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Selmer Paris Reference 54 Tenor SaxophoneThis gorgeously crafted instrument incorporates some of the finest acoustic and ergonomic characteristics of earlier Selmer Paris models. These are combined with modern design and manufacturing enhancements. One major feature making the Reference 54 popular is its centered tone based on the legendary 1954 Mark VI. The keywork is superb and positioned closer to the body for enhanced playability and comfort.
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I tried this horn a few days ago and I was very skeptical. I've heard it was suppose to emmulate the mark IV. When I first played on it, I was sort of disappointed. I was also trying out different mouthpieces as well. The real beauty came out of this horn when I used a Guardala studio line. The horn became a beast. At first, I was like "O MY GOD"! This horn is great. With this setup up with a guardala, it has a Michael Brecker type of sound. I think all the great tenor players would agree that the reference 54 is just as good as the mark IV or better.
I've been playing jazz on this horn for about 3 years. It has excellent intonation, easy ergonomics (though I raised the low Bb key with some cork), and very even tone quality throughout the range. It maintains the same core sound through all registers. There are a number of great horns out there, but this has a core presence to the sound that is just right for me. Not too spread, not too bright or thin. The natural sound of the horn tends to be somewhat dark. I compensate for this by using a medium chamber mouthpiece. I am very happy with the horn and expect to play it for the rest of my life.
I had personally played on a 1973 Mark Vi that had been repadded for about 6 months prior to buying the horn. Within the 2 months before buying the horn, I had also tried an older Selmer Series II with a nickel plated selmer neck and another early Mark VI. Also, I had played a Conn Naked Lady. While play testing this horn, I compared it with a Selmer Series II black nickel plated horn and wow... The difference was unbelievable. I would never take any horn over my reference. This horn plays better than any horn I have ever played and feels better too. The action is fast and the sound is phat. In my opinion, it is even better than the Mark VI. It is well worth the money spent and I will be playing this horn my entire life!
I'd highly recommend this horn. It has a very solid center and is incredibly free blowing. It doesn't have the same "something" that the old VI's have but it definitely comes close. Great horn.
I was planning to go to college as a music major and needed something that I could play easily, had a nice sound, and would be good enough to take to college. Originally, I was planning on purchasing a Yanigasawa after hearing numerous good things about them. I was given the Selmer Reference 54 to try, among Yamahas and other Selmers. As soon as I started playing it, the only thing I could think was, "WOW!" It has a beautiful dark tone and a very attractive vintage look and I knew from the very moment I picked it up that I need not look at any other saxophone. This was the one! I have been playing it for a few years and have found it to be excellent. It rarely needs to go in for repair and I have been complimented numerous times on its wonderful sound. All the other students are amazed at what a great instrument I have, and some directors have even commented on it. My suggestion to you if you're looking for a new tenor: Get a Selmer Reference 54!