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  • Selmer Mark VI Alto 1959 Good Pads Relacquer Great Player! 78750

    $ 5,950

    This is a true players horn, meaning it plays better than it costs and comes from the best vintage of Mark VI, but is still relatively affordable. It’s a Selmer Mark VI Alto from 1959 with American engraving and a good overhaul. It has red painted leather pads and slightly domed Selmer style metal resonators, and the pad work feels nice and dry and snappy under the fingers. This horn has been played a lot, as you can see from the swedging marks on the octave mechanism. It’s been played because it plays well, and it has been well cared for with the relacquer job having been done very carefully so that the engraving still looks fresh and original. It has the high F# key, as you can see. The neck is probably not the original Mark VI neck for this alto, since there is no matching serial number on it. Or it could be that just the neck tenon has been replaced (as it’s a high wear area on a pro saxophone) and the neck could be original. You can see a little solder beneath the Selmer neck badge that points in that direction.

    As you can see, there are several ergonomic improvements on the keywork that are removable if you want – low Bb extension, palm key bumpers etc. These are nicely made and expensive to get added to your horn like this. You also get an extremely nice condition Walt Johnson alto case, which is the best alto saxophone case ever made if you’re a gigging musician. You’d be hard pressed to find a better overall Mark VI alto for the price if you don’t mind the new coat of lacquer and your priority is getting an early serial alto that is ready to go.

    Only one available!


  • Selmer Mark VI Tenor 1961 Relacquer Good Pads Great Deal! 95096

    $ 7,000

    This is a nice example of a Selmer Mark VI Tenor saxophone from 1961 with good pads that plays well and is priced extremely well. It’s wild that you can get a 5-digit Mark VI for not that much more than a pro Yamaha just by getting a Selmer that has a new coat of lacquer. This horn has no dents or dings, and the neck has the matching serial number. The American engraving isn’t as sharp as some relacquers, so the bell has been buffed a fair amount, but the horn feels good under the fingers and plays great with a dark, powerful, projecting tone. If you’ve been looking for a solid, great sounding vintage Selmer that is priced on the low side relatively speaking, this is a great option that you can just buy and play, and you don’t need to get overhauled. I put it in a BAM Softpack tenor case which is molded on the shape of a Mark VI, and which is great for gigging, and very safe for shipping. Only one available!