Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone 1969 Serial #M164193

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A great vintage horn with silver keys for a professional player.


This Selmer Mark VI alto saxophone is in good condition with around 75-80% of an old relacquer job and 80-90% of the silver plating on the keys. It has just come back from the shop where it was adjusted, cleaned, and re-padded so it plays well despite a few cosmetic issues. There are points throughout the horn where the raw brass has been polished.  There is one super minor ding in the bow on the leg side, it is very hard to see but you can feel it.   There are not any other dents in the horn or evidence of any major repairs. Please see the photos for more details. The serial number is “M164193” making this a 1969 vintage alto saxophone. Above the serial number is engraved “Made in France Brev. SGDG. 920653 US. PAT. 2940640 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.  “Mark VI” is engraved where the bell meets the bow. This alto saxophone comes with the original “H. Selmer Paris” neck that has a little heavier lacquer wear than the rest of the body and has light pull down.  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.

Additional Information:
Instrument Condition: The overall physical condition of this used instrument is good to very good.
Playing Condition: This instrument is currently in very good playing condition.
The Key Plating: Approximately 80-90% of the original key plating remains with
The Finish: It has approximately 75-80% of the re-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: 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 almost raw brass finish of the finish remaining with light general wear (possible surface scratches and/or minor dents/dings) with light pull down.
The Mouthpiece: No Mouthpiece, ligature, or accessories are included.
The Case: A new Selmer case is incuded.
Engraving: Made in France Brev. SGDG. 920653 US. PAT. 2940640 US. PAT. 2710558 US. PAT. 2846947 (above the serial number) Henri Selmer Paris Selmer Made in France (on the bell) Mark VI (engraved where the bell meets the bow) H. Selmer Paris (on the neck).

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Additional information

Weight 20 lbs
Dimensions 29 × 17 × 11 in