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Selmer Mark VI Alto 1966 Original Lacquer Beautiful Condition 137647$ 7,000
Selmer Mark VI Alto 1968 160943 Original Lacquer Excellent Condition!$ 6,350
Great deal on a beautiful, original lacquer Selmer Mark VI alto with a recent repad. You don’t need to overhaul this one! It plays well right out of the case. There are minimal past repairs, and this is a very desirable serial number as well. To me, the 160k’s are just about the best value in a Mark VI alto. They are cheaper than the 5 digit serial VI’s by a lot. But they also tune better than most 5 digit altos! They play with the warm, projecting, rich tone of a 140-149k VI, but again, without the premium price. You’re getting all the best VI features, and original lacquer, for the price of a new Reference 54. Which is great because the VI will continue to increase in value while you own and enjoy it. Plus you don’t need to sink an overhaul into this one on top of the purchase price. A good overhaul can be quite expensive. This alto plays with a medium bright, warm, moderately focused tone. It does everything well, which is, of course, why the Mark VI became so popular in the first place. It’s often imitated, but the quality, tone and satisfaction of playing the original hasn’t been matched.
This is a really nice one, and someone should grab it immediately!
Selmer Mark VI Alto Original Lacquer 90199$ 7,500
Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 1955 58119 Price Includes Overhaul! Relacquered Great Deal$ 5,250
This 5-digit Selmer Mark VI Alto from 1955 just got a complete overhaul! It’s an excellent player, and it represents a very good value in an alto. For way less than a Reference 54, you can get an actual ’55 Selmer Mark VI with a complete restoration just finished. These first year Mark VI altos play dark, with a lot of focus and warmth, and they are punchy when pushed. They project well with a higher baffle mouthpiece. Effortless response in the low register. They’re just fantastic, and they are better built than most modern altos including modern Selmer. Plus this comes with a better pad job than any new horn you can currently buy, and it will stay in adjustment well for many years with only the most routine of maintenance. You save thousands of dollars because this horn got a new coat of ‘paint’ at some point along the way. That makes a lot of sense to me. It comes in a nice BAM contoured alto case that is similar to the Selmer Flight Cases that come with the Ref 54. Fits the horn hand in glove.
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Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 1960 88979 Original Lacquer$ 8,750
Here’s a beautiful original lacquer Selmer Mark VI Alto saxophone from 1960, with 5-digit serial 88979. This Mark VI is from one of the most desirable serial ranges of all for a Selmer. The original lacquer is mostly present, and is a dark nitrocellulose, which you mainly see on the 5 digit serial VI’s. It has some wear from use, as you’d expect on a VI that plays great and that got played a moderate amount. The neck has the matching serial number to the body and is in great shape. There are no resolders at all. This horn was well cared for! The bell flare, bell, bow, and neck show no signs of dent work or past repairs. The body tube had at least one very minor dent removed where one of the post feet of the octave key was slightly pushed in. It’s fixed beautifully leaving very little trace. The pads on this alto are old, obviously. Many are probably the original factory pads. So plan on an overhaul soon, if you want to get the full experience. It ‘makes saxophone noises’ now, and it’s clear enough that this has the dark, focused, powerful, tenor-like voice of a typical late 85k-95k serial VI alto. These are great players and deserve to be well cared for!
If you’re looking for a stand out VI alto to get overhauled and then play like crazy, then you might want to grab this one while you can. Nice 5-digits are getting hard to find, and this one is definitely going to be a superb player when it’s repadded.
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Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 1970 184973 Original Lacquer American Engraved Fresh Overhaul!$ 6,000
This is a sweet deal on a freshly-overhauled original lacquer Selmer Mark VI alto saxophone from 1970 serial 184973. This was a one-owner alto before I got it, and the guy was a pro player in the NYC/NJ area. He took great care of it, and now that it’s freshly overhauled, it is all ready for its second life. If you read around on here, you’ll see that I really love the Mark VI altos from the late 60’s and early 70’s like this. They finally got everything right on the Mark VI alto at this serial, after making incremental changes to the bore, bow length, and neck from 1957-1967 or so. By ’67 the alto hits its stride, and the 1970 is basically the same horn. Because the market is not fully rational, you can get some of the best Selmer Mark VI altos for this sort of price, even with a full overhaul, where some of the earlier serial ones will cost much more. That makes this one a great deal.
If you have the cash, I think you might as well buy the nicest alto you can, and enjoy playing it. Pro altos are easier to play than student and intermediate ones, and the Mark VI is among the easiest vintage saxophones to play and to own. It’s easy to get worked on, well-built, and stays in adjustment well over time. The keywork design set the standard for all modern saxophones and feels great under the fingers. The tone is gorgeous, and the intonation is good. It’s the one horn that does everything the best on average, which is why it is so popular.
This particular alto has a tone that is medium between bright and dark, and is a nice, balaced player. Not brash and bold like a 220k VI, and not dark and laser-focused like a 60k VI. It’s flexible, dynamic, and easy to take where you want it to go tonally with the right setup. The intonation is good, and the pads feel nice and snappy under the fingers, as they should on a good overhaul. The neck is in good condition and the neck ‘fit’ is all perfectly sealing in the tenon, which is one of those small but important things to have done on a vintage horn to take it from good to great. Cosmetically, you can see this horn has been played, and has some honest wear throughout. After all, it was lovingly pro-owned for many years, but aside from that, it’s very nice. The only past repairs are a resoldered foot of the low C guard that popped loose as it does on so many VI’s, and a few small dents removed from the back of the bow, which is now dent-free. Neck is beautiful, bell flare is in great shape. Tone holes are all great of course.
It’s a very good deal on a solid Selmer Mark VI alto. This would be, to me, much preferable to spending $6700 on a new Reference 54 alto, which, unfortunately, will probably need an overhaul on top of the purcahse price in order to play its best. This will go up in value, hold up better to prolonged use, and get you your money back should you ever want to sell it. It comes in the new BAM case in the photos.
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Selmer Mark VI LOW A Baritone 63959 Original Lacquer and Pads$ 10,500
You’d be hard pressed to find a nicer, cleaner, more all-original 5-digit Selmer Mark VI baritone saxophone than this one! It’s gorgeous original lacquer, and it even still has its original factory pads! That’s insane. Plus it has the rare and desirable low A key that makes it an all-purpose modern instrument. If you want this horn plus a top shelf overhaul, send me a message. I’d love to get this overhauled for someone, but it’s also hard to find one with original pads from 1956, so I haven’t wanted to do it till I see if someone would rather have an untouched one. You can play it on the orig pads, and it plays beautifully with a rich, medium dark tone, kind of ‘woody’ with a nice focused core. But it’s leaky, and really needs an overhaul to play its best! Do that, and you will have a world class bari with the best looking lacquer of any Selmer in my opinion. I’m a sucker for that dark nitrocellulose lacquer look.
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Selmer Mark VI Tenor 195260 Original Lacquer American-Engraved Plays Well$ 5,950
Selmer Mark VI Tenor 1964 Original Lacquer 118907 Frank Zappa Band$ 12,000
This is a sax with two descriptions! The first is the personal history of the horn, as written by its owner, Robert Martin. Robert is a great guy whose illustrious career as a sax player and multi-instrumentalist is also described a bit.
The second description is mine as a saxophone dealer who pays attention to the details of condition, and compares saxophones to each other. From that perspective, what we have here is a very nice, one-owner example of a Selmer Mark VI tenor from 1964 with original lacquer, that has been played a lot and well cared-for over the years. It was assembled and engraved in the USA, so it sports what Selmer people call “American engraving”, and it has the dark honey colored nitrocellulose lacquer that is typical of this vintage of Mark VI. The tone is really beautiful on this tenor. I love the early 60’s VI’s, and this is one of the best ones I’ve played. It’s medium dark, medium focused, with lots of power. It’s a lot like a late 5 digit in that way, but has a little bit brighter tone. It’s nothing like a 140k or later VI, where they get quite bright and lose the darker, more focused core of a horn like this. It’s a superb player.
Cosmetically, it’s obviously been played a fair amount, so it has some honest wear to the lacquer throughout. The neck has seen some minor flexing over the years, but only about a 1-2 on a scale of 1-10 of severity. It is still the correct angle also. The neck has the matching serial number to the body.
A dent was removed from the upper body tube near high F, and the top post there also got pushed back into alignment. The back of the bow and bottom bow have seen dents removed, and the bottom bow guard is still a little flat. The low Eb, C and chromatic F# keyguards have been resoldered, though done quite well with little evidence left of the repairs. The bell flare also had a minor crease removed at some point. All in all, these are the typical sorts of repairs that you see on a good horn that has been played a lot. Everything is nice and tidy and fixed up now, so I wouldn’t be particularly concerned about the repairs.
The overhaul on this horn feels great. It was done extremely well somewhere on the west coast, with medium firm leather pads sealed with red paint. Those sorts of pads last forever and keep their feel. I’ve played 25+ year old overhauls on similar pads that are still going strong. Resonators are slightly domed and correct for the vintage of horn. The pad work feels great – dry, snappy, and correctly balanced. You won’t be disappointed!
If you’re looking for an original lacquer VI tenor with a beautiful tone, a great overhaul, and an interesting history, this would be the one to get.
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Selmer Super Balanced Action Tenor Saxophone 55024 Original Lacquer Fresh Overhaul$ 15,950
This is a beautiful, original lacquer Selmer Super Balanced Action tenor saxophone in excellent condition. Selmer SBA tenors have gotten really hard to find in the last year or two, and this is among the nicest I have seen in that time. It is priced very reasonably for what you get, based on all the other ones I have seen for sale recently. This is a late SBA with the more comfortable thumb hook that is a transitional feature shared by the early Mark VI tenor that came out around the same time that this horn was made. (Selmers often show a little overlap between models, and frequently have transitional features shared by overlapping models.)
The ‘late’ Selmer SBA tenors like this have gotten particularly hard to find, because they combine the warmer, more delicate SBA tone with the best bell key tuning. This one tunes great, and is quite free blowing, warm, and moderately focused, with a lyrical core tone. Tone is tricky to describe, and obviously the horn sounds completely different depending upon which mouthpiece you use etc. But it plays just how I would hope a great Super Balanced Action tenor would play. You may notice, this has the ‘euro’ engraving style done on Selmer Super Balanced Action tenors that were lacquered and engraved in France.
The overhaul is recently done in California by Manny Gavrilov at the Horn Connection. Manny’s work feels quite good, with a dry, snappy pad feel. Spring tension is just right. The horn resonates beautifully, and the pads are sealed (hence the red color) to protect against moisture and to make the overhaul last forever. I’ve played horns with red sealed pads that had 25 year old overhauls that were still going strong. It really does a good job of sealing the horn up like a drum, and it just feels like normal medium firm leather pads. The resonators are domed metal and are correct style for a late SBA like this. They look like Selmer Tone-x resonators, and are probably the original resos reused on the new pads. This horn has been played and loved, so it’s not mint condition, obviously. But the wear is ‘honest’ wear from use, not from a bunch of past repairs. I see nothing resoldered at all, and maybe some minor bow dents were removed a long time ago, leaving only very slight evidence of anything having been done. You’ve got a custom octave key thumb rest cover installed, but it’s easily removable, and the original octave thumb rest is under there and looks fine.
This comes with its beautiful original tan leather Chesterfield case from Selmer with the latch style opening, which is more durable than the zippered Chesterfield. I like the way the leather binding forms one continuous circuit around the case exterior. Just the case is worth some $$! If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I’m happy to help. If you’ve been looking for a great vintage Selmer with some warmth, power and projection, that is in top playing condition, original lacquer and priced reasonably for an original SBA, then here you go. This one is hard to beat.
Pair with our new GS SLANT tenor mouthpiece for a classic mainstream jazz tone.
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