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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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They would do best to copy a Yanagisawa. ;)

Failing that, I would like to see/play a bent neck, straight sop with a fixed neck (not removable). No high G, please. That would put the horn in the years of the Mk VI to SA80 (aka Serie I). FWIW, I agree with Grumps that some of the best earlier vintage sops were from Buescher. Buescher was making quality sops long before Selmer figured it out.
Reedsplinter said:
Isn't this (bent neck, fixed) what they've already done with the Serie III sop?
No, the III has interchangeable necks - one straight and one bent.
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