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Here is a beautiful example of a Selmer Mark VI alto saxophone. Because it is a later serial number, the market price is actually lower than a Mark-VI-inspired Selmer “Reference 54,” even though this is the original Selmer Mark VI. The Reference horns are nice, but they go down in value significantly over time while this Mark VI will continue to go up, making it a much better investment.
It has almost all of its original lacquer, and the only repair has been to the neck, which was slightly pulled down when I got it, and which has now been refurned to the correct angle. It’s pretty rare to see a Mark VI with so few past repairs. The pads on this are medium-old right now, so while it plays ok as is, it is in line for a repad. The price now is with old pads, but I’d be happy to discuss selling it to you with a fresh overhaul, should you desire.
The later VI altos tend to be the best all-around players of the ALTOS, (I like the earlier serial tenors the best, by contrast). The reason the later altos are generally better is that Selmer had by this point figured out how to make the horn have the most even sound throughout the registers, and had especially figured out how to make the bell keys the most in tune and responsive. These later American-assembled VI’s (at least post 220k serial) actually have a factory insert in the bottom of the bow that improves bell key response. This works well, so that some techs will add something like this to earlier VI’s to improve this. Anyway, if you have been looking for a nice, solid Mark VI alto to play, it would be hard to do better than this. The price is very good, the condition is great, and it’s nice and original. Talk to me about adding a BAM case for a great price to protect your instrument.