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In 1956, a young man walked into Lyon and Healy music store in downtown Chicago and bought a brand new Selmer Mark VI alto saxophone. He took it home and noticed that the intonation was not quite right, so he immediately drove down to Elkhart, IN and went to the Selmer factory, where they let him try out all their Mark VI necks that they had at the time. He picked the best neck that they had at that time (in 1956!) that made this horn play the best that it could. This means, incidentally, that the neck doesn’t have a serial number. He then played it lovingly for the next 54 years. I bought the horn from him, and it came in unbelievably good condition. It has never had any kind of dent or ding, and there are no past repairs at all. It still had all the original pads and resonators. This horn has been cared for as well as you could ever ask someone to take care of his horn. It shows evidence of having been owned by someone with meticulous habits. The lacquer is worn off on one side of the inside of the bell, from where he picked it up the same way every time, and it is worn off on the back of the body tube where he held it to the side, and on the keys from normal playing.
Other than that, the horn is in beautiful cosmetic shape, and the color of the lacquer is gorgeous. It really is striking. The horn has had a recent overhaul done by Matt Stohrer, who has a well-deserved reputation as being one of the most careful, meticulous, even obsessive, saxophone specialists in the world. He did a wonderful job on this horn, reusing the original resonators on the new pads.
You could not ask for a better-playing Mark VI alto. This thing is just amazing. If I could justify keeping it, I would. Everything is totally tight and perfectly adjusted. The pads have the perfect pop to them, and the springs are just right for quick action without blowing open. This horn has a big straight-ahead sound that is out in front of you. It has a medium-dark, focused core with lots of richness. The intonation is great – one of the best of any VI I’ve played. No problems for me on the bell key intonation either. As with anything repadded by Matt, you can effortlessly play down to Bb subtone as quietly as you want, or leap down to the lowest notes from any other note on the horn. This is just what a saxophone like this deserves, and what it should be.
It ships in the original Chesterfield case.
This is an easy, turn-key purchase for a beautiful and world-class alto saxophone.