Tradition is both a defining characteristic and a limit to progress. Selmer took the best aspects of the legendary Mark VI, while updating all of the necessary components to keep up with the changing, ever difficult standard set by the giants among us. The Reference 54 alto has all of the colors that can be coaxed out of a saxophone. Mellow, brash, brilliant or subdued, the Ref 54 has a palette large enough to fit any musical environment. With the advent of the SA80 series in the 80s, the updated ergonomics found of the 54 allow for efficient, precise playing without additional stress on the wrists or hands. To capture the true essence of the Mark VI, the Ref 54 Alto also features lacquer designed to replicate the original honey-colored lacquer found on altos from 1954-58. The spirit of the past with the efficiency of the present, this is the most complete alto on the market.
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