Description: Saxophone - Selmer Mark VI Tenor, ready to play.
If you are in the market for a really nice Selmer Mark VI Tenor at a reasonable price, you have just found a good one. Serial # 168,XXX.
I just had this Tenor to the shop to get it into perfect playing condition. Some of the Selmer pads with the brown resonators were replaced as I deemed to need replacing, & the others are all in great condition with at least 80% of their life left, so no need to worry about repairs anytime soon. All of the pads are sealing wonderfully making for nearly effortless playing. All of the corks, springs & felts are also in fine fettle. The key action is crisp & very responsive to the touch. I am extremely meticulous about my horns & do not spare a cent when it comes to taking care of them. I like to spend my playing time making music, not fighting with a horn that's not up to snuff & out of adjustment. The horn has been relacquered by the factory 30 years ago & remarkably retains 99.9% of it's finish, which makes for a very pleasing appearance. Don't be put off by the fact that this horn is relacquered, it is a "Lights Out" players horn. There are many Original Lacquer "Dog" Mark VI's out there. It also has the nice leaf like engraving on the bell which was standard to the American market. No, it isn't very sharp but it still looks ok. There are no dents, only one miniscule sized doink in the bottom of the inside bow, & absolutely no evidence of any dent work ever being done. The body & keys are virtually perfect. The neck is the original & there are no flaws in the neck at all.
It is however, mostly about the sound isn't it? This tenor is not lacking one iota in the sound department. It is rich, vibrant, warm, full of intermingled harmonics, fat, has a great core, & well...very Mark VI-ish. Combine that with the effortless feel of this horn & you can paint your own musical picture as your emotions dictate. Freedom, Quality, & Dependability sums it up pretty nicely. These are some of the reasons why the Mark VI's are regarded as the world's best saxophones. Although they've tried in recent years, as far as I'm concerned, Selmer can't even duplicate what they had once produced in the Mark VI.
The Tenor will come in a black, hard molded Ray Hyman Sax-Pak indicative of the era. The inside of the Sax-Pak is in nice shape, is not musty smelling at all, shows less than average wear, & will protect the instrument extremely well while in transit.
Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have or for pics. Thanks & have a great evening. (Musicians don't do mornings very well :-)