This Selmer Mark VI alto saxophone is in good condition with around 70-80% of the original lacquer and 90% of the silver plating on the keys. The pads are a mix of old and new, all in good condition. It has just come back from the shop where it has been cleaned and adjusted so it plays well despite a few cosmetic issues. The lacquer is starting to wear off, particularly on the back of the body. There is only one little section of lacquer wear on the bell, (the raw brass has been polished there so it is almost impossible to see). Most of the back of the body is polished raw brass and there are sections that are starting to tarnish. There is one dent in the bow guard but there is no evidence of any major repairs or patch jobs. Please see the pictures for more details.
The serial number is M227113 making this a 1974 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 beautiful and crisp. “Henri Selmer Paris” is engraved in laurel leaves and after that “Selmer Made in France” with the R trademark sign. All around the words are swirling leaves and flowers that continue around the bell and onto 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 pretty much all raw brass and is a little out of round. 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. This particular Selmer Mark VI 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. Check out the video below to hear this saxophone.
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