This model of Signet seems to be different only in that it has double-plated chrome keys. The chrome plating is excellent, and may be a special alloy. Even when I got the instrument, the keys showed no tarnish. Note that there is a newer Selmer Soloist (without the word Signet).
Bore of LH joint top of #34518: 15mm
Bore of LH joint bottom of #34518: 14.5mm (I doubt if that is normal.)
The above pictures are courtesy of Bugbarn. By the way, Signet RH joints are not marked with a serial number. Bugbarn's pictures above show that the Soloist model should be stamped with that name on all joints.
6May2012: Serial #13907 Thanks to Peggy S. for giving me the opportunity to review this instrument.
Bore LH joint top: 15.0mm
Bore LH joint at bottom: 14.6mm poly-cylindrical!
Intonation results taken when playing loud and not lipping. See how to interpret these results on the Model Comparison Page.
For this test, I pulled 0.3 at the barrel and 1 in the center for this horn.
Intonation summary: Wonderful! This is pro-level intonation, and with a wide bore starting point. At least with this high of a serial number, the Soloist is better than the Selmer Signet Special.
Key work quality: The key metal is not as hard as I would like. The chrome plating is very nice. I have seen some Soloists with badly bent keys.
This clarinet is most appropriate for: Anyone, especially intermediate to advanced.
Phil's other reconditioned Selmer Signet Soloists:
21Jun2012 #19814. Serial number only marked on LH joint. This also, like the first that I reviewed has wonderfully shiny keys with no wear marks.
14Jun2013, #29532. For Scott W. Good playing clarinet!