This is a vintage Selmer Paris Mark VII tenor sax in original lacquer, serial number 237091. Saxquest has had a number of the first series Mark VII's in the shop over the years and they are always stellar players. These early models had bigger table keys then the Mark VI, but they are no where near as big as what Selmer had settled on by 1976. The tenor does feature key work to high F#. Ben Reece in the Saxquest shop just finished putting the Saxquest pro set up on this sax and it is playing and feeling better then ever. Its leather pads and plastic resonators are all in great shape as well.
The sax plays with a deep full resonating sound which leans more towards the darker side in terms of color. Projection, flexibility and a great free blowing response are all items of exceptional note on this tenor. As is very common on a good Mark VII the low end is absolutely huge. It should also be noted the upper register is very full and features an especially clear altissimo register.
The Mark VII is not the prettiest looking horn on the wall but the lacquer is original and the engraving looks nice and crisp. It does show some history of minor repair but nothing to serious. A few of the key guard feet have been re-soldered and there has been some smaller dings removed in the past. Its body tube, bow and bow cap are all in great shape. This horn is with the original Mark VII neck. Its neck was previously pulled down but has been brought back up to its true position. The saxophones previous owner did have the low Eb key shaved a bit. Please see picture (16 )
If you are looking for a killin vintage Selmer and are not swayed by hype or looks this VII is absolutely perfect. It is hands down a fantastic tenor and comes set up and in perfect playing condition.