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Here is a chance to get an original lacquer Selmer Mark VI alto for the price of a Yamaha! The only thing wrong with this horn is that it has lacquer wear and looks kind of worn, especially on the bell. This wear is purely superficial, though. The horn is actually in very clean mechanical condition: there are no dents, no dings, no past repairs, the neck is perfect, bell, body and bow all look great. The keywork is tight, and I think it still has the original pads intact (so it needs new pads). So if you don’t care that the lacquer is worn, you’ll be getting a very good VI alto to get repadded.
There is a silly rumor out there that Mark VI build quality gets worse as the years go on. This is wrong on a number of levels. What changes about the horns is the bore, the neck design, and a host of other small things depending on which era you are talking about. There is a general trend from darker to brighter tone over the whole VI run, but certainly not a decline in quality. In the case of the altos, almost all of the changes that take place are actually clear improvements. The intonation of the horns keeps getting better, improving substantially at 1375xx and improving more in the post 200k serial VI altos that are American-assembled (like this one) that get a little patch inside the bottom bow that improves bell key response. So there’s really no reason why the later VI altos should be less expensive than the earlier ones, but they are, and this is a good thing for players! This horn ships in the original case in good condition.