This Selmer Mark VI tenor saxophone is in very good condition with 50-55% of the original lacquer and light player wear across the entire saxophone. It has just come from the shop where it was cleaned, adjusted, and re-padded so it not only looks amazing but plays amazing as well. There are some re-soldering points at some of the key guards and the bottom bow guard. There is some light evidence of dent removal in the back of the body and a small ding that you cannot see but can feel at the top of the body above the top left-hand palm key. The bell and bottom bow have some evidence of dent removal. Please see the pictures for details. The serial number is “M137373” making this a 1966 vintage tenor 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 gorgeous and super crisp and reads “Henri Selmer Paris” engraved in laurel leaves and “Selmer Made in France” with the R trademark sign. Scrolling leaves surround the engraving and go down and around the bell. It has “Mark VI” engraved on the bottom bell ring. This tenor saxophone comes with an “H. Selmer Paris” neck with the Selmer “S” on the octave key in good condition and has no evidence of pulldown. The neck has a mismatched serial number “133677” making it a vintage 1966 neck as well. It also comes in a well-used 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. Check out the video below to hear this saxophone.
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 50- 55% of the lacquered finish.
Player Wear: Light general wear (possible surface scratches and/or minor dents/dings).
The Bell: Minor dents and dings and minor bell edge damage.
The Bow: Light dent in the bottom bow or bow guard.
Pad Condition: The pads are new.
Resonator Type: Plastic resonators.
The Neck: The neck has approximately 40-45% 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 neck plug is included and not pictured.
The Case: Good used condition (General wear with some edge wear and visible surface scratches).
Engraving: Made in France Brev. SGDG. 920653 US. PAT. 2940640 US. PAT. 2710558 US. PAT. 2846917 (above the serial number) S (on the octave key) H. Selmer Paris (on the neck) Mark VI (on the bottom bell ring) Henri Selmer Paris Selmer Made in France (on the bell).
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