The Selmer Mark VI altos between 136500-149xxx are among the best-playing altos ever made. This horn is one of the nicest examples in that range that I have seen. It is in my collection, and is nearly perfect condition. The price is high because it is so perfect, and from the best serial range for a VI alto. I have a beautiful silver 168k alto that plays very similarly for half the price, if you are looking for a great playing VI that is not in nearly-new condition.
This horn has no dents, no dings, all original condition, original neck, original pads, original case, original mouthpiece, ligature and cap. It’s a great set. I will also include a new BAM Cabine alto case with the purchase for no extra charge, in addition to the original case. The Cabine case is wonderful for shipping a VI. It will get this alto to you in perfect condition, no matter where you live in the world.
A bit of Selmer history: The medium bow length gets introduced at 136500 or so on the Mark VI (my personal VI alto being one of the very first ones), and these early medium-bow VI altos are among the best sounding and overall nicest Mark VI altos that were made. David Sanborn made them famous in the saxophone world, and has bought up a ton of 136500-149xxx altos. He currently plays a 147xxx VI alto much like this, that he has owned for many years. These altos are justly famous, because they have the richness and tonal warmth of the early VI’s with the better tuning and low register response of the later VI altos. It’s a real sweet spot for quality, beauty, and collectability.