Selmer Paris Reference 36 Professional Tenor Saxophone - Rose Lacquer

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US$ 10,609.98
US$ 13,416.00
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US$ 13,416.00
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Rose Lacquer
Rib Construction
S80 C
Leather, Plastic Booster
Manufacturer part number
Case/gig bag
Hardshell Case
Thumb rest
Adjustable, Metal
Auxillary keys
High F#

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The Spirit of ’36, Tenor Edition

The Selmer Paris Reference 36 professional tenor saxophone is inspired by the legendary Balanced Action model that was released in 1936. The Reference 36 combines the Balanced Action’s coveted vintage sonic character with modern, optimized keywork and improved intonation. Highly regarded among contemporary jazz saxophonists, the Reference 36 delivers a rich, full-bodied sound and superior ergonomics. Today’s Selmer Paris 84 Reference 36 looks and plays like a classic Selmer (with a longer bell for better intonation), and it’s even available in a vintage-style rose lacquer finish. The keywork is amazingly fluid and responds with composure to even the most rapid-fire licks. The Reference 36 comes complete with a Selmer Paris Super Session mouthpiece, cap, and ligature, as well as a shaped flight case. Join the ranks of tenor players worldwide who have rediscovered the iconic sound of the Balanced Action and have made the Selmer Paris 84 Reference 36 their instrument of choice.

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Henri Selmer Paris created the Reference 36 in response to the legions of professional jazz saxophonists who were looking for vintage Selmer sound in a modern, easy-to-play instrument with optimized keywork ergonomics and improved intonation. The Balanced Action was released in the mid-1930s — a time when big band jazz was America’s pop music and the saxophone was taking over from the clarinet as a lead instrument. Selmer responded with a new saxophone design that produced a commanding voice capable of dominating such large instrumental groupings in this pre-amplification era. While sonically it may take its cues from the Balanced Action, the Reference 36 isn’t merely a great jazz horn.

Quality and versatility to go the distance

Versatility is one of the attributes of a great professional sax, and the Reference 36 is a masterfully designed modern horn you can take in any direction. Saxophonists who play both classical and jazz, for instance, can choose an appropriate mouthpiece and reed — or even a specialized neck — to customize their horn for the music at hand. However you set it up, your Reference 36 delivers a fluency of tone with a crisp transition between notes — a perfect primed canvas for forging your signature sound. The instrument’s solid tonal core owes much to the its fully ribbed body construction.

The benefits of ribbed body construction

Integrating the multiple key posts into a single plate, so-called “ribbed” body construction gives the tube higher mass (and hence more rigidity and durability), and requires somewhat more effort from the player. This makes the horn blow with moderate resistance while delivering a solid fundamental with rich tonal color. For experienced intermediate and pro saxophonists with a more developed embouchure and sound concept, it’s a definite advantage. Although ribbed construction typically presents a slightly increased initial resistance, it effectively gives you another level of resonance — an extra “gear,” if you will — to blow through for additional dynamic range and expression. Simply put, you can push the Selmer Paris Reference 36 further, and it will go exactly where you want it to go.

Handcrafted in France

Honoring the Henri Selmer Paris tradition of old-world craftsmanship, the Reference 36 benefits from premium materials and proprietary construction techniques developed over Selmer’s century-plus of wind instrument design expertise. This exceptional professional horn incorporates performance-enhancing details like specially treated leather pads with metal resonators that provide a leak-free, airtight fit while delivering a big, bright, and assertive tone that brings your notes to life. Not surprisingly, considering it comes from the company that perfected the modern saxophone, the Reference 36 offers superior ergonomics and playability, crisp intonation, and rich, precise sound that reflects every expressive nuance of your playing. It’s equally at home in jazz, fusion, classical, and pop settings, and it will elevate your technique and unlock new worlds of musical expression.

The Selmer legacy of quality and innovation

As all modern saxophone designs are based on the Selmer platform, it’s instructive to take a look at the company’s history to understand its considerable influence on the instrument as we know it today. Conservatory-trained clarinetist Henri Selmer founded Henri Selmer Paris in 1885. Fashioning reeds and mouthpieces in his small workshop, he soon took on instrument repair and modifications, which eventually let to the design and manufacture of clarinets. In 1900, Selmer opened a retail shop in New York (the beginnings of Selmer USA). In 1922, Selmer introduced its first saxophone: the Model 22. In the ensuing decades, Selmer released industry-leading designs such as the Balanced Action, Super Action, Balanced Action, and Reference 36, which have set the standard for what a modern saxophone should be. Listen to any iconic jazz recording by John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Paul Desmond, (late period) Cannonball Adderley, Wayne Shorter, Michael Brecker, Branford Marsalis, or Joshua Redman, and you will hear one of these legendary horns in action. Delivering exceptional value at every level, from student to professional, Selmer USA and Henri Selmer Paris offer a full line of woodwind and brass instruments. Sweetwater is proud to bring you Selmer’s rich legacy of quality and innovation.

Selmer Paris Reference 36 Professional Tenor Saxophone Features:
  • Acoustics: Reference body style for rich, full sound
  • Neck: Reference bore
  • Fully ribbed construction
  • Body material: yellow brass
  • Mouthpiece: Super Session
  • Compact, ergonomic key positioning
  • 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
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