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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 play both the 54 alto and tenor. I love these new horns for several reasons, but I'll just keep this review to the tenor.
For my hands/body ergonomics, these saxes were laid out very well. I had both horns set-up by Tim Glessman of Sax Alley in Windsor, CO. The key heights, spring tension, pads treated, etc. The 54 has the more focused sound of the modern tenors, not the American vintage sound. If that's what you want, go toward the Reference 36 if you want to stay with Selmer. Another great horn I own! I can truly play these horns faster than my old American vintage saxes. I also love that the scale is so much more even on these horns than any others I've owned. I even had more trouble with the older SA-80-II's I've played.
I definitely recommend this horn as an investment for any intermediate to pro player that will pay dividends in spades years from now.
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.
When my parents bought me this saxophone my freshman year I fell in love with it. Now four years later I find myself loving it even more. It has gotten me two All-State honors placements as well as several other musical honors. Over time I've found the intonation to be slightly off, but that could be explained with my lack of switching the pads adequately. But overall, I've found my saxophone to play better than any other brand I've tried (and I've tried several). This saxophone has a powerhouse sound, wonderful control, and can sustain everyday wear and tear as well as longer performances and gigs. From the moment I was given this saxophone, I've enjoyed every second.
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.
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.