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The essence of the legendary Mark VI alto saxophone with the comforts of a modern mechanism.

Selmer Paris Reference 54 Alto Saxophone
Inspired by the legendary Selmer Mark VI, which was released in 1954, the Selmer Paris 72 Reference 54 alto is a professional saxophone that integrates the Mark VI's legendary acoustic characteristics with innovative modern key work and better intonation. Since its introduction, the Selmer Paris 72 Reference 54 has become a favorite among jazz saxophonists. The Reference 54 alto saxophone offers a rich, throaty sound that even "barks" well in the lower register. The keywork of the Selmer 72 alto saxophone is extremely fluid and reacts well to even the most brisk, nimble playing.

The Reference 54 comes with a shaped flight case, Selmer Paris Super Session mouthpiece, cap and ligature, and care products. Join the jazz saxophonists who have rediscovered the sound of the legendary Mark VI, and have made the Selmer 72 Reference 54 alto saxophone their horn of choice. The Reference 54 alto takes its inspiration from a 1958 mid-70,000 serial number Mark VI. It plays, feels, and looks like a vintage Selmer, but includes a longer bell to improve intonation, and a dark lacquer finish. It is a very special instrument. If you are seeking a primary professional horn, you owe it to yourself to consider the Reference 54.

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  • Level: Professional
    Key: Eb
    Neck: Reference Series
    Neck Material: Yellow brass
    Body Material: Yellow brass
    Bell Material: Yellow brass
    Key Material: Power hammered yellow brass
    Finish: Vintage Dark Gold Lacquer
    Range Up to: High F#
    Springs: Blue steel
    Pads: Leather
    Resonators: Plastic
    Engraving: Selmer Paris Reference engraving
    Thumb Rest: Adjustable metal
    Pivot Screw: Tapered
    Includes: Flight-style case, Selmer Paris Super Session E mouthpiece, ligature, cap, and care products
    Crafted in: France

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"Great Horn."

by Azrayl - 8/9/2009 11:15:09 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Been playing since 1990. Jazz, classical, rock, blues, newgrass, small ensemble, etc. Cinci, Ohio
11 people out of 11 found this review helpful

I bought this horn in 2005 and have used it as my main horn ever since. I love the velvety tone, smooth action and overall superior performance of this horn. I don't experience the normal intonation quirks of most altos, either. Resistance is even throughout the horn, making the low end and high end very easy to play in tune and at all volumes from ppp to FFF without issue. This horn, you will not be disappointed in. If you're a vintage only player, I don't know if this could lure you away from your Mark VI, but you'll definitely be tempted. As for modern horns, it beats the majority of what is out there on the market in modern horns. The super session mouthpiece that comes with the horn works well with the horn, which surprised me. I usually opt for an after market piece, but I actually like the super session with this horn. (I have overly large hands, so I installed the usual key risers on the left stack, a simple/cheap/reversible modification.) The Reference Flight case however, is junk as for as any serious protection goes. Sure it looks cool, but it's just an overpriced, glorified gig bag. It offers little protection, other than scratch protection. With the case empty, you can actually TWIST the thing and with little effort, you can cave the case in, not good for such an investment. Also, the plastic accessories compartment cover and compartment itself are a botch job. Placed under the body of the horn... if there is ever any substantial pressure placed on the case the hard plastic cover could easily bend/dent/harm the horn. Don't get me started on if you would ever drop your horn while it's in this case... Repair headaches, to say the least. The case is flimsy and not worthy the horn that's placed inside it!!! I never understood Selmer putting this great horn in such a junker of a case. Go with a Selmer Light, Selmer Vanguard, Pro Tec or another hard shell case. If you have the money to drop on this horn, it's well worth it and if you're buying this horn as an investment in your college/professional career you won't be disappointed.

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"An Amazing Find"

by Matthew - 9/2/2009 4:49:40 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Hobbyist and Active All styles of Music Lincoln, Illinois
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

The Reference 54 saxophone by Selmer Paris i s a remake of the earlier Mark VI instrument. The Best Saxophone of its time. My story is simple. I went to Woodwind and Brasswind. The company staff set me up with a practice room and some saxophones for me to try out. After about 4 i found this model. I loved how it sounded. The voice is deep and rich. The sound projection is magnificent. You can go from loud to soft on this horn as if you were talking. The keys are perfect for maneuverabiltiy when there are those spots in your music when you just can't move fast enough. The tone is set easily. I thought that i should try another horn but i always came back to that one. Eventually i ended up just buying it and taking it home with me. I have tried it in every style of playing. From Jazz to classical. From Boroque to Blues and it adjusts to anything. I thought I might have just picked a lucky horn but no. I played the horn of a teacher of mine and it was just the same. The horn has a wonderful way to allow you to speak through the horn. It does what you want it to with absolutely no resistance and with a finess that can only be described as angelic. If that is what you want and more then this is the Saxophone for you.

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"Wonderful Saxophone"

by Lyndsay - 5/27/2010 6:37:46 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
College Music Major Jazz and Classical Anna, OH
3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

I love this saxophone. I've had it for over a year now and I can't believe how well I can get it to play. It still amazes me when I get it out to play how beautiful the tone is. HOWEVER, I do have a few problems with this horn. The pads are so sticky especially during the hot weather. I took it to Florida in the winter and I couldn't believe how sticky the pads got. It's also very bad in the summer and is almost impossible to play. Also, I have had several felts fall off already. I would definitely still have gotten this horn while knowing these things, I just wish that I would've known that it would have been this big of a problem to get my pads treated. I was told that I would get reimbursed for any problems it had during the first year or two I had the saxophone. I have yet to receive that money or someone who can help me or give me an answer to my question.

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by James Mathis - 3/25/2010 11:31:06 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Profesional Jazz, Classical, Rock, etc... Asheville, NC

This horn has an amazing response. It has a free blowing low registered, and a singing like upper register. It is a beautiful horn also. The engraving is superb. This horn paired with a Selmer Soloist D is a great combo for any professional or college student. The overtones are easily produced on this horn. The few complaints I have is that it does not come with metal resonators. It also has some tuning issues from middle C sharp down to the A. Overall this is an amazing horn

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"Pretty much amazing!"

by Robert Hagy - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
10 years, 2nd Year in University Classical and Jazz Plymouth, NH
21 people out of 30 found this review helpful

I went down to WWBW headquarter just about 2 years ago to pick up one of these. A senior in my college sax studio had a Selmer Series II, but ended up going to the Reference 54. After playing on hers, I needed to get one of my own. The keys are a little loud at times (as mentioned in others reviews, clacking and such), but the sound is beautiful. I primarily play classical, but am getting more into jazz, and it possesses a beautifully warm and rich sonority. Overall, I have had only a few issues, high register being out of tune along with the middle D, but I've seen that on just about every saxophone. Other than that, it has been a great horn to me! I absolutely love this saxophone and would recommend it to anybody who is serious about continuing there education or experience on the saxophone.

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