Model 74 Selmer (Reference 54) Bb Tenor Saxophone: Inspired by the Mark VI model released in 1954, Selmer presents the Reference 54 tenor saxophone. An tenor saxophone that integrates the Mark VI's legendary acoustic characteristics with innovative modern keywork.
The Reference tenor takes its inspiration from a 1958 mid-70,000 serial number Mark VI. Musicians and aficionados consider these the most valuable (other than David Sanborn who prefers later models). The Reference plays and feels like a vintage Selmer, including longer bell to improve Intonation and a dark, warm lacquer finish. In fact, one of the professionals at IAJE back in January had a 76,000 Mark VI. Comparing them side-by-side we all thought that the Reference possessed a fuller, richer sound than that particular VI.
-Acoustics: Reference body style-full sound
-Necks: Reference bore
-Body material: Matte finish over yellow brass
-Mouthpiece: Super Session
-Mechanism: compact key positioning - closer to the body and directly under the hand
-Range: high F# key, Front F key: spatula
-Left-hand thumb rest: plastic
-Right-hand thumb rest: metal adjustable
-Adjusting screws: high F, G# key, F#/G# lug, F#/G#, adjusting bar, low C#, low B, side C, side Bb
-Pivot screws: tapered
-Needle springs: blued steel
-Pads: treated leather with metal resonators
-Shaped flight case