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From my 30+ years of experience, without question, the Selmer Reference. Fatter, richer, more powerful sound. I've owned both. I believe the Selmer Reference is the finest horn made today. Properly set-up, it can stack up to the most wonderful MK VI out there. I love my Ref. 54.
 

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Ref. I've been playing one since they came out. The T992 seems bland in comparison. OTOH, the bari and sop 992, in my experience, are excellent.

Your mileage may vary, I've only been playing tenor sax for 35 years or so.
 

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The T992 is an excellent horn. However, I have not played the Ref 54, so I cannot compare. The Yani has excellent intonation and a superb keywork. The sound is great, but sensitive on mouthpiece. Link STM works great, but the Vandoren V16 that used to be better on my old mark VII doesn't work that well on the Yani.
 

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If you have the money for the Ref 54, get it! It would be a good idea to take it to a trusted sax technician for proper calibration and set-up since it is slightly used. By the way you are one lucky player getting a 54 ;)

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Yani sopranos for me are the best. However Selmers Ref tenors are the horns to go with if you can afford them. I have both the Ref 36/54 tenors. You'll need to get the ref horn set up depending on how picky you are, but tone wise I think you'll be much happier with the Ref than a Yani tenor.
 

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heath said:
Yani sopranos for me are the best. However Selmers Ref tenors are the horns to go with if you can afford them. I have both the Ref 36/54 tenors. You'll need to get the ref horn set up depending on how picky you are, but tone wise I think you'll be much happier with the Ref than a Yani tenor.
Amen Heath! Refs are to die for or sell your soul for. God I wish I had a Ref 54 Tenor:) Yani's in my opinion only make sopranos. Leave the tenors to Selmer Paris. Even though they are both owned by Selmer:D

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Neither Selmer Paris nor Yanagisawa are owned by Conn-Selmer. Both are distributed in North America by Conn-Selmer.
 

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Thats not what my local music store says....

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Neither Selmer Paris nor Yanagisawa are owned by Conn-Selmer. Both are distributed in North America by Conn-Selmer.
I see what you are saying. So USA Conn Selmer does not make yani or Selmer Paris but they do distrbute them? All I see is Selmer and Selmer with some Yani in the middle. Still looks like a saxophone mafia plot to take over the world to me:D http://www.conn-selmer.com/content/brands.php

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Yeah, if it's not a monopoly it's a good imitation of one.
 

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For tenor get the selmer. On alto and tenor I only play selmer, on soprano and bari only yanagisawa. It´s that simple. ;-)
 

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Agent27 -

What is not transfered over? Can you point that out to me?

Now, you would have made a good point if we were to compare a MK6 tenor with a King Super 20! But, we are talking Selmer vs. Yani here, are we not?

In other words, Selmer and Yani are still very elegant, sophisticated horns, and not powerful, pragmatic ones like King, Buescher, or Conn - or the German JK, for that matter.
 

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i am in the same delima too... I am between those two and the keilwerth sx. I have read all reviews on the web and the last decision will be taken on the 18th of this month (the day i go to Athens to test and decide).
I have an e relevant question but i believe its easy to be answered...so here it is. I have a Tenor that is not very good (weril-made in Basil) Should i take it with me for repair and service?(this will lower my budget for the new instrument) or leave it this way? can anyone imagine the cost?? Its two years old. Thanks :|
 

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Hi,

I'm brand new to this forum and new to saxes - I'm looking to purchase a tenor and just from reading the reviews and comments here, I've essentially narrowed it down to getting a Yanagisawa T992 at around $3,500 new.

Then I saw a Selmer Ref 54 (very slightly used in mint condition) for just over $3,000 - which has me considering it.

Pricing aside - which of these saxes do you think is better?

What are the main differences between these two?

Thanks in advance...
Woah!!! IF YOU ARE NEW TO SAXES, I PRESUME YOU ARE NEW TO PLAYING. YOU DON'T NEED ANYTHING THAT GOOD TO START WITH!! JUST GET AN ENTRY LEVEL YAMAHA AND LEARN TO PLAY FIRST! THEN, WHEN YOU ARE BETTER, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO TRY OUT ALL THE PRO HORNS AND SEE WHICH YOU LIKE BEST!
 

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Wise words from Dr. Sax

Dr_sax said:
For tenor get the selmer. On alto and tenor I only play selmer, on soprano and bari only yanagisawa. It´s that simple. ;-)
Short simple and gospel that should be followed by all sax players and wannabees....

P.S. I may be a wannabee but I sure have fun doing it:D

Rob
 
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