Vintage Selmer Paris Mark VI Alto Saxophone Original Lacquer, Serial #158275
Mark VI Alto – 1968
This is a very pretty original lacquer Selmer Paris Mark VI from the late 60's, serial #158275. Saxquest has had a lot of VI altos in this vintage through our shop. This one in particular has a super quick air intake and is noticeably more free blowing compared to the current production Selmers. It features a rich sonic character while showcasing a balanced timbre across its entire range.
Physically the Mark VI is in outstanding condition showing off the original lacquer finish. It shows only modest amount of play wear to the lacquer, typical of any good pro horn. Looking over the saxophone closely there is a single re-solder on the bottom guard foot of the low Eb key guard. This is a very clean repair and is hard to spot if you are not looking carefully.
The body tube, bow, bow cap, bell and bell flare are all in outstanding original condition and show no history of past repair. This saxophone includes the original Mark VI neck. The neck shows speckled finish wear to the lacquer but is in outstanding physical condition. It has never been pulled down. We received this alto from the original owner who had played it for many years. Quite sometime ago they had hand engraved personal information into the back of the body tube near the clothes guard but later had it removed. This can be seen in picture 22 of the photo spread.
If you are looking for a sweet player with a clean look this one is going to be pretty hard to beat. It had been quite some time since this horn had seen any servicing, so we completed a full overhaul. It now has all new pads, fitted with oversized nickel metal seamless resonators (slightly domed). It has fresh material throughout and has been precisely adjusted; it feels like a new horn again. All work was done in our shop by one of our pro techs, Derick Tramel.
Alto ships in perfect playing condition with the fresh overhaul and vintage Selmer Paris zip case. One zipper is busted but the other still works great.