This is the best-preserved factory relacquer 5-digit Selmer Mark VI tenor I have ever sold. It looks original down to the finest details, but it isn’t! It was probably refinished by Selmer only a few years after it was bought, because the lacquer looks like what they used around ’59 to me, AND it still has the metal resonators that Selmer only used up to about 82500 serial before switching to plastic. It was owned by a pro player in NYC who played it for a few years before going to medical school. It was really well cared-for, and there are NO resolders or past repairs at all! It’s super nice and clean. If not for the new ‘coat of paint’ that Selmer very carefully gave it, it would be priced double what you would pay for it here, so the price is incredibly fair. The pads even still seal from the late 50’s and it has a rich, focused, medium-dark tone with lots of projection. The intonation is great. Response is very good. Keywork is nice and tight – no significant buffing happens in a factory relacquer, as the old lacquer is chemically stripped, then the brass shined up gently (probably by hand) and then new lacquer sprayed carefully on. That’s why the engraving is so sharp and original-looking. The neck has matching serial numbers with the body, and the neck has never been damaged or pulled down. Body tube, bell, and bow are also undamaged.
If you’re a player looking for the best possible Mark VI for the money, this is probably it right now. You could play it for a while on the current pads, or you could get it overhauled and it would be incredible. It’s a clean, beautiful, problem-free early 5-digit VI from the best serial range that is priced quite a bit less than an inferior Reference 54 or 36. That’s hard to beat!
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