|Dimensions||34 × 14 × 10 in|
I’ve seen other dealers selling equivalent and worse looking horns for $8000+, so I think this is a great deal for this 5 digit Mark VI tenor from 1956. It’s American-engraved with original neck with matching serial number. There are no dents or dings, and the older pads are still sealing. This isn’t freshly overhauled, so plan on getting it overhauled by the repairman of your choice if you want to get 100% of its potential. However, I thought someone might want to grab it for a lower price rather than have me get it overhauled and sell it higher. If you’d like it plus overhaul, we can definitely discuss that. I’m always getting lots of horns overhauled, and this could be the next one in line with one of my repairmen if that’s what works best for you.
Or just get it tuned up a bit and play it on the older pads. They’re in that phase where they still seal pretty well, but replacing a few of them and selling this as ‘good playing condition’ would not really be worth doing, as you may or may not gain added value from that. If it were mine to play, I’d get it overhauled all at once, but if you’re on a budget, you could spend $200 or so on it and it would play quite well I think.
Condition wise, it’s worth mentioning that it was definitely buffed when it was relacquered – the bell engraving is still visible for sure, but it was originally very deeply cut at this serial range, and the palm key tone holes are shorter than they were originally because of buffing. It still tunes fine up top, but I would be remiss not to tell you anything that I can see on the condition.
If you’re looking for a VI tenor from basically the best serial range, with a big, dark, powerful, focused tone, great ergonomics, good intonation, and that costs a lot less than most VI’s, and is mechanically in quite good shape, then that’s what this is.
Only one available!