Selmer Reference 54 Dark Laq Mark VI Inspired Alto Saxophone

Regular price $4,995.00

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For sale is a gorgeous dark lacquer Selmer Paris Reference 54 alto saxophone in like new condition!

This horn is a very recent serial #815,xxx.

The Reference 54 originally came out in 2003, so there was close to 20 years of these horns being produced.  These horns were made to be played, so the typical used Ref 54 altos popping up for sale are 5 10 15+ years old used horn that have plenty of strong used marks, patina, etc.

The horn is a used saxophone thats an extremely recent unit in awesome "like new" condition!

We have received and sold Selmer 92DL Supreme alto's with serial numbers as early as #824xxx. 

So this Ref 54 with a serial #815xxx is truly very recently produced unit that was made at the very end of the Ref 54 run. 

Over the close to 20 years there was a number of changes and tweaks to the neck & body of the Ref 54.  The final variant were the best playing Ref 54s produced.

Most of these recent produced Ref 54s were sold new and are still being played by those buyers, so this is a really nice find.

The horn it self has very little play time and is in fantastic fresh condition with only some very gentle surface marks.  Even the case still has the plastic sticker over the Selmer logo.

This horn features beautiful French floral style hand engraving that pops with the dark lacquer.

Its important to note that this horn has extra engraving vs the normal Ref 54.  Its hard to tell in the photos but around the right hand keys there is engraving traveling up the body tube around that key work.  

If you look around at Ref 54 pictures you will find the majority, prolly 99% of the Ref 54s do not have engraving in this area on the body tube.  Every once in a while you see one pop up with this engraving.  It doesnt mean anything particular its just always a nice feature to have as much engraving as possible!

This horn ships with its Selmer case and strap that are fantastic cases that sell for as solid chunk of money by them selves.

These days modern Selmer's have become extremely expensive.  The 92DL Supreme alto sells new for $8696! So the value proposition on these Ref 54s is amazing.

If you have been looking for a professional Selmer alto please buy and pay confidently we will ship ASAP upon purchase!


The Selmer Reference 54 is a professional saxophone inspired by the Mark VI model released in 1954. It integrates the Mark VI's legendary acoustic characteristics with innovative, modern key work, and better intonation. A favorite among jazz saxophonists, the Reference 54 offers a rich, full sound with an even scale and great ergonomics.

The keywork of the Selmer Reference 54 saxophone utilizes a modern, ergonomic design. This instrument comes complete with shaped flight case, Selmer Paris S-80 C* mouthpiece, cap and ligature, and care products. Join the legions of jazz saxophonists that have rediscovered the sound of the legendary Mark VI and have made the Selmer Reference 54 their horn of choice. The Reference 54 takes its inspiration from a 1958 mid-70,000 serial number Mark VI. It plays and looks like a vintage Selmer, including longer bell to improve intonation and a dark lacquer finish.

Tech Specs

Acoustics: Reference body style-full sound
Necks: Reference bore
Construction: ribs
Body material: Dark gold lacquer over yellow brass
Mouthpiece: S-80 C*
Mechanism: compact key positioning - closer to the body and directly under the hand
Range: high F# key
Front F key: spatula
Left-hand thumb rest: plastic
Right-hand thumb rest: metal adjustable
Adjusting screws: high F, G# key, F#/G# lug, F#/G#, adjusting bar, low C#, low B, side C, side Bb
Pivot screws: tapered
Needle springs: blued steel
Pads: treated leather with plastic resonators
Hand-engraved bell
Shaped flight case

From the moment you place your order the process starts ASAP and the gears begin turning so please buy and pay confidently!

Most orders are ready to dispatch and typically ship within 24 to 48 hours, and many times we can get them out DAY OF purchase. If you would like to feel confident when purchasing feel free to message over and we can tell you the exact time table for your horn.


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