Selmer Mark VI Baritone Saxophone 1955 Serial #59099

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Great Vintage Saxophone with 80-85% of Original Lacquer!



This Selmer Mark VI baritone saxophone is in good condition with 80-85% of the original lacquer and medium wear over the horn. It has just come back from the shop where it was cleaned and adjusted, so it plays like a dream. The pads are a mixture of older and newer used and all are in good shape. There are some small to medium sized dents in the bow and some minor dents and dings in the bell. The bell has some minor bell lip pull down and has had some light repair done.  The U tube has a couple of light dings and does have a slight twist going up towards the neck receiver. The bell to body brace has been slightly pushed into the back of the bell and the body. There are some very minor dings up the leg side of the horn form typical player wear.  There are a couple of visible re-solder points at key guards and at the brace for the U tube.  The leg guard has a broken spot in it. Please see pictures for details.  The serial number appears alongside the patent numbers at the bottom of the body near the bow. It reads “Made in France BREV. S.G.D.G. No 383098 ENGL. PAT. No 11.824 U.S. PATENT No 2.090.011.” and then the serial number “59099”. The serial number makes this a 1955 vintage horn. Selmer made the Mark VIs from 1954 to 1974, so this is one of the earliest Mark VI’s. The engraving on the bell is beautiful with scrolling leaves and flowers down the bell and half way around it. The words “Brevete France & Etranger” are engraved near the top of the bell followed by “Henri Selmer Paris” engraved between laurel leaves and then the words “Fabrique en France par H. Selmer & Cie Place Dancourt. Paris Selmer New-York. Elkhart London Made in France”. The neck is not original and is a balanced action 1980’s neck. It is in good condition with a couple of light dings and a very slight amount of pull down can be felt. This baritone saxophone comes in new ProTec replacement case. No mouthpiece is included. This saxophone plays with the classic Mark VI vibrant sound with fantastic overtones and great intonation. 

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.
Playing Condition: This instrument is currently in excellent playing condition.
The Finish: It has approximately 80-85% of the lacquered finish.
Player Wear: Medium general wear (visible lacquer or surface scratches and/or evidence of dent removal/repair).
The Bell: Minor dents and dings and minor bell edge damage.
The Bow: Medium dent in the bottom bow or bow guard.
Pad Condition: The pads are in combination of newer and older used condition.
Resonator Type: Plastic resonators.
The Neck: The neck has approximately 80-85% 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.
The Stand: If pictured, not 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. No383098 ENGL. PAT. No 11.824 U.S. PATENT  No 2.090.011. 59099 (on the back of the horn) Brevete France & Etranger Henri Selmer Paris Fabrque en France par H. Selmer & Cie Place Dancourt. Paris Selmer New-York. Elkhart London Made in France (on the bell) 80 Super Action (on the neck).
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Additional information

Weight 40 lbs
Dimensions 48 × 19 × 12 in