About the Model 74
Inspired by the Mark VI model released in 1954, the Selmer Paris 74 Reference 54 tenor 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 tenor saxophone offers a rich throaty sound that even "barks" well in the lower register. The keywork of the Selmer 74 tenor 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 74 Reference 54 tenor saxophone their horn of choice. The Reference 54 tenor 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 matte finish.
Acoustics: Reference body style-full sound, Necks: Reference bore, Construction: ribs, 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, Hand-engraved bell, Shaped flight case
In 1885 following graduation from the Paris Conservatory, Henri Selmer began making reeds, mouthpieces, and clarinets in Paris. In 198, Henri’s brother, Alexandre left for the US and began selling clarinets as he toured with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. These instruments would gain in popularity in Europe and America winning awards at the 1900 Paris Exhibition and in 1904 St Louis World’s Fair. In 1905, Henri took over the Barbier Company, a flute maker in Paris.
In 1922, Selmer introduced its first saxophones under the name “Series 22”. The Selmer brand continued to grow strength in woodwinds. In 1931, Selmer Paris acquired the brass manufacturer Millereau and began making trumpets. Later Selmer Paris would even begin manufacturing guitars in partnership with Mario Maccaferri. It wasn’t until the release of the Balanced Action saxophone in 1936 that Selmer Paris truly established their position as the leader in saxophone design. The Balanced Action and Super Action saxophones would follow leading up to the introduction of the Mark VI in 1954.
Between 1954 and ’74, Selmer Paris would sell over a quarter million units of the Mark VI. Even today, it is the chosen ‘vintage’ instrument by professionals around the world. As times changed, so did Selmer Paris’ models and the Mark VI evolved to the Mark VII, the Super Action 80, the Series II, and Series III. In 2003, Selmer Paris launched the Reference 54 saxophone which is based on the feel and response of the Mark VI with the intonation refinements of today.
Today, Selmer Paris is a leading manufacturer and the choice instrument of clarinet and saxophone professionals around the world. The instruments continue to be hand crafted in Paris with the fourth generation of Selmer family members leading the company.
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