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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!