual tune (at least in Gypsy Jazz): An improvisation on a Prelude by Claude Debussy (originally written for piano) called "The girl with the flaxen hair." Johnny Smith reorded it several times and my take is based on a transcription of his version by James Birkett.
Here is the link (btw, how can you embedd youtube videos in the post?):