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I had a chance to try a Selmer Reference 54 tenor sax neck on a Yanagisawa T901 today and could not believe how it made the Yanagisawa sound like a Reference tenor, real close at least with a Selmer core (not kidding). It fit perfectly without any adjustment needed with the tenon or octave key and the intonation was spot on. I couldn't believe it. The Yanagisawa is an amazing horn and its sound reminds me of a Series III Selmer but the Reference 54 neck was amazing in that it was free blowing, dark and rich sounding on the Yanagisawa. Just thought I would share the experience. Any one else experience this? So now the question is .... a bronze Yanagisawa neck or a Reference 54 neck?
 

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I played many Ref necks on Ref 36 and Ref 54 tenors - every one of them was different, some were even good.

If you found a good Selmer neck, you should buy that exact one - the next will be different.
 

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When I had a T901 I recall having tried a T992 neck which I then promptly returned.
Personally the difference was really little, if anything. While I am a believer that self-suggestion plays a big role in life, in that instance it wasn't the case for me. I had quite high expectations but my ears detected little difference save for middle D (which has always been one of my weaknesses...) which was less sharp.

Bottom line: if you found that Selmer neck to work so well for you, do not waste money in a T992 bronze neck unless you have a very easy, handy way to buy.

I do not like their prices but I got to say the only Selmer spare neck I had, a goldbrass serie III, made a nice, audible difference vs. the stock serie III neck.
 
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