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Offline KSCop

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Selmer Signet Soloist - New to Me
« on: January 11, 2017, 06:36:38 PM »
I recently won an auction for a Selmer Signet Soloist. I've been looking for one for awhile after having several Signet 100's come through the shop.

I went higher than I usually do on auctions but got it for just under $130.

It arrived today and while the case isn't great, the clarinet is really nice!

It needs new tenon corks, and I'll probable re-pad it as well but I'm happy with the purchase.

I tested it as-received on the Magnehelic. The LH joint reads a little high at 4 (8 is wide open) but the RH joint is at a nice 1. I find that most wood horns don't quite make it to zero (I have several Vito student horns that read 0).

The only thing I had to do right away was cork the bell tenon. That took all of 10 minutes and I was able to play it. As expected, it's a little touchy given the MAG reading on the LH joint but overall still very nice.  The keys look neat perfect and are very responsive. The wood is really nice although it could use a cleaning.

I think I have a winner and may just keep this one. I'm curious to see how it stacks up to my YCL-52 once it's re-padded.

I'll try to get some pics up

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Re: Selmer Signet Soloist - New to Me
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2017, 07:32:47 PM »
I have always liked Selmer (USA) clarinets - I have a Model 103 - a little more resistant than my other clarinets but it sounds great. My "darkest" sounding horn for sure.

You just may prefer to the Yamaha . . . .
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Re: Selmer Signet Soloist - New to Me
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2017, 06:52:01 AM »
The Soloist is clearly the best of the Signets and is a favorite of mine.  I have heard that these were assembled in the US from Selmer Paris parts, especially the keywork, but cannot confirm with any citations.  I grab these when I find them and move them along after an overhaul.
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Re: Selmer Signet Soloist - New to Me
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2017, 09:42:42 AM »
That's what I've heard as well.  It's sort of like how Evette Schaeffers were often made from reject R13 bodies due to cosmetic flaws or ugly wood.
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Re: Selmer Signet Soloist - New to Me
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2017, 01:16:35 AM »
Yep, I have one of those Evettes also - nice Master Model getting an overhaul