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Selmer Soloist

Serial  #P0045476, purchased new in 2007 or 2008. Thanks to Darrel and his son, Miles, for letting me review this, 15Sept2012.
Barrel:  63.5mm
Bore LH joint top:  14.8mm
Bore LH joint at bottom:  14.3mm Definitely 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 1mm and used a tuning ring  at the barrel and 1  in the center for this horn. I normally don’t use tuning rings in my tests, but this instrument really needed it.
High register
FMIT

F-2

E0

D0

C0

B3

B-flat6

A11
Mid


G10

F5

E0

D6

C3

B0
Throat tones


Bb-1

A3

G0

F0

E0
Chalemeau


D6

C5

B-flat5

A3

G9

F0

E-3

Selmer Soloist



Intonation summary: This is very good intonation, but there are different trade-offs than with a clarinet which is more in the Buffet/Leblanc tradition. The poly-cylindrical advantage has not been used to the full extent to get chalemeau register C, Bb, and A in tune, but it is nice that low F and E are in tune. Correspondingly, it is nice that the middle B orchestra tuning note will be in tune, although band tuning note C is sharp. It is interesting that they pulled back from a full 15mm bore.

Key work quality: The keys are beautiful with their sterling silver plating, however they are not as sturdy and well-designed as Leblanc (which is my favorite).

This clarinet is most appropriate for: Anyone, even the most advanced.




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