Selmer Reference 54 tenor Review

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Starduster's review of Selmer Reference 54 tenor


“A reasonable tonal quality but Selmer now seem to...”

Written on: 07/02/2009 by Starduster (1 review written)

Good Points
Positive keywork.
Reasonable tone.

Bad Points
Lack of screw adjustments.
Poor delivery adjustment.
Hugeley over-priced.

General Comments
A reasonable tonal quality but Selmer now seem to suffer from poor quality assurance.

I took delivery of a ref. 54 and it was unplayable due to out of adjustment keys and sticking pads. Compared to the Yamaha YTS62 the 54 is difficult to adjust but the biggest problem is staining of the laquer on the bell. This is a problem known to Selmer and they admit it is caused by acid in the flux used to solder brackets to the bell. Prior to applying the laquer, this should be thoroughly cleaned off but in some cases it is not completely removed. It takes about a year for the acid to burn through the laquer - just as the warranty is about to expire. My horn was sent back to Selmer in Paris in mid December and I'm still waiting to get it back. They estimated 90 days. I really regret the purchase of this horn.

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