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Hypothetical Reference ____ Soprano

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Here's a hypothetical for all you SOTW inventive geniuses (i.e. everyone)::)

I saw/heard a local player yesterday who had a Selmer Serie III soprano in silver plate (beautiful!), and being a Ref. 36 player, I asked myself a series of questions which I had fun trying to answer. It occured to me that others might be interested in considering the same.

If Selmer decided to make a Reference version of the soprano, what year would they choose, and on what would they base their retro/modern soprano? Would the reference model be a Selmer at all, or another vintage instrument? What characteristics would this beastie have?

Weigh in, have fun.
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There's plenty of MINTY VI sopranos around. Why bother? Apparently in 1970 every sax player bought a VI soprano and left it in the closet. It also seems more players dislike the VI soprano then actually like it.

IF you could get the same sound I'd like the following items on my VI: (of course then it wouldn't be a reference but an SA80 Soprano)

1. Front F (No high F# or G Key Needed)I have the Oleg Deal but have intall it yet.
2. Modern Palm Keys
3. Modern Left hand pinky cluster
4. A one piece Bent Neck options would be nice (I'm not a double neck fan)

I'm convince that the palm key configuration with all the toneholes in-line in the front of the horn ( High D, Eb, F) helps create the VI sound. Just speculation but I've not seem that sort of tonehole set-up on non-Selmer horns. (Unless it's a VI copy)
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