This is a later vintage Mark VI alto saxophone in gold lacquer, serial number 196405. While it is certainly not the prettiest horn in the shop it is an ultra sweet player. It has a great free blowing response and crystal clear projection. This is a beautifully balanced player across all registers which allows for great control and flexibility.
The pictures of this sax tell its physical story the best. It has been re-lacquered and has seen a lot of serious playing since then. That being said the body tube is in solid shape as is the bow, bow cap and bell. This saxophone is with the original neck. The neck is in similar cosmetic condition as the rest of the horn but it has never been pulled down.
The alto currently is in need of some TLC as it looks like it has been a very long time since it was serviced. As all of the pads and materials are passed their prime it is currently in line for a complete overhaul in the Saxquest shop. The professional overhaul service will include a dissemble, cleaning and precise key fitting. Once complete it will be in perfect playing condition with a new set of Valentino pro pads, brown nylon resonators and all new key materials.
This alto ships out in perfect playing condition with a fresh Saxquest overhaul and the original wood hard case. The interior and exterior of the case are still in decent condition but the pulls from the zippers are missing. The zipper heads are still functioning. If you are looking to get a killer playing Mark VI alto this one can be picked up at a great price!