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Original Lacquer Vintage Five Digit Selmer Paris Mark VI Tenor Sax, Serial #57610

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Product ID: 57610MarkVITen


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Mark VI Tenor - 1954
This is a fantastic original lacquer Selmer Paris Mark VI tenor saxophone from 1954, serial number 57610. The serial number of this saxophone places its production during the first year the Mark VI was manufactured. This one came straight out of the Paris factory judging by the engraving style and the slightly brighter lacquer color. These first series Mark VI tenors have the reputation for being powerful players with a big dark sound. This one is no exception and is a extremely thrilling instrument to play.
The body of the tenor shows sings of normal play but is in remarkable physical condition for its vintage. The body tube, bow and bell are all in great shape. Its bell flare is clean and was never pulled down or repaired in the past. The bow is in great shape and the bow cap is perfect with no trace of ever  pushed in. Looking over the sax extremely carefully the top key guard foot of the bell key guard looks like it was probably re-soldered in past. It is also worth noting the solder on the top foot of the low Eb key guard key guard, this was most likely done in the factory. This saxophone does include the original neck in very nice physical condition. The neck has never been pulled down or had a pickup. There is an extended area of finish missing from where an extra long neck cork was previously. 
If you are looking for a free blowing VI with a dark color this tenor is going to be pretty irresistible. It takes the air in smooth and responds with a crisp consistency from top to bottom. Overall the horn is very free blowing with a rich and open feel to the way it responds. This is definitely the kind of sax you can push hard when needed. The saxophone was decently maintained and kept up over the years. But in order to do it the justice it deserves we are going to do a complete re-pad on it. The Saxquest overhaul will include  a complete dissemble and cleaning followed by a precise key fitting and regulation work. Once complete the saxophone will be sporting a brand new set of Valentino premium pro pads with metal domed resonators as well as all new corks and felts. 
This vintage Mark VI ships in perfect playing condition with a fresh Saxquest overhaul and a contoured hard case.