This Selmer Mark VI alto saxophone is in very good condition with around 80-85% of its lacquered finish remaining. There is a small ding above “France” in the engraving above the serial number and an even smaller ding below the upper thumb rest and next to the neck hook ring. There is a small ding under the neck hook ring as well. The bow has some light dents. Someone has etched something in around the engraving by the serial number. Please see the photos for more details. The serial number is “M193846” making this a 1971 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 flowers 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 that is in great shape with no evidence of pull down. The Selmer “S” is on the octave key. This saxophone comes in a new Selmer case. No mouthpiece 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.
Playing Condition: This instrument is currently in excellent playing condition.
The Finish: It has approximately 80-85% of the lacquered finish.
Player Wear: Light general wear (possible surface scratches and/or minor dents/dings).
The Bell: No dents or evidence of bell edge damage.
The Bow: Light dent 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 50-55% of the finish remaining with very light general wear (minor if any surface imperfections).
The Mouthpiece: No mouthpiece, ligature, or accessories are 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 (above the serial number) Henri Selmer Paris Selmer Made in France (on the bell) Mark VI (on the bottom bell ring) H. Selmer Paris (on the neck) S (on the octave key).
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