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  • Selmer Adolphe Sax Baritone Rare and Unique

    The ultimate collectible baritone – this is a hybrid Selmer Adolphe Sax baritone made in the 1930’s by Selmer Paris using some Selmer parts and some parts from the Adolphe Sax company, bought by Selmer.

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    Selmer Balanced Action Alto 1945 Fresh Overhauled Original Silver Plate Excellent Condition

    Get your Paul Desmond tone going with this beautiful, freshly-overhauled, original silver plate Selmer Balanced Action alto saxophone from 1945. This is the sort of alto Desmond played on Take Five, among many other recordings, and it is the sweetest sounding Selmer alto ever made in my opinion. The ‘Balanced Action’ in the name refers to Selmers revolutionary new keywork design that came on this instrument. It probably doesn’t seem revolutionary to you, since every saxophone made today is made in imitation of Selmer’s ‘balanced action’ design!

    The upshot is that you get an alto with a beautiful, warm, lyrical vintage tone, but with keywork that feels quite modern under the fingers. That’s what makes the Balanced Action model such a sweet spot for vintage Selmers. The earlier Selmers are great, but the keywork feels more antequated to many alto players, who, as a general rule, seem less interested in vintage tone unless the keywork also feels more familiar. Tenor players are in general more dedicated to tone, and will work with vintage keywork if it gets them the sound the want.

    Anyway, it would be hard to find a nicer example of a Selmer Balanced action alto saxophone than this one. It has nearly all of its original silver plate intact, and it has no dents or dings, and no resolders. The bell flare, bow, neck, and body tube are clean and undamaged. The neck is particularly nice. This sax also comes with a recent overhaul done by Jack Finucane, and it feels good under the fingers, with everything nice and snappy and sealing well. You won’t have to put money into this one to get it playing well, and it won’t need more than regular maintenance to play well for a nice long time.

    It even includes the BAM case in the photos, so this is really a great deal at this price. Whoever gets this horn is going to be pretty lucky I think. It’s warm and lyrical, medium spread, but with a nice, solid core tone. You can take the sound in lots of directions, from classical (Selmer’s main design idea at the time) to jazz, smooth jazz, west coast, rock, or really whatever. It’s flexible enough to work with a variety of mouthpieces and still tune well. This is a great alternative to buying some boring new horn for several reasons: better overhaul, better tone, much better resale value, better build quality, more beautiful. But mostly for the tone.

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    Selmer Balanced Action Alto 26xxx Original and Overhauled!

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    There are not too many original lacquer Selmer Balanced Action’s out there anymore. Here is a structurally clean, original lacquer alto SN# 26xxx, which is the best serial range for a Balanced Action, in my experience. It has American engraving, with a beautiful cabin scene engraved on the bell. The BA tenors have gone up a lot in price in recent years, and the altos are almost sure to follow. This is what Paul Desmond played on the classic “Take Five” with an MC Gregory mouthpiece (BA + MC Gregory @small tip opening + stiff reed + lots of practice + play softly = Desmond sound!) I love the warm, sweet tone that these altos have. I play a very similar 26xxx myself, and recommend this one highly. This horn was overhaule by Matt Stohrer, and was his personal alto for a while before I snagged it from him.

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    Selmer Balanced Action Alto 26xxx Original!

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    There are not too many original lacquer Selmer Balanced Action’s out there anymore. Here is a structurally clean, original lacquer alto SN# 269xx, which is the best serial range for a Balanced Action, in my experience. It has American engraving, with a beautiful cabin scene engraved on the bell. The BA tenors have gone up a lot in price in recent years, and the altos are almost sure to follow. This is what Paul Desmond played on the classic “Take Five” with an MC Gregory mouthpiece (BA + MC Gregory @small tip opening + stiff reed + lots of practice + play softly = Desmond sound!) I love the warm, sweet tone that these altos have. I play a very similar 26xxx myself, and recommend this one highly. This horn is on consignment from an experienced, long-time saxophone collector, and he is only selling it because after over 20 years of collecting, he is now selling most of his collection.

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    Selmer Balanced Action Alto BA 26xxx

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    Selmer Balanced Action Alto from 1937 Original Lacquer Recent Overhaul

    Beautiful Selmer Balanced Action Alto with original lacquer and a recent overhaul. It is in remarkably clean condition and has a recent overhaul. American-engraved and assembled, with a warm, lyrical tone that fills the room, this is the Balanced Action to have.

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    Selmer Balanced Action Alto Saxophone

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    This is one of the most beautiful vintage saxophones on the site right now. It is a Selmer Balanced Action alto SN# 23xxx, which is early in the (short) Balanced Action run. The Balanced Action was a leap forward in saxophone design and is really the first saxophone with what would come to be modern keywork. These horns are becoming more and more popular as people discover a tone that you cannot get anywhere else combined with this kind of keywork.

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    Selmer Balanced Action Alto Saxophone 24709

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    Selmer Balanced Action Baritone Rare and Gorgeous!

    Selmer Balanced Action Baritone with Matt Stohrer setup for the price of a Yamaha 52. This is one of only 35 baritones made in the 25000-26000 serial range, and is in excellent physical and cosmetic condition.

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    Selmer Balanced Action Saxophone Fresh Overhaul Original Silver Plate Great Tone

    This is an amazing, fully restored Selmer Balanced Action alto. It just got a wonderful high-end overhaul, complete with some spot plating on some keys and along the back of the body tube where the silver had begun to wear. This is one gorgeous alto, with the rare British market two-tone finish, and gold wash bell. The spring tension is on the lighter side, like with most Balanced Actions. If you want stiffer spring tension, we could discuss replacing the springs, but right now, it has a light flute-like feel like these originally had.

    Tonally, If you want an alto that people are going to want to listen to, this is the one. It plays extremely well, with a warm, powerful voice that is effortlessly lyrical and makes you not want to put it down. It has high-end reusable domed brass resonators and sounds very good on them. Keywork is snappy, and ‘dry’ under the fingers, like it should be. This comes with a new BAM Softpack alto case, or you can swap that for a Cabine for +$100. These British market Balanced’s are my favorite finish on vintage Selmers, and they are few and far between.

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    Selmer Balanced Action Tenor 22xxx Gorgeous and Overhauled

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    This is a beautiful Selmer Balanced Action tenor saxophone that was relacquered by Selmer in the 1950’s. It had Selmer pads and a few remaining Tone-x resonators on it when I got it (which means definitely factory relac), as well as the dark nitrocellulose lacquer that Selmer used on the later SBA tenors. Plus, the engraving is totally sharp and the whole thing is beautiful. Aaron Barnard just overhauled this horn with TenorMadness domed brass resos and Pisoni pads, and it is now ready to go and is a VERY good playing BA tenor.

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    Selmer Balanced Action Tenor 27xxx Great Deal!

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    Selmer Balanced Action Tenor 28xxx Silver Overhauled!

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    Here’s one of those horns that you hardly ever find for sale. This was Andy Farber’s tenor for about 20 years> Andy is among the most prominent New York sax players around. He loves vintage saxophones and owns only the best stuff. If you’re looking for a really great vintage Selmer, it would be hard to do better than this for beauty, playing condition, and provenance. It should make someone really happy! Only one available. Get it now!

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    Selmer Balanced Action Tenor 29xxx Original Overhauled

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    Selmer Balanced Action Tenor BA 26xxx

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    Selmer Balanced Action Tenor BA 28xxx Original Stohrer Overhaul

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    If you are looking for a creme de la creme vintage Selmer tenor, this is it. The BA tenors between roughly 27k-30k serial are my favorite sounding vintage tenors. I play a 29k BA tenor myself, and I don’t think there is really any other saxophone vintage or modern that gives you such a uniquely beautiful, full, lush, velvety, delicately centered tone. The list of prominent players who played a BA tenor is a virtual who’s who of 40’s jazz, and with good reason. This is a rare, turn-key purchase for a world-class vintage Selmer tenor that will make even the most jaded gear heads get excited. Grab it now before it’s gone.

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    Selmer Balanced Action Tenor from 1939 Matt Stohrer Overhaul!

    This is a great deal on a world-class Balanced Action tenor sax, with a full mechanical restoration by Matt Stohrer. It sold the first day I listed it to a Conn player on trial. Like I expected, he likes his Conns better. (No surprise there! Conns are great!) But now it’s available again, so if you emailed me about it, here it is.

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    Selmer Balanced Action Tenor from 1939 Original Lacquer

    The Balanced Action is my overall favorite Selmer, and it would be hard to find a better playing example than this one.

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    Selmer Balanced Action Tenor Saxophone 29xxx

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    This is a gorgeous Balanced Action Tenor with the nicest original lacquer and engraving that I have seen. The tone is dark and warm, somewhat spread, with a punchy edge. This horn has a fresh overhaul by Matt Stohrer, using oversized domed metal resonators. If you are trying to figure out what resos match a BA like this, the answer is domed metal. 

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    Selmer Balanced Action Tenor Saxophone 29xxx

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    This is a very nice, clean relacquered Balanced Action in the best serial range for these tenors 29xxx. It is a clean relacquer because there was not much buffing done, and the engraving is still very much like it was originally. The keywork is in good condition, and this horn plays very well with almost all new pads. It has a bigger sound than a VI, and it’s also darker and more smoky than a VI. I play a 29xxx myself, and this horn plays a lot like mine, which is saying a lot.

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    Selmer Cigar Cutter Alto Burnished Gold Plate Butterflies Super Sax Excellent! 16587

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    Selmer Cigar Cutter Super Sax Tenor Saxophone 17xxx Original Overhauled Modern Keywork!

    See the full description below for more info. Here’s a 1933 Selmer Super Sax tenor with a recent overhaul, original finish, and several modifications/modernizations: a larger right hand thumbrest, a later-style geared octave mechanism with Mark VI style righward-tilting thumb key, and Balanced Action style left hand pinky table.  These modifications significantly modernize the feel of this horn, and ergonomically it feels about a generation younger than it actually is.

    The modifications themselves were done quite competently, and fit and blend in well with the horn, not being noticeable upon casual inspection unless you know where to look.  The saxophone itself is in good physical condition, with moderate lacquer wear and no major past damage that I can see.

    These types of modifications are not easy to do, are quite expensive, and are not often done, so it could be a good long while before you see another Super Sax with a modernized left hand pinky table.  If you’ve been interested by the big Selmer tone of the Super Sax models but are used to modern ergonomics, this could be the horn for you.

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    Selmer Cigar Cutter Tenor Saxophone 17779

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    Selmer Dorsey Alto – Super Rare Silver Plate! Holy Grail

    Once in a lifetime find – Silver Selmer Dorsey Alto! The ultimate collectible and playable Selmer. Add a good overhaul through me if you want to.

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    Selmer Dorsey Alto 28605 Gorgeous!

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    Selmer Dorsey Alto 28608 Sweet!

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    Selmer Dorsey Alto! These are super cool.

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    Selmer Dorsey Alto 28669 Beautiful

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    Beautiful and rare Selmer Dorsey alto (drops mic).

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto #90160 from 1960 Original Lacquer Overhauled!

    Gorgeous, original, overhauled VI alto with a beautiful tone.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto 106xxx

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    Here is a nice, clean, original lacquer Selmer Mark VI alto saxophone in my favorite serial range for *tone*. The VI altos around 95xxx-119xxx seem to have an extra resonant, powerful, dark, focused core that makes them a lot of fun to play. The intonation is good, and there are no problems there to mention, save low B and Bb being a bit flat, but only if you are using a small tip opening, classical style mouthpiece. This horn has a mix of old and new pads, and it plays great on them. You could get away with playing it like this for quite some time before getting it repadded again. There just is no other saxophone that does it all as well as a vintage VI like this, and this is a good, original example of one.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto 136xxx Mint

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    This is an interesting horn because, besides the fact that it is in like new condition, it is also one of the very first medium bow altos made. It is a 136k serial, which is as early as you see the true medium bow (which has the best intonation for low register, especially with a classical setup). There were actually long bow horns made after this batch, believe it or not. In any case, it’s a huge playing horn as well – rich, medium between bright and dark and just surprisingly lots of fun. It was so pristine that the neck cork had not even been compressed. Basically it was never played – and it turned out to be an excellent player.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto 137xxx High F#

    This is a nice, medium bow 137xxx Selmer Mark VI alto with high F#. For those of you that need a high F# for classical repertoire, or just for convenience, this is one of the best deals on a VI you will find. It comes from my favorite serial range for the VI alto, when it had the best combination of tone and intonation etc.

    If you are looking for a really good, solid VI alto with F#, of a great vintage that is also priced very reasonably, feels good, and tunes well, then this is it. There’s only one available. Get it now!

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto 141k Low A Original Lacquer Amazing

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto 152xxx Fresh Overhaul

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    This is a very good lead alto Mark VI in that sweet spot around 140-150k serial when the altos tend to be very dependably good. It has a BIG voice and instant response. Easy altissimo, excellent intonation, including bell keys, and that medium bright, complex, sweet vintage Selmer thing going for it. Part of what makes this horn stand out is the quality of the overhaul. Steve Collins of Collins Hornworks overhauled this with nice, firm MusicMedic precision pads and the correct domed plastic resos, and it just feels great. I am *extremely* picky about this kind of thing, so that you get a quality of setup and playing condition that makes horns like this stand apart from the rest of the options out there.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto 152xxx Fresh Overhaul

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    This is a very good lead alto Mark VI in that sweet spot around 140-150k serial when the altos tend to be very dependably good. It has a BIG voice and instant response. Easy altissimo, excellent intonation, including bell keys, and that medium bright, complex, sweet vintage Selmer thing going for it. Part of what makes this horn stand out is the quality of the overhaul. Steve Collins of Collins Hornworks overhauled this with nice, firm MusicMedic precision pads and the correct domed plastic resos, and it just feels great. I am *extremely* picky about this kind of thing, so that you get a quality of setup and playing condition that makes horns like this stand apart from the rest of the options out there.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto 163xxx Original

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    This is a very nice American-assembled and engraved Selmer Mark VI alto saxophone. It has original lacquer, and it has good pads and plays very well. Some small dents were removed from the bow and body, and the low C and B key guard feet have been resoldered – just small stuff from being used, and all very minor. The neck is original and has not been pulled down or repaired. All in all, it’s a beautiful, original lacquer Selmer Mark VI in a great serial range for altos, with good pads for a very reasonable price.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto 168xxx

    This is a gorgeous American-assembled and engraved Selmer Mark VI alto saxophone. It has nearly all of its original lacquer, and it has good pads and plays very well. It has no resolders and no past damage to the neck, bell, or body tube. The neck is original, beautiful and has not been pulled down or repaired. The American-assembled VI altos in the 160k range are very good players. I know several top professional players who prefer altos in just this range. The tone is sweet, medium between bright and dark, flexible, and complex just like people want from a good Mark VI. The intonation is very good – better than most Mark VI altos, both in the palm keys and in the bell keys. If you have been looking for a realy good VI alto for a while, look no further.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto 168xxx Exceptional Player

    Best horn for your money in a Mark VI alto right now. If you want a bright, projecting Mark VI alto, this is the one to get. It has a great overhaul also.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto 171xxx Good Deal!

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    This is a beautiful relacquered Selmer Mark VI alto saxophone with rose gold colored lacquer and a recent repad. It plays well with a medium-bright tone and a nice even scale cross the range. This horn has good intonation across the range as well, unlike some earlier VI altos with a different bow design. You will not lose money if you ever want to re-sell a horn like this. Modern Selmers have gotten so expensive relative to vintage ones that you can now buy a great VI like this for quite a bit less than a new “Reference 54,” only your Ref54 goes down in value and your VI goes up, and the VI is (in my opinion) still a superior instrument in terms of tone and build quality.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto 178482 from 1970

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto 190xxx from 1971 Original

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto 192xxx

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto 1958 Conservatory Model Original Silver Plate 77632

    This is an amazingly awesome vintage Selmer Mark VI alto saxophone from 1958 that features all of the possible extra keywork offered by Selmer at the time. This is called a ‘conservatory model’ historically, and has the high F#, G# trill key, forked Eb, and high E trill key all included on the same instrument! This beautiful 5-digit Selmer Mark VI is very rare and super collectible.

    The finish is, of course, original silver plate. The pads are sealing well as I got it, and it plays great with a medium-dark tone that is rich and almost tenor-like in the amount of power you can get. This is the ‘early medium bow’ version of the Mark VI, which means the bell keys play the best in tune of any of the 5-digit serial Selmer altos. I play a similar Mark VI to this myself. The price includes the vintage Selmer case with crushed velvet interior as well as a BAM Softpack contoured alto case for safer shipping and easier gigging. You get both!

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto 1962 Original Lacquer American Engraved Original Pads 102605

    This is a beautiful, original lacquer, American engraved Selmer Mark VI alto saxophone from 1962. It has the matching serial number on the neck, and it has no dents or dings. There are no resolders or other past repairs, save a couple of small dings removed from the back of the bow and a tiny one from the neck. The whole horn is in excellent condition, and it even still plays surprisingly well on the original factory pad job from Elkhart. They really did it right back in the day at the Selmer assembly shop. It feels just perfect under the fingers, and it would be a good feel to copy if you get this overhauled to play seriously.

    Just for fun, here’s Phil Woods putting a similar VI through its paces!

    The early 100k serial VI altos are my favorite Mark VI altos for tone. This is the exact same horn as a 95k serial alto, so it is the same as a 5-digit, but for a lower price. The tone is medium-dark, powerful, and punchy when pushed, with a good amount of focus. These are the most tenor-like of the Mark VI altos, with a depth and body to the sound that reminds me of a larger saxophone bursting out of an alto voice. This has the long bow, which means nothing really if you’re playing jazz, but if you’re buying this for classical sax, then with a small tip opening mouthpiece and hard reed you will find low B to be a little flat on your tuner. With a jazz setup, I don’t even notice it, and the tone that you get is just fantastic.

    If you’re in the market for a great Selmer alto, this makes a much smarter purchase than a new Referene 54 at $6700, because the Reference will be worth 70% of that at best, as soon as you buy it, and less as time goes on, where a beautiful vintage Mark VI will still be worth what you paid for it or more when you go to sell it, if you ever need to. You’re tying up the money in a horn, but it’s money you can get back out, meaning you can own the horn nearly for free, or for the cost of upkeep, which is not the case buying most other sorts of big ticket items. Certainly not vehicles! Plus it’s satisfying to own and play, is built extremely well, and sounds better than a new one. Just for fun, here’s Phil Woods putting a similar VI through its paces (using a Meyer Bros NY alto piece).

    Only one available!

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto 213641

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto 58xxx Original Lacquer

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    This is a beautiful original lacquer Selmer Mark VI alto 58xxx for sale. These early VI altos are great! This sold very quickly through our curated buying service to a very happy new owner. This is a great way to get a deal on a vintage saxophone, because I often can find you a good price on a horn you are looking for.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto 63xxx

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto 70xxx Stohrer Overhaul

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    This is a beautiful Selmer Mark VI alto in excellent condition that sold through our “find me a sax” wait list before it was listed. I’m posting photos just so it’s in the archive. This alto came to me in nearly new condition with original pads intact. It got a nice overhaul by Matt Stohrer, and went to a new owner in a new BAM Cabine case, which is the ideal case for packing your alto around. It turned out really great, and is tons of fun to play.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto 76xxx Near Mint Condition Amazing!

    Mint Selmer Mark VI Alto – 5-digit serial, best bow length, best possible condition. Amazing!

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto 81xxx Original Lacquer Overhauled!

    Hey, here’s a beautiful 81k alto from 1959! It also has a good recent overhaul, an original set of domed metal Selmer Tone-x metal resonators, and it plays just like a good Mark VI should.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto 82xxx from 1959 Near Mint Silver

    Behold: the mythical 80k alto in nearly new condition. [hushed silence] This original silver plate Mark VI alto SN#82xxx is about as close to buying a new Mark VI in 1959 as you are likely to find. This horn was assembled in France, and has not been played much since it was new. There are no dents or dings, no past repairs, except for one key guard foot on low Bb. The (doubtless original) neck, body tube, bow and bell all look great. The small amount of tarnish in the silver will of course wipe off easily. The pads look good, though it has not just been freshly overhauled. It’s on consignment, and it looks like the owner got it repadded and didn’t play it much. It still plays quite well, with a medium dark, focused, punchy tone. It has the medium bow length for better bell key intonation.

    If you’ve been looking for a beautiful, collectible, and great playing premium vintage alto, this would be hard to beat.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto 89xxx from 1960 Original Lacquer American Engraved

    Sale price on a highly-desirable 5-digit Selmer Mark VI.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto from 1963 Good Deal

    Great deal on a 1963 Mark VI alto. Relacquered, but minimal past repairs, and great overall condition. Needs overhaul.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto from 1963 Original Silver Excellent Condition! 102960

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto from 1965

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto from 1967 145xxx Near Mint Original Condition

    Nearly pristine 145k serial VI alto = as good as it gets in a Mark VI alto. This is a 10/10 collectible condition VI from the best vintage. If it doesn’t sell, it goes back in my collection.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto from 1967 Beautiful Original Condition

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    I think that the VI altos between 136500-149xxx are probably the creme de la creme of Mark VI altos, all things considered. 136500 is when the “long bow” ended and the “medium bow” length began for Selmer. Basically, they finally got the bell key intonation to work well at this point. This is one of the nicest altos in this “sweet spot” that I have seen. It’s original lacquer, in very good condition, with no resolders, no dents or dings, original case, original neck is in great shape and not pulled down or dented. Basically, it’s about as close as you can get to going back to 1967 and buying a really nice new Mark VI.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto from 1967 Original Lacquer Great Player!

    I think that the VI altos between 136500-149xxx are probably the creme de la creme of Mark VI altos, all things considered.  It’s original lacquer, good mechanical condition with minimal damage or repairs, and the original neck is in great shape and not pulled down or dented. It’s a true player’s VI alto.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto From 1967 Original Lacquer Very Good Condition Low A!

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto from 1969 165xxx Great Deal Original Lacquer

    Great deal on an original lacquer Selmer Mark VI Alto saxophone that should be a wonderful do-it-all alto for a lucky player!

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto from 1969 Original Lacquer One Owner

    With beautiful original lacquer Selmer Mark VI altos like this available for such a great price, why would you buy anything else?

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto from 1974 Original Lacquer Saxophone 221653

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Low A / High F# 141xxx

    This is one of the coolest Mark VI altos that I have ever seen. It is an early “Sanborn serial,” original lacquer, American-engraved SN#141xxx, with vertical Mark VI stamp by the D palm key, AND it has low A, AND it has high F# (which I have rarely seen on VI altos of this vintage), AND it is in excellent physical condition. The tone is focused, medium bright, and rich, much like a 5-digit or early 6-digit alto, actually. The bell key tone is great as well. Low A speaks very easily and sounds great. I have been holding onto this for a while, and this is definitely a horn I will be keeping if it doesn’t sell. Besides being a top level collectible, it is also really fun to play.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Near Mint 137xxx Beautiful!

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Near Mint from 1960 88xxx Original Lacquer

    This is an exceptionally fine example of a Selmer Mark VI Alto. It has almost all its original lacquer, all original pads, and is from the most desirable serial range. Excellent player!

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Orig. Lacquer Silver Keys Saxophone 109409

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Original Lacquer 138xxx

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    Really clean Mark VI altos near 140xxx tend to be the most desirable VI altos, and this is a beautiful example of one. People love these horns because they have a gorgeous tone that is complex and projects really well. This horn has almost all of its original lacquer intact, with just moderate play wear.

    These horns tune really well, so they are ideal VI’s for players who want to play both jazz and classical repertoire. The tone is gorgeous on either one. The pads on this horn are very old – some may be original from 1967, so plan on getting this overhauled by the tech of your choice, or let me know and I can get it done really well for you as a second option.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Original Lacquer American Engraved Excellent Condition 233486

    This very clean, American-assembled late Mark VI alto is a good example of why I think the late American-assembled VIs are a relative bargain.  It is very nearly unplayed, sporting most of its original pads (I had a bit of repair work done on it to bring it up to playable) and it possesses an undeniably huge tone, probably the most strident and powerful of all the VI altos.  The American-assembled Mark VI altos in the very late run have a large patch soldered to the inside of the bow at the factory to reduce the overall volume of of the interior of the bow, and they play better with noticeably less burble and resistance down low.   It is a low-tech solution, but one that works very well and was therefore done at the factory to every American-assembled Mark VI alto after around serial number 210,000 or so.

    This particular saxophone is in very good condition, with its original lacquer.  There are a few small scratches here and there and some playing wear on the touchpieces of the side keys and palm keys, but 99% or more of the lacquer remains and it shows no evidence of past repairs or resolders.  This is a nice, solid Mark VI alto in excellent condition that will blow the doors down if called upon to do so.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Original Lacquer from 1967 Beautiful!

    This is a beautiful, original lacquer Selmer Mark VI alto from 1967. It’s a 149xxx serial, which is just about the best range for a Mark VI alto in my opinion. The best VI alto version, all things considered, is between 136500-155000 or so. These horns have the total package: better intonation than many earlier VI altos, a big, free-blowing, resonant tone that is medium bright and still has the complexity and warmth of 5-digit altos. These also have the warm, honey colored lacquer of earlier VI altos. This is an American-engraved and assembled 140k alto with only a little bit of wear from use and one foot of the low Eb key guard has been reattached where it popped off. There’s a little ding in the inside of the bell about the side of a pencil eraser, or smaller. That’s about it condition wise. I don’t think this horn has been played very much since it was new. It has mostly original pads still! (Plan on a repad soon.) It comes in the original case too, and the original neck also looks great and has not been damaged. If you need an original 1960’s Selmer Soloist mouthpiece to complete the set, let me know. I always have some of those around, and I’ll give you a good deal on one to complete the set.

    Only one available, and priced to sell!

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 109xxx Original and Clean!

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    This horn sold off our horns wanted wait list to a happy customer. Contact us if you are looking for a certain saxophone, and we will offer it to you first before listing it generally. This is a beautiful Mark VI alto in my favorite serial range for all-around tone. It has almost all its original lacquer and no past repairs. Fresh pads, and plays great. What a cool Mark VI alto.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 111950 Original Lacquer 1963 Freshly Overhauled and Excellent!

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 112xxx Original Lacquer

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    Here is a nice, clean, original lacquer Selmer Mark VI alto saxophone in my favorite serial range for *tone*. The VI altos around 95xxx-119xxx seem to have an extra resonant, powerful, dark, focused core that makes them a lot of fun to play. With a Meyer or similar mouthpiece, you get that classic lead alto tone that makes these horns perennial favorites among all levels of players. The price is also very attractive, not least because you will not lose money if you ever want to re-sell a horn like this. Modern Selmers have gotten so expensive relative to vintage ones that you can now buy a great VI like this for the same price as a new “Reference 54,” only your 54 goes down in value and your VI goes up, and the VI is (in my opinion) still a superior instrument in terms of tone and build quality.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 114xxx

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    This is a relacquered Mark VI alto SN114xxx (matching neck) that has just had a fresh overhaul by Steve Collins of Collins Hornworks. Steve’s work is very good, especially on an alto like this, so even a super-picky player will be happy with the way that this horn feels under the fingers. You’re not going to find a better playing VI alto for this kind of money.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 115831

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 118xxx

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    This is one of those rare horns that you see once or twice a year (usually on this site!)– a mint condition Mark VI alto saxophone. If you could turn back the clock and buy a new VI alto in 1964, this is what you would get. There are no dents or dings, and there is almost no lacquer wear at all. This horn has its original pads and it still plays very well on them. It has a big, medium-dark, tone. This alto is in my favorite serial range for tone quality – the altos between 100-119xxx seem to have a consistent power and a tenor-like quality to the sound that makes for really excellent playing.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 134xxx Low A Mint

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    It is hard to say how many low A Mark VI saxophones Selmer actually made. There is a longstanding rumor that the number was only 200. I see a few come up for sale each year, so I suspect the number to be more like 1000, but who knows? There were three Conn-O-Saxes for sale at the same time on eBay at one point in 2010, and hardly anything is as rare as one of those. This horn is in extremely clean condition with only a bit of lacquer wear on the octave key/low A key and on the thumb hook. The back of the body tube is beautiful. Pearls are all sharp. It has all original pads as well. The serial number is 134xxx and it has a medium bright tone with a singing quality to it. It plays great on the original pads and needs nothing. The tone is lyrical, medium bright, and the bell key tone is great as well.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 137451 American Engraved Recent Overhaul Excellent Condition Medium Bow

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 143xxx Fresh Overhaul

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    Here is a chance to get a really world-class Mark VI alto with a fresh overhaul by Matt Stohrer. This horn is also beautiful, and in the prime, Sanborn alto serial range. It has the vertical Mark VI stamp below the D palm key that you only find on the early 14x,xxx Selmers, and that make the horn more collectible. Originally unengraved, I had it American engraved with the correct pattern for the period to add beauty to the horn.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 145xxx Original

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    This is a 95%+ original lacquer Selmer Mark VI alto saxophone, SN#145xxx. These are pretty much the holy grail of alto saxophones, from the most desirable serial range and in excellent condition. This is also a phenomenal player that comes here on trade from a serious player and saxophone collector. It has no dents, no resolders, no past repairs. Some light lacquer wear on the body, and more on the neck. It’s just the sort of alto that everybody wants- it plays great, and it is super-collectible as well.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 148797

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 148xxx Outstanding Player Relacquer

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    Here is an outstanding player of a Mark VI alto that has just gotten a fresh overhaul done by Steve Collins of Collins Hornworks. Steve does really high-quality pad and overhaul work, especially on modern altos like this. This horn has the correct brown Selmer style resonators on the new pads, and it plays GREAT. I was really having trouble putting this horn down when I was play testing it, so much so that I got behind on some other things. There are some saxophones that do that to you – you just want to keep playing it, because you feel like there is no barrier between the world and the sound that you can hear in your head.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 150xxx

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    Don’t miss this one! (And take note that I don’t say that about every saxophone!) This is one of the best playing Mark VI altos that I have played. It came on trade from one of the foremost players and collectors in the USA today, and it was his main alto for over a decade, chosen out literally scores of the best VI altos around.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 151xxx High F# Outstanding Player

    This is a beautiful example of a primo Mark VI alto SN# 151xxx with high F#. It is uncommon to see a high F# on a VI alto in this range, but many modern players cannot function without one, so that makes these horns very desirable. The VI altos that have the best all around intonation are those after around 1375xx, when Selmer changed its bow design and improved bell key intonation. There is little to no difference between the 140xxx altos championed by Dave Sanborn, and an early 15x,xxx like this. As far as I can tell, they are identical, except that my favorite players have been in the 148-152k range, thus far. It’s a great do-it-all alto for anybody.
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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 151xxx High F# Outstanding Player

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    This is a beautiful example of a primo Mark VI alto SN# 151xxx with high F#. It is uncommon to see a high F# on a VI alto in this range, but many modern players cannot function without one, so that makes these horns very desirable. The VI altos that have the best all around intonation are those after around 1375xx, when Selmer changed its bow design and improved bell key intonation. There is little to no difference between the 140xxx altos championed by Dave Sanborn, and an early 15x,xxx like this. As far as I can tell, they are identical, except that my favorite players have been in the 148-152k range, thus far. It’s a great do-it-all alto for anybody.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 160941 Beautiful Original Lacquer Matt Stohrer Overhaul!

    Just overhauled by Matt Stohrer, this is one exceptionally fine Selmer Mark VI alto. It feels better than new, and it plays so effortlessly, with a warm, complex, medium bright tone that is rich and singing. If you’ve been looking for one alto that does everything well, this is it. It gets my highly-coveted ‘exceptionally fine player’ designation. That means is the best of its kind that you can get in a saxophone in my opinion.

    The 160k range is excellent for the VI altos specifically, because you get a rich tone and well balanced intonation. If you want one of those life-long, world-class VI altos that also has the world’s best overhaul (that I have seen at least), then get this one. Matt’s work on a VI looks like it came fresh from the factory, and feels like a million bucks. Effortless to play, and dependable to maintain. It has all the little touches that take a horn from good to great.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 168xxx

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 184xxx

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    This is a very nice original lacquer Mark VI alto with about 98% of the original lacquer intact and with the rare High F# key. The VI altos in this range are typically very strong players with the best intonation of any of the Mark VI run. The sound is medium bright and rich with lots of character and flexibility. This sax has a fresh overhaul done by Matt Stohrer, who is one of the best saxophone specialists in the business. It also received American engraving by Sherry Huntley, a former master engraver for Selmer. It ships in the original case as well. 

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 1956 66928 Factory Relacquer (looks original) Very Good Condition

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 1956 Original Lacquer 65990

    Nice original lacquer Selmer Mark VI alto from 1956. I love the lacquer color and the engraving style from this vintage. The tone is focused and loud. The pads are older on this Mark VI, so plan on an overhaul. The neck is not original. It’s a Mark VI neck, but it has no serial number. It sounds good on the horn and tunes well, and has been with the horn for decades. But the price is way lower than it would be otherwise, so it’s your chance to get a good deal on an original lacquer VI alto from one of the best years.

    Only one available!

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 1958 Original Lacquer Excellent Condition 75703

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 1961 5-digit Serial 96xxx Fresh Overhaul! Relacquer

    This very clean refinished Selmer Mark VI 5-digit serial number alto saxophone is just received a high-end, full mechanical overhaul, and turned out to be an amazing player! It already played well on the old pads, with a dark, powerful, projecting, focused tone that feels almost like a tenor saxophone. Now, it’s one of those horns you just don’t want to put down. Medium dark, free blowing, effortless low register, as softly as you want to play, easy altissimo. The key feel is nice and snappy, and feels like a brand new horn. This horn had never been damaged at all, and is super clean, apart from the new coat of paint it got at some point. You can read around on here to see what a big job a full overhaul is on a vintage horn. The short of it is, this horn is totally restored. The clock is turned back to new mechanically, and it will need only routine checkups to play its best for many years to come.

    I keep meeting so many good players who, it turns out, have never played a sax that was actually right all the way through. This one will is. It’s a joy to play!

    The resonators are the expensive TM Custom ones, that are slightly domed brass reusable resonators like the 50’s Selmers originally came with before they went to plastic. They look good and work just right on these horns.

    Only one available! Whoever grabs this is going to be in a really good place alto wise! If you want to get it with a new BAM case, I’ll sell you one at a great discount as a package deal.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 1967 145964 Original lacquer Very Good Condition

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 1967 145k Original Lacquer Fresh Overhaul

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 1967 146243 Original Lacquer Excellent Condition!

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 1967 Low A Fresh Overhaul Amazing! 141421

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 1968 158302 Original Lacquer Gorgeous!

    On hold 5/4/20 for possible buyer. One of the finest Mark VI altos I have had in the shop, ever. It’s warmer than the 140xxx VI’s, but has the same balanced, all-around beauty and most of the projection. This alto still has its original factory pads and plays plenty well enough to know that it is a fantastic saxophone. This is one of those horns that you just keep and never sell, and whoever gets it is going to be one happy person! With an overhaul down the roadm it will easily play as well as my personal VI alto, which is saying a lot. The 150k VI altos are great because they are less expensive than the 140k’s but they play just as well, with the early 150k being virtually indistinguishable from a good 140k, and the later 15x range being a bit warmer and more balanced, and less crisp and bright. This horn response really well, tunes great, and takes air well. It feels like a new horn under the fingers, which is not surprising given the top notch original factory setup it still has. It had a super tiny, 2mm ding removed under one post foot at some point, and that’s literally the only evidence of any repair that I can find, besides the new neck cork and octave key pads. It’s incredibly clean and original.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 1969 176329 Original Lacquer Original Pads Excellent Condition

    Beautiful example of an original lacquer Selmer Mark VI Alto saxophone. This instrument had only one owner, who took great care of it. It still has almost all of its original pads, and it has never been repaired. There are no dents, no dings, and no resolders. The neck is in excellent condition and has not been pulled down. A few small dings were removed when I got it – one on the bell, and a couple on the back of the bow area. They are quite hard to see now.

    The Mark VI altos made in the late 60’s are probably the best overall buy among pro altos today for people who want the Selmer style keywork. It wasn’t till the mid 60’s that Selmer finally figured everything out on its Mark VI alto. The early VI’s are good too and have a darker, more compact tone, but by the mid 60’s you get a real sweet spot of one alto with the following features: excellent intonation, including low register and including with a classical or concert setup; even scale; a warm, medium bright tone that is neither brash, nor shrill, nor stuffy; great response and projection. Take all that, and add the basic Mark VI ‘French’ lyrical core tone, and the comfortable Selmer keywork, and unbeatable build quality, and you have a really superb alto saxophone.

    It’s a good buy for all of the above reasons, and because it will definitely continue to go up in value over time. Higher-end Taiwanese horns are now selling for $4500+ new, when you can get a beautiful, original lacquer Selmer Mark VI for not much more. It’s kind of wild. And it’s a good time to buy a vintage Selmer for that reason, among many others. Nothing is more all-around satisfying to play and own, and nothing has stood the test of time better than the Mark VI.

    Only one available!

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 1969 Original Overhauled Excellent! 165069

    This is one of those altos you don’t want to put down. It’s just gotten a complete overhaul / mechanical restoration, which means that it feels and plays like new or even a bit better. I wanted to get this horn overhauled, because I had a really good feeling about how it played even on the original pads that it had when it got here. If you want a VI that will be problem-free for many many years, and plays better than any modern horn on the market, (and will go up in value) this is what you want!

    This was a one-owner horn that was well cared-for for decades before now, and now it is getting a good start on a new life with a top shelf overhaul. This thing has a beautiful voice. Medium between bright and dark, rich, and resonant. The late 60’s Mark VI’s are my favorites for all-around Selmer altos, because they do basically everything well. Intonation is good, scale is even, low notes are saturated even at pianissimo, upper register screams. This has the ‘medium bow’ if you’re wondering about such things, which means the low register tunes the best of the Mark VI’s. You can’t beat a Mark VI alto like this for build quality and all-around satisfying playing experience. You get the beautiful, unbeatable tone of a Mark VI, the comfortable key work, the excellent intonation, and the feel of a new horn under your fingers, and all for less than a (let’s be honest) comparatively poorly made new Selmer alto. Plus this holds its value and appreciates, while your new horn is going to be worth approximately half the new price in about one second after you unbox it (gasp).

    Comes with the original case, and you can add a great BAM case for a big discount if you contact me.

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 1971 Original Lacquer Old Pads

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 1973 Original Lacquer American Engraved Great Deal 214844

    Price reduced June 2020! Extremely good price for an original lacquer Selmer Mark VI alto. This horn has older pads, so plan on getting it overhauled. But it won’t be a complex overhaul – just the regular, and Selmer Mark VI’s are easy and fun to restore at your local saxophone expert’s place. The later VI altos have a beautiful, balanced tone. Medium bright, punchy, and projecting, with a jazz mouthpiece. But still easy to rein in and play beautifully with a classical setup.  Selmer finally got the alto really nicely in tune by the end. It plays with an even scale and feels great with a lyrical French Selmer core and plenty of warmth and complexity to the tone. It’s medium between bright and dark, possibly medium bright when pushed, but it will really do most anything you want it to, depending on your choice of mouthpiece. So for less(!) than the price of a new Yamaha, you can get the storied Mark VI and own and enjoy it while it goes up in value. What’s not to like about that?

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    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 201xxx

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    The later serial Mark VI altos deserve to have as good a reputation as the 5-digit altos have. That is somewhat controversial, but it is also pretty obvious to anyone who has played as many different VI altos as I have. All the serious sellers will say the same. This horn is SN 201xxx and it plays great. It has older pads that are still sealing well, so you can get a good idea for the tone. It has been well cared-for and has had only one dent removed, on the back of the body tube.