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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'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.
If you want a Mark VI, but can?t afford one, this is the next best thing. It comes extremely close and does an excellent job. The feel and look are fantastic, and the tone is clear and free blowing. In my opinion, this horn is only second the Legendary VI itself.
Both in looks and more importantly sound, this horn is incredible. I spent two days play testing horns of all makes and models but none compared to the Reference 54. It has the signature Selmer quality and beautiful tone, especially in the low end. It is also incredibly free blowing. You can make this horn sing no matter what you're playing: a lush ballad subtoning the low end, or screaming hard bop in the altissimo register. It has everything, and the matte finish is just one very nice extra touch.
I recently bought a new Reference 54, and I have to say that this is the most amazing horn I've ever played. While searching for a new horn I tried all different types of horns. I tried the Yamaha Z-series, the Yanagisawa T-922, the Reference 36, and the mythical Mark VI. None, and I mean none, played as well as the 54. The evenness of tone throughout the range of the horn was remarkable, even into the altissimo register, the horn stayed under control and couldn't be beat. I highly recommend this horn to anybody who is looking to play an amazing horn with a great dark tone.
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.