Just like me!I usually get to try a few every year at the Sax Symposium, and they've been my favorite modern tenors for years now. The last batch I tried last January however, had me underwhelmed.
Selmers can still quite variable 'off the peg' so you must go with your own instincts as to which particular instrument works best for you, many players like the ref 54 and sound good on it. I have had a silver plate S3 for eleven years now and it's a good horn, but although I have played good Reference tenors I thought that there was not enough difference to warrant changing. The very best Selmer tenor I have played in the last few years was a Ref 36, however so was the worst, so go figure!hmm. i think ill definitely look into the 3 and the ref 36 now . no talk of the ref 54... ominous sign
Yeah, there's been a lot of discussion (i.e. unresolved argument) about this on SOTW over the years and it's been a bit like 'Christians v. Heretics' so careful what you open up[rolleyes]; you have to make your mind up for yourself on that one. FWIW I think it makes a slight subjective difference in certain areas of tone and response, but probably not enough for you to go hunting a silver plated horn just for its own sake.ok so numerous people are posting about the silver plated 3's. i was of the opinion that materials made no difference to tone... am i entirely incorrect?