This Selmer Mark VI alto saxophone is in very good condition with around 85-90% of its lacquer remaining. There is evidence of dent removal in the bottom bow. The key guard above the bottom thumb rest shows a visible re-solder. There is a small ding just above that key guard. There is an extremely hard to find ding in the bottom of the bell that is easier felt than seen. The bell lip has a very minor wave left in it where bell lip pull down was removed on the leg side. Someone etched something in above the serial number. Please see the photos for more details. The serial number is “M174169” making this a 1970 vintage alto saxophone. Above the serial number is engraved “Made in France Brev. S.G.D.G. 920653 US. PAT+ 2710558 US. PAT+ 2846917”. The engraving on the bell is still pretty crisp. “Henri Selmer Paris” is engraved in laurel leaves and after that “Selmer Made in France” with the R trademark sign with swirling leaves around it and down to the bow. “Mark VI” is engraved where the bell meets the bow. This alto saxophone comes with the original “H. Selmer Paris” neck in very good condition though someone did scratch something into the side of the neck. The Selmer “S” is on the octave key. This saxophone comes in a new Selmer case. No mouthpiece is included. A good used plastic Selmer neck plug is included.
Selmer’s Balanced Actions, Super Balanced Actions and Mark VI’s are the Stradivarius of saxophones. At the end of the day deciding which to buy is a little like picking between a Lamborghini or a Ferrari. It is really a matter of preference. For this particular horn, we can tell you that it has that rich, dark, iconic Selmer sound. These are not Yamahas that are cranked out; each saxophone has its own character and presence that is almost impossible to describe on paper. It has to be heard; it has to be felt.
Instrument Condition: The overall physical condition of this used instrument is very good to excellent.
Playing Condition: This instrument is currently in excellent playing condition.
The Finish: It has approximately 85-90% of the lacquered finish.
Player Wear: Light general wear (possible surface scratches and/or minor dents/dings).
The Bell: Almost no dents and very minor bell edge damage.
The Bow: Almost no dents in the bottom bow or bow guard.
Pad Condition: The pads are in very good used condition.
Resonator Type: Plastic resonators.
The Neck: The neck has approximately 25% or less of the finish remaining with light general wear (possible surface scratches and/or minor dents/dings).
The Mouthpiece: No mouthpiece, ligature, or accessories are included. A good used plastic Selmer neck plug is included.
The Case: Good used condition (General wear with some edge wear and visible surface scratches).
Engraving: Made in France Brev. S.G.D.G. 920653 US. PAT+ 2710558 US. PAT+ 2846917 (on the back of the saxophone above the serial number) Henri Selmer Paris Selmer Made in France (on the bell) H. Selmer Paris (on the neck) S (on the octave key) Mark VI (on the bottom bell ring).
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