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GREAT PRICE Selmer Mark VI '5 Digit' Mark VI Tenor Sax - Serial # 63698

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Product ID: 63698MarkVITenor

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This is a fantastic deal on an early 5 digit Selmer Paris Mark VI tenor sax, serial number 63698. Serial number dates this horn to 1956, within the first couple years of the introduction of the new Mark VI. It is a great player's horn for anyone looking for an early VI at much better price than what the “collector's examples” are going for.

 

This Mark VI appears to be the best example of a factory relacquered model that we've ever seen. There are a few tells if you know what you are looking for, but it would fool most people. The color is just a bit off, and while the engraving remains very sharp and clear, it has a bit of that “smoothed over” look of a horn that has been lightly buffed. There's not a lot of lacquer remaining on the horn anyway at this point. It has been played and loved for a long time, but remains in very good physical condition. There are signs of past dent work and repair, but nothing to get worked up over. The neck is original to the horn, with matching serial number, and it is straight.

 

This tenor was overhauled a couple years ago by Kessler's in Vegas, and his work is holding up great. Pads are sealing well down to low Bb, and the sax is just starting to get that “broken in” kind of feel. Since the horn is sealing great, we've decided to sell this one as-is on the existing pad job, keeping the price down for the new owner. It could probably use a fresh set up if you wanted to optimize it, but it is definitely gig ready as it sits. There's a couple homemade fixes, like pieces of rubber used as stoppers to quiet down keys, and some built up risers on a couple palm keys (which are actually pretty comfortable!), but nothing you don't see on any horn that is out getting played in the real world.

 

If you played a few of these really early Mark VI's, you know what to expect, and this tenor lives up to the billing. Very full sound, very warm with good control, and an overall darker player, without losing any punch. Excellent presence from low Bb up into the altissimo. It really plays, and for the price, it's hard to pass up. Ships in a SKB style hard case.