This is a BEAUTIFUL example of a Selmer Mark VI alto. Besides that, it is also in excellent condition. Even the pads are still original, and the original case is in near-new condition. The horn even smells new! This was the alto of a pro tenor player, and clearly, though he knew how to pick a good horn, he did not play alto much.
When people come to me looking for a very good playing Mark VI for the best possible price, I always direct them to this vintage of alto. These 6-digit serial VI altos will definitely go up in value in coming years, as the market comes to appreciate that they are the best all-around playing VI altos. They tune the best, they have a beautiful tone, and the build quality is every bit as good as the earlier ones. They’re among the best all-around altos ever made, but they are also very affordable, and can be found lower than many new professional horns! It’s kind of crazy. Get one now while they are still gettable.
This alto is in very good condition. The neck, body tube, bow, and bell are all in excellent condition. There are no dents or resolders. The only wear is the light scratching on the front of the bow, and the spot on the back of the bow where a little bit of lacquer is missing. Since the pads are original, and many people love getting an original pads VI that has not been modified, I am leaving it as is for now. Even on orig. pads, This Mark VI alto plays great with a rich, medium-bright tone. It’s warm, free blowing, and responsive. This is the sort of alto that people think of when they are looking for a good Mark VI.
It’s a great time to buy a Mark VI alto like this. The price is super, the condition is great, and the value will continue to increase.