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Selmer Paris Reference 36 Tenor Saxophone Standard


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Based on the 1936 Balanced Action tenor with improved intonation.

The Selmer Paris Reference 36 professional tenor saxophone combines the legendary sound of the 1936 Balanced Action model with optimized intonation and ergonomics for today's players. Inspired by Selmer's iconic vintage horn, the Reference 36 produces a rich, full tone with a warmth and character that has defined the Selmer sound. Its redesigned keywork is fast and fluid, responding effortlessly to the demands of contemporary jazz soloists and section players alike. The Reference 36's lacquered brass body and tapered toneholes achieve a resonance and projection suited to any musical setting. Selmer is proud to offer the latest evolution of a classic tenor that has been reimagined for the 21st century saxophonist.

Vintage-Inspired Tone and Response
The Selmer Paris Reference 36 tenor saxophone is inspired by the legendary 1936 Balanced Action model, renowned for its coveted tone. The Reference 36 combines this vintage character with optimized intonation and playability. Its wider bore, higher-copper brass alloy, and plastic tone boosters produce a rich, full-bodied sound with complex overtones. The Reference 36 responds effortlessly to nuanced phrasing and dynamics, rewarding musicians with a tone that sings.

Redesigned Ergonomics For Fluid Technique
While the Reference 36 is inspired by an iconic vintage Selmer tenor, its keywork has been completely redesigned for contemporary demands. The keys feel light and responsive under the fingers, facilitating rapid passages and complex fingerings. The Reference 36's compact key cups and optimized key spacing reduce hand fatigue over long playing sessions. An adjustable thumb rest provides customized comfort and support for any hand size. These ergonomic enhancements make the Reference 36 as comfortable to play as it is inspiring to hear.

Premium Accessories for Convenience
The Selmer Paris Reference 36 tenor saxophone comes with premium accessories for convenience and protection. It includes a Super Session mouthpiece, cap, and ligature; shaped Protec flight case; and care products. The lightweight case provides durable protection for transport between rehearsals, gigs, and recording sessions. Together with a premium Selmer Paris mouthpiece, these accessories let you enjoy your new Reference 36 tenor saxophone right out of the box.

  • Level: Professional
  • Key: Bb
  • Neck: Reference 36 neck
  • Neck Material: Yellow brass
  • Body Material: Yellow brass
  • Bell Material: Yellow brass
  • Key Material: Yellow brass
  • Finish: Rose gold lacquer
  • Range Up to: High F#
  • Springs: Blue steel
  • Pads: Leather
  • Resonators: Plastic
  • Thumb Rest: Adjustable metal
  • Pivot Screw: Tapered
  • Includes: shaped case, Selmer Paris Super Session I mouthpiece, ligature, cap, and care products
  • Crafted in: France


  • Keys positioned closer to the body for enhanced playability and comfort
  • Double F key has a with mother-of-pearl button
  • Leather pads with plastic boosters for a warmer sound