Selmer Paris Reference 54 Alto Saxophone

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

Inspired by the Mark VI model 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. A major 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 wicked licks. Complete with shaped flight case, Selmer Paris Super Session mouthpiece, cap and ligature, and care products. Join the legions of jazz saxophonists that 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, including longer bell to improve intonation and a dark lacquer finish.


The essence of the legendary Mark VI with the comforts of the modern mechanism can be yours. Order now!

 

Reference 54 Alto Saxophone Specifications:

  • 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: shaped case, Selmer Paris Super Session E mouthpiece, ligature, cap, and care products
  • Crafted in: France
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Selmer ParisReference 54 Alto Saxophone
 
4.8

(based on 31 reviews)

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Excellent but Mark VI still sounds better

I tried a Reference 54 and a Yamaha Custom Z altos. Both had excellent action and intonation. I found it quite easy to generate the high F and low B flat with both horns....Read complete review

I tried a Reference 54 and a Yamaha Custom Z altos. Both had excellent action and intonation. I found it quite easy to generate the high F and low B flat with both horns. I did not like the sound of the Yamaha so much. It sounded a bit like a toy sax (just a bit). The Selmer had a great sound. However, when I got home and played my old re-lacquered Mark VI, I thought its sound still had more core than the Reference 54. I wish I had tried them side by side. The action of the 54 is way better than that of the Mark VI, and the high F comes much easier on the 54. So if the sound was the same or better, the 54 would beat the Mark VI hands down. But I am still not convinced, and sound is the ultimate criterion for choosing a horn. I hope I will have the chance to compare the 54 with my Mark VI side by side.

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Awesome horn, Killer flaw

I purchased and subsequently returned my Reference 54 because of a defect in the lower stack. The low C, and sometimes the B, would burble uncontrollably at all dynamic levels. This occurred with ...Read complete review

I purchased and subsequently returned my Reference 54 because of a defect in the lower stack. The low C, and sometimes the B, would burble uncontrollably at all dynamic levels. This occurred with both of my mouthpieces as well as the included Super Session D. I had the horn checked top to bottom by a great tech, with no leaks found. This problem seems to be very widespread, as many players who have tried the horn have experienced it. Besides this flaw, the horn is incredible. Very even intonation, great response, and a superb deep and muscular sound. The altissimo response wasn't great, but the horn is based on the VI, so this is probably to be expected. So, if you don't have problems with the lower stack, get this thing. It's incredible.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Horn

By Alyssa-amXNJ

from Cleveland, Ohio

Comments about Selmer Paris Reference 54 Alto Saxophone:

After I started playing with the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, I desperately needed to purchase a nicer horn than the student model that I was currently playing. Though I debated between the Selmer Series III and the Ref 54, I inevitably chose the Reference because of it's wonderfully warm and colorful tonality. The response of the keys and pads are wonderful and the ergonomics are nice too. Tuning is very easy as well and it is an extremely easy horn to blow and play freely, though I had a small problem with sticky pads that is not uncommon with new horns. This horn is also available in a matte 'antiqued' lacquer which I personally love. Overall, I would recommend this horn to anyone who is looking to play at the upper high-school and collegiate level, despite the high price.

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(62 of 96 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Selmers Next Knock-Out

By Michael Robinson

from Byron Center, Michigan

Comments about Selmer Paris Reference 54 Alto Saxophone:

For 8 years ( yes, even into the beginning of my freshman year...embarrassingly ) I played with the Standard Yamaha horn. The basic of the basics. And here I am in college trying to play have of the stuff they throw at me. Now don't get me wrong, 95% of what is played is the performer, not the horn. But it was time, I NEEDED a new horn. So I went out and bought the Reference 54 Selmer Hummingbird. Same exact horn, except a few different engravings. Wow, what an amazing difference. The tone is rich and dark, the response you get from altissimo notes is outstanding. And, for all of us sax players, we all know how hard it is to play extremely low and pianissimo. Well...this horn will totally blow your mind when you realize you can easily play the lowest note on the horn and an almost un-audible volume. Absolutely amazing horn. I know I am younger compared to many saxophone hobbyists, but I have done my fair share of research, and playing. The only thing I played that even came CLOSE to this saxophone was the Julius Keilwerth Shadow...but still there was something missing in that horn that this one delivered. Outstanding horn. It is definitely Selmers next Knock out sax!-Michael Robinson-Music Major at Grand Rapids Community College

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(22 of 41 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

If you can afford it, buy it.

By Richard C

from New York

Comments about Selmer Paris Reference 54 Alto Saxophone:

I've lived for two years with a Yamaha Custom Z alto, and for the past year with a Selmer Reference 54 as well. I've held off writing this till I had a chance to live with both horns for a while. While the Yamaha is a very good horn, and certainly can be played in any situation, the Reference 54 is in another (better) class entirely. It is deeper, richer, sweeter, and more dynamic. I am continually complemented by people who say "what a great sounding horn!", which happens, but less often, when I play the Z.Both horns came with leaks, and required set-ups. I did initially find it easier to get out the low notes on the Z, but that problem has totally disappeared, and I have no trouble with pianissimo low notes. Not sure if the problem was my technique, or something to do with the pads, but, whatever, it is no longer an issue at all.Bottom line, if you're on a tight budget, the Z will serve you well, but if you can spring for it, you will love the Reference 54.

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(32 of 54 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best alto saxophone I have ever tried.

By Ben Krosner

from Maryland

Comments about Selmer Paris Reference 54 Alto Saxophone:

This saxophone has a dark tone. It can project even with plastic as opposed to metal holding the padding on. The plastic gives it a dark and warm tone. It comes with a Selmer Supper Session D mouth piece.

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(86 of 120 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent horn, would recommend it to anyone

By Curran

from Knoxville, TN

Comments about Selmer Paris Reference 54 Alto Saxophone:

Throughout high school, I had played on Yamaha 875 Custom, and I loved it. The intonation was excellent, and the key position was great. I just entered college, and I had played some Selmer Series III and was unimpressed with how it felt and sounded. The sound on them is very even in all registers, but the key action just felt flimsy and I felt like I was going to break it. I tried out the Reference 54 at a local music store and I really liked it. The dark lacquer really caught my attention. It sounded a lot like my Yamaha, but fuller and much more responsive. I noticed that there was some wobbling in the lower register, especially on the C, but the gold neck that I got solved the problem and makes the horn so much better for the low and high end. Altissimo is very easy to get out, far superior to my old Custom. It was a very easy switch from my old horn, except for the high E key which is shaped differently. It takes a little getting used to, but it's a small price to pay for the wonderful tone and response. Overall, it's a fantastic horn and would recommend it over a Series III anyday.

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(16 of 32 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome

By James-v-AxQ

from San Francisco

Comments about Selmer Paris Reference 54 Alto Saxophone:

Overall, I'll give this saxophone a 9/10. Good, clear sound. But the lower register wasn't good. a little wobbly, but after I got the instrument in tune, AWESOME!! The engraving is BEAUTIFUL on this saxophone. I gave this a 9 because the saxophone could have been better, because subtones and altissimo notes were not to easy to hit. I absolutely enjoyed playing this saxophone and if u buy it, u won't regret it.

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(27 of 53 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great horn!

By Justin Nguyen

from Brea ,CA

Comments about Selmer Paris Reference 54 Alto Saxophone:

I first decided to buy a new alto sax after my beginners one fell apart on me and wasn't that responsive to the new harder types of music. The Selmer saxes are so much more responsive and have a more round sound than a bright sound. Dark and controlled is how I would describe the Selmer sound. Now I looked at models next. I looked at the Reference 54, Mark VI, and the Series III. I found that the reference has a more controlled sound then the series III. Then came down to the 54 and the VI. My instructor has a Mark VI and I would agree that his saxophone was probably the best I've ever played on, but I only had two to select from at the shop I went to and they both played not as great as the reference. In conclusion, I would say that if you can't get a good Mark VI with a dark and controlled sound then the next best would be the Reference 54. The Reference may be expensive, but its an investment for the long run and I would only get it if I planned on going professional.

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(18 of 36 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Deep Rich Sound

By Myles Alexander

from chicago

Comments about Selmer Paris Reference 54 Alto Saxophone:

First off the 54 that I just bought is a superb instrument. I find that it is very free blowing, and the tone is not constrictive like that of the Shadow. There are only two problems with the horn... The first is really easy to fix: the palm and the side keys are really low and I kept missing them. However, I bought risers for both, and they are at the perfect height now. The second problem is that there is wobbling that occurs in the lower register. (especially the low B.) This, however, is not a problem for classically trained players who happen to have a more focused air stream, however for those of us who play jazz it will be harder to deal with. If you are experienced enough, you can train your self to get rid of that for the low B. It only took me about a half-hour, and the problem is now solved. In conclusion I find it to be a great horn. My only suggestion is to play every note up and down to make sure you don't have any problems. The 54s are great!(When you get a good one) Sometimes there can be some flaws.

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(61 of 124 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

HOT DANG! This is the king!

By Dan, the Dead Saxy Man

from Pierce County, WA

Comments about Selmer Paris Reference 54 Alto Saxophone:

I recently purchased a gold lacquered Reference 54. I made my decision over the worn matte lacquer because of the slightly more crisp tone, plus its appearance looks rich and professional. This sax plays excellent especially in the upper range. I am a junior in high school and could never hit any altissimo notes above a G on my old USA AS110 (pretty good sax as well), but on the Reference I can nail notes above an altissimo D with ease. My only suggestion is to make sure a repair shop or professional inspects the horn before purchase, making sure all screws and springs are A-OK. After only 3 months, I've had one spring bracket fall off (a quick weld fix) and a spring come out of my G key, causing it to nearly fall off. Just take precautions. Otherwise, you'll be hard pressed to find a more impressive horn than the Reference 54.

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(55 of 110 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AWESOME SAX

Comments about Selmer Paris Reference 54 Alto Saxophone:

A summary of my summary in two words? AWESOME SAX! To start off, the sax looks great. The inside of its case gives a nice contrast to the sax's "honey" color and is an awesome sight. The case is nice as well, and comes with a sturdy strap to go along with it. The only downside to the case is that it has a relatively small compartment on the inside, but then again, there's always extra room in the bell.The sax's performance isn't even CLOSE to bad. The action is precise and has a nice spring to it. Everything on the sax is aligned extraordinarily well. (what else can you expect from a Selmer?) The sound that can come out of this sax is awe-inspiring. The sound is extremely elegant in classical, but can still get into the groove in any type of jazz. The only downside I've heard of this sax is a little "getting used to" in the lower register. Personally, I had no problems, but coming from a who-knows-how-old Vito, anything's easy to play. Despite this, its still very easy to get to play nicely. Very good reliability as well.One thing I must say I've had a small amount of trouble with this sax is the high G#/Ab (nothing to stop anyone from buying this sax, but just something to know). Whenever playing this note on the high register with a small amount of wind, it tends to drop down an octave. Add a bit more air to the horn, and problem solved. In my six months of owning this horn, this is the ONLY problem I've had, and as I've said before, its only a miniscule issue.Overall, this is a PERFECT SAX. I would be unable to find a thing wrong with it as a student.So there you go, no complaints from me, and I doubt you'll have any either.

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